Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Router (R10000G) review: Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Router (R10000G)

Features
The Amped Wireless R10000G doesn't have a lot of features, but it has enough for most simple home or even office needs. The router's interface includes a wizard through which you can customize the network by either accepting its default settings or changing them. Other than that you can also customize Web filtering, quality of service, firewall, port forwarding, and so on.

The most interesting feature of the R10000G is the fact that you can manage its wireless power, between 100 percent and 15 percent. This is in case you're worried that the router offers too much coverage that would somehow be detrimental to your home network.

Performance
I was really expecting exceptional range with the Amped Wireless R10000G--and I did get exceptional range in my testing. In fact, the router offers by far the longest range I've seen. In my office, which is on the sixth floor of a building, I could only test a range of up to about 350 feet--before I would have had to walk out of the building and remain in the air, which I didn't want to do--and the router's range seemed to top that. That said, I couldn't tell how far its actual range was. I tried connecting from the ground floor and wasn't able to, which isn't surprising considering all the concrete in the building.

I did notice that starting from 300 feet out, it was harder to get connected to the router and remain connected, despite the fact that the signal indicator was still almost full. Note however that my office is not a control environment, meaning there are other wireless networks and devices that might interfere with the testing. So you might have a different experience where you are. Nonetheless, from what I saw, the R10000G indeed offered really long range.

The router's wireless data rate was also good in my trials, though not as exceptional as its range. In close-range (15 feet) testing, the router registered 47.4Mbps. When I increased the range to 100 feet, it averaged just 20.2Mbps. These numbers were slightly lower than average on my comparison charts, but are more than enough for Internet sharing.

And it seems the router should be used for Internet sharing only, since it didn't pass one of two 24-hour stress tests. During this test, the router is set up to continuously transfer a large amount of data back and forth between multiple clients. The R10000G failed the test after about 10 hours. I tried it again the second time and it passed, so it might have been just an aberration the first time around. Still with the slightly low data rates and the lack of support for the 5GHz band, the R10000G is best suited for wireless Internet sharing.

I noted that the R10000G became rather hot after extended operation. It wasn't hot enough to be alarming, but did make its thin, flimsy plastic cover feel slightly softer. This made me concerned about the router's durability. I'd recommend using it in a cool and open place.

CNET Labs 2.4GHz Wireless-N performance (in Mbps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Range  
Throughput  
Cisco Linksys E2000
51.3 
74.2 
Cisco RV110W
28.4 
62.6 
Cisco Linksys E1500
37.4 
62 
Cisco Linksys E4200
46.9 
61.4 
D-Link DIR-657
39.2 
60 
D-Link DIR-825
40.4 
57.44 
Belkin N+ Wireless Router
29.44 
55.44 
Netgear WNDR3700
38.6 
54.8 
LaCie Wireless Space
19.8 
53.4 
D-Link DIR-645
24.5 
51.3 
D-Link DIR-655
38.4 
50.6 
Amped Wireless R10000G
20.2 
47.4 
Cisco Linksys E3000
32.8 
43.5 
Cisco Linksys E1200
6.4 
37.5 
Linksys WRT610N
28.8 
35.76 
Apple Time Capsule
20.8 
32.2 
EnGenius ESR300H
5.6 
22.6 

Service and support
Amped Wireless backs the High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Router R10000G with a one-year warranty, which is short albeit standard for routers. You can also return it after 30 days in case you find all that range is just too much too bear. On the company's Web site, there's a dedicated page for the router that provide lots of support information. The page seems to be new and incomplete, however; for example, when I clicked on the link to download the firmware, it took me to another page that showed a flashy presentation of how the router works.

Conclusions
With an exceptionally long Wi-Fi range and slightly below-average wireless data rates, the Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Router R10000G would be a very good router for those who want to share Internet access wirelessly in a large property or office.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.