Here are the Wi-Fi 6E Access Points I am using EnGenius ECW336 https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=644 and the Ruckus R760 https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=655
With the release of the iPhone 15 the big change that most people will notice is the USB-C port replacing Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable. But the most important change is that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max now support 6Ghz Wi-Fi 6E.
I will do a near and far speed test with two of the best business class TriBand Wi-Fi 6E AP’s available
The EnGenius ECW336
and the Ruckus R760
both of these are connected to a ECS2510FP 2.5G switch.
I am running them on non overlapping 160Mhz channels.
First I ran speedtest my xfinity Internet maxes out around 1.4Gbps
Then I used a iPerf server on the Iphone I got a maximum speed of 2.3Gbps
Next I did a Wi-Fi test with the EnGenius ECW336 at 10 feet and got 1.4Gbps!
Then I ran a iPerf test I got 1.5Gbps
Next I did the same tests with the Ruckus R760 getting around the same 1.4 Gbps
Then with iPerf I got a maximum of 1.6Gbps
6Ghz does not travel quite as far as 5Ghz so plan on using about 30% more access points if you want full 6E coverage. However the signal quality at longer distances is still very good compared to 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz meaning you might not see as many bars of signal but still have a great connection.
For the next tests I moved 40 feet away from the AP’s
I got 320Mbps from speedtest
Then I got a maximum speed of 449Mbps with iPerf
Last I will do the same test with the Ruckus R760
I get 335 Mbps
and a maximum of 254Mbps with iPerf
In conclusion Wi-Fi 6E on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max is extremally fast! We are getting close to wired speeds with Wi-Fi and the same or better speeds than a windows laptop. This will open up lots of new application possibilities and speed up all network operations including streaming, gaming and downloads. The Ruckus R760 did not have an advantage in this single client test but if there were any interference or a large number of 6Ghz clients I am sure it wound fare better. The EnGenius ECW336 has great 6E performance and can be added to any network where you want or need faster speeds.
Ruckus R550 Wi-Fi 6 Unleashed AP https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=619
More info on the R760 here https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=655
The TriBand 2.4/5 and 6Ghz Wi-Fi 6E R760 is a high-end indoor access point (AP) made for ultra-dense indoor locations such as convention centers, lecture halls and stadiums
I will show you how much power my Internet Connection and Wi-Fi Equipment use and how long the EcoFlow RIVER 2 can run it. I will also show a sneak peek of the Home Assistant integration running with the River 2!
EcoFlow RIVER 2 https://amzn.to/3W5Jbpa
2.5G ESG510 Router https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=661 ECS2528FP
Cloud Multi-Gigabit 24-Port 16 1G 8 2.5G Switch https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=650
EnGenius ECW336 Wi-Fi 6E AP https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=644
CyberPower CPS1215RMS Rackmount Surge Protector https://amzn.to/3ook8Ba
CyberPower EC850LCD https://amzn.to/3oqzW6v
more info on the ENH500-AX KIT here https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=677
More info on the ECW120 here https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=580
Here is the ECS1112FP Cloud Managed 8 port PoE Switch https://www.keenansystems.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=585
Unscientific Throughput Testing
The following are results of simple throughput testing of the ECW336. The AP is installed in a fairly standard late 1960s stick built house in a 21×24 foot room of the “walkout” basement. The AP is 6.5 feet from the floor on the underside of a drywall box built over the house’s central HVAC duct and a steel support I-beam.
The AP’s radio configuration, yes I know 40MHz on 2.4 is stupid, and like everyone else the 2.4 is trashed by neighbors and my own IoT devices (mainly Thread radios).
SSID configuration for the all clients test. The first two are on separate tagged VLANs, the last two are on the untagged VLAN.
The clients used for throughput testing are:
- 2.4GHz Intel core i7 running Windows 10 with an Intel AX200 card locked to 2.4GHz
- 5GHz Apple MacBook Pro M1 14”
- 6GHz Intel core i5 running Manjaro Linux with an Intel AX210
The two Intel computers are in the corners of the room diagonal from each other, the Mac is on the arm of a couch a couple of feet from the third corner (the AP picture was taken over my shoulder sitting here).
