Friday, September 11, 2015

Aerohive Showdown! AP230 VS 370



Here’s the custom report that actually made it to the main blog! I hope you enjoy this quick showdown between the Aerohive AP230 VS 370!
Please note: if you’d like to view details such as in depth features, please see respective reviews [1] [2]. Also check there to get detailed test specs and sys specs.
Please also note: the main difference is the 230 uses a Broadcom chipset/radios and the 370 Uses Qualcomm Atheros chipset/radios.
The other features are the 370 has redundant PoE Links and higher Xmit power.
First adapter is the Asus AC53 USB 801.11ac adapter in 5Ghz 802.11ac mode:
AP230:

AP370:

Now, let’s see the same adapter in 2.4Ghz mode!:
AP230:

AP370:

Very drastic performance differences there! The AP230 performs much better in 5Ghz mode! Much higher throughput!
Now let’s take a look at the Ra-Link based laptop adapter for what most laptops have which is a 1x1 N150 chipset.
AP230:


AP370:

As you can see it’s much slower and not as stable!
On to the next adapter: The Edimax AC600, a cheap solution to add 5Ghz to a laptop that has a whitelist.
AP230:

AP370:

Again you can see that the throughput and signal is not as stable in the 370 as the 230. I only had one cutout on the 230 when the laptop had a CPU usage spike.

Roku TV and audio system streaming notes: The AP230 had far less issues with video streaming on the Roku TV than the AP370.
Winner of the showdown for stability and speed is the AP230. Much more stable connectivity and radios. The 370 might have higher range and power, it does not perform as well as the 230.


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