How to Test Router Performance

How to Test Router Performance

The internet has become by far the most fundamental requirement in our daily lives, thanks to technological advancements and the speed with which everything operates. Routers, which play an important part in this network sharing landscape, must perform their tasks to the core. But how can you tell if your router is working properly or not? How do you measure the performance of a router? Let us look at it.

How To Measure Routers Performance

Before we begin testing the router’s performance, you need to first determine the type of router you have installed. The measurement test varies according to the kind of router.

A router is of two types;

  • A Wired Router
  • A Wireless Router

A Wired Router is a router that is linked to a power supply through Ethernet wires that transmits data from one device to another. This router is touted to be the quickest and most dependable router for a consistent, interference-free connection. A wired router is often evaluated based on its speed and ability to handle traffic from several devices connected to the same network. This is accomplished using the steps outlined below.

  1. Restart your router and other connected devices to the routers
  2. Choose a speed test software to use to test the router’s speed. Many free speed testing software applications are accessible on the internet, including LAN Speed Test Lite, HELIOS Lan Test, TamoSoft Throughput Test, LANBench, NetIO-GUI, and many others.
  3. Connect the WAN port of your router to the Sail Outlet and the LAN port of your router to your computer using an Ethernet wire.
  4. Download the speed test app or software on your computer
  5. Run a speed test.

A Wireless Router is a router that serves as both a router and a wireless access point. An Ethernet cable connects a wireless router, which feeds information into the router, which then sends the information to other devices connected to it on the same network. These routers are most often used in every household that uses the same router’s network. A wireless router is usually measured on the basis of two main factors. They are,

  1. Signal speed
  2. Throughput

Signal Speed

In contrast to a wired router, a wireless router only distributes to a limited geographical region. The slower the signal you receive as you travel away from that geographic location. In some situations, many devices connected to the router and using the same network might slow down the signal’s speed. It is suggested to use the inSSIDer application to test signal strength and identify active wireless channels.

When you start the inSSIDer, you will see a list of wireless networks near you, including your own. This software displays the signal strengths for all wireless networks in your vicinity as well as your own network. A RSSI column displays the signal strengths. Because the signal strength is updated in real time, you may move your smartphone around to check for fluctuations in signal strength.

Throughput

The quantity of data that may flow through or be transmitted from one point to another in a particular length of time is referred to as throughput. Factors such as internet connection speed and traffic on other networks can all have an impact on data transmission speed. As a result, the higher the throughput of a device or network, the higher the real throughput obtained in regular use.

Measuring the throughput of a device or network necessitates the installation or download of a software called Qcheck onto your device. Throughput for both wired and wireless routers may be tested by installing Qcheck on two computers, one connected to a wired router and the other to a wireless router. Each machine that is linked to the QCheck is referred to as an endpoint.

  • Start the Qcheck program and enter the IP address of endpoint 1 (The PC that runs the console) and endpoint 2 (The partner PC).
  • After entering the IP address, click on the Throughput option and click the Run button to get the throughput results.

For a wireless router the ideal result of the throughput should be between 50Mbps to 100 Mbps or more than 100 Mbps if the user base to that network is large.

If the network is still running slowly after doing a performance test, the issue is most likely that the router’s bandwidth is insufficient to manage intensive data transfer. In such a situation, replacing your router with a higher bandwidth router is advised for compatibility.

Bandwidth

The quantity of data that may be moved from one point to another inside a network in the time allotted is referred to as bandwidth. The router’s bandwidth relates to what the router is really capable of accomplishing. Most routers offer an average of 100Mbps, however if a software running on your computer demands more than 100Mbps, the running application will slow down. A router with a bandwidth of 100Mbps can only go so far. In that situation, you might choose a router with a larger bandwidth capacity.

Conclusion

We hope this article taught you how to measure the performance of a router. Test the performance of your router using the information provided in this blog. Please share your test findings with us in the comments section below.


Share post on
Matt Peter
By Matt Peter

Hi, this is Matt Peter from California, USA. By profession, I am working as an electrical engineer with a reputable Electronics Company here in California. I am a tech savvy person, and that is why I love my job. This blog is my part time hobby, and I love to write reviews about different products based on my own knowledge and experience. When you go through my reviews, you will feel that they are unbiased reviews as they come direct from my heart for tech lovers. The purpose is to help and guide people who are looking to buy or upgrade their electronic gadgets like monitors and home theatres etc. Enjoy and give your feedback in comments!


Please add "Disqus Shortname" in Customize > Post Settings > Disqus Shortname to enable disqus

Best of Router is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

How to Check Connected Devices on Wifi Router TP link Blog

How to Check Connected Devices on Wifi Router TP link

To completely utilize your smart devices like your smartphone, laptop and TV, you need...

By Matt Peter
How to Connect WiFi Extender to Verizon Router Blog

How to Connect WiFi Extender to Verizon Router

The standard routers often do not cover all the house areas because several people...

By Matt Peter
How Does a Portable WiFi Router Work Blog

How Does a Portable WiFi Router Work

Gone are the days when carrier pigeons were our source of communication. We have...

By Matt Peter
How to Connect a Landline Phone to a WiFi Router Blog

How to Connect a Landline Phone to a WiFi Router

Did you know that you could connect a landline phone to a Wi-Fi router?...

By Matt Peter
How to Clear WiFi Router History Blog

How to Clear WiFi Router History

Did you know that your Wi-Fi router keeps a record of the websites that...

By Matt Peter
How To Connect To WiFi Using A WPS Pin Blog

How To Connect To WiFi Using A WPS Pin

WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) is a feature supplied with many routers. It is specifically designed...

By Matt Peter
How To Port Forward Without Router Access Blog

How To Port Forward Without Router Access

There are countless occasions when you want to share data between two computers that...

By Matt Peter
How To Enable Upnp On Att Router Blog

How To Enable Upnp On Att Router

Have you ever lived the Plug n Play experience? Plug n Play devices are...

By Matt Peter

Latest Posts

Best Router for Ethernet Home Routers

Best Router for Ethernet

Undoubtedly wireless routers perform pretty well and deliver a stable internet connection to several...

By Matt Peter
How to Check Connected Devices on Wifi Router TP link Blog

How to Check Connected Devices on Wifi Router TP link

To completely utilize your smart devices like your smartphone, laptop and TV, you need...

By Matt Peter
How to Connect WiFi Extender to Verizon Router Blog

How to Connect WiFi Extender to Verizon Router

The standard routers often do not cover all the house areas because several people...

By Matt Peter
How Does a Portable WiFi Router Work Blog

How Does a Portable WiFi Router Work

Gone are the days when carrier pigeons were our source of communication. We have...

By Matt Peter
How to Connect a Landline Phone to a WiFi Router Blog

How to Connect a Landline Phone to a WiFi Router

Did you know that you could connect a landline phone to a Wi-Fi router?...

By Matt Peter
How to Clear WiFi Router History Blog

How to Clear WiFi Router History

Did you know that your Wi-Fi router keeps a record of the websites that...

By Matt Peter
How To Connect To WiFi Using A WPS Pin Blog

How To Connect To WiFi Using A WPS Pin

WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) is a feature supplied with many routers. It is specifically designed...

By Matt Peter
How To Port Forward Without Router Access Blog

How To Port Forward Without Router Access

There are countless occasions when you want to share data between two computers that...

By Matt Peter