EA-N66 Test (Firmware 18.104.22.168d)
My only intention is to bridge this device wirelessly (Ethernet mode) with my base WiFi device @5GHz.
The following setup & testing is based on connection with RT-N66U-B1 as the base unit @5GHz.
When I first got the device, the default firmware is 22.214.171.124c
I downloaded the latest firmware from ASUS official website HERE
Performed Factory Restore, both before and after applying the firmware, then continue the following setup .....
After the device re-booted, either enter default IP 10.0.1.1 or enter the address as follow, choose the first option
(Note: Must use at least a Cat5e cable or the stock cable to connect laptop/desktop to the device's LAN port)
It will start to search for base unit
Noticed the device can detect both 2.4 & 5 band, choose the 5GHz band
Enter same password as per the base unit and click Connect
Wait for it to complete the process
Once connected successfully:
- unplug the network cable, wait for at least 1min
- plug-in the network cable
- your laptop/desktop should obtain the IP from the base unit
Wireless Speed Test (RT-N66U ~~~ EA-N66)
Test scenario: Copy single large file from/to between PC1 and my ACER TM8371G laptop based on my setup
Copy From (RX)
Copy To (TX)
Run LAN Speed Test Tool Result
The bridging performance between the Knight (RT-N66U) & the Pyramid (EA-N66) is really IMPRESSIVE I must say !!
Overall throughput rate is stable and strong, this is by far the highest wireless transfer rate I've ever obtained (as of July2012) on my laptop !
Honestly, before I started the test, I was worrying about possible compatibility & stability issue by getting a Ralink "talk" to a Broadcom wirelessly ....
I guess ASUS must have done quite some awesome work to continue making yet another impressive Universal Bridging/Repeater/AP device, thumbs up !
Anywhere, I have a strong feeling it can perform better, looking at the above transfer rate testing, now I'm wondering/suspecting there might be physical limitation on either the laptop (such as CPU or HDD), the NAS transfer speed or other factors .... Hmmm, guess I'll have to setup some serous stuff to test it's limit again soon ........