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Amped Wireless R20000G Router and UA2000 Adapter Review

Subject: Networking
Manufacturer: Amped Wireless

Wireless Performance – Normal Use Test

Using wireless networks would be great if we all sat a few feet away from our wireless access point, but that’s not reality.  The reason we like Wi-Fi is so we don’t have to drag cables half way across our home or office and can truly connect ‘anywhere’.  With that in mind, let’s look at some ‘Normal Use’ tests that put the wireless adapter half way across the house.  In our case it’s about 45 feet away, through a floor and a few walls.  Let’s see how the routers and adapters stand up to that and we’ll first see how things fare with the Apple Airport.

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Download speeds at 5 GHz on the Apple Airport again show the ASUS USB-N66 leading the pack with the Intel Centrino a distant second.  Even with the Amped UA2000 pointing towards the router, it just couldn’t keep up with the other two.  On the plus side, the numbers the UA2000 showed were very consistent across tests which mean it got a connection and held onto it really well without any wild variations.  Again, we see the 1 Plug UA2000 performing better than the 2 Plug UA2000.

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Apple Airport 5 GHz upload speeds showed very little difference than the download tests other than the Intel Centrino closing the gap with the ASUS USB-N66.  Once again, while consistent across the tests, the UA2000 is a distant third and fourth with the 2 Plug ‘Amped’ test coming in last place.

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At 2.4 GHz, the UA2000 actually put a decent fight, coming in first in ‘Primary’ 1 Plug mode for Average download speeds with 47.3 Mbps beating the Intel Centrino by 16.9% and the ASUS USB-N66 by 11.2%.  The 1 Plug UA2000 also took first place with the best Minimum speed of 39.6 Mbps and only fell behind in Maximum download speeds. 

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Almost mirroring the download tests, the UA2000 1 plug beat out most other pairings.  Other than the Maximum speeds of the Intel and ASUS adapters the UA2000 performed well.  I’m not sure what’s going on, but once again, the Amped 2 plug UA2000 tests are falling behind the 1 plug tests.  Maybe things will work out better if we pair the UA2000 with the ASUS R20000G router?

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Similar to what we saw with the Apple Airport 5 GHz tests, tests using 5 GHz on the Amped Wireless R20000G showed the ASUS USB-N66 leading by a large margin, three times faster than the Intel Centrino in Average download speeds almost five times faster than the fastest tests with the Amped UA2000.  Guess what?  1 Plug Amped UA2000 is faster than the 2 Plug Amped UA2000, go figure. 

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Upload speeds at 5 GHz still have the USB-N66 at the head of the pack.  The 1 plug test with the Amped UA2000 does make a good showing and squeaks out a slight victory over the Intel Centrino N.

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Moving to 2.4 GHz on the Amped R20000G router we finally see the ‘Amped’ version of the UA2000 with 2 USB plugs take the lead, beating all the other test results, in some cases by a good margin.  The ASUS USB-N66 comes in second with the Centrino and the UA2000 1 Plug duking it out for the last two spots.

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Unfortunately, the joy for the UA2000 is not long lived and as we move into the upload tests, we see the ASUS USB-N66 push the ‘Amped’ version of the UA2000 out of first in both Maximum and Minimum upload speeds.  The 2 plug ‘Amped’ test does hold onto the lead in average upload with 47.7 Mbps, beating out the USB-N66, but only by 3.2 Mbps.

November 13, 2012 | 03:05 AM - Posted by razor512

seems okay but that AP and wifi adapter is really overpriced. Wanted to also add that it is becoming more common for many upper end consumer level routers to have 600mw transmit power. Before I purchase, I usually look at the FCCID and check for it's transmit power and if it does not have external antennas, then I also check for U.fl connectors. (replacing a crappy internal antenna on a high end router from linksys or netgear with a quality 5-7dbi antenna will significantly improve your coverage and performance.

PS if you have a single level home, a 9dbi rp-sma omni directional = awesomeness.

November 13, 2012 | 10:11 PM - Posted by Niagara Systems (not verified)

While I haven't used this particular device I've recently had to communicate with their technical support department regarding another device and I was impressed with the quality of their North American support department. The support representatives seemed to really care about my success with their equipment so I figured I'd throw that in there in the event its meaningful in considering their products.

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