For testing I used the following hardware:
Acer Aspire 5552G
AMD Phenom II quad core N950
8 GB of DDR3
Intel 6230 802.11N internal adapter (latest Intel drivers were used)
TP-LINK TL-WDN3200 USB Wi-Fi adapter
Windows 7 Ultimate X64 sp1 with all current patches installed.
For the setup I placed the router roughly 65 feet away with two walls in the way in a single story ranch home.
|Adapter||2.4 GHz Downlink||5GHz Downlink|
|Intel N6230||52.3 Mbps||58.3 Mbps|
|TP-Link WDN3200||51.7 Mbps||58.1 Mbps|
As you can see by the results both adapters performed great with the router given the circumstances and range involved. I was unable to test the 450 Mbps mode of the 5 GHz radio as my current test machine lacks a NIC capable of handling that connection. Also an important thing I want to note is that all of these tests were performed with WPA2 encryption enabled. The results remained the same with encryption disabled as well which is great since it takes a lot more processing power to handle the encryption.
The reliability of the TL-WNDR4300 was rock solid as I have been using it in my home office for about a week. Not once had I have to reboot the device due to connectivity issues and it passed my VPN connections without issue.
For basic NAS and media server operations the TL-WNDR4300 performed well and was able to stream a 1080p MKV file to my media player without issue both wired and wirelessly.
For range performance I was able to go to end of my yard which is about 175 yards away from the unit and maintain “fair” signal on my windows client in both the 2.4GHZ and the 5 GHZ frequency ranges.