You set up the R10000G by loading http://setup.ampedwireless.com in your web browser. This may please more advanced users, but could intimidate more novice users who might prefer loading up a software CD and following a wizard. But with CD drives going the way of the dodo, Amped's approach is becoming more mainstream.
The label on the rear of the R10000G provides everything you need to know about default settings for the router, should the setup sheet be misplaced.
Figure 4: Amped Wireless R10000G helpful user label
Once connected to the admin interface, a wizard walks you through setting up basic functions such as internet connection, syncing of the system clock (with manual entries or a sync to your computer), wireless SSID, and wireless security.
Figure 5: Amped Wireless R10000G Setup screen
The wireless security settings show that the wireless network is secured with a WPA/WPA2 security password. Secured is a strong word since "wireless" is the default password and the user is not required to change it. A randomly generated strong password, unique to each router, with the option of being user-changeable would have been a better solution.
Figure 6: Amped Wireless R10000G Wireless security screen
Once inside the admin interface, the Setup wizard is still available if needed, but More Settings contains the heart of the router functionality. Settings here include Wireless Settings, Network Settings, Smart Features, Firewall Settings, Quality of Service, and Management.
In general, I thought the UI was nicely laid out and easy to navigate. But some functions such as Wireless and Security functions under Smart Features, seemed more appropriate under their parent items vs. a separate menu.
Help text on the side of each page explains configuration options. However, pages with a longer list of functions direct you to the User manual on the CD. A nice option there may have been a link to the Amped Wireless site with further explanation or even another page on the router in case the CD is misplaced or you don't have a computer with a CD drive.
Figure 7: Amped Wireless R10000G Smart Features screen
The features of the router are laid out simply and in a user-friendly manner. Many of the features are common to all routers and specified in the Feature Summary above, so I won't go through each and every one of them, but I would like to give an overview and highlight some of the features.
An unfortunate feature of this non-WiFi Certified router is that it defaults to 40 MHz channel width, which is sure to eat up all available channels in your neighborhood. Channel number is also set to Auto out of the box. In my testing it took Channel 3 in auto mode when a strong wireless network was found on channel 6 and channel 1.
Figure 8: Amped Wireless R10000G Wireless Basic Settings screen
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) initially did not work. When we attempted to connect to the router with a Win 7 client, the WPS dialogs were not presented by Windows' built-in wireless client. Pressing the WPS button on the router also failed to initiate a WPS session. We reported the problem to Amped, who confirmed it and issued new v2.5.2.02 firmware, which we used for all performance testing.
After the firmware update WPS works as expected. You have three options for connecting with WPS; pushing the WPS button on the back of the router; entering the PIN number specified on the back of the router and in the admin UI; or entering the PIN from your device into a form on the router.
Figure 9: Amped Wireless R10000G WPS screen
In addition to the main SSID, four guest networks are available on the R10000G. Each has the option for band, data rate, SSID broadcast, WMM enable/disable, Internet and local access or internet only and client list.
Network settings for the R1000G on the LAN side include the ability to set IP address, DHCP options, lease time (in this case defaulted to 480 minutes or 8 hours). On the WAN side, MTU adjustments are possible, as are cloning MAC address and manually setting DNS entries. Advanced settings include the enabling/disabling uPNP, disabling WAN ping access, enabling Remote Management, and allowing or disallowing IPSec, PPTP, L2TP and IPv6 on VPN connections.
One thing I did find rather odd were the DHCP reservations ("Static DHCP"). After setting the "static" address, the router not only required a >1 minute reboot, but after that was complete, I was prompted to unplug the power adapter and reboot again (Figure 10).
Figure 10: Amped Wireless R10000G DHCP reservations screen
Smart Features are broken up in to five subsets. Wireless coverage (Figure 7 above), which allows for setting the output power from 15-100%. Access Schedule, which allows you to set up to 10 different schedules to have wireless enabled or disabled for all clients. Block websites, which allows blocking of specific websites and websites containing a specific text in the URL for all clients. The final two options are MAC filtering and IP filtering, which block access to the network and the internet based on MAC address and IP address. Note that the MAC and IP filters are deny only, the reverse of what you see in most routers where access is granted to specific MAC or IP addresses.