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.
- Restart your router and other connected devices to the routers
- 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.
- 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.
- Download the speed test app or software on your computer
- 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,
- 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.
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.
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.
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.