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Amped Wireless Athena AC2600 RTA2600 MU-MIMO Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: May 27, 2016 5:52 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Amped Wireless

Tyler's Router Test System Specifications

 

 

 

Wired Throughput

 

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Knowing that this is a Qualcomm AC2600 platform, we can compare this solution other with similar specs. In our LAN throughput testing, the Athena was able to push 944 Mbps, right in line with expectations.

 

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WAN to LAN came in at 906 Mbps, just a touch slower than the TRENDnet device we tested last month.

 

 

Wireless Throughput

 

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Moving to wireless throughput, the Amped device was one of the very few solutions that allow you to manually change the bands between 20 and 40MHz. With that, we had more control over testing and were able to reach 175 Mbps on the 20MHz band and 286 Mbps on the 40MHz band.

 

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Switching over to the 5GHz band, the Athena device did quite well, producing a peak throughput of 405 Mbps followed up by 260 Mbps on the 40MHz band and 122 Mbps on the 20MHz band.

 

 

Multi-User Throughput

 

In our Multi-User test, we use three identical smartphones with the latest MU-MIMO chipset. This test requires the router to handle three simultaneous throughput streams with the results below for each band.

 

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When testing throughput over three devices with the 2.4GHz band, results, as you can see above, were hit and miss. As you can see, we have two devices (red and green) that are sharing the same performance while the purple device trails off.

 

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Moving over to 5GHz, we can see MU-MIMO working fully with all three of our devices following the same throughput curve for the entire duration.

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