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Amped Wireless High Power Compact 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC15A)

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #24 in Wireless Networking

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Pros: Compact, Dual bald, 802.11ac, Minimalist design, Easy setup, Wired port, Range is close to bigger models

Cons: Wired port is only 100M, Throughput could be higher, Expensive

The Amped Wireless REC15A is a great little product. It is perfect for those dead spots in your home's Wi-Fi network. It offers most of the range of much bigger units with a lower price and smaller footprint.

Here is the box. It lists the features as well as a comparison to other Amped Wireless products on the side. This unit is the least powerful in terms of output wattage, but it still delivers very respectable coverage.


The back gives a product overview and a comparison to other range extenders.


The side highlights some key features including dual band with AC, Wi-Fi setup and control, and a wired port. Many other extenders have some of these features, but the REC15A has all of them.


The bottom lists the package contents and tech specs. The unit features 4 amplifiers, a high gain 2dBi antenna, and 500mW of output power.


Here are the contents. In the box you will get the unit itself, an external antenna, a quick start guide, and a support card. This is the same set of accessories that most Amped Wireless products feature.


Here is the unit assembled. The unit is just under 1.5" thick and 3" tall by 5" wide. The prongs are reversible allowing for numerous configurations.


The top of the unit feature the antenna port, a link LED, a WPS button, and a reset button. As the name suggests the link LED illuminates when the device is connected. The bottom features the 100M Ethernet port.



Now on to the review.

Usability 5/5
The unit doesn’t need an external power source and is small enough that an adjacent plug can be used. This is a big plus considering most other range extenders are the size of standard routers and need their own power brick. The REC15A is the smallest extender in its class that I have ever seen. To use the unit simply connect to it and navigate to setup.ampedwireless.com. Follow the instructions and you should be connected in about 5 minutes. The device receives 2.4 and 5GHz signals, amplifies them, and outputs a boosted signal on a new SSID.

Once connected, that same website will allow you to view status and change the router's settings. The front page gives all the key information at a glance. You can see the status of all 4 of the networks.


You will notice that the 2.4GHz input is not active. That is because I have Boostband enabled. Boostband connects to the home router with the 5.0GHz frequency and allows both 2.4 and 5.0GHz devices to connect. It streamlines connectivity and ensures maximum throughput.


Moving on to network settings. You can change both the home and extended network SSIDs as well as channel number, channel width, and which bands to use.


More settings are available for power users. Leave these alone unless you have a reason to change them.


Setting up and maintaining the router is very simple. I did however, ironically, have trouble connecting to the device page to make changes when I was having internet connectivity issues. This was not permanent and was easily resolved. Making changes to the router can also take time as most changes require a 3 minute reboot, but this is a problem of all routers. In short, the REC15A is very easy to set up and manage.

Performance 4/5
The unit performs reasonably well, especially for its size. Wireless coverage is impressive for a single antenna. It won't cover your whole house, but it is great for a dead room. I was disappointed to see a 100M wired port. The unit is theoretically capable of over 700Mbps, but the wired port is capped at 100. Range extenders aren't perfect, and this one is no exception. You can expect a real world connection speed to the extended network of about half of your home network. The unit features 500mW of output power which is surprising considering its predecessor featured 600mW. Unless you have fiber and want gigabit connectivity everywhere you go, the unit will still work great.

Compared to its older brother, the REC15A performs well with coverage, but not so well with speed. I saw about half the speed of the REA20. It was still adequate for typical use, but you may run into issues with file transfers or HD streams at longer distances. I would prefer a farther signal compared to a faster signal with bad range. That is what the REC15A seems to offer. At just under $100, the REC15A is on the more expensive side. There are many other high speed range extenders that are cheaper, but those don't feature the range that the REC15A has. If you want a cheap solution then check out the REC10. If you need a slightly faster solution, get the 15A. If you need even more range and speed, look at the REA20.


All in all, the REC15A is a very high quality product. It features extreme range with acceptable speed. Setting it up is a breeze. If you need to eliminate a dead spot or two, this will work great. It can be very overwhelming as there are many options in the range extender market; but if you are looking at about $100 and want great range and usability, this is the router for you.
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Amped Wireless High Power Compact 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC15A)
Description:

