Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Luxul XWR-1750 review


Intro
Features
Setup
Wireless configuration
Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
Firmware notes
Closing Notes


Intro: The Luxul XWR-1750 is a wireless router that is  Targeted at pro-sumers market  has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that pro-sumers require.


Features: The Luxul XWR-1750 features the following:

Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 1750Mbps
4 wired Gigabit LAN ports
3 3x3mimo dual band external high gain SMA antennas with 30dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
QoS controls
Guest networks
USB sharing
Firewall
VPN
And lots more

Setup:


Setup was very easy and it connected pretty fast and got an IP quickly.


Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our status.


Wireless Configuration:


Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:


Security Settings:

The Luxul XWR-1750 supports WPA/WPA2 security.

Throughput Tests: (Wireless)


I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.


Test environment: (Set 1)


Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.


Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theLuxul XWR-1750): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC


Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Amped Wireless ACA1 USB WLAN connection:USB3 via a PCI-Express addon card.

5Ghz 802.11n mode: Channel 44+ -56dBm


LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 30Mbytes/sec or 240Mbits/sec


2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -53dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec


Test environment: (Set 2)


Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Luxul XWR-1750 is located.


Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theLuxul XWR-1750): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC


Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -38dBm


LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: Note: adapter had issues with the test.

Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)


5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 44+ -58dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec

2.4Ghz 802.11n mode channel 1 -62dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec


Conclusion:


Pros:
Easy controls and options
Decent throughput
Guest networks
QoS controls
High signal strength


Cons:
Lacks some options for configuration
No RADIUS authentication support
USB not implemented or ready yet
Not so great 2.4Ghz performance

Rating:  8/10
Recommended: Yes






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