The Amplifi HD Router is an excellent mesh router system that can cover your entire home with great Wi-Fi while still keeping things stylish. Amplifi HD is one of the newest products joining the ever-growing list of mech Wi-Fi routers in the market today; these devices make use of extra Wi-Fi repeaters to better spread your wireless network connection throughout your home. We can’t deny that this kind of router is growing even more popular as each day passes and this is because of it being user-friendly and easy to set up; these types of routers can also effectively ensure that all the devices that are present in your home have access to the internet.
There are, of course, the popular names who have also released their own collection of mesh routers, so how does this comparatively new brand go against these big and popular ones? Today, we’re going to check out the Amplifi HD Router and see how it performs; this is for you to have a pretty good idea if the router is something that you’d want to have for better connection right in your home. But first off, let’s check out what’s included in the package of the Amplifi HD Router.
Amplifi HD Review – Whats in the Box?
When the Amplifi HD Router finally arrived at our doorstep, we were surprised that it came in a rather large package; and if you look at the front part of the box, you’ll automatically see the image of the router along with the brand’s logo. There are a couple of details about the Amplifi HD Router written on some portions of the box but other than that, there weren’t any further important details about the device.
We went on with opening the box to see the router but instead of seeing the device and the other contents included, we saw another box. It featured a magnetically secure and protected lid which also had a lip to securely and adequately fit the box. When you lift the lid, you’ll receive a pleasing presentation of all the items included in the package which are all placed neatly in their own division.
Just by looking at the layout of how Amplifi carefully positioned the router and all the necessary accessories, you’ll know that they paid a lot of attention to the shipping process and ensured that the router will arrive intact to their buyers. You’ll see that the router is placed right at the center of the package while the mesh points can be found on the side; aside from these, included in the box are the ethernet cable, power cable, and a couple of documentations.
Amplifi HD Review – Elegant and Functional
If you think about it, configuring a good home Wi-Fi network used to be really challenging and you would assume that everyone would need a good deal of technical smarts to complete the whole setup process. Configuring numerous Wi-Fi extenders and routers required for you to have great focus on settings, as well as fiddling with various numbers that not everyone actually understands – well, except for hackers and the networking enthusiasts. Thankfully, the latest mesh Wi-Fi systems have changed all of these and you can definitely see this with the Amplifi HD Router.
This router from Amplifi is probably the nicest, classiest, and most sophisticated Wi-Fi router today, especially when it comes to its style and design. The router provides you with a single primary hub, as well as two Mesh Points that plug straight into power sockets, amplifying and further improving your broadband signal. You can add and pay for more Mesh Points to get better and stronger connection without any decrease in signal between mesh points; also, Amplifi will most likely boost your connection’s stability via the block box that was provided by your ISP. If you’re also having issues when it comes to dead spots, or if you simply want to work with your laptop in your garden or in the backyard, Amplifi would definitely be a great option for you.
Now, let’s focus on the Amplifi HD Router’s design: we can actually describe the device as looking similar to a cute and small washing machine. The cuboid router comes in white & black and generally has a great build quality; it also features some fancy lighting which makes it even more appealing compared to other routers that are available. The Amplifi HD Router also has a circular-LED touchscreen right at the front while light beams out from underneath this; this light pulses every time a signal comes through. If you aren’t fond of the pulsing light, you can easily disable this in the Amplifi HD Router app.
The HD Router from Amplifi isn’t all just about looks since the touchscreen lets you cycle and go through key data like your download and upload speed, total number of data you’ve uploaded and downloaded within the month, your IP address, as well as the ports being utilized. When you look at the back portion of the router, you’ll see four ports needed for hardwiring various devices if you want; similar aesthetics will be present in the Mesh Points.
There are five blue LED lights located on the front portion of the device which indicates the signal strength that you are receiving – we really think that this is something very useful and we’re glad that Amplifi included this. However, the coolest and most notable feature about the Mesh Points is that these are fixed on a ball which means that you can easily twist, rotate, raise, and lower the primary antenna to find more signal. If you don’t want the antenna, you can remove it from the base since these are only held by magnets.
The AmpliFi HD Router features a sleek and sophisticated design that will surely complement any theme that you have at home; it’s also nice that a smart LCD touchscreen is available at the base of the device, so you can easily manage and control the device from there. AmpliFi gives you outstanding network capabilities while keeping things user-friendly for home use; all you need to do is unbox the mesh points then connect these to any standard outlet. With that, increasing your signal strength will be much easier. The mesh points that circle the magnetic connector is made to give you more adjustability and power. AmpliFi HD’s innovative design also features the Super Antenna Technology which promotes higher speed and wider range for more convenience.
