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AmpliFi Mesh Point HD
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- Home WiFi Mesh Technology for Complete Home Coverage.For best performance, the Mesh Points should be placed in different directions between the Router and the areas farthest from the Route
- Can Be Used with AmpliFi Home WiFi System or Any Third Party Router
- Plug and Play High Density Mesh Point to Eliminate Dead Spots
- DualBand 802.11ac WiFi and 3 X 3 MIMO
- Easy Setup and Powerful Wi-Fi Management using the AmpliFi App
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The AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Mesh Point utilizes mesh technology to enhance the Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home. The proprietary antenna design provides superior range and speed. You can pair the Mesh Point with the AmpliFi Router (recommended for optimal coverage) or a third-party router. The Mesh Point seamlessly plugs into any outlet with no wires and no fuss. The antenna pivots on a magnetic connector designed to provide power and adjustability.
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Netgear Orbi: Great overall system and the clear winner in terms of LAN (internal) throughput. The speed I was getting sitting next to the satellite unit was almost the same as I was getting next to the main unit. This of course is because of the dedicated 5Ghz band for backhaul. I also found that the distance I could place the satellite unit away from the main router was far greater than that of one of Amplifi's mesh points. Another benefit of Orbi was the total number of Ethernet ports, there are 7 between the two units.
The cons of Orbi are as follows:
- Horrible app for mobile devices and computer
- Feature set is also terrible and missing key features such as the ability to see signal strength of each device, what unit a device is connected to and what band it's on. There was a work around at one point by pointing to the "debug" page but that was removed.
- No way to see what device is eating up bandwidth, important if your internet isn't the fastest
- QOS is minimal and can't be set by device.
- no wired option for backhaul
Amplifi HD: Great looking router with a display that's actually useful. Coverage is good but not great. Internet speed is consistent throughout the whole house. Router has nice looking LED lighting that can be turned on/off and scheduled. The app is useful in the sense that it shows you signal strength of devices and what access point they're connected to as well as rx/tx rates. The router alone surprisingly has great range. It's very stable, haven't had to reset it.
- mesh points are limited to where you can place them because of their design.
- no Ethernet ports on mesh points
- no dedicated band for backhaul
- Mesh points need to be fairly close to router unless you switch them to 2.4Ghz band which can only be done via android app and not iOS. By doing so you narrow the bandwidth for communicating back to router.
- One of my mesh points randomly disconnects and won't re-connect unless I reboot it (signal is usually at around 60-64%).
- Absolutely no QOS
- No remote management
- access point steering not always the greatest
- no way to monitor bandwidth hogs
- has a feature that totals up bandwidth usage but can't be reset apparently. What's the point? Would be useful for people that have isp data caps if you could actually reset it.
- can't assign names or nicknames to devices without assigning it a static IP
- making any kind of changes even subtle ones like assigning a static IP cause access points to lose signal or reset.
There are probably more things I'm forgetting and I know my review seems mostly negative but I'm just being honest. It's a good system, just not as good as some of the fake reviews make it out to be. A lot of these reviews were posted on the exact same day by people that coincidentally have pretty decent grammar, no typos etc. Another thing to consider is a lot of people that are giving this a great review are from consumers whole probably had a very basic sub $100 router before; naturally this will bury those routers. My review is that of an IT professional with about 18 years of experience who usually upgrades routers once or twice a year and usually spends $250-500 on routers.
If you're just looking for whole home coverage to deliver your max internet speed across the entire house either device will do. If you do a lot of internal transferring on your network such as backups to a NAS, local Plex streaming, IP cameras etc then you'd likely be more satisfied with the Orbi system though beware the feature set is limited on both.
Hope this helps some of you.
It's important to note in the house are: 2 smartphones, 2 tablets, a laptop, 2 wireless cameras, a wireless alarm system, a Nest, 2 Apple TV's, Smart TV, 2 game consoles and maybe a couple other items I'm forgetting now. So there is a pretty good demand on the network...around 20-21 devices.
After trying different things...like changing router placement, etc...I threw up my hands and decided to purchase one of the new mesh systems. I had been eyeing the AMPLIFI HD for a while...but was hesitant to lay out the money for it. I finally did bite the bullet though the other day after it had been languishing in my cart for some time.
I have had experience with mesh network setups in a business setting as I've been an IT freelancer for a number of years and have installed some business mesh networks a few times. They were always quite impressive. So I was interested to see this new generation aimed at consumers.
Upon its arrival I could certainly see that Amplifi was started by a former Apple employee. Everything from the box, to the design to the app and setup itself reminded me of Apple. It was incredibly easy to setup the router and its mesh points. It took less than 10 minutes to have it in place.
And the results?
My network now consistantly tests in multiple places in the home and even on the deck at over 170 Mbps. I installed it a few days ago and it continues to test at that speed.
It is a truly excellent product and does live up to its promises as a mesh network and I can't recommend it more highly to others. If you are debating the purchase, as I was, I encourage you to take the plunge...I could not be happier.