Amped Wireless REC15A Review

Take your router to new heights

Amped Wireless REC15AIn an ideal world, routers would offer the perfect amount of Wi-Fi coverage, but the truth is even the best routers have their limits. If you’ve got a big house, or live in an area with thick walls and have multiple dead spots, things can get hairy. This is where Wi-Fi range extenders come into play, and Amped Wireless is promising to fill that wireless void with its REC15A.


Linksys WRT1900AC Review

Don’t be fooled by the old-school styling of the Linksys WRT1900AC—it may look like a blast from the ancient past, but it schools the modern competition, including our previous favorite AC router, the Asus RT-AC66U. The new Linksys model is faster, easier to set up, and has more ports to play with.


Trendnet TEW-818DRU Review

The TEW-818DRU is bereft of features typically found in routers  at this price range.

A basic router with a few bright spots

There are only a handful of wireless routers on the market that advertise AC1900 speeds, Trendnet’s TEW-818DRU being one of them. The advertised speed rating is actually a combination of the dual-band data rates. An AC1900 designation means the router is capable of up to 1,300Mb/s on the 5GHz 801.11ac band, and up to 600Mb/s on the 2.4GHz 801.11n band. By adding these link rates together, router makers can slap a higher number on the box, though you can’t actually combine the channels for a 1,900Mb/s connection. Still, the rating is a useful way to glean which are supposed to be the fastest routers.

Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2014 issue of the magazine.