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Amped Wireless High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter (ACA1)

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  • Add long range, ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity for your Mac or Windows PC
  • 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
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Product Description

The Amped Wireless High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter allows your Mac or Windows desktop or laptop computer to connect to Wi-Fi networks from extreme distances and with blazing speed. The ACA1 is a high performance Wi-Fi network adapter that features high power amplifiers and high gain dual band antennas to achieve up to three times the range of standard Wi-Fi adapters. It connects to your PC with USB 3.0 and features AC1200 Wi-Fi technology to provide unprecedented Wi-Fi connection speeds: Up to 300Mbps for 2.4GHz networks and up to 867Mbps for 5.0GHz connections. The ACA1 allows you to stream HD content, download large files and surf the web faster than ever before and with more range.

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Amped Wireless High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter Range
Amped Wireless High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter Range
Amped Wireless High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter Range

High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter

The Amped Wireless High Power 500mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB Adapter allows your Mac or Windows desktop or laptop computer to connect to Wi-Fi networks from extreme distances and with blazing speed. The ACA1 is a high performance Wi-Fi network adapter that features high power amplifiers and high gain dual band antennas to achieve up to three times the range of standard Wi-Fi adapters. It connects to your PC with USB 3.0 and features AC1200 Wi-Fi technology to provide unprecedented Wi-Fi connection speeds: Up to 300Mbps for 2.4GHz networks and up to 867Mbps for 5.0GHz connections. The ACA1 allows you to stream HD content, download large files and surf the web faster than ever before and with more range.

How the ACA1 High Power AC Wi-Fi Adapter Works
How the ACA1 High Power AC Wi-Fi Adapter Works. View larger

USB 3.0 Port Connection
Uses USB 3.0 port connection for maximum performance.
Add Long Range Wi-Fi to your Mac or PC

Whether you're using a Mac or Windows laptop or desktop PC, the ACA1 attaches to an available USB port on your computer and provides long range, dual band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity for connecting to your home Wi-Fi network or a Wi-Fi hotspot at maximum speed.

ACA1 High Power AC Wi-Fi Adapter Extra Power Outlet
High power dual band amplifiers and omni-directional antenna boost wireless performance by up to 3X! View larger

ACA1 High Power AC Wi-Fi Adapter Setup wizard installs the adapter in minutes
Setup wizard installs the adapter in minutes.

ACA1 High Power AC Wi-Fi Adapter Includes a monitor mounting clip
Includes a monitor mounting clip.
High Power, Advanced Technology = Increased Wi-Fi Range

Two high power 2.4GHz amplifiers, two high power 5.0GHz amplifiers, low noise amplifiers (increases wireless reception range), and advanced high gain, dual band Wi-Fi antennas provide maximum range and performance.

Ultra-Fast AC Wi-Fi Technology

Next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology provides Wi-Fi speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n. Great for streaming HD video and large data files. AC1200 Wi-Fi speeds provide up to 300Mbps 2.4GHz 802.11n connections or up to 867Mbps 5.0GHz 802.11ac connections.

Simple Setup and WPS Support

Setup is quick and simple: Insert the installation CD, install the software and plug in the High Power Directional USB Adapter. The ACA1 also supports one-touch, WPS push button configuration for setting up new network connections.

USB 3.0 Connectivity

Uses the latest USB 3.0 technology for maximum connections speeds to your Mac or PC. Provides enough bandwidth to take full advantage of 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds.

Sleek and Travel Friendly

With its sleek enclosure and the included laptop monitor clip, the ACA1 can be mounted onto any laptop monitor for added convenience and mobility.

What's in the Box

High Power 5000mW Dual Band AC Wi-Fi USB adapter, two detachable high gain dual band 5dBi antennas, USB 3.0 cable, setup guide, CD: user's guide and software, and monitor mounting clip.

