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Netgear fixes WGR3500 bandwidth issues, somewhat.

On this page, Netgear releases Firmware version 1.0.30 for the WNR3500 router. 

In my previous Apple Macbook Pro to Local network host (Mac Mini) testing, my top connection speed was around 2.4 Mbps. After the upgrade, it’s between 4.65Mbps and 7.5Mbps. Nothing near the promised speeds of 802.11N (300Mbit/sec), but I suspect that this is because of an incompatibility between Apple’s hardware and Netgear’s Hardware.

Client connecting to, TCP port 5001
TCP window size:   129 KByte (default)
[  3] local port 51617 connected with port 5001
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  3]  0.0-10.0 sec  8.59 MBytes  7.19 Mbits/sec


After disassociating and reassociating with the AP, speeds went way up:

retina:~ jna$ iperf -s
Server listening on TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 64.0 KByte (default)
[  4] local port 5001 connected with port 52865
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  4]  0.0-10.0 sec  34.8 MBytes  29.1 Mbits/sec

With other devices on the WLAN, speeds go down. My current theory is that 802.11g devices on the same wireless network (such as the older Macbooks that we have) drag 802.11n speeds down, but I’m yet to be able to prove that.

This entry was posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at 7:22 pm and is filed under apple, networking, systems administration. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


2 Responses to “Netgear fixes WGR3500 bandwidth issues, somewhat.”

  1. 1 Name

    802.11g hosts on an 802.11n network definitely do drag the speeds down. To run in interoperable mode you must conform to the 802.11g timings.

  2. 2 SandraMillhouse

    I think there's something wrong with the update of the WNR3500 router. Or maybe it makes problems just for me. I'm waiting for the next update and see if that one will fix everything. If not, I need to rethink my configurations.
    Sandra Millhouse | VPS unlimited bandwidth


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