Each test (iperf3, OST) was done simultaneously on all three clients.
Iperf3 download test uses the following options -t 300 -O 4 -R —forceflush Iperf3 Bi-directional uses -t 300 —bidir —forceflush
Iperf3 UDP test was done throwing -PX and -b XXM combinations on the client until the lost packets was <20% or the throughput showed no gain in a short test. Then that command line was ran for -t 300
OpenSpeedTest used the ?s=l option (5 minute download, 5 minute upload)
This first set is what we will call the “Marketing” results. The AP was configured for a single SSID on the default VLAN with only these three clients on it. Each client had their own wired computer for the iperf3 server.
Not too shabby. Yes you can make things faster (better “servers”, optimized placements of the clients/AP), but the entire point of this exercise is not to make it a “lab” test, but a test in an average installation.
The next set of tests is where we are getting into the “real world” this set has the AP serving the entire house (~30 some clients spread across the radios) with most of the clients just percolating along idle (there was one Sonos zone streaming music and some web browsing, nothing real intense). For these tests I went with a single server using a 10Gbe adapter providing iperf3 endpoints on different IP ports and hosting the OST server.
In order 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz. iperf3 down, OST, iperf3 —bidir, iperf3 UDP.
I found it VERY interesting that 6GHz bidirectional is able to get so close to Gbe with a fairly even split between up and down.
I had to give the 6GHz UDP its very own page…..
Yes that is right, almost 2Gbps. In fact when I do that test without the other two beating on the server I have broken 2Gbps (just barely 2.03Gbps)
Now we are into the meat of things for all of the next tests I had some help with people doing “everything all at once”, phones and tablets were streaming YouTube/surfing the web, wifi connected computers and Nintendo switches were playing multiplayer games on the internet, 2 Apple TVs and 1 Roku TV were streaming 4k movies, all the Sonos zones were playing different playlists.
First up the list of connected devices and their SNR
As you can see the ECW336 has a pretty good set of ears on it, most of these clients are on the floor above.
The order for this listing will be all the 2.4GHz, then 5GHz, then 6GHz tests.
The 5Ghz really took a hit, but that is to be expected with as many active clients and mixed types from 802.11n (newer Sonos), to non-standards compliant 802.11ac (Roku) on the AP all at once.
During the OST tests I grabbed a screenshot of the switch’s (ECS5512FP) live diagnostic screen showing the port going to the AP during each phase.
So there you have it, totally unscientific throughput tests of the ECW336.
One thing to keep in the back of your mind is the fact that when using iperf/OST to generate traﬃc the AP has next to no chance to employ MU-MIMO/OFDMA. While those features won’t make a single client have a higher throughput they do make the AP’s ethernet usage go way up so it is important that if you want full use of your 336 you do not hamstring it with only 2.5 or 1Gb switching.
Happy WiFi, T.C.O.A
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9.3 VPN Client using Shrew VPN Client on Windows 10 as an example
- This is an example of how the Shrew VPN client should be configured on a Windows 10 PC in order to launch a Client VPN connection to ESG.
- The screenshots in this slide and the next slides walk you through the configuration parameters on the Shrew VPN Client.
- Since my ESG WAN IP is not static, I have enabled the DDNS feature on ESG for hostname “ntkevinshao.ddns.net”, so ESG will report to ddns.net DNS server to use its Primary WAN Public IP for ntkevinshao.ddns.net DNS resolution. Therefore, I can input ntkevinshao.ddns.net in the Host Name or IP Address field without having to care what my ESG’s current WAN public IP is.
If you uncheck Obtain Topology Automatically or Tunnel All and specify Remote Network Resource manually, then Split Tunneling is used and only traffic with destinations matching the subnet(s) specified in Remote Network Resource are forwarded thru IPsec VPN tunnel.
From the screenshot below, you can see client has got a 10.10.11.1 /24 IP address, default route is not changed but a static route to 192.168.66.0 /24 with next hop set to IPsec tunnel 10.10.11.1 is added because we had configured split tunneling in Shrew VPN client.