Aesthetically, the Amped Wireless RTA15 is one of the best looking routers I have ever tested. Additionally, the build quality of the router is quite good, with thick heavy plastic covering the internal components. The front mounted LEDs give a good indication of what's going on with the router, and the rear mounted USB port has become more of standard with routers these days.
As far as the management interface goes, the RTA15 offers one the most complete solutions available. The ability to control the channel width and lock it is a helpful feature in getting the most out of your network in situations where all your devices are N or AC only. Another feature I was impressed to find on the router was VLAN, as this has typically been exclusive to more expensive managed network switches.
Throughout testing, we did have a number of small issues getting the router to keep and maintain a steady wireless signal. I do, however, hope this issue will be fixed in the future with a firmware update, and we can revisit this router at a later date.
Even with these mishaps, the RTA15 isn't a bad router, it was able to give us wireless AC connection rates at distances up to 20ft, while the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11n bands were able to maintain their connection rates past the capabilities of the WD MyNet N900. Across the four gigabit Ethernet ports, we managed near 950 Mbps throughput and 800 Mbps of throughput from WAN to LAN.
Pricing of the Amped Wireless RTA15 is at $189.99, which puts it at the top tier of the market, even more at this tier there is some pretty stiff competition from Linksys, Netgear and ASUS with their top of the line solutions. With this said, I do feel if they lowered the price even slightly, it would put them in position to have one of the best wireless router solutions in terms of price/performance.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Amped Wireless RTA15 Router]
- Page 3 [Router Setup and Management Interface]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Wired Throughput]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Wireless Throughput]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Wireless Range]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Link Speed By Location and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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