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Amped Wireless ACA1 High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 3.0 Up to 867 or 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2

  • IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Up to 867 or 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • WPA2
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Learn more about the Amped Wireless ACA1

Model

Brand
Amped Wireless
Model
ACA1

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 867 or 300Mbps
Security
WEP, WPA, WPA2
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Interface
USB 3.0
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5GHz
Antenna
2 x External Detachable Antenna
System Requirements
Available Wireless 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz 802.11a/b/g/n or ac network
Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8
Mac OS X 10.4 to 10.8
CD/DVD drive
100MB of free disk space
One available USB 3.0 port
*Using USB 2.0 or 1.0 ports will lower speeds.

Feature

Features
Wireless Speed:
2.4GHz: 300Mbps (Tx/Rx)
5.0GHz: 867Mbps (Tx/Rx)

Wireless Output Power: Up to 28dBm (max)

Amplifiers:
2 x 2.4GHz Amplifiers
2 x 5.0GHz Amplifiers
4 x Low Noise Amplifiers

Antennas:
High Gain Dual Band 5dBi Antennas
2 x RJ-SMA Antenna Connectors

3X the range and speed of standard Wi-Fi adapters

High power amplifiers and high gain antennas provide wall penetrating Wi-Fi performance

Next generation, ultra-fast AC1200 Wi-Fi speeds provide fast HD streaming and instant data transfers

Works with all brands of 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz networks

Includes a high quality USB 3.0 cable for maximum connection speeds.

Packaging

Package Contents
1 x High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter
2 x Detachable High Gain Dual Band 5dBi Antennas
1 x USB 3.0 Cable
1 x Setup Guide
1 x CD: User's Guide and Software
1 x Monitor Mounting Clip

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Ted B.
  • 6/21/2014 2:20:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible

Pros: got it on sale

Cons: Poor quality assurance. First unit died after 1 week. but it was an xmas gift so the time had expired to return to best buy- Ya I know should have bought it here like I do everything else. . So called/emailed Amped- after wasting hours with their tech department. they said send it to them - i did, i got another one and it never worked - called again and they pad postage to send it back - third unit works , but it is very poor reception- no better than a 20 dollar usb port basic flash drive type wireless adapter. So, buy the ASUS or something else- this thing is a crapshoot at best.

Manufacturer Response:

ace,
We apologize for the issue you encountered with our unit. In order to really experience the speed and range of the ACA1 unit, you need to connect to a network that supports the AC standard. Otherwise you are reverting back to the G and N standards that do not have the same capabilities of AC. Please call our tech support line at 888-573-8820 so that we can assist you with this issue.

Amped Wireless Tech Support
888-573-8820

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  • Joakim M.
  • 5/25/2014 5:45:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDIed after 5 minutes

Pros: Not sure, it died after 5 minutes of usage.

Cons: Plugged it in, loaded the drivers, died after 5 minutes

Other Thoughts: This is the second item I bought from Amped that has died, I seriously question their quality assurance

Manufacturer Response:

Anonymous,
We apologize for the issues you encountered with our unit. The problem you had with our units is not a normal or concurrent issue with our products. The fact that you had two units fail on you is surprising to us. Please accept our apologies and please call our tech support line at 888-573-8820 so that we can resolve your issue and make things right for you.

Amped Wireless Tech Support
888-573-8820

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  • emanuel c.
  • 1/24/2014 10:37:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Very powerful pics up my neighbors wifi from across the street. never had any issues easy to install

Cons: none

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  • Nathan H.
  • 12/17/2013 2:20:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFlimsy

Pros: Works when the USB jack doesn't break.

Cons: USB jack broke easily.

Manufacturer Response:

Highly disappointed,
We apologize for the trouble you experienced with the ACA1 unit. All of our products come with a full year replacement warranty that we gladly honor. Please call our tech support line at 888-573-8820 so that we can make arrangements to have your unit replaced with a new one. Again we apologize for the trouble and inconvenience.

