NETGEAR WG602 54Mbps Wireless Access Point Review

802.11g Wireless Performance Test Results

Test Conditions

- WEP encryption: DISABLED
- Tx Rate: Automatic
- Power Save: disabled
- Test Partner: NETGEAR WG511 54Mbps PC card

Firmware/Driver Versions

AP f/w:
Wireless client driver: (WinXP)
Wireless client f/w:

Test DescriptionSignal Strength (%)Transfer Rate (Mbps)Response Time (msec)UDP stream
Throughput (kbps)Lost data (%)
Client to AP - Condition 110018.4
[No WEP]
[w/ WEP]
2 (avg)
2 (max)
Client to AP - Condition 210018.72 (avg)
3 (max)
Client to AP - Condition 38614.22 (avg)
3 (max)
Client to AP - Condition 47810.62 (avg)
2 (max)
See details of how we test.

Wrap Up

I hope that this first in-depth review of an Intersil-based draft-11g product has shown you that there's plenty of difference in this fast-changing wireless LAN market segment. Although the WG602's maximum throughput lags behind Linksys' WRT54G and WAP54G, it clearly surpasses both in its smooth handling of mixed draft-11g / 11b networks. But NETGEAR will need to get the WEP-enabled throughput hit fixed and wireless bridging and repeating features added, or risk being left behind on the draft-11g battlefield.