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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Amped Wireless SR20000G Wireless Repeater Review


Amped Wireless SR20000G Wireless Repeater Review
Contents:
1.      Intro
2.      Features
3.      Performance
4.      Conclusion


Intro

The Amped Wireless SR20000G is Amped Wireless's latest High-Power Dual Band Repeater/Range-Extender. It features a Powerful 600mW output, 5dBi antennas, powerful 620Mhz processor for computing networking commands, Wireless-N 300+300 MIMO, Dual band 2.4/5Ghz, Wired to Wireless bridging, USB sharing, Wireless Multi Media (enhances delivery of multimedia content over the network such as games, audio/video streaming, VoIP, and more) and more.


Features:                         
Here are a few screenshots of the configuration interface. For others, please see the AP20000G review, as it is exactly like the SR20000G.

Setup is very fast!











Performance:                                                 

My readings using the amped wireless tool for android are: 215ft@ 58% at -81dBm and browsing works faster then 3G from that distance. Speedtests show around 120-225Kbps at that distance with a ping of 300 some. My “3G” is worse than that sometimes. That’s a good thing because it saves on data usage… LOL. The 3G in my area is pitiful. I am so glad I got the repeater. I can hang out at the neighbor’s house and still have my own net access because I don’t want them snooping into what I’m doing. I can also watch youtube vids there too with no problems.  This thing works just like my AP20000G but it makes it farther!

It also has neat features like wireless bridging, where I can hook up wired clients to the SR20000G and the connection is wireless from the repeater to the access point. This is nice when you don’t wanna run long cables under an icky house or the layout is wonky but you gotta use a desktop PC without a wireless USB or whatever. That’s awesome! Most repeaters don’t have that! I have a desktop in another part of the house and I am so sick of tripping over the darn cable all the time… and my hubby is too lazy to run it in the floor. LOL….


! Throughput tests using airmapper app for android was around 1.2mbps at 100 some feet away and I was getting around 3-4mbps 65 ft away speedtests were about the same too. My phone seems to cap it at 10 within the confines of my house.

and wow this repeater stays connected even though I've been screwing with the router's wifi settings a bunch... awesome. 

it's at 100% and it's down stairs.. so is the router...

100% -33dBm for the router that's 3 ft away and
100% -49dBm for the repeater that's 30 some ft away and down stairs

Please note: that if you change the home network’s SSID or do any major changes you need to reconfigure the repeater again.

Next we connected the Netgear WG111v3 USB adapter to get screenshots of the Amped Wireless Desktop Analytics tool:



Please note: The repeated networks (extended networks) have the names repeated to indicate the status! It’s funny. I wanna get another repeater to repeat that and go pinkiepiepinkiepiepinkiepie!!! LOL

looks like it's 1-2dBm off on the repeater's connection then the router's connection. Not too bad. the repeater is downstairs about 28ft diagonal and it's about 30 ft from the office, where the wireless router is.

Xbox Live and streaming video test (simultaneous) :
We put the SR20000G through a test of a very demanding Xbox live game Black Ops 2:Zombies… it’s a very demanding game where lag really kills you.  Connections were very solid and wired equivalent to being directly connected with network cable to our Amped Wireless R10000 router.  We did not experience any lag spikes or defeats related to lag. Very nice.
We also decided to use our two LG Optimus S Android phones at the same time. Web browsing was effortless. However we wanted to stream HD videos, so I played some HD video that was 55 minutes long and the video was not buffering while the other person was playing Black Ops 2. However when a second phone was streaming HD the connection to Black Ops 2 was interrupted occasionally. However when the other phone was done playing, it picked back up and didn’t have problems. This is expected of a repeater, however since, in general, repeaters will decrease bandwidth anyways, regardless of the brand. This was not related to our internet connection, however as the second phone was playing HD fine while being connected to the wireless router instead of the repeater.  Does this affect my recommendation? No, it’s still a solid device. 

We also put it through a whole 24 hours of being connected to the repeater only and we only had one connection interruption and it was very brief and may have been attributed to the host of the game….. that is still very good.

2 whole days of Xbox live gaming and we had 3 interruptions that could have been caused by other factors…. Still excellent for a repeater in sub-optimal conditions. Also the router is not setup in the most optimal spot either.

Please note: the video streaming tests were done at various ranges from the device.
Please also note: the repeater is connecting at 72% sig str. And under sub-optimal conditions while microwaves are being used. There are 6 other detectable APs nearby that are not mine.  

Conclusion:

 Pros:
Easy installation
Lots of options
dual band
USB sharing
4 guest networks per band
fast
nice setup menus that look good and easy to navigate
lots of security support
connections are solid
HARDCORE COVERAGE!
Scans and sets up repeated networks very quickly and easily
Wired equivalent xbox live gaming
Handles streaming and xbox live gaming at the same time even thought the B/W is reduced

Cons:
None at the moment!

Overall: I really like this repeater. I really wanted to have even more coverage in spots that my AP20000G didn’t cover at the other end of the property because I really wanna be able to watch youtube vids anywhere around my house. I can stream HD vids from 120 ft away and SD vids will play with very little buffering from 215 ft away.

Overall rating: 9/10

Recommended:Yes! 

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