- January 11, 2018
- Posted by: Nigel
- Category: Hardware
If you have a house that’s too big for your wireless network then Ubiquiti Amplifi HD Home Wi-Fi System is easy to set up and uses mesh technology to blanket your home with wireless connectivity.
A Word About Mesh Routers
Not everybody needs to extend their Wi-Fi network. Even if you live in a huge, three-story home, you may find that a good midrange or high-end router will cover your entire house. That said, if your dwelling has dense walls (like plaster, steel, and cement), long hallways, and/or lots of air-conditioning ductwork, your Wi-Fi may become obstructed to the point where you can’t get a strong signal (or any signal at all) in certain rooms.
Before mesh routers, if you wanted to extend your Wi-Fi coverage to areas of your home that your router couldn’t reach, your choices were limited to setting up an access point or purchasing a range extender. For some, setting up an access point is out of the question, as it requires running cables. Range extenders are wireless and fairly easy to configure, but their signal output is typically half as strong as the signal coming from your router.
The latest crop of mesh routers utilize mesh networking to extend your Wi-Fi signal. In a nutshell, a mesh router communicates directly with clients in the same way as a traditional router, but it uses nodes (or mesh points) that communicate with each other to provide coverage throughout your home. The biggest advantage of using mesh nodes rather than an extender is that the nodes are all part of the same network and provide seamless connectivity as you roam around the house, and do not need any configuration or management. Most range extenders, on the other hand, create a secondary Wi-Fi network that requires some degree of management and must be logged into for Wi-Fi access.
Ubiquiti Amplifi HD Design and Features
The Amplifi HD router is tastefully designed and meant to be on display instead of hidden away like most traditional routers. Included in the box is the router, two plug-in mesh points, a power supply, an Ethernet cable, and a Quick Setup Guide.
The cube-shaped router measures 3.9 by 3.8 by 3.9 inches (HWD) and has a soft-white finish and an LED-lit base that flashes white during the configuration process and glows solid white when the router is in ready mode. In order to maintain a sleek aesthetic, all six of the router’s antennas are internal. The front of the router has a round, 1.6-inch (diameter), full-color LCD touch screen that displays the current time, day, and date. Tapping the screen once changes the view to show your current Internet speed (upload and download); tapping it twice displays the router and WAN IP addresses; and tapping it three times displays current throughput speeds.
Each of the white mesh points plugs into a wall outlet and consists of two parts: the three-pronged base that plugs into the outlet and the antenna. The parts are connected using a magnetic ball-and-cradle mechanism that allows you to adjust the antenna for optimal reception.
Installation and Performance
The Amplifi HD router is a breeze to install. You only need to connect it to your computer and modem/router and download the mobile app. Then open the app and tap the Set Up Amplifi button (this can also be done on the desktop using a browser). The app immediately recognized the router and asks you to name it and assign a password. The router let out a chime and flashed its LED lights, and presto, you are connected.
If you purchase the kid, then its just as easy setting up the mesh points . All you need to do is plug them into a wall outlet around your house or business and then the blue LED lights began flashing followed by a chime on that mesh point after about a minute. Then the lights will flash for a few more seconds before staying solid.
What to Buy
There are two main options: