Netgear's A6200 delivered a strong second-place finish overall. In fact, it was just 2 mbps slower than the Asus, and it performed particularly well at longer distances. The D-Link DWA-182 finished third overall, with Buffalo's AirStation WI-U2-866D close behind.
I will no longer rely on the Linksys WUSB6300 for testing 802.11ac routers, because it finished in fifth place in this field of six adapters. And then there's the Trendnet TEW-805UB, which produced the slowest performance in three of my four test locations. Finishing dead last overall, it was 39 mbps slower than the fifth-place Linksys adapter, and 122 mbps behind the first-place Asus product. I could cut Trendnet some slack because its adapter is street-priced at just $40, but I found Buffalo's far-faster WI-U2-866D selling for the same price online.
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