Amped Wireless PCI20E Review

A Review On: Amped Wireless High Power AC1200 Wi-Fi PCI-E Adapter (PCI20E)

Amped Wireless High Power AC1200 Wi-Fi PCI-E Adapter (PCI20E)

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WilliamGayde
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Pros: Fast, Simple to use, Direct windows integration, Long range, Multiple setup combinations

Cons: Price

With the release of 802.11ac capable devices, many desktop users may feel left out. Current solutions aren't fast enough for todays HD streams, file transfer, and multi-user homes. That is where the PCI20E comes in. It delivers 802.11ac speeds to any desktop computer with a PCIe slot.

The front of the box gives a product overview and the side shows a comparison to other Wi-Fi adapters.


The back lists a usage scenario, setup instructions, and some tech specs. The other side highlights the magnetic antenna stand.


The bottom lists systems requirements, package contents, and some tech specs.


Here is everything included in the box. We get a setup guide, CD, advertisement for their mobile app, the unit itself, a standard and low profile bracket, a detachable antenna stand, and two high-gain antennas.


Here are some closeups of the unit. Its ID is dominated by the large heatsink. It features a matte black PCB which is visually appealing.


The unit can be mounted with or without the antenna stand. The stand does not increase performance at all, it just moves the antennas away the back of the computer freeing up space.



Now on to the review portion.

Performance 5/5
The PCI20E performs great. It follows the general trend of giving about 2/3 of its rated speed. The unit is rated at 300Mbps on the 2.4Ghz frequency and 867Mbps on the 5.0Ghz frequency. With an AC1900 router (the fastest available at the time of publishing) I achieved 225Mbps at 2.4GHz and 505Mbps at 5.0GHz . This is the absolute maximum possible as the unit was 3 feet from the router. In a typical use case you should expect around 115 Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 250Mbps on the 5.0GHz. Along with speed, the PCI20E has great range. I was able to pick up a signal down a floor and across my house. I was also able to pick up signals from my neighbors that I had never seen before with traditional adapters.

Usability 5/5
There is not much to say. Simply plug it in, install the software, and it works. It integrates directly with Windows networking. The software is very informative, but isn't necessary. Once everything is installed, I just had to click the networking icon in the bottom right of the taskbar, and the PCI20E appeared just like the integrated networking devices.

The front page of the software shows what you are connected to, the speed, signal strength, and some IP information.


You have the option to add profiles for frequently used networks.


The available networks page is very helpful. You can see all networks in range, their signal strength, their security, and what channel they are on.


The final page gives info about WPS.





The PCI20E is one of the few networking products that does all it claims. It offers fast wireless speed, improved range, and easy integration with Windows. I always prefer a wired connection, but products like these are starting to change that. If you have the option to install a wired connection, do it. It will be faster, more secure, and more reliable, but if the price is too great and you are still within a reasonable range, check out the PCI20E. It will get the job done in most home networking situations.

5 Comments:

I wish I had 1Gb internet so I could buy this :c
Not compatible with Windows Server releases, neither does it work with certain older Asus motherboards and windows 8 I had to return mine as a result.
remixedcat:
I tested on an Asus P8Z77-v Pro motherboard running Windows 8
M2n sli and an m32n something.. I'll check when I get back home. None worked.
M3N72D is the other motherboard