We expected the Amped Wireless R20000G High Power Dual Band Router to be a solid overall performer going into this review. The R20000G has a pretty good pedigree and comes from a family of networking products that have slowly been gaining a larger share of the home networking market for the past few years. The R20000G has very impressive specifications and presents itself as a full functional router. In our battery of tests – as well as our real-world use – the router performed quite well overall.
Unlike many of the other routers we have tested, Amped Wireless makes accessing a shared USB drive really easy to use as well when you use this router. We took a thumb drive and connected it to the back of our Amped Wireless R20000G. After making sure the router’s firmware was properly setup, we were able to map the USB as a network drive using same procedures you would use when mapping a regular drive: Start/Computer/Map Network Drive. From here, select a drive letter, then enter in the folder field AMPED_USBpublic. This makes for a really cheap and easy way of getting a NAS up and running on your network. In our case a USB thumb drive was perfect and did the trick.
We set up a quick test to measure power at range for a typical neighborhood. We set up a number of routers and turned both their 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz radios on and measured the signal power at a distance. The first distance was about 250 feet through two walls made of mostly wood. The second location was approximately 1000-feet away and the signal passed through glass. This quick and dirty head-to-head test resulted in some pretty enlightened results:
You can purchase the Amped Wireless R20000G Dual-Band Router from your favorite retailer for as little as $159 and even though we have some concerns with router’s wireless speed, Amped has put together a pretty stout package. The R20000G is being marketed as a “High Powered” wireless 600mW Gigabit Dual Band Router that has up to 10,000 square foot ‘extended range’. Our tests show that a 10,000 square foot range (or 100 foot line of site) really is possible with many of the routers in our suite. If you need that kind of range, these routers will give it to you. The question is, will you be happy with the cost and the features that you get.
Amped Wireless ships the R200000G with a 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. We had some issues with our initial router setup and accessing the user interface menu. We called Amped support and were able to talk to a live person within about a minute of calling. Our issue turned out to be some corruption in our IE browser that had nothing to do with the Amped Wireless hardware. We certainly appreciated the great customer support and the ease in which we were able to get a human being on the phone.