Amped Wireless ATHENA-EX AC2600 Range Extender 2020 Review.
Having fast, reliable, and secure WiFi throughout your home, office or business is essential if you plan on using your high-speed Internet connection to its full advantage.
Amped Wireless, one of the leading manufacturers of high power networking devices, has recently released their new ATHENA-EX AC2600 (RE2600M) WiFi Range Extender. It’s been carefully designed to thoroughly extend and repeat the wireless range of any router by up to 15,000 square feet while offering an assortment of favorable features that improve speed, latency, security and reliability. Let’s take a closer look to see exactly what it’s capable of.
Touted as Amped Wireless’s most powerful dual-band range extender, the $199.99 Athena-EX High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE2600M) lives up to the hype.
Not only did it deliver class-leading throughput scores in many of our tests, it also supports Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) data streaming and offers a solid set of management features and I/O ports. It’s our top pick for desktop wireless range extenders.
Design and Features
At 1.5 by 10.5 by 8 inches (HWD), the RE2600M is just a tad wider than its predecessor, the Amped Wireless Titan-EX High Power AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE1900A).
It’s a desktop-class extender that uses four external antennas that are adjustable and removable.
A USB 3.0 port is tucked away on the right side of the device.
The top of the extender has small LED indicators for power, both radio bands, signal strength, and USB activity.
Installation and Performance
To install the RE2600M, pick a location that is ideally halfway between your router and the dead zone area. Plug in the extender’s AC adapter, connect to its SSID from your PC or tablet, open a browser, and type http://setup.ampedwireless.com to launch the web console’s Dashboard.
Hit Scan to find which networks (both bands) to extend. Select the network you want to connect to, making sure you have at least a 70-percent signal reading and hit Next to name each SSID and assign a network security key.
If you don’t see a satisfactory signal reading, you may have to relocate the extender closer to the router. It takes about a minute and a half for the setup wizard to configure the extender, connect to the network, and save your settings.
Well Equipped Though Pricey
If you’re looking for a full-featured range extender to fill in Wi-Fi dead zones, the Amped Wireless Athena-EX High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE2600M) is an excellent choice.
It is equipped with a generous array of ports and offers lots of management settings, and it’s easy to install. It outperformed its sibling, the Amped Wireless RE1900A
- Increase wireless coverage by up to 15,000 square feet.
- With 16 amplifiers and 4 external antennas, it can fully eliminate dead-zones.
- AC2600 (2.53 Gbps) WiFi speeds through dual bands 2.4 and 5 Ghz.
- Powerful dual-core processor that’s designed for heavy-traffic and constant use.
- BoostBand Technology adds efficiency to improve latency.
- Create your own guest networks for visiting company.
- Fully compatible with virtually any OS or platform.
- Equipped with USB 3.0 for the best solution to network storage and file sharing.
- Simple setup process that requires no experience.
Anyone who’s had to deal with a slow or unreliable WiFi connection can likely share the same frustration.
Sometimes buying the most powerful and latest router simply isn’t enough if you have a network infrastructure that’s expansive or for a large area.
A high-power extender like the Amped Wireless ATHENA-EX AC2600 (RE2600M) is an excellent solution for those needing to boost their WiFi signal to it’s best abilities with improved coverage.