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Amped Wireless Updates AC1900 Routers, Packs 8 Radios

By - Source: Amped Wireless Press Release | B 12 comments

Amped Wireless has revealed its next-generation Wireless AC hardware.

On Thursday, Amped Wireless unveiled its family of next-generation long-range AC1900 Wi-Fi products: the RTA30 high-power AC1900 router and the REA33 high-power AC1900 Range Extender. Both are slated to arrive in mid-2014, backed by the Wi-Fi Analytics Tool for Android and Windows Phone, and "elite" customer service by Amped Concierges, a U.S.-based, in-house technical team.

"We are very excited to announce the fastest and longest range Wi-Fi router and range extender we have ever developed! Both feature the latest, high power Wi-Fi technology and are packed with high power parts to provide the best Wi-Fi experience ever offered. This means faster streaming, downloading and web browsing with all of your devices, throughout your entire home, backyard, or office," said Jason Owen, CEO of Amped Wireless.

The technical details weren't provided at the time of this writing, but the company says that the upcoming RTA30 high-power AC1900 Wi-Fi router packs eight Wi-Fi radios; four high gain, dual band antennas; and 16 high power amplifiers. The router also provides a USB 3.0 port for sharing files or a printer across the network, and five Gigabit wired ports.

For this router, Amped Wireless introduces an updated user interface and premium software features. These include guest networks, adjustable Wi-Fi coverage controls, parental security, and support for the latest Wi-Fi security.

As for the Range Extender, this device essentially grabs the router's signal and rebroadcasts it into areas where the router can't reach. The extender consists of eight Wi-Fi radios; four high gain, dual band antennas; and 16 total high power amplifiers. The REA33 also provides a USB 3.0 port for sharing, and five Gigabyte wired ports. Like the router, this device has an improved user interface and plenty of advanced and security features.

Expect to hear more details, as well as news of additional products, when we roll into CES 2014 next week.

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    RealBeast , January 2, 2014 11:22 AM
    Nice to see more high end AC routers, but where are the 3 antenna USB AC wireless adapters to make use of these and other high end units?
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    unempit , January 2, 2014 1:46 PM
    Hmmm. "Gigabyte wired ports".
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    dgingeri , January 2, 2014 2:29 PM
    "Hmmm. "Gigabyte wired ports"."

    Easy mistake to make. He's even corrected it already.
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    RealBeast , January 2, 2014 2:41 PM
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    Hmmm. "Gigabyte wired ports".


    Good proofreading skills, but of course even a networking neophyte knows that he meant gigabit, as there are no consumer products with ports exceeding gigabit, and will not be for a long long time.

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    razor512 , January 2, 2014 3:07 PM
    It sucks that none of these companies seem to be wanting to make 3 stream dual band wiifi adapters

    802.11ac uses multiple 433.3 mbit spatial streams, each having around a 50% performance overhead, thus a top real world performance of about 200-216mbit/s per stream.

    A 3 stream 802.11ac card can offer about 600-650mbit/s of real world performance if multiple connections are made (e.g., downloading from a local FTP server using a download accelerator such as downthemall).

    the asus ac68 still seems to be the only 3 stream 802.11ac wifi adapter and due to the lack of competition, it is overpriced, and has driver issues.



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    jasonelmore , January 2, 2014 6:36 PM
    Both the Range Extender and the AC Router are the same product. the only difference is what default settings you get.

    They've been doing this for years, they just need one SKU and let the setup wizard do the rest.
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    remixedcat , January 2, 2014 9:51 PM
    Interesting.... a 4x4 would be a Broadcom based config and Amped has gone with Realtek SoCs for thier other hardware! That would be cool if they switched or Realtek now has 4x4 MIMO
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    unempit , January 2, 2014 11:04 PM
    "Good proofreading skills, but of course even a networking neophyte knows that he meant gigabit, as there are no consumer products with ports exceeding gigabit, and will not be for a long long time."

    True. My attempt at sarcasm was too subtle. Oh, and "...five Gigabyte wired ports..." is still there in the article. "Gigabyte" reminded me of the motherboard manufacturer. :) 
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    Guilherme Franco , January 3, 2014 6:30 AM
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    the asus ac68 still seems to be the only 3 stream 802.11ac wifi adapter and due to the lack of competition, it is overpriced, and has driver issues.



    You also have Netgear R7000
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    chuckchurch , January 3, 2014 11:00 AM
    This sounds a lot like marketing hype. You can't sell a device that exceeds the FCC limits on power output combined with antenna gain to my knowledge. However, if anyone can make a wireless router that works with my flakey Galaxy S4 running 4.3, I'd love it to death!!
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    tsumeone , January 3, 2014 12:36 PM
    Guilherme Franco, the R7000 is a router - not a wifi adapter.
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    danwat1234 , January 4, 2014 3:26 AM
    I wonder how low the power consumption will be/wall wart size.
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