"It's not me, it's you," scolds the distant WiFi hotspot as your connection drops for the ninth time in an hour. As much as you may dream of buying a 20 meter Ethernet cable, Amped Wireless is determined to curtail that flirtation with its latest piece of 802.11ac hardware, the ACA1. The USB 3.0-powered unit clips to Windows and OS X machines, utilizing the company's long-range mojo to ensure that you'll be the envy of frustrated tweeters on the periphery of a public router. The gear arrives on July 22nd, but pre-orders begin today with $89.99 securing you a piece of the action -- and if the idea of that big Ethernet lead still appeals, we've got a video to convince you otherwise after the break.
Amped Wireless Debuts First Mac and PC Compatible 802.11ac Long-Range Wi-Fi Adapter
Increase Wi-Fi range and speed of your Mac or Windows computer by up to three times
CHINO, CA – July 15th, 2013 - Amped Wireless, the leading manufacturer of award-winning high power, long-range wireless communication products for the home and office, announced today the launch of the ACA1 High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter. The ACA1 is the first long range 802.11ac adapter on the market that is compatible with Mac laptops and desktops, in addition to Windows computers. The ACA1 works with all Wi-Fi networks and has been optimized for use with the recently launched Amped Wireless RTA15 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Router.
The ACA1 is the only 802.11ac adapter available with high gain dual band antennas and amplifiers to maximize performance. The ACA1 features two high gain dual band antennas and four total amplifiers for up to 500mW of power. In contrast, standard Wi-Fi adapters provide up to 100mW of power and are not capable of providing extended range. The ACA1 provides up to three times the range of standard Wi-Fi adapters and is backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networks. It connects using USB 3.0 for the fastest possible transfer speeds.
"Operating in the 5GHz band, 802.11ac devices suffer from the poor range inherent with the 5GHz band," said Amped Wireless CEO, Jason Owen. "With the ACA1, users can extend their 802.11ac connections to download HD videos and transfer data files throughout their homes, backyards and offices. The ACA1 allows Mac and Windows users to freely use their computers and enjoy the full benefits that come with 802.11ac speeds."
All Amped Wireless products include Wi-Fi Analytic Tool Apps that provide advanced software application for Android and Windows devices in order to assist in analyzing and optimizing Wi-Fi networks for maximum speed and coverage. All Amped Wireless products are also backed by industry leading, U.S.-based, in-house technical support provided by Amped Concierges.
The ACA1 has a retail price of $89.99. It is available for pre-order from the Amped Wireless store today and ships July 22nd. It will be available at major brick & mortar retailers and online retailers in late-July. The RTA15 High Power 700mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi Router ships 7/16 with a retail price of $189.99. For more information and purchasing, visit: www.ampedwireless.com/products/aca1.html or www.ampedwireless.com/products/rta15.html .