High Price Wireless Range Extender Amped RE1900A Titan
Everything from the sleek look and the four antennas – even the model name TITAN-EX says power. They say don’t judge a book by its cover but in terms of raw performance the Amped RE1900A might be the strongest indoor wireless range extender available on the market right now.
Disclaimer: The Amped Titan-EX is a high power repeater with a relatively large price tag. For performance and durability it is still a good price (especially if you get it on sale) but we tend to suggest it only if you know you nee the extra power. Our best wireless repeater review is a lower power model but at a more reasonable price. We feel the price to power weight is better with the cheaper model but if you don’t mind paying a little extra for a stronger signal then the RE1900A is the best performance model.
This is the highest power indoors repeater. Great performance but a high price tag and you’ll need to decide for yourself if you want to pay the extra price tag.
|Model Name||Manufacturer||Signal Strength||Compatibility||Additional Features||Best Deals|
|Amped Wireless TITAN-EX, High Power AC1900 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE1900A)||Amped||Up to 14,000 sq. ft of extra coverage. 14 powerful amplifiers and 4 high gain antennas. 2.4GHz 600Mbps and 5GHz 1300Mbps||Works with any 802.11 b/g/n routers and networks. Any WiFi enabled device can connect.||Easy to use. Guest networks, file sharing and a 1GHz dual core CPU to handle heavy traffic. Additional wired ports.||Check Best Price|
- Easily the highest strength indoors repeater. Crammed with amplifiers and antennas it makes a great powerhouse for larger homes or offices.
- Both 2.4 and 5GHZ at 1300Mbps. Older repeaters would struggle with a family all downloading or streaming but the RE1900A is made for heavy use.
- A 1GHz dual core in a repeater. I still remember the days when my own desktop didn’t have that kind of power. If you manage to slow this device down I want you to tell us about it. Honestly. I’d be impressed.
- Latest security standards. We looked at WiFi extender security (opens in a new page if you want to see the guide) before and it’s a standard in any of the better devices but still important to look out for.
- File sharing with a USB 3.0 and 2.0 port. Nice little feature you don’t often find in extenders.
- Easy Amped setup. They provide their US based support free with the device but between the videos and installation guide you’re not likely to need them.
- Award winning. PCMags.com “Editor’s Choice” and WiFiRepeaters “Monster Truck Strength”
- Higher price tag than some of the alternatives (which I’ll look at in a moment). I’ve mentioned before this is not one of the cheaper models. For the extra performance it might well be worth the cost depending on your requirements but there are cheaper models available which provide good value (but not as much power).
- No touch screen. This only really matters during setup (it means you don’t need to use another device to configure anything) but it would of been a nice feature to include.
- Looks like a cross between a spaceship and a hedgehog. Small children likely to want to play with it. You think I’m kidding but I had to replace an antenna for this exact reason.
The Optional Bits
- I never tend to suggest putting directional antennas onto a repeater or router because generally you want an omni-directional antenna on the source and a directional on your desktop or laptop for best performance. But with 4 antenna slots if you’re really struggling to get a signal to a specific area you could use a directional antenna for one of them without sacrificing a strong omni-directional boost still. You can take a look at the WiFi Antennas guide (opens in a new page) if you want. I would suggest not starting with this however as you’re going to be looking at a pretty big distance with the four default antennas anyway.
- If you don’t already have one you might consider getting even a cheap external hard drive or flash drive. Connecting it to the repeater is a handy way to share files around your network to move between people or devices.
The Extender Setup
The RE1900A extender comes with a manual and videos for setup and we also provide our repeater setup guide for further suggestions if you want to get the most out of your setup. On top of all that Amped support are generally decent and US based you get free access when you buy your repeater so you can always fall back on that.
The RE1900A installs pretty much the same as other Amped repeater models.
It doesn’t take technical know-how to setup and most of the tricky bits are automated anyway. If you’ve ever been in to configure your router you won’t feel out of place at all. Keep in mind that if you have a dual band router the RE1900A can support extending both networks and you’ll need to connect to both original networks to do this.
You have the option to change these settings for the new extended network if you want to configure anything specifically but the defaults are generally fine if you don’t feel like playing with it. I would suggest not naming both networks with the same name because while your devices can tell them apart – trying to explain it to a guest might become a little trickier.
How the RE1900A Titan Compares to Alternatives
As I’ve said before – as much as I love the RE1900A sheer power we don’t consider it the best wireless repeater purely because of the price. If you’re only driving around the corner once a day you wouldn’t buy yourself a flash sports car would you?
That might be a bad example. Maybe you would. But let’s take a look at the numbers. Beyond doubt the RE1900A is the most powerful device. Unless you’re needing something really specific like an outdoor repeater it is the best available for omni-directional range extenders.
But it’s not the only option. The TAP-EX is a good example of an easier setup. The trade of is the lower power and higher price tag than some of the cheaper alternatives because you do pay for that touch screen.
And there are devices which give a decent range extension at a lower price. They do not provide the same range but we’re talking about 50-60% of the power of the RE1900A but for smaller homes or offices this can be enough. It might be worth checking out a cheaper device with a still decent power if the price point is too high on the RE1900A – like this.
If you don’t mind spending the extra money however there is nothing which really compares.
The External Reviews
So our review can be summed up as “awesome but expensive” but what do the public make of the TITAN-EX?
Because it is relatively newer than some of the alternatives it hasn’t been on the market as long. The higher price point also makes it less popular than some of the cheaper alternatives so there are only a few dozen reviews we were able to find. Overall the response is positive (it is an Amped repeater at the end of the day we’ve come to expect that of them by now) but because of the low number of reviews it is easily swayed by bad reviews so (at the time of writing) they’re slightly below the cheaper models.
The problem with devices like this is it can be hard to judge the requirements of your network properly sometimes. If you don’t follow the guide properly (either the one that comes with the repeater or our quick reference guide) you might not get the most out of your device. There’s also a couple of reviews which seem to have had delivery problems with Amazon themselves rather than an issue with the range extender itself. Eventually those reviews will be diluted as more real ones come in.
If you look at the reviews themselves they’ll mostly echo what we’ve said here already. High price but high power. Good quality, durable device with a couple of bells and whistles thrown in. Well worth consideration if you don’t mind the extra cost.