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Amped Wireless RTA15 is a router on steroidsCNET editor Dong Ngo proves that it's not long or short but the quality that counts with the new RTA15 High Power Dual Band AC 700mW Wi-Fi Router from Amped Wireless.
Hey, guys. Dong Ngo here. And let me tell you this. I understand. We all want to make it long, and most importantly, keep it consistently long for as long as we want. And of course, I'm talking about the WiFi range here. What else? And for that, we have a company called Amped Wireless that focuses on making very powerful routers, like this brand new RTA15 right here. Now, this is a true Dual Band router, meaning it support all existing WiFi devices on the market right now. But it's also the first from Amped Wireless that support the new 802.11ac, or AC for short, WiFi standard. It's a dual-stream router, though-- meaning that when used with AC client, it offer up to 867 Megabit per second and not the top speed of 1.3 Gigabit per second. And when used with regular end clients, it support up to 300 Megabit per second, and not the top notch 450 Megabit per second speed. But this is a special router, however, because it's come with a lot of amplifiers, up to 700 Miniwatt of power, double that of any regular router. So, either way, it's a router on steroids. Now, on the back here, the router come with three detachable antennas. These are high-gain antenna. And when they are detached, they have to be attached back in in the right spot. Note the number-- 1, 2, 3-- right here. Now, these antennas podcast the WiFi signals so your clients such as smartphones, tablets, and laptop can receive and hence, connect to the internet and other things in your network. Now, the more powerful the router is, the longer the range. And that means the longer you can walk farther away from the router without getting disconnected. That's the idea, at least. Now, in my testing, the RTA15 did offer a very long range-- longer than most router I ever tested, though not by much. But unfortunately, these WiFi signal wasn't really stable, meaning that you can actually get disconnected any way. So, just like steroid, this router here could use some bit of holiday. Don't get me wrong. This is not a bad router. At full range, it offer a very decent performance and it also comes with a very robust web interface. You can use this interface to change as many feature, including the option to discreet the power, which make the range shorter but the signal more stable. And the router is also very easy to use. Out of the box, it comes with two network cables already plugged into its WAN port and one of its LAN ports. All you have to do is plug the WAN port into an Ethernet source, such as the cable modem, and you're done. You can use the router right then with its D4 WiFi networks printed on its bottom. Now, on the bottom here, as you can see, the router can also be mounted on the wall. And it also come with a base right here for it to stay 45 degrees from the surface. Pretty cool. In all, the RTA15 is a decent and interesting router, to say the least. But it's expensive, though, costing some $190. And from that amount, I like to see it offer better WiFi signal quality. And for more of this device, check out my full review at CNET.com. In the meantime, remember, size doesn't really matter-- long or short. It's the quality that counts. And speaking of quality, this short, short video just made your day. But that's only because I'm Dong Ngo. And this has been the first look at the RTA15 high-power router from Amped Wireless.