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ASUS WL-330 Pocket Wireless Access Point Review

ASUS WL-330 Pocket Wireless Access Point Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Asus WL-330 is a tiny wireless access point so nondescript as to be practically invisible; in fact it is about the size of a lighter.
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Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Asus Nov 25 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Wireless Benchmarks

We benchmarked the ASUS WL-330 using NetIQ to test the average throughput and response time of the wireless connection, as well as the transfer of an 11.8MB file to test real-world performance.

The test was conducted using a Transcend Jetflash USB 802.11b wireless adaptor to communicate through the Assu WL-330 to a PC on the wired network. We ran the benchmarks with WEP both enabled and disabled to test the performance hit. Each test was run 5 times and the average scores taken.

802.11b Wireless Network NetIQ Tests

ASUS WL-330 wireless access point to:

Transcend USB 802.11b adaptor

Average Throughput 4.287 Mbps
Response Time 2 ms
11.8Mb Test file transfer ~21 sec

ASUS WL-330 wireless access point w/h
64-bit WEP encryption enabled

Average Throughput 4.277 Mbps
Response Time 3 ms
11.8Mb Test file transfer ~21sec
Ethernet Reference:
10/100 Wired Ethernet (typical)

61.5 Mbps

Wired Response Time

1ms

It's nice to see that WEP does not significantly affect the performance of the access point. Overall, the WL-330 turns in decent numbers in this test, very similar to what we've seen from other 802.11b devices. At least the small size of the device does not negatively affect its performance.

Conclusions

The Asus WL-330 fills a niche which I hadn't really even thought about before coming across the device initially. The idea of carrying a wireless network in your pocket has definite appeal, especially when travelling. The ASUS WL-330's best qualities are its convenient size and unobtrusive appearance. These, coupled with the flexibility of being able to choose between access point and wireless network adaptor modes make this device an asset for any traveller.

The only downside we could find to mention is the rather unappealing look to the browser-based configuration interface that the WL-330 sports. Looks aside, it's perfectly functional as an access point, and useable, though less than ideal, as a wireless adaptor. At a price of $55USD, it's hard not to recommend the Asus WL-330 based on what it has to offer, so we do.

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Contents of Article: Asus WL-330
 Pg 1.  ASUS WL-330 Pocket Wireless Access Point Review
 Pg 2.  First Impressions
 Pg 3.  Configuration
 Pg 4.  — Wireless Benchmarks

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