Tolly Group, a testing lab based in Florida, performed a test of the Edgewater Wireless EAP3000 family of multi-channel 802.11 compliant access points and found that they significantly outperformed leading carrier class access points. The Edgewater Wireless EAP3000 family of access points has been designed specifically to solve the capacity crunch created by the surging growth of smart phones and tablets.
According to Tolly, the performance of a Wi-Fi network suffers when laptops, older smartphones and other Wi-Fi devices using 802.11b and 802.11g chips, connect to the network. Where older 802.11b devices are allowed to connect, other devices on the network (even those using the newer 802.11n chip) experience slower speeds, even as low as 1 Mbps, when factors like distance or interference prevent higher association rates. Thus, even a single client associated at a low rate will degrade the overall performance of the access point. The Edgewater Wireless EAP3000 AP eliminates this problem. By providing three separate channels, the EAP3000 can service older, low-speed clients on one channel, and provide two additional channels for newer, high-speed 802.11n clients. Tests show that the EAP3000 provides a dramatic increase in aggregate throughput in these mixed-mode environments when compared with single-channel APs from several leading providers.
Read the full test report and methodology.
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