Amplifi HD Home Wifi System

#Amplifi offers three models of home wifi system, Amplifi AFi (standard); Amplifi LR (long range), and Amplifi HD (High density) home wifi system.

Why home wifi system

With the emerging of home wifi system which is technically combining wireless router with its satellite to cover the whole home with solid wifi network, many people are wondering why should change their existing wireless routers with home wifi system. Knowing that home wifi system is tagged with the price which is more expensive than those  traditional wireless routers. It is not always true if you need to buy separate wireless routers and couple of wireless range extenders to cover your large home, the total budget would be higher.




 

Amplifi HD

Various models of home wifi system are available in the market today including Orbi wifi system by Netgear; Eero wifi system and Luma wifi system. Ubiquiti which is popular with its business class products including Ubiquiti Unifi series in wireless access point such as Ubiquiti Pro AC access point and Ubiquity AC1200, introduces Amplifi with three models of home wifi system. They are Amplifi AFi standard series, Amplifi LR (long range) and the ultimate Amplifi HD (high density).

What this product does

Similar with other home wifi system in the market today, Amplifi is a mesh wifi system combining wireless router with its Amplifi mesh points to blanket your home with solid wifi system, easy to install and comes with convenient smart-touch display for real-time networking status. It is based on wireless AC technology with multiple self-configuring radios and advanced antenna technology.

The router unit is designed with stylist model you can place on the table or on the shelf to blend with your room decoration.

Comparison models

What are the differences between the three models? The following table shows you highlight features for the three models.

Table 1  Amplifi models comparison (Router plus two mesh pointa)

Model Amplifi AFi Amplifi LR Amplifi HD
Range 10,000 sq. ft. 20,000 sq. ft. 20,000 sq. ft.
Speed 2.35 Gbps 2.35 Gbps 5.25 Gbps
Max. TX Power 24 dBm 26 dBm 26 dBm
Radios 4 4 6
MIMO chains 10 10 18
performance Great Better Best

 

Data rate throughput

Amplifi AFi is the standard model, great performance delivering aggregated bandwidth up to 2.35Gbps. Amplifi LR is a long range model for better performance delivering aggregated bandwidth up to 2.35Gbps same as the standard model. Almost the same aggregated bandwidth as those wireless AC2400 routers such as Nighthawk X4.

And the ultimate model is Amplifi HD for high density environment with total aggregated bandwidth up to 5.25Gbps, almost as much aggregated bandwidth as those wireless AC5400 routers such as TP-link and D-link AC5400 routers.

When you compare with Orbi by Netgear, you can find that Orbi delivers data rate throughput up to 2,999Mbps as opposed with Amplifi models as shown in the table’s speed row.

amplifi home wifi system

Amplifi home wifi system

When considering aggregated bandwidth is the only reason you upgrade your home wifi network, instead of purchasing a wireless AC5400 router you may consider Amplifi HD with the same total bandwidth and covering larger area of your large home.

Range coverage

Unlike standard model (AFi) which technically covers range up to only 10,000 sq. ft, both long range model (AFi-LR) and AFi-HD models deliver wifi range up to 20,000 sq. ft covering each corner of your large home.

See Orbi’s spec saying that each Orbi plus one satellite can cover up to 4,000 sq. ft. area. Compare with Amplifi standard with two Amplifi mesh points, they can cover much wider coverage than Orbi can cover with one Orbi satellite. Even Amplifi HD (one router plus two mesh points) offers almost as wide 5 times as Orbi can offer. Moreover, Amplifi HD plus two mesh points are tagged with almost the same price than Orbi. And even it is cheaper than the new Wireless AD router such as Netgear Nighthawk X10.

Port interfaces

Amplifi only offers four Gigabit LAN ports in addition of one Gigabit WAN port for connection to modem. It’s something like wireless routers in general with four Gigabit LAN ports, even though some models of wireless routers come with more Ethernet ports such as Linksys EA9500 with 8 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.

Orbi offers more Ethernet ports, one Gigabit port for WAN and three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for router unit and each satellite comes with four gigabit LAN ports. With one router plus one satellite provide you 7x gigabit LAN ports for high speed wired connection.

Highlights

  • Wifi mesh technology based on wireless ac
  • Consists of wireless router and two high density mesh points, easy and plug and play to install
  • Dual band with total aggregated bandwidth of up to 5,25 Gbps
  • Comes with smart-touch screen for real time status
  • Free network management with Amplifi apps
  • Comes with 1x Gigabit WAN port and 4x Gigabit LAN ports

Note that with your current wifi router, if you don’t want to replace your existing wireless router you can add Amplifi HD mesh point to work as range extender.

Orbi Vs Amplifi

To highlight what most people consider in buying home wifi system, take a look at the following comparison table between Amplifi and Orbi. Amplifi HD consists of one Amplifi router plus two Amplifi mesh points, while Orbi consists of one Orbi router plus one Orbi satellite.

orbi home wifi system

Orbi home wifi system

Table 2 Amplifi-HD Vs Orbi

Model Amplifi HD (1x router + 2x mesh points) Orbi (1x Orbi router + 1x Orbi satellite)
Aggregated date rate throughput 5.25 Gbps 2.999 Gbps
Wifi range 20,000 sq. ft. 4,000 sq. ft.
Total LAN Ports 4x Gigabit LAN ports 7x Gigabit LAN Ports
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 port reserved for future use 1x USB 2.0 port reserved for future use.
     
Price $349.00 $399.99

 

To learn more details about each of the product, click the following link learn more spec details, manufacturer’s description and current price and customer rating.

See that the price of each of products is more economical than purchasing high end wireless AC5400 router.

Summary

Amplifi home wifi system delivers solid home wifi system with excellent range. Amplifi-HD delivers high speed data rate throughput as much as those new wireless AC5400 router, larger area to cover up to 20,000 sq. ft and this bundle product is more economical than purchasing individual wireless router and high speed range extenders. Compared with Orbi you can find that Amplifi HD features better than Orbi.

For businesses you may consider high performance Meraki MR32 wireless ac access point for businesses, or new Linksys LAPAC2600 wireless ac access points. For small to medium businesses, you may consider most popular wireless ac access point – the Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO or TP-link EAP330.


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