See how the REC15A works.View larger Extend Any Wi-Fi Network by up to 5,000 sq ft with the High Power Compact AC Wi-Fi Range Extender This Amped Wireless High Power Compact AC Wi-Fi Range Extender expands the range of any Wi-Fi network by repeating the signal from your existing Wi-Fi router and redistributing that signal in up to 5,000 sq ft of space. This elegant, discreet, plug-in Wi-Fi Extender provides industry leading Wi-Fi coverage coupled with ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds - to allow for the best of Wi-Fi experiences. Whether you are streaming HD movies onto multiple devices, knocking out the competition on your online gaming platform, or downloading music - the REC15A can handle it. This Compact Range Extender is made up of Amped Wireless High Power Technology, equipped with a total of four amplifiers; one 2.4GHz amplifier, one 5.0GHz amplifier, two low noise amplifiers, as well as one high gain, dual band antenna. The REC15A also includes one wired port for connecting and bridging an additional network device, such as a PC or TV. If your home or office needs more Wi-Fi range or if you simply need to eliminate frustrating dead spots, this universal Wi-Fi range extender is right for you. Flawlessly connect this Extender to any existing Router and unleash your laptops, iPads, Android tablets, Windows 8 tablets, smartphones, and e-readers with the most powerful Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender available. The Amped Wireless Difference At Amped Wireless we do things different. We build best-in-class products with industry leading technology and stand by every product we produce with superior customer service. We focus on high power, well performing Wi-Fi - to give our customers the best wireless experience available on the market. We know that the best wireless experience doesn't end at High Power technology and that is why we have Elite Support, our in-house U. S. based support team. Our Elite Support team is knowledgeable, passionate, and ready to answer your questions, 7 days a week. Top of the line technology, High Power products, and superior customer service - that is The Amped Wireless Difference. Free Wi-Fi Analytics Tool Mobile App (Android and Windows) The Amped Wireless Free Wi-Fi Analytics Tool helps you to analyze and optimize your Wi-fi network - to allow for maximum speed and coverage. The app is free to download and compatible with Android devices and Windows PCs. Download it today and get the most out of your wireless network. *Range specifications are based on performance test results. Actual performance may very due to differences in operating environments, building materials, and wireless obstructions. Performance may increase or decrease over the stated specification. Wireless coverage claims are used only as a reference and are not guaranteed as each wireless network is uniquely different. AC wireless signal speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac devices. Output power specifications are based on the maximum possible radio output power plus antenna gain. **May not work with non-standard Wi-Fi routers or routers with altered firmware, such as those from third party sources or those with proprietary software. May not work with routers that do not comply with IEEE standards. Learn more about High Power vs Standard Wi-Fi products.View larger High Power Performance vs Standard Wi-Fi Products All Amped Wireless products feature advanced amplifiers and high gain antennas to provide more Wi-Fi coverage compared to standard Wi-Fi devices. The REC15A features up to 500mW of output power and 2dBi antenna gain. That’s over 10x more output power than standard devices. In addition, standard Wi-Fi devices typically use internal antennas while the REC15A features one external, high gain, detachable dual band antenna to provide a better signal. Uncover our High Power Technology.View larger Long Range with High Power Technology Bring more range to your network and eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots with the REC15A's award-winning high power technology. The REC15A is equipped with a total of four amplifiers, one 2.4GHz amplifier, one 5.0GHz amplifier, two low noise amplifiers, and one high gain antenna to provide high performance Wi-Fi coverage. The technology makes all the difference. One Additional Port, see for yourself.View larger Bridge Your Network with One Additional Wired Port Seamlessly connect your printer, computer, server, TV, hard drive or other network devices with ease. The REC15A provides one additional network port for connecting one more wired computer, A/V device, or other devices at ultra-fast wired speeds. Grasp the difference in Wi-Fi speeds.View larger Ultra-Fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi Speeds Enjoy your HD video streaming and wireless gaming on multiple devices, simultaneously, with next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology. The latest technology, 802.11ac, provides Wi-Fi speeds up to 3x faster than 802.11n. The REC15A creates both a 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz extended network, simultaneously, and allows for additional guest networks. Simple setup in 3 steps, learn here.View larger Simple Wireless Setup with PC, Tablet, or Smartphone Getting started is easy. The REC15A works with all Wi-Fi routers, regardless of brand or technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac). The setup wizard gets you up and running in minutes. Simply connect your tablet or PC to the Range Extender's network, access the menu and scan for your home Wi-Fi network. The setup wizard will take care of the rest. A step-by-step setup video is also included to guide you through any issues you may encounter. Find the Range Extender that you need.View larger Find the Range Extender That's Right for You Amped Wireless has a full line of Range Extenders, from compact Range Extenders that feature a single Ethernet port to more powerful, dual band Extenders that feature up to five gigabit ports. Find the solution that best fits the size of your home or office, the amount of power you need, and the number of ports that will best serve your network.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingPersonal Computers
BrandAmped Wireless
EAN0850214003713
FeatureUp to 5,000 sq feet Wi-Fi coverage - Extend the range of any single or dual band Wi-Fi router. Adjust the coverage distance of your wireless network. Big Power in a Discreet Design - Eliminate dead spots & get more range with high power amplifiers & high gain antennas. Ultra-fast AC Wi-Fi Technology - Stream HD videos with fast 802.11AC Wi-Fi speeds Dual Band Wi-Fi - Simultaneously extend both 2.4 and 5.0GHz networks Universally Compatible - Works with any Router or Gateway: including Linksys, Verizon, Netgear & more 1 Wired Port, More Devices - Connect an additional PC, A/V device, server, or printer with an additional port Airplay, Airprint, & Home Sharing - Works with all Apple networking features and supported devices Create additional Networks - Add up to 8 additional networks for guests & other rooms. Control when your Wi-Fi is on or off & restrict access to specific users.
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ManufacturerAmped Wireless
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PublisherAmped Wireless
StudioAmped Wireless
TitleAmped Wireless High Power Compact 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC15A)
UPC850214003713
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Item Height2.6 inches
Item Length9.25 inches
Item Width7.5 inches
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Package Height2.8 inches
Package Length9.6 inches
Package Weight0.7 pounds
Package Width7.6 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberREC15A
ProductGroupPersonal Computer
ProductTypeNameNETWORKING_DEVICE
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Item Weight0.66 pounds
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ReleaseDate2014-03-10
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