Amped Wireless Tech Support
888-573-8820

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  • Nathan H.
  • 12/9/2013 10:06:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUSB jack broke off

Pros: Works when it works.

Cons: USB jack was not very robust and easily snapped off circuit board when plugging in after moving unit. RMA was issued and return is in progress.

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  • Richard F.
  • 10/9/2013 8:22:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of my time

Pros: Nothing that I can see.

Cons: Didn't work. I followed the instructions assiduously.. Nothing. Dead. Uninstalled driver, rebooted, ran uninstall from Control Panel, ran registry cleaner, rebooted, and tried again. Nothing. Dead. Sending it back now as soon as I get RMA.

twice. Dead, dead, dead.

Other Thoughts: Seems as though quality assurance is lacking with this manufacturer. Complete waste of my time. :(

Manufacturer Response:

Hackworth,
We are sorry for the negative experience you had with the ACA1 unit. That unit is fairly simple to install and should perform as it was designed to. Unfortunately the unit you received is experiencing some hardware failure and needs to be replaced. If you have not had your issue resolved yet please call our tech support line at 888-573-8820 or email us at techsupport@ampedwireless.com so that we can assist you with getting your unit replaced.

Amped Wireless Tech Support
888-573-8820

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  • James S.
  • 9/11/2013 8:49:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs5GHz Channel Problems

Pros: None

Cons: Adapter could not connect to my router on the upper 5GHz channels (149-161). Had to use the lower 5GHz channels and at a much slower transfer rate.

Manufacturer Response:

catch36,

We apologize for the negative experience that you may have had with the ACA1. What you are describing is highly uncharacteristic for this model. Please give our US-Based Elite Support a call at (888) 573-8820 to speak to one of our friendly technicians. We may need to force install the drivers or verify that the cable is not damaged.

Amped Wireless Elite Support
techsupport@ampedwireless.com

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  • Adam V.
  • 8/15/2013 12:46:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsACA1>>Solid solution for my needs

Pros: easy to install
high powered
nice throughput

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Amped Wireless ACA1 USB3.0 WLAN adapter quick review

1. Intro
2. Setup
3. Performance

Intro:
The Amped Wireless ACA1 is the company's latest USB WLAN adapter. It has 500mW of output power and it uses a USB 3.0 port for maximum throughput while other USB adapters use 2.0 which means your computer is not going to see the actual throughput due to the speed limitation on the standard.

Setup:
Very easy. It was easy to pop in the install disc, install the driver software, it installed very quickly, and after that I connected the ACA1 and it worked perfect on even a server OS, Windows Server 2012! I am also glad it doesn't force you to use bloatware like other companies do. I hate the bloatware others make you have. Also it does not take up a lot of disk space... just a handful of Mbytes.

Please note: The router used is the Amped RTA15

Performance:
The performance has been excellent, even though the signal is going thru a chimney, a hardwood dresser, two walls and a very fat cat.
The average signal strength is around -48dBm. This is currently installed on a desktop system that can't have a cable run to it and powerline adapters aren't fast enough for what he does on it.

Gaming and streaming and transferring files are all fast and have no issues or disconnects at all. Very impressed.

Average speeds:
Please note: these are the test results performed by LAN Speed Test software. These are true measurements of the actual throughput.

Average rating in mbps for transfer rates in AC mode is around 176-233Mbits/sec. Peaks at 544Mbits/sec The wireless N mode hits around 96Mbits/sec. Peaks at 233Mbits/sec

Transfer rates (Mbytes/sec):
Wireless N I have around 12Mbytes/sec thru 32ft/2 walls/1 brick chimney/1 hardwood dresser
Wireless AC I have 22Mbytes/sec thru the same as above.

I did have it peak up as high as 35-40Mbytes/sec quite often as well!!

With powerline I had about 8Mbytes/sec transfer rates.

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