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This New Range Extender Plugs Directly Into Electrical Outlet

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This wireless range extender plugs directly into an electrical outlet.

Amped Wireless has introduced the REC15A High Power Compact 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender. As the name implies, this device will grab the wireless signal of a home or office router and re-transmit that signal to places where the router just can't reach.

Standard Wi-Fi devices have an output power of a mere 50 milliwatts (mW). However, the REC15A provides up to 500 milliwatts (mW) of Wi-Fi output power while keeping its slim 3 x 5 inch form factor figure. The device also packs four amplifiers (one 2.4 GHz, one 5.0 GHz, two low noise) and a high gain, dual band antenna, which help provide up to 5,000 square feet of extended coverage.

This little extender plugs directly into any electrical outlet and provides an Ethernet port for connecting wired devices to the local network including PCs, TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and other devices. However, for the initial setup, users can connect with a wireless device like a smartphone or tablet; a wired connection is not necessary.  

The specs show that the REC15A will provide up to 150 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 433 Mbps on the 5 GHz band. The extender also provides parental controls such as restricting access to specific users and time of day schedules for limiting access. Users can even "reel in" the signal strength just in case the network is invading the neighbor's space.

"As more devices like tablets, smartphones, laptops and routers supporting the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard become available the need for faster, longer range Wi-Fi continues to grow," stated Jason Owen, CEO of Amped Wireless. "With the introduction of the REC15A, Amped remains at the forefront of Wi-Fi extending solutions by offering another high performance more affordable option for extending AC Wi-Fi coverage."

The new REC15A is available now through Amped Wireless for $99.99, and will be made available at major brick and mortar retailers any day now.

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    bdizzle11 , March 31, 2014 6:25 PM
    Literally every single range extender plugs "directly into electrical outlet". How much did Amped Wireless pay for this article to be written and make it seem like a unique product?
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    mouse24 , March 31, 2014 6:14 PM
    100 bucks for a range extender? You could get another router for that much that has a range extender feature on it(not to mention being a boatload more useful). Seems silly to me.
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    bdizzle11 , March 31, 2014 6:25 PM
    Literally every single range extender plugs "directly into electrical outlet". How much did Amped Wireless pay for this article to be written and make it seem like a unique product?
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    Someone Somewhere , March 31, 2014 7:27 PM
    This would be like, say, one of these? Or this.This article is like being amazed that a fridge door has a built-in handle.
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    jasonelmore , March 31, 2014 8:37 PM
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    100 bucks for a range extender? You could get another router for that much that has a range extender feature on it(not to mention being a boatload more useful). Seems silly to me.
    Find me a Wireless AC router for under $100
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    iknowhowtofixit , March 31, 2014 8:46 PM
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    Find me a Wireless AC router for under $100
    You can't even consider this wireless AC with a maximum theoretical throughput of 583Mbps. It may extend your signal, just don't expect the speed that comes with a typical high end AC router.These devices make no sense when you can find powerline adapters that work much more reliably for under $50.
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    Someone Somewhere , March 31, 2014 9:00 PM
    This is only a 1x1MIMO device. The TP-Link one I linked above is 2x2, so should be faster for 2.4GHz clients.
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    realibrad , April 1, 2014 5:49 AM
    Quote:
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    100 bucks for a range extender? You could get another router for that much that has a range extender feature on it(not to mention being a boatload more useful). Seems silly to me.
    Find me a Wireless AC router for under $100
    Here are 3, but there are more on newegg alone so...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162071
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156454
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320179

    Separated lines - SS
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    Haravikk , April 1, 2014 6:41 AM
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    Literally every single range extender plugs "directly into electrical outlet". How much did Amped Wireless pay for this article to be written and make it seem like a unique product?
    I was thinking exactly the same thing; this isn't new at all, in fact there are a bunch of wireless hubs and extenders that plug directly into wall sockets already. Also, as far as features go it's a pretty pathetic one; wall sockets are almost universally the worst place to put wireless devices; as a general rule IMO higher and more central is better, and that's usually where your electrical outlets are NOT.
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    danwat1234 , April 1, 2014 3:37 PM
    The range extender plug for a Chevy Volt can be plugged through a handshaking box, directly to a 120v power outlet..
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    unknown_ , April 2, 2014 12:25 PM
    haha tom's...your readers are supposed to be relatively smart...you are undoing all good will toward you...
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    jbl775 , April 3, 2014 12:57 PM
    I hate that these range extender products always create a NEW network name(s).....is there no way to extend the range of a (consumer grade / home) network without adding additional network names? To have it operate seamlessly as one large network, as opposed to 2 separate (but connected) networks (i.e. original 2.4Ghz + extended 2.4Ghz)? And to boost throughput, it would be great if you could connect the extender via Cat6 back to the main router. I've already done this with a 2nd router, but it still creates the 2nd set of network names....I keep waiting for the product which will solve this...but it never seems to arrive.
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    Someone Somewhere , April 3, 2014 6:08 PM
    Get a router or a WAP, and plug in an ethernet cable. Then set the name and password to be the same.
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    mouse24 , April 4, 2014 2:33 AM
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    Get a router or a WAP, and plug in an ethernet cable. Then set the name and password to be the same.


    Then you'd have the issue where you get devices constantly jumping back and forth on networks. Having to handshake each time you say walk into the kitchen. Atleast, that was my issue.
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    Someone Somewhere , April 4, 2014 2:41 AM
    I'm running two WAPs with the same name (though there's quite an abrupt change between their coverage areas - walk up a set of stairs). No major issues.

    Some devices let you set swappiness in the drivers.
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