Tuesday, August 20th 2013

Amped Wireless First to Bring 802.11ac Range Extender to Market

Amped Wireless, the leading manufacturer of high power, long-range wireless communications products for the home and office, today introduced the REA20 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Range Extender. The REA20 is Amped Wireless' new flagship Wi-Fi range extender and the first in the industry to be available with 802.11ac technology.

A universal range extender, the REA20 is capable of expanding any wireless network by repeating, amplifying and rebroadcasting signals from any Wi-Fi router. The industry-pioneering technology built into the REA20 will allow multiple users to download and stream HD or 4K media to different devices simultaneously without buffering delays. The REA20 delivers speeds up to three times faster than range extenders operating on the previous 802.11n Wi-Fi standard.

"By combining our award-winning high power technology and range extender software with the horsepower of 802.11ac, we are able to provide ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds over great distances," stated Jason Owen, CEO of Amped Wireless. "The problem with 802.11ac is it operates on the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band which has shorter range. With the REA20 we are able to boost 2.4 and 5.0 GHz performance to cover an entire office, home or backyard and provide the speed and performance associated with 802.11ac for environments with multiple devices such as, televisions, game consoles, tablets and smart phones, all at the same time."

The REA20 is compatible with any 802.11a/b/g/n or ac Wi-Fi router. It features three high-gain antennas and ten power amplifiers, the most ever used in any Wi-Fi range extender. The amplifiers include two 2.4GHz amplifiers, four 5.0GHz 2-Stage amplifiers and four advanced, low-noise amplifiers. The cutting-edge technology packed into the REA20 gives it the ability to eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots, penetrate thick walls and extend Wi-Fi coverage by up to 10,000 square feet, while streaming high-quality media at faster speeds to multiple devices at once.

A USB port for file sharing and five gigabit wired ports are built into the REA20 for connecting additional wired devices such as televisions, game consoles, Blu-Ray players and more. The flagship Wi-Fi extender includes security features such as guest networks, adjustable Wi-Fi coverage controls, user access controls and support for the latest Wi-Fi security to provide users' with a highly protected Wi-Fi experience.

All Amped Wireless products include Wi-Fi Analytic Tool Apps that provide advanced software applications for Android and Windows devices to assist in analyzing and optimizing Wi-Fi networks to deliver maximum speed and coverage. Amped Wireless products are backed by industry leading, U.S.-based, in-house technical support provided by Amped Concierges.

The REA20 has a price of $199.99 and is available from the Amped Wireless store today and ships 8/21/13. The REA20 will be available at major brick and mortar retailers and online retailers at the end of August. For more information and purchasing, visit: http://www.ampedwireless.com/products/rea20.html.
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9 Comments on Amped Wireless First to Bring 802.11ac Range Extender to Market

#1
AsRock
TPU addict
Shame, tad little late as i just replaced mine. Although still thinking of picking up one of their routers.
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#2
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
too bad its $116-120 JUST to ship to the UK. They really need a UK/Euro distributor.
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#3
SaltyFish
Wouldn't it be easier to just get a more powerful router?

Also, in before remixedcat gushes about Amped Wireless. Seriously, it's like he owns massive stock in the company or something. :D
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: SaltyFish
Wouldn't it be easier to just get a more powerful router?

Also, in before remixedcat gushes about Amped Wireless. Seriously, it's like he owns massive stock in the company or something. :D
*she
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remixedcat
by: SaltyFish
Wouldn't it be easier to just get a more powerful router?

Also, in before remixedcat gushes about Amped Wireless. Seriously, it's like he owns massive stock in the company or something. :D
I don't own stock in them... LOL... and I don't work there either.... LOL

and I'm a lady cat! mrrrowww!!


by: AsRock
Shame, tad little late as i just replaced mine. Although still thinking of picking up one of their routers.
Thier routers are HARDCORE! I have two of them and they both are awesome!!!!

Never had a problem with em and the coverage is AWESOME!!!
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#6
AsRock
TPU addict
by: SaltyFish
Wouldn't it be easier to just get a more powerful router?

Also, in before remixedcat gushes about Amped Wireless. Seriously, it's like he owns massive stock in the company or something. :D
hehe, even more so when the 3 reviews are from the same person.
Amped Wireless RTA15 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC...

by: remixedcat
I don't own stock in them... LOL... and I don't work there either.... LOL

and I'm a lady cat! mrrrowww!!


Thier routers are HARDCORE! I have two of them and they both are awesome!!!!

Never had a problem with em and the coverage is AWESOME!!!
Yeah, but it seems like a hit miss thing going by the Amazon reviews.
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#7
remixedcat
Umm newegg's site derped hard on me.... that's thier fault and not mine!!!!!!
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: remixedcat
Umm newegg's site derped hard on me.... that's thier fault and not mine!!!!!!
Hehe, yeah i would say so..
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#9
xvi
WiFi coverage depends on output power of the radio and gain of the antenna (and noise, but whatever).

Radio output is governed by EIRP (defined by the FCC or equivalent) which basically states that output power + gain should not go over a certain value. Simply put, you're not allowed to shout too loud.
Raising output power on the access point can cause an imbalance in signal strength, often to the point where the signal can reach the client, but the output power of the client isn't enough to make the return trip back. Typically, it just results in poor upload modulation for the client (although it would be no worse than if the AP's output power was "normal").

Antenna gain can only be increased by modifying the radiation pattern of the antenna. Typically, "high gain" omni-directional antennas shorten then e-plane (elevation) of your wifi coverage.


tl;dr: High coverage isn't free. You're going to sacrifice something or violate FCC regulations. As with everything, it's up to you to research the advantages and compromises of a product and make an educated decision for which product best suits your needs.
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