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Amped Wireless Athena R2 AC2600 Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Apr 7, 2017 4:52 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Amped Wireless





Basically, with this test, I'm looking to see if the router will lock up if enough sessions are pushed through the hardware.


We start at 32 sessions and the Athena at 924 Mbps. Moving out to 256 connections the Athena R2 hasn't moved much, but it is down to 840 Mbps. Finishing out this test the Athena R2 ended at 1024 connections at 468 Mbps and did not crash.



Final Thoughts


I'm quite surprised by the Athena R2 as I wasn't expecting it to be such a strong solution, especially with the change of hardware from the original solution. With that said the design is following that slim profile I first saw with the Athena EX range extender, hell they could be using the same enclosure for both to save on injection molding costs.



As far as features are concerned, the Athena R2 stays true as an AC2600 class solution. We grabbed a good bit of performance through its wired Ethernet ports including 936 Mbps on LAN and 942 Mbps on WAN. Wireless performance was top notch for 2.4GHz making it the quickest solution in our new charts. 5GHz was right behind the new Synology solution at 832Mbps.


Going through our mobile results, the Android device will most likely be dropped soon in our charts because it just doesn't perform as well as the iPhone. I'll likely be on the lookout for something more modern for the Android side of testing, maybe a Pixel or whatever Samsung comes up with. In these test, we grabbed solid performance from the Athena R2 with 5GHz at 538 Mbps.


The range was standard for the 2.4GHz band although this solution didn't fare too well starting out as the quickest solution but ending as the slowest. On the 5GHz band, it did much better starting as the third quickest but ending in second. File performance was surprising for the Athena R2; Amped solutions aren't on the top of my list as "NAS replacement" solutions but the Athena pulled in 113 MB/s read and 67 MB/s write, perhaps I'm wrong about them.


Overall, the Amped Wireless Athena R2 is a solid AC2600 class solution. It carries great performance through wired and wireless connections and proves it can surprise in the storage department.

Product Summary Breakdown

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The Bottom Line: The Amped Wireless Athena R2 proves itself as a high performance solution capable of delivering on wired and wireless connections, as well as USB.

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