Introduction to AmpliFi HD Home Wi-Fi Router

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AmpliFi setup is most common home router, it’s the ideal Wi-Fi system. With turbocharged 802.11ac Wi-Fi, AmpliFi setup utilizes multiple self-configuring radios and advanced antenna technology to bring all-over Wi-Fi coverage to any home.

Design | AmpliFi setup

The AmpliFi HD router’s design is unique on this planet. The 3.9-inch white cube has neither switches nor external antennas, and it looks more like an alarm clock than a piece of networking kit. In fact, it’s so smart looking that you don’t need to hide it. 


In addition to a bright white ring that shines under the router, the AmpliFi’s 1.6-inch color touch screen shows the day, date and time. By tapping  the screen to see how much data has moved into and out of the router. And tap it again to see the WAN and router’s IP addresses as well as how many devices are connected to it. If you tap it more than once, a screen; instead, there’s an app for that.

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Based on 3×3 MIMO technology, the AmpliFi HD is a high-performance router that includes two matching wireless extenders, or mesh points as unique calls them.  Networks also has less expensive versions — the $199 Standard version and the $299 LR version for when performance and range aren’t critical. As with the AmpliFi setup, you get a router and two extenders with the less expensive versions, though the Standard and LR versions offer 2×2 MIMO and less throughput than the HD version I inspected.


At 7.1 inches long, the matching AmpliFi HD extenders are like small works of modish art. White and cylinder, they plug directly into an AC outlet, connect wirelessly and have discreet LED signal-strength meters. An artistic magnetic ball-and-socket design lets you aim the powered antenna at a variety of angles to boost reception.

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The AmpliFi setup back has an input for connecting to your broadband modem as well as four downstream gigabit RJ45 LAN ports. The AmpliFi HD router also has a USB 2.0 port that,  doesn’t have a purpose as of yet, but could connect an external drive or printer with a future firmware update. The AmpliFi setup looks more like an alarm clock than a piece of networking kit.

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Although the power adapter for the router has a two-prong plug, the extend to need to be plugged into three-prong grounded outlets. The AmpliFi afi setup is one of the rare routers that need a cooling fan, though.

Router Performance Compared (in Mbps)

Line-of-sight testing with a single router point. All measurements in megabits per second (Mbps). Percentage indicates change from 5-foot measurement.With a recommended coverage area of 20,000 square feet, the AmpliFi HD kit blows away other web product.

By variance, a Luma and pair of extenders are recommended for about 5,000 square feet, while the tops out at about 3,000 square feet. (The less expensive AmpliFi Standard theoretically covers a 11,000-square-foot home, while the LR can fill 20,000 square feet.)

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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.

Security and Parental Controls

AmpliFi HD’s router and extenders can use WPA2 conceal to keep your data secret. But, as with the Luma and Space Station, you can’t use an older WEP-based device. AmpliFi setup lacks Luma’s built-in firewall that can keep hackers out, and it can’t perform port forwarding or set up a DMZ for gamers.

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Currently, the router lacks classical parental controls for keeping kids away from the web’s seamier side — a feature you do find on the Luma. AmpliFi does have one nice feature for parents, though: You can pause all internet connections when it’s dinnertime or homework time or Ant time.

Bottom Line

Good performance, excellent features, excellent range, and a quick and simple setup process combine to fill a home with Wi-Fi with the AmpliFi HD kit. Right now, it’s the best product to beat in an increasingly competitive category.


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