Technical Specifications

Technology: AC1200
Bands: 2.4/5.0GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wireless Speed: 2.4GHz: 300Mbps (Tx/Rx), 5.0GHz: 867Mbps (Tx/Rx)
Wireless Output Power: Up to 28dBm (max)
Wireless Security: WEP, WPA, WPA2
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
Interface: USB 3.0
Setup 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.
OS Compatibility: Works with all OS, including Windows and Mac.

Amped Wireless Technical Support
Industry leading technical support
and customer service.

Amped Wireles Technical Support

Amped Wireles Free Wi-Fi Analytics Mobile App
Includes Free Wi-Fi Analytics Tool Android App to help optimize and analyze Wi-Fi networks.

Increase Range Guarantee
Satisfaction guaranteed with the Amped Wireless Range Increase Guarantee.

Amped Wireless USB Adapter Comparison

Standard USB Adapter UA150C UA600 UA1000 UA2000 ACA1 UA600EX
Speed/Standard 54G 150N 300N 300N 600N AC1200 300N
Frequency 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz/5.0GHz
802.11a/b/g/n
2.4GHz/5.0GHz
802.11a/b/g/n/ac
2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n
Output Power 50mW 100mW 600mW 500mW 300mW 500mW 600mW
Low Noise Amplifiers
Wireless Range* Standard 2X Standard 3X Standard 3X+ Standard 3X+ Standard 3X+ Standard 4X Standard
Antenna Type Internal External,
Upgradeable
External,
Upgradeable
Internal Internal External,
Upgradeable
Internal and
Optional External
Antenna Gain 0dBi High Gain 3dBi
Omni-directional
High Gain 5dBi
Omni-directional
High Gain
Dual Polarity Directional
High Gain Dual Band,
Dual Polarity Directional
High Gain Dual Band 5dBi
Omni-directional
Professional High Gain Directional
Dual USB Connections (For More Power)
USB 3.0
Works with Mac and PC
Supports WPA, WPA2, WPS
Other Features
Indoor Stand Professional Stand
Mounting Options Laptop Monitor Clip Laptop Monitor Clip Laptop Monitor Clip Wall, Pole, Desktop
Weatherproof Enclosure
Range Increase Guarantee
Included Accessories Dual USB Cable Dual USB Cable Dual USB Cable High Quality USB 3.0 Cable 25ft Dual USB Cable
Free Wi-Fi Analytics Mobile App

Specifications are subject to change without notice.
*Range specifications are based on performance test results. Actual performance may vary due to differences in operating environments, building materials and wireless obstructions. Professional Series Products require point to point, line of sight, wireless connections between other Amped Wireless Professional Series products to achieve stated range specifications. Performance may increase or decrease over the stated specifications based on the overall wireless environment and conditions. Wireless coverage claims are used only as a reference and are not guaranteed as each wireless network is uniquely different.


Product Information

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Wireless Type 802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Brand Name Amped Wireless
Item model number ACA1
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 8 x 6 x 2.2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8 x 6 x 2.25 inches
Color Black

Technical Specification

Additional Information

ASIN B00DKX0N9W
Customer Reviews
2.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,080 in Computers & Accessories > Tablet Accessories > Chargers & Adapters
#1,578 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available June 25, 2013

Warranty & Support

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By N. Novik on September 23, 2013
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UPDATED:

Unfortunately, I've had to downgrade my original review. The problem is that the adapter doesn't correctly work with the Mac USB ports. If your system goes to sleep and then wakes up or restarts, the adapter will not correctly wake from sleep as well. You have to manually unplug and plug it back in, and then manually reconnect.

The bigger problem is that they don't acknowledge this as a problem of theirs. I contacted support via email and phone and was told:
- I had to disable sleep on my computer (!)
- It was a problem with my USB ports (no, I tried the adapter with multiple ports, some on my thunderbolt display, and I've had multiple drives from multiple manufacturers using the same ports that correctly sleep/wake just fine)
- It was a problem that Apple would have to solve (no, clearly not, since MANY other devices work just fine)

There were no driver updates to try.

