Setting up the AmpliFi setup mesh Wi-Fi router was incredibly easy and save. Before I started, you unplugged all power button and Ethernet cables from your three AirPort Extreme base stations. The following steps took about five minutes to complete, and you was up and running:
- Download AmpliFiafi setup app from App Store
- Plug-in AmpliFiafi setup base station
- Connect base station to Comcast modem via Ethernet port.
- Setup base station via mobile app
- Plugin the two MeshPoints in other rooms of the house
You cannot stress how save the setup was, compared to the configuration required connecting the AirPort base stations the way you had them.
You can set up the Amplifi HD Home system in just a few minutes: | AmpliFi setup
Sit down in front of the base station and open the app after you have everything set up. The app directs your phone to connect to a direct connection with the Amplifi base station, and after tapping a buttons when prompted and typing in your network name and password you’re done.
You found the smart band steering software that automatically connects you to the best channel based on your location and overall load to do an excellent work. If all you need to do is get a good Wi-Fi signal everywhere in your home, the Amplifi HD is 100% plug-and-play.
When you open the Amplifi HD app, you see the overview. The base station and mesh nodes connected are displayed along with their current status. You’ll also find the number of connected clients and upload and download fast speeds displayed.
Quick shortcuts and LEDs for performance monitoring, guest network settings, network management and diagnosis are across the bottom. Tapping on the base station opens the settings where you can pick things exactly how you need them.
Besides hardware features like display brightness and enabling or disabling system sound there’s even a programmable night mode for the front display you’ll find most of the settings you would with a traditional router tool towards the hobbyist.
- Band segregation allows us to use the two radios (2.4 and 5GHz) independently, each with their own SSID.
- Port forwarding. It works and your FTP server didn’t skip a beat.
- MAC Address Cloning.
- Full DHCP server settings.
- Encryption settings.
- Guest network settings, including lease times.
- SSID visibility settings.
- Routers drive to force connections to the base station instead of a mesh node.
- Channel selection and width if you choose to not use the built-in band drives.
Setup and installation configuration
Setting up the AmpliFi HD mesh WiFi router was incredibly easy and fast. Before started, unplugged all power cords and Ethernet cords from there AirPort Extreme base stations. The following steps took about five minutes to complete, and set up and running:
- Download AmpliFi app from App Store
- Plug in AmpliFi base station
- Connect base station to Comcast modem via Ethernet cord.
- Setup base station via mobile app
- Plug in the two Mesh Points in other rooms of the house
You cannot stress how painless the setup was, compared to the configuration required connecting the AirPort base stations.
Amplifiafi setup HD shows its Apple Airport pedigree with its easy to design, just plug-it-in-and-go on. Amplifiafi setup has created an attractive main router unit that is accessible both with or without an iOS app. Mesh Wi-Fi couldn’t be simpler.
The network speeds are fast and reliable and I feel that I didn’t have any hiccoughs or network dropouts during my entire week of testing whether it is using in-home or any day to day network uses.
The Wi-Fi mesh nodes need some improvements. The large wand-like antennas sticks way too far out of the wall outlet, arenot pretty, and can only be oriented in a single direction. We would forgive the big size of the mesh nodes if they offered one or two ports as an option but alas, they do not.
If you need a simple to get-up-and-running, yet it is easily accessible and practical mesh Wi-Fi home network without any need for older remote devices If you can get over the aesthetics and bulkiness of the mesh nodes, then the $340 price is also a winner when it comes to home mesh amplifikits.
With the ability to move three concurrent streams of data, the AmpliFi HD router uses performing to tailor transmissions to a connecting device’s needs, but lacks MU-MIMO for efficient network management. That technology is on the AmpliFi HD’s road map also, though. Rated at 457 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz) and 1.3 Gbps (for 5 GHz), AmpliFi has a theoretical throughput of 1.75 Gbps.