Amped RTA2600 Athena High Power Router

Amped wireless releases high power wireless AC2600 router – RTA2600 Athena with 16 amplifiers, MU-MIMO, beamforming technology and powered by 1.4GHz dual core processor




 

Overview

Amped wireless specializes in high power and high gain wifi devices including wireless high power router, high power USB adapters, high power wireless range extender and more. You can find in the market Amped wireless high power lines of products including Titan high power AC1900 router, RTA1750 high power AC1750 router or RTA15 high power AC1200 router and more. All of Amped products are characterized by high power devices that is targeted for large area to cover, a large house with backyard and pool, a large warehouse and offices.

In Jun 2015 Amped released new flagship – the Amped RTA2600 Athena – a high power wireless AC2600 router, a premium wifi router for large home and offices. How this product performs compared with other similar products such as Linksys EA8500 and Netgear Nighthawk X4?

What this product does

Amped RTA2600 is a concurrent dual band high power router delivering high speeds of up to 800Mbps in 2.4GHz band, plus up to 1733Mbps in 5GHz band for combined bandwidth of up to 2.53Gbps. Like other high performance AC routers, Amped RTA2600 comes with beamforming technology that locks each of the wifi clients with focused wifi streams for solid connection. The good thing with this router is that the MU-MIMO (multi user MIMO) technology that allows the router to deliver data to all clients at the same time as contrarily with traditional MIMO technology that streams data one device to the other, not at once. However, you have to remember that MU-MIMO will work effectively with devices that support MU-MIMO as well.

Linksys EA8500 is also based on wireless AC2600 router, on the other hand Netgear Nighthawk X4 is based on wireless AC2400 technology for the combined bandwidth of up 2400Mbps (600Mbps in 2.4GHz band + 1734Mbps in 5GHz band).

Amped athena rta2600

What makes this router different

Ordinary AC routers come with standard Omni directional antennas, but RTA2600 is designed with 16x powerful amplifiers and 4x external antennas. Take a look at the following image that illustrates the inside chip processors for processing all the networking tasks including each chip that processes each of the band with 4x high power amplifiers plus 4x signal reception amplifiers in addition of 4x high gain 5dBi dual band antennas.

Amped athena amplifiers

With this processing chips architecture, Amped RTA2600 Athena provides much better performance and covering very large area with very solid signal, thanks to the 16 amplifiers architecture in addition of beamforming and MU-MIMO technology.

On the other hand Linksys EA8500 and Netgear Nighthawk X4 don’t come with this type of power architecture, just like other high performance routers.

Main features

  • Based on wireless AC2600 technology with 4x simultaneous wifi streams
  • 4x high gain external antennas with 16x high power amplifiers
  • Solid clients connection with Beamforming technology
  • MU-MIMO technology
  • Powered by 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor with 128MB flash and 512MB RAM
  • Prioritize bandwidth for application, network or devices
  • Gigabit interfaces and 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0

The design of the body looks good, but at a glance the body that is made of plastic material doesn’t look sturdy. It is probably the texture is not shining brightly like Linksys or Netgear that looks sturdy. For some people the appearance is important, but the performance must be the best.

Comparison RTA2600 Vs Linksys EA8500 Vs Nighthawk X4

A simple presentation to understand the differences between the three products can be presented in the following spec comparison table, not all detail specs are included. Comparison table is split into two parts as to make the mobile devices easy to read.

Wifi technology

Table 1 compares Amped RTA2600 with Linksys EA8500, both routers come with the same wireless AC2600 technology. On the other hand Netgear Nighthawk X4 comes with lower bandwidth of wireless AC2400 technology. All the three products are engineered using multi-user MIMO and Beamforming technology for solid signal connection and fast data rate throughput.

Antenna amplifiers

RTA2600, EA8500 and Nighthawk X4 all come with 4x external antennas to support 4x data streams MU-MIMO technology. Unlike Linksys and Asus that equip their products with standard antennas and wireless processing unit, Athena comes with 16x amplifier processing units including 4 x 2.4GHz amplifiers; 4 x 5GHz amplifiers and 8 x Low noise amplifiers. This architecture makes this Amped Athena different with other competing products.

Table 1 Amped Athena RTA2600 Vs Linksys EA8500

Amped Athena RTA2600 Linksys EA8500
Wifi technology Based on wireless AC2600 Based on wireless AC2600
Speeds 800Mbps in 2.4GHz band, plus up to 1733Mbps in 5GHz band 800Mbps in 2.4GHz band, plus up to 1733Mbps in 5GHz band
Beamforming technology Yes Yes
MU-MIMO technology Yes Yes
Antenna 4x External high gain 5dBi antennas 4x adjustable external antennas
Amplifiers 4 x 2.4GHz Amplifiers

4 x 5GHz Amplifiers

8 x Low Noise Amplifiers

Unspecified
Ethernet Ports 1 x RJ-45 Gigabit WAN Port

4 x RJ-45 Gigabit LAN Ports

1 x RJ-45 Gigabit WAN Port

4 x RJ-45 Gigabit LAN Ports

USB Ports 1 x USB 2.0 Port

1 x USB 3.0 Port

Share USB storage

1x USB 3.0 port

1x USB 2.0 / eSATA combo port share storage / printer

Current rating 4.4 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 stars
Price $274.00 $230.00

 

Table 2 Amped RTA2600 Athena Vs Netgear X4

Amped Athena RTA2600 Netgear Nighthawk X4
Wifi technology Based on wireless AC2600 Based on wireless AC2400
Speeds 800Mbps in 2.4GHz band, plus up to 1733Mbps in 5GHz band 600Mbps in 2.4GHz band, plus up to 1733Mbps in 5GHz band
Beamforming technology Yes Yes
MU-MIMO technology Yes Yes
Antenna 4x External high gain 5dBi antennas 4x External antennas
Amplifiers 4 x 2.4GHz Amplifiers

4 x 5GHz Amplifiers

8 x Low Noise Amplifiers

Unspecified
Ethernet Ports 1 x RJ-45 Gigabit WAN Port

4 x RJ-45 Gigabit LAN Ports

1 x RJ-45 Gigabit WAN Port

4 x RJ-45 Gigabit LAN Ports

USB Ports 1 x USB 2.0 Port

1 x USB 3.0 Port

Share USB storage

1 x USB 2.0 / eSATA combo Port

1 x USB 3.0 Port

Share USB storage; printer;

Current rating 4.4 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 stars
Price $274.00 $230.00

 

Interface Ports

All the interface ports, buttons, antennas for Amped Athena are located at rear panel except the USB 3.0 port at the right side, and Asus designs similarly except two antennas are located at the left and right side of the body. Linksys EA8500 puts all the interface ports, buttons, two antennas and others are at the rear panel, two other antennas at the left and right side of the body.
amped rta2600 ports

Unfortunately, Amped RTA2600 router is sold more expensive around $274 nearly the same price as Netgear X6 wireless AC3200 router or more expensive than TP-link Archer C3200. The last two products are the three band wireless router for combined bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps.

Summary

For large home with many obstacles, Amped Athena RTA2600 is ideal product to perform in its best in supporting any bandwidth-intensive applications including streaming 4K HD video, online gaming and voice application.


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