Why Portal has better performance
Portal apart from its router competition is its use of the DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) bands.
These 5GHz bands (like all mesh accesses a variety of frequencies at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz) have been reserved for weather radar, and so are nearly empty, From a practical point of view, being able to access these empty DFS bands is like moving from a crowded two-lane highway to a new, nearly empty six-lane freeway – you’ll just naturally move far faster than you would using a traditional router because you’re free to pick the fastest route as you drive. The proof is in the Portal’s performance. While I got wild spreads of more than 100Mbps between slowest and fastest speeds from all other mesh systems, each speedy Portal connection usually fell within a narrow range of around +/- 40Mbps. This means that each Portal connection will be as speedy as the previous, rather than the usual fluctuating connections I often experienced with other systems.
Portal also seemed to stay consistently speedier at the outer reaches of its range when compared to other mesh systems. This ensures consistent connections from outdoor cameras and Wi-Fi patio or pool speakers placed outside your home.
Portal can cover 3,000 square feet with Wi-Fi signal, more area than most single routers claim to cover and nearly as much as some dual-unit mesh systems. One more recommendation, centrally-located Portal for any relatively small home or small- to mid-sized urban apartment surrounded by dozens of competing Wi-Fi network speeding a network constantly accessed by multiple heavy users, as long as said home or apartment is not near an airport. Portal is a pretty and powerful single router solution.
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3,000-square-foot space field Test
Ixia’s Chariot software in a crowded Wi-Fi environment
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At home, it stayed in contact with an iPad Pro for 85 feet, through several walls and ceilings. The Portal Wi-Fi router worked well over a couple weeks of daily use while it was simultaneously connected to a variety of devices, including a MacBook Air, Samsung Tab Pro S, Microsoft Surface tablet and Samsung phone. With streamed a Netflix movie on one while listening to an Internet radio station on another, and I moved data onto and off a network storage system. The audio and video came through without a hiccup.