So basically, if you're using this on a Mac, you have to manually replug it back in or disable sleep if you want to use it, and they have no plans to fix the issue. For me, sadly, it's going back.

---- ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW -----

A few tips/negatives:

- The network connection utility software is very decidedly not up to Apple standards of simplicity and good design. When connecting to a network where all you need to do is put in the network password, the screen that pops up is full of loads of configuration options which are mostly greyed out, and the password field is at the bottom. If you are someone intimidated by configuration, don't get overwhelmed, just look for the password field.

- The flashing blue LED is incredibly annoying. Duct tape, here we come!

- It looks like a giant robot bug, seriously.
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This thing is everything it is advertised to be. It is indeed quite fast. The new AC wireless standard promises great speed but the catch is that it is on the 5GHz spectrum. The 5GHz spectrum, while less prone to interference than 2.4GHz, does not have as good of penetration through walls and other obstructions. The key to getting the most of the tech is to have large fixed antennae like this does. It allows me 10MB/s (that's megabytes, not megabits folks!) which for my house and network layout is utterly fantastic and much better than I expected.

I gave it five stars because it is exactly as advertised, however it really needs one more antenna/stream to take full advantage of the AC wireless spec. I suspect that inside the case is a standard PCIe-mini card like you would find on a laptop and to my knowledge none of them yet support three streams.

To the people that had issues, I didn't use anything off the CD it came with. I went straight to their website and got the latest drivers and I haven't had a single issue.
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Run fast from this product!! I had 2 of them fail. Know two things; 1- Amazon forces us to post a minimum of 1 star otherwise I'd show no stars. 2- I am very experienced with wireless components, beginning in 1973 and I am the President of an Antenna company.

I was excited about upgrading to AC gigabit speeds with a MIMO device so I shopped around and Amped looked to be my best bet. When I received the product I was VERY impressed with their packaging and documentation. They even have a nice software tool for analyzing your networks. That's were the love affair ended. I installed the typical articulating antennas with RPSMA coax connectors but noticed 2 issues right away. The antennas SMA nuts are extremely tight where they articulate to the antenna mast and the circuit board that the connectors are soldered to, was floating freely around in the case.

When I rotated the antennas into my desired alignment, one of the RPSMA connectors broke off of the circuit board! As the instructions request, I called Amped instead of Amazon but they said there is nothing they could help me with so I filed a return via Amazon. I received my replacement ACA1 and noticed that this product was properly assembled so the PC board did not float around in the case very much as the last one did. The antennas were still overly tight but assembly went fine.

I loaded the software and hooked it up and all worked just fine. The drivers integrated into Window 8.1 and showed up in my WiFi side bar as WiFi-4 (don't know why it chose 4). The ACA1 worked well FOR 2 DAYS!! Then it failed. The I tried using it under another log-in account then tried reloading the drivers and a new cable. Then I tried installing it on another laptop with a different operating system; DEAD.
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Mark in AZ,
We are sorry for the issues you encountered with our units. It is very rare that you would get multiple devices that failed and do apologize for that. We also apologize for any inconvenience this issues may have caused you and please feel free to call us for any questions or concerns regarding this matter or any of our products.

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I live in an old multi-level house with pretty solid floors and walls. I'm running a 2012 Mac with USB3.0, but no 802.11ac.

Wifi reception has been a bit spotty from the router to my office and the USB3.0 capability suggested this higher-powered ac adapter would be an improvement. It was indeed an improvement over the internal antennae, but in my specific situation-- old solid house with copper wiring, I got better results using a Netgear powerline approach.

If you, however, live in a relatively new place, your walls will be thinner and your wiring likely aluminum-based and not as accommodating to the powerline option. If you're without AC and have USB3.0, this is a good option (and the only 802.11AC option for older Macs at this point).
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