AmpliFi HD WiFi Router Review

AmpliFi HD WiFi Router Review

Deciding on a wireless router or system can be difficult with all the options out there. We’re here to help.

The attractive and powerful AmpliFi HD Wireless Router has it’s benefits, and limitations. It comes in priced just a bit more than that of it’s competition, Google Wifi and Netgear Obri. AmplilFi starts at $139 for just the router, and $339 for the complete mesh solution.

  • Pros
    • Easy to setup
    • Router is attractive and has LCD touchscreen
    • More advanced features over it’s competition
    • Very large coverage area at 10,000 sq ft with router and two meshpoints. 6,000 sq ft covered with router alone.
  • Cons
    • Upper end of price range compared to similar solutions
    • Unattractive and bulky mesh points

Features

  • 4 gigabit ethernet LAN ports and 1 gigabit ethernet WAN port.
  • 802.11AC wireless capabilities
  • USB Port – It’s rumored that they are going to allow support for a network connected USB drive via a firmware upgrade. Unfortunately this has not been announced yet and there is currently no use for it.
  • Max throughput: 1750 Mbps
  • 3X3 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output)
  • LCD touch screen that displays time, monthly data used, current download/upload speeds, and port status.

Management

The AmpliFi router is very easy to manage, yet lacks some advanced features if you are a network nerd like myself.

It is primarily managed by your phone via the AmpliFi app, although it also has a web interface. The web interface has very limited features. In the app you can change the LAN network, DHCP scope, static addresses, and other basic features.


Verdict

In conclusion, AmpliFi is a great plug and play solution that looks great (other than the mesh points) and should exceed your expectations. If you are looking for a simple, fast, and expandable wireless solution, this is for you.

If you’re a little more tech-savvy and enjoy advanced features like port-forwarding, QoS, firewall rules, and detailed logs, you will likely be disappointed in the lack of features AmpliFi provides.

It’s worth mentioning that there’s a “Gaming” version of AmpliFi that was recently released. It works with NVIDIA GeForce NOW, which allows for QoS settings to be configured! If interested, check out the Amazon links below 🙂


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