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Amplifi Mesh Point HD Whole Home Wifi

Ubiquiti introduces Amplifi Mesh Point HD, it’s a home wifi mesh technology for whole home wifi network. This product is originally designed to pair with Amplifi home wifi system to cover up to 20,000 sq ft of your large home. however, you can pair it with any third party wifi router to act as wireless range extender.

Amplifi Mesh Point HD

You can pair Amplifi mesh point HD with any third party router, even though it is originally supposed to pair with Amplifi home wifi system. Actually when you start building new wifi system at home, or would like to upgrade your current aging wireless router, you may try this Amplifi HD mesh wifi system that pairs Amplifi router plus this Amplifi HD mesh point to cover up to 20,000 sq ft eliminating dead spots in your home and aggregated bandwidth up to 5.25 Gbps.

 

Competing products for Amplifi HD mesh wifi system are Orbi Netgear three band wifi system, or you may also consider Linksys Velop mesh wifi system which is also a three band system or you also consider Luma wifi system with integrated cyber security system.

Plug and play

Setup for Amplifi mesh point is quite easy with the included Amplifi app that allows you to manage the network via your mobile devices like mostly today’s wireless router and range extender that offer the easiness of network management via mobile devices with the app, Amplifi mesh point does the same.

3×3 MIMO

Amplifi HD mesh point is based on wireless AC1750 with 3×3 MIMO technology and wifi mesh technology, this product is like traditional wireless range extender when you pair it with any models of third party wireless router that require extending range coverage. However, ideally you should pair it together with its mesh wifi router – the Amplifi mesh wifi system for optimum performance.

The antenna pivots on a magnetic connector to let you adjust the direction of antenna for better performance and adjustability, it is designed with nice looking blending with your room décor.

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Amplifi HD mesh point

Highlights

  • Based on AC1750 with mesh technology
  • Dual band 3×3 MIMO technology with 6 MIMO chains
  • Dual band with tri-polarity
  • Can be pair to any third party router
  • Ideal to pair with Amplifi home mesh router

To learn more detail about this product, read more detail about manufacturer’s specification and description.

Click here for Amplifi HD Mesh point

Amplifi HD mesh point is based on AC1750 dual band, delivering total bandwidth of up to 1750Mbps, and when you purchase in a bundle which contains Amplifi mesh wifi system plus two Amplifi HD mesh points you can cover  the whole home with wireless coverage of up to 20,000 sq ft.

Click here for Amplifi HD mesh point in bundle

Comparison

Lots of wireless extender models available in the market today and Amplifi HD mesh point is one of them if you don’t connect it to the Amplifi HD mesh system.

Regarding the wifi technology, take a look at the following spec comparison table between Amplifi mesh point and some range extender including Linksys RE7000, Netgear Nighthawk EX6400 and the newer one is Netgear EX7300, and TP-link RE450. All of these products are wall-plug model for easy placement and plugged in power outlet.

Wifi speed comparison

Model Wifi technology Price
Amplifi HD mesh point AC1750 dual band MIMO mesh technology $128.00
TP-link RE450 AC1750 dual band  MIMO $98.99
Linksys RE7000 AC1900 dual band MU-MIMO with Beamforming technology $104.99
Netgear Nighthawk EX6400 AC1900 dual band MU-MIMO, Beamforming and FastLane technology $99.99
Netgear Nighthawk Ex7300 AC2200 dual band MU-MIMO, Beamforming and FastLane technology $145.00
D-link DAP-1860 AC2600 MU-MIMO, SmartConnect, Beamforming $147.99

 

See that when Amplifi HD mesh point is setup as the wireless range extender and connect to third party wireless router, there are competing products with better technology and higher speed products you may consider.

You may also consider Portal wave 2 mesh wifi router and for cable modem you may upgrade your aging one with new Netgear CM1000 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.

Portal Wave 2 Mesh Wifi Router

When you find that your wifi network experiences dead zones in farthest corners of your home knowing that couples of wifi network from your neighbors intercept your wifi network, your wifi network slows down.

It’s just like a highway in a single fast lane in rush hours, each devices compete each other to drive to their destination points via the same lane. The more devices connect to the network, the more devices share the same bandwidth that sometimes cause network bottleneck. The more networks share the same channel, your network slows down. So that’s why Portal Wifi introduces Portal wifi router to cut through interferences when other wifi networks try to bottleneck your network.

 

Portal Wifi router

Portal wifi router is designed with an elegant model with hard glossy plastic on top, square oval compact and is stylist.

Wave 2 AC

Portal is based on wave 2 4×4 Multi User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, 4x data streams delivering dual band wifi with Turbo-AC2400 with spectrum boost delivering your network 3x faster than ordinary AC3200 routers such as TP-link Archer C3200 and Linksys EA9200. Portal with its dedicated wifi engine delivers reliable and high performance internet speed in the whole home.

It comes with 9x powerful high gain internal antennas, more antennas than those ordinary dual band wireless routers such as Nighthawk X4s by Netgear, or D-link DIR-885 or new Linksys WRT AC3200 routers. Moreover, it is ready with Beamforming and MU-MIMO technology for solid clients connection and send data to multiple clients simultaneously for high data rate throughput.

Portal comes with wifi autopilot technology to have your wifi clients automatically connect all times in reliable solid connection.

Coverage

Portal provides a fