Amped Wireless R20000G and UA2000 Introduction
Can newcomer Amped compete with ASUS, Cisco & Netgear?
Continuing with our networking adapter and router reviews, today we have a pair of devices on tap from a relative newcomer to the home and office networking field, Amped Wireless. Founded in 2007, they began selling Wi-Fi products in 2010. In those 2 years they’ve already pushed out a wide array of Routers, Range Extenders, Access Points, USB Adapters and Antennas/Boosters. While they don’t have the history of Cisco, Netgear or D-Link, it’s great to see new companies entering the fray as more competition can only benefit the consumer.
Today we’re looking at their flagship High Power Router, the Wireless-N 600mw Gigabit Dual Band R20000G as well as one of their leading USB adapters, the High Power Wireless-N Directional Dual Band UA2000. List price for the router and adapter is $169 and $99 respectively, but the router and adapter can be found online for about $10 less each at Newegg.
Amped Wireless R20000G Router Overview
According to the press kit supplied by Amped, “The Amped Wireless R20000G High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Dual Band Router provides long range, high performance wireless Internet access over extreme distances.” The router claims to be great for large homes and offices and the 2.4 GHz band should be able to cover up to 10,000 square feet. For those of us that are mathematically challenged, that’s a 100 x 100 foot square centered on the router. Other key features include:
- 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless Networking
- Wireless Data Rates of up to 300/300 Mbps (Simultaneous 5/2.4 GHz)
- 600 mW Wi-Fi amplifiers on the 2.4 GHz Spectrum
- Dual High gain 5 dBi antennas
- 4 supported Guest Networks
- USB Storage Support (1 USB 2.0 Port)
- 1 x 1 GB WAN Port and 4 x 1 GB LAN Ports
- Amped Wireless “Elite Support”
Nice and compact, this router can easily be tucked in a corner or on a shelf and can either sit horizontally or stand up vertically with the included stand. Two mounting holes are available on the back of the router if you’d rather have it mounted to a wall. The dual antennas attach relatively easily and all the ports on the back are clearly marked. Included in the box with the router is the wall wart power adapter, two Ethernet cables (that are clearly labeled “Connect to Modem” and “Connect to PC”), printed setup guide and a documentation/installation video CD.