Earlier this year, my family and I moved into a bigger house. The new house is three levels and I knew I needed better wireless coverage than what my Linksys WRT1200AC could handle. I went on the search for the best whole-home wireless mesh system I could find. I needed coverage for 3,800 square feet and the AmpliFi HD seemed to be the answer.
The Amplifi HD wireless mesh came with a router and two wireless extenders. I put the router in the basement, in my telco/utility closet, and each wireless extender on the two floors above. I have now used the Amplifi HD wireless mesh system for about five months with excellent wireless coverage.
The wireless coverage is amazing! Ubiquiti touts the ability to reach 20,000 square feet and I believe it. I get full coverage in every room in my house and even decent coverage in my shop, which is about 100 yards away from the house. I get coverage all over my yard, which is about an acre, and down the street about four or five houses away.
The interface is not bad, but not great. Most of the features of the AmpiFi HD have to be managed in a mobile app. To me, this is a minor annoyance but not a deal-breaker. The app is easy to use and has all of the features that you would expect from a modern wireless router. Setup was also easy to do.
One of the things I don’t like about the mobile app is not having the ability to see the traffic of my wired devices. The device list shows real-time bandwidth usage of my wireless devices, but not the wired ones. Which brings me to my next point.
Apparently this router has an issue keeping Windows 10 computers online and every day or two, my three wired Windows 10 machines would stop connecting to the network. Everything looked fine as if they were connected, but no network access, to anything internal or external. I tried many different things to narrow down the reason these computers were disconnecting from the network.
I thought at first that my switch was to blame since that seemed most likely. But, three ports going out at the same time would be odd. The only other thing I could think of at the time was that my wiring was bad and I was not going to tear open the walls or re-terminate cables without trying every other avenue first.
I pulled out my old Linksys WRT1200AC router that I used when I lived in a smaller house and hooked it up to the internet along with all of my wired devices. I then put the AmpliFi HD router in bridge mode. This allows the Linksys to manage the routing stuff and the AmpliFi to just act as a wireless access point. Bingo! I haven’t had any Windows 10 machines disconnect yet.
All in all, I would say that the AmpliFi HD wireless mesh system is great for wireless and not so great for wired connections. Overall, I am happy with my setup, but it would have been nice to be able to use just one router. If the WIFI connection wasn’t so good, I would be singing a different tune.