Amped Wireless' Athena Series Gets A New Router And Range Extender

Not too long ago, Amped Wireless released the Athena router, which looked like the first in what would be a series of flagship networking devices. The Athena stood alone since its release, but at CES 2016, Amped Wireless unveiled the Athena-R2 and the Athena-EX.

Amped Wireless RTA2600

The Athena-R2 appears to be the successor to the first Athena router. It is a MU-MIMO device capable of providing coverage to multiple devices simultaneously at AC2600 speeds. The improved coverage due to MU-MIMO technology is vital nowadays, especially when multiple devices are using data-intensive applications. The Athena-R2 includes a USB 2.0 and 3.0 port for high speed local file sharing and four wired Gigabit ports to attach wired devices.

Amped Wireless RE2600

Amped Wireless boasts that its Athena-EX is the first High Powered AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender to come to market. The Athena-EX will feature four high gain antennas and 16 high power amplifiers, which will eliminate dead spots and provide up to 15,000 square feet of extended Wi-Fi. The Athena-EX also has the distinction of being the first MU-MIMO enabled range extender, which will extend the benefits of MU-MIMO technology across the aforementioned 15,000 square feet of coverage. Just like the Athena-R2, the Athena-EX features two USB ports for file sharing. The Athena-EX also includes five Gigabit ports for wired bridging.

Amped Wireless' Athena-R2 High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Router and Athena-EX AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender will be available at the end of Q1 this year, priced at $239.99 and $219.99 respectively.

Alexander Quejado is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. Follow Alexander Quejado on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, RSS, Twitter and YouTube.

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  • Jay E
    Minor error. "aforementioned 15,00 square feet of coverage." 15 square feet messed up with a comma? or 1,500 square feet? Thanks for the article.