There’s a new style of WiFi router called a “mesh system,” which covers your entire home in strong, fast WiFi. They work much better than traditional WiFi range extenders, which is great for larger homes.
The problem with mesh systems is that you have to ditch your normal router to buy a whole new system, like Eero, Google WiFi, or Netgear’s Orbi, which include a mesh router and the mesh extenders that usually accompany it. Starting at around $350, these new mesh systems aren’t cheap, especially when your normal router works fine when you’re within its range.
That’s where this $130 device really shines: The AmpliFi HD Meshpoint, from networking company Ubiquiti, can turn your normal WiFi network into a modern mesh network at a fraction of the price of a full mesh system. It works with any WiFi router, including those that aren’t made by Ubiquiti. It’ll even work with routers given to you by your internet service provider.
Check it out:
Ubiquiti’s AmpliFi HD meshpoints look like sleek antennas. You plug them directly into a power outlet to extend your WiFi network to areas of your home with poor WiFi signal and performance.
You could cover larger homes with multiple meshpoints, too.
To set it up, you just install the AmpliFi app onto your mobile device and plug the meshpoint into a power outlet in a room or area where you want to extend your WiFi network.
Through the app, you connect the AmpliFi meshpoint to your current, normal WiFi network.
After a five-minute setup, the AmpliFi meshpoint was up and running.
To show you how well it works, here are the WiFi speeds I was getting on my iPhone while I was sitting right next to my normal WiFi router, without the AmpliFi meshpoint plugged in:
My internet service plan includes 100Mbps downloads and 35 Mbps uploads.
The normal router I was using was giving me faster download speeds than I’m paying for, which is great. Yet, it was struggling with giving me my full 35 Mbps for uploads.
Using that same “normal” router, these are the speeds I was getting in a room that wasn’t getting a very good WiFi signal.
After testing my speeds in the room with poor WiFi signal, I plugged in the AmpliFi meshpoint in the same room and tested my speeds again. The results clearly show that AmpliFi’s meshpoint make a great difference:
In fact, the WiFi from the AmpliFi meshpoint gave me faster download speeds than the normal router itself, which is surprising. I’ve never seen such good performance from a traditional WiFi extender, too.
The AmpliFi meshpoint struggled a little with upload speeds, but I was getting similar numbers when I was right next to the normal router. With that in mind, it’s likely that the bottleneck was happening in the normal router.
You can place the meshpoint pretty much anywhere, but it’s best to check the connection strength between the meshpoint and your normal router to make sure.
Meshpoints also work better than traditional WiFi range extenders.
For one, meshpoints don’t cut your speeds in half like traditional WiFi range extenders do.
Secondly, your devices will seamlessly switch between your router and meshpoints automatically, whereas you have manually connect your devices to most WiFi range extenders, which broadcast their own separate networks.
My only complaint with it is that it could take up three to four outlets on a power strip, depending on the power strip.
On this particular power strip, the AmpliFi HD meshpoint doesn’t fit in the slots closer to the strip’s base, either.
So, to conclude, Ubiquiti’s $130 AmpliFi HD Meshpoint works very well to extend your normal WiFi network and speeds throughout your home, and you should definitely consider it over buying a WiFi range extender.
You can buy the AmpliFi HD Meshpoint right here.