Using NTTTCP, a network bandwidth testing tool made by Microsoft, we test the wireless adapter performance of the Aurora mALX. We perform two tests: one from 2″ from the antenna to reduce the effects of interference; and another test 28′ away which is more susceptable to interference and broadcast problems (i.e. transmission through walls). The first test at 2″ is more accurate and repeatable, whereas the test at 28′ is more erratic and should only be used for informational purposes only.
No real surprises here – the XPS M1710 falls where we expected in both 2″ and 28′ tests. If you’re one of the people who has adopted 802.11n, the XPS M1710 now comes with a Wireless-N adapter!