Max TX Power: 26 dBm
MIMO Chains: 18
Speed: 5.25 Gbps
Range: 20,000 sq. ft
Networking Interface: Wi-Fi/Gigabit Ethernet (1) WAN, (4) LAN
Maximum Power Consumption: 11W
Buttons : Reset
Antennas: (3) Dual-Band Antennas
Display: 1.6″ (40.6 mm) Diagonal, 240 x 240, 212 ppi, G+F Touch, Full Color
Wi-Fi Standards: 802.11b/g/a/n/ac
Power Save: Supported
Wireless Security: WPA2-PSK AES/TKIP
Operating Temperature: 14 to 131° F (-10 to 55° C)
When we first tried out the Amplifi HD Router, you’ll see that the screen lights up instantly then will require you to download the Amplifi app for your Android or iOS devices; you can also utilize the touchscreen on the front portion for additional options. We really liked the app for Amplifi since it’s very easy to use which makes the whole setup process seamless and quick; there’s also an animated video that walks you through the entire process of configuring the router.
We were assuming that it would take a couple of minutes for the app to find the Amplifi router but it quickly detected this and we were ready for the configuration process. Pretty cool since you really won’t have to wait long for it. The touchscreen display, together with the finely-made app made this one of the most straightforward, easy, and seamless router installation processes that we’ve ever done. This will definitely appeal to anyone who dislikes having to fix a lot of things with the settings.
When we were finished with the setup process, we were able to test the Amplifi HD router and even if we didn’t try it with the Mesh Point installed, we saw that it still displayed great range that even reached the third floor of our building – there was decent signal strength and surprisingly, there were no instances of it decreasing as well. This only means that you really don’t need the Mesh Point HD’s signal booster unless you’re living in a really huge house. However, if you need to include the Mesh Point HD’s signal boosters, don’t worry since the process is also quick and easy: we just had to plug these into a power socket, wait a couple of minutes until it appears on the Amplifi app.
Once that’s done, you’ll be able to see the signal strength and notifications about the Mesh Point HD – whether it is installed in an adequate spot to improve the Wi-Fi signal. Again, if you aren’t really into tweaking a lot of settings, then you won’t have to worry since the Amplifi app does a great job of giving you advanced networking tools like the guest network and port forwarding access; this is laid out on a user-friendly interface that we really liked.
Amplifi HD Router Application
You’ll need to download the router app to control and manage the device and what’s nice about this is that the application itself is clean and neatly-designed. You will find five icons along the bottom area of the interface and these are the System, Guest, Performance, Diagnose, and Family. The System icon displays a graphical depiction of your Wi-Fi setup but in our case, it’s the two Mesh Points and the HD router.
Just tap on any device and you can readily access the settings; hit the Amplifi HD Router image so you can start managing information such as the device’s name, sound effect volume, time zone, as well as the factory reset / reboot. You can also delve further by adding a VLAN ID, cloning your MAC address, and even switching on IPv6.
Additionally, you can also change the password, adjust the SSID / wireless network name, and enable the Router Steering which always links you to the primary router even if the signal is weaker than how it should be. Also, you can disable or enable the Band Steering which leads your devices to the 5-GHz band for better and higher performance. There are instances when your signal weakens, so if this is the case, it will automatically redirect your device to 2.4-GHz for more range. This is definitely a very handy feature and we’re giving Amplifi two thumbs-up for this.
When you tap on Performance, you’ll now receive a graphical analysis of your throughput; plus, you can also test your broadband speed from there too. Beside this is the Guest Icon which is very handy if you need to setup a guest network for a number of users for a certain duration or an unlimited time. It’s indeed very similar to the feature on Google Wi-Fi; if you’ve already tried using Google Wi-Fi, the Family option will be quite familiar as well.
Here, you’ll be able to see all those connected to your Wi-Fi network and will also prioritize these clients for streaming; it’s also interesting that the Amplifi HD Router enables you to setup a profile for each of your family member’s smart devices and gadgets so you can readily pause their internet time, anytime. If you’re a parent or if you have kids in your home, it’s a very handy feature since you’ll be able to turn their devices off during dinner time or whenever necessary. Additionally, there’s also a switch that lets you instantly pause the internet on all available devices on the network; and lastly, the Diagnose option which lets you see if everything is working properly: from your internet connection to your IP address.
Overall, the Amplifi HD Router is an excellent device that has excellent range that will work perfectly for anyone’s home. It’s not only efficient but it is also very easy to setup and install; plus, it also works brilliantly especially when it comes to its range. If you’re living in a big and spacious house, then we suggest that two Mesh Point HD extenders will be necessary to ensure that the whole area will be covered by your network.
The application, its build design, and the whole experience of utilizing the router was extremely nice; plus, it was also one of the simplest and easiest routers that we’ve configured so we really liked that part of the whole testing process. For a relatively new brand, Amplifi HD is definitely a brand to watch out for and despite being quite ‘unknown’ in the market, we’re highly recommending this router for anyone who to have superb range and excellent performance.