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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

Storage Performance

 

In our Storage Performance test, I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 Flash drive formatted with the EXT4 filesystem. I mount the volume as a network drive and test with NAS Performance Test 1.7.

 

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I did not expect much regarding storage performance out of the Athena unit, as Amped is known for their wireless range and not so much storage performance. To my surprise, the Athena is one of the better solutions when it comes to onboard USB 3.0 storage.

 

As you can see I, managed 62 MB/s read which is only 17 MB/s behind the quickest of routers. Write performance, on the other hand, was around 35 MB/s, which is not the greatest but still somewhat respectable.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Amped Wireless is one of the less active vendors in the wireless market, instead of saturating the market with a solution to fit every need, they have seemingly planned, very carefully, the devices they launch. Our last run in with an Amped router was back when the RTA15 launch, at the onset of 802.11ac hitting the market. Since then, Amped has done quite well for themselves and the Athena speaks for that. The build quality of this solution is superb, and while they did interrupt my normal routine by soldering all the shielding internally, we can safely assume this is the same platform as the ASRock G10 and many others.

 

Performance is solid across the board and with the firmware allowing both power control and band control, consumers will be able to tweak their networks and fine-tune them for their needs. In our LAN throughput, this solution put out 944 Mbps while WAN delivered 906 Mbps.

 

Wireless throughput for both bands was quite good with 2.4GHz peaking at 286 Mbps on the 40MHz band and 5GHz topping at 405 Mbps on the 80MHz band. Multi-user performance was decent for two devices on the 2.4GHz band, but performed admirably when switching over to 5GHz, as all three of our devices maintained the same 130 Mbps.

 

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The Athena has a lot going for it, with the Qualcomm platform offering solid performance. On the other side, it does have a bit more cost associated with it, and the warranty should be extended to meet up with competing solutions.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance92%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features85%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money85%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: The Athena is a solid platform from Amped producing top notch wired and wireless performance. Adding to this it also has some of the best storage performance across AC2600 solutions.

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