Ubiquiti AmpliFi

AmpliFi is a set of Wi-Fi mesh networking products from Ubiquiti Networks Inc. that can replace Apple’s abandoned AirPort products with better-than-Apple design and details. Features include an elegant iOS app for management, stylish design, streamlined setup, and a high-performance mesh architecture that integrates a base router with peripheral “MeshPoint” extenders to effectively cover a greater area than a single router can alone with maximum performance and reliability.

AmpliFi Alien is a brand-new router featuring Wi-Fi 6 technology with 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 radios, promising double the coverage and far greater capacity vs. the company’s previous model. Other features include a Gigabit Ethernet WAN port and switch for four LAN ports, a 274×1268 color touchscreen with haptics, internal power supply, a “high-performance custom antenna array” and “MU-MIMO and OFDMA for communication across twelve Wi-Fi 6 spatial streams”, plus easy setup and management via iOS or Android apps. Multiple AmpliFi Alien devices can be combined in a mesh for added range and capacity.

AmpliFi HD, an earlier model, includes a base router with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a Gigabit WAN Ethernet port, plus two MeshPoint devices that plug into 3-prong A/C jacks with an adjustable magnetic mount attaching an antenna unit with signal strength/status metering (but no Ethernet port). Alternatively, you can purchase the router alone, or multiple routers that you combine wirelessly or via Ethernet “back-haul.” (See AmpliFi documentation for many more details.)

AmpliFi Instant is a compact, lower-priced package with just one Ethernet LAN port (plus the WAN port) on the main router, while an Ethernet port has been added to its AirPort Express-like MeshPoint extender.

AmpliFi Alien is priced at $379, or at $699 in a bundle with an AmpliFi Alien MashPoint.

AmpliFi HD [Amazon] is list-priced at $340 for the router with two MeshPoint extenders.

AmpliFi Instant [Amazon] is priced at $179 for the base router and a single MeshPoint extender.

AmpliFi WiFi 1.12.4 is a free wireless system management app for iOS 9 and later (and it’s also available for Android).

AmpliFi Teleport 1.1.0 is a free app for iOS 12 and later that lets you make a remote secure connection to your home network (like a VPN) with a Google, Facebook, or Ubiquiti login account.

Ubiquiti WiFiman 0.7.1 is a free app for iOS 10 and up that can scan your local network for device and port details, as well as doing a network speed test.