Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Dual Band Router R20000G review: Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Dual Band Router R20000G

Like the R10000G, the R20000G has a feature called Wireless Coverage that allows you to manage its wireless power, setting it anywhere from 100 percent to 15 percent. I don't know when you'd want to use this feature since I tested the router at 100 percent and its performance still didn't impress.

Performance
So, yes, the R20000G was a bit of a disappointment in terms of performance.

As mentioned above, the router offered great range on the 2.4GHz band, almost as great as its processor. However, in my testing the signal quality degraded significantly as I increased the distance. For example, the router scored about 50Mbps at close range (15 feet) but a mere 18Mbps when I increased the range to 100 feet. At that range, even when the connection showed a full bar, it was sometimes hard to get a stable connection. At even longer distances, this problem grew progressively worse. Past 250 feet, it was virtually impossible to get a steady connection between client and router.

On the 5GHz band, it was quite the opposite. I found the range to be quite short on this band, about 200 feet at most, but the router consistently offered very good data rates. For example, at a distance of 15 feet, it scored about 71Mbps, while at 100 feet away, this lowered only somewhat to 65Mbps.

The router's built-in networked storage feature was dismal in terms of performance. At some 3.1MBps reading and 1.2MBps writing via a Gigabit Ethernet connection, it was the slowest of the routers with this feature that I've tested.

To slightly make up for all that, the router did very well in my 48-hour stress test, passing it without disconnecting once, on both bands. As with the R10000G, I noted that the R20000G became rather hot after extended operation.

2.4GHz Wireless-N performance(in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Range  
Throughput  
Cisco Linksys E4200
46.9 
61.4 
Cisco Linksys E3200
40.4 
57.44 
D-Link DIR-825
38.8 
61.3 
Asus RT-N56U
34.4 
57.2 
Cisco Linksys E3000
32.8 
43.5 
Trendnet TEW-692GR
31.1 
52.1 
Netgear WNDR3700
29.44 
55.44 
Asus RT-N66U
29.4 
37 
Linksys WRT610N
28.8 
35.76 
Belkin N750 DB
26.6 
50 
Netgear WNDR4000
23.9 
67.8 
Cisco Linksys E4200v2
21.4 
56.6 
Amped Wireless R10000G
20.2 
47.4 
Amped Wireless R20000G
17.8 
50.2 
Netgear WNDR4500
12.5 
28.6 
Linksys E2500
10.7 
36.5 

5GHz Wireless-N performance(in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Range  
Throughput  
Asus RT-N66U
97.8 
109.6 
Cisco Linksys E4200
79.1 
100.48 
Asus RT-N56U
76.2 
112.6 
Belkin N750 DB
74.64 
92.32 
Linksys E2500
70.2 
77.2 
Amped Wireless R20000G
64.9 
71.3 
Netgear WNDR4000
63.9 
89 
Linksys WRT610N
54.8 
64.8 
Cisco Linksys E3200
53.8 
95.3 
Trendnet TEW-692GR
49 
71.9 
Cisco Linksys E3000
48.8 
65.4 
Netgear WNDR4500
41 
109.4 
Netgear WNDR3700
40 
60 
D-Link DIR-825
36.48 
80.96 
Cisco Linksys E4200v2
35.8 
148.5 

Service and support
Amped Wireless backs the R20000G router (like the R10000G) with a one-year warranty, which is the standard length of time for a router warranty. You can also return it within 30 days. On the company's Web site, there's a dedicated page for the router with lots of support information.

Conclusions
The Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Dual Band Router R20000G falls short in both performance and range and doesn't justify its relatively hefty price tag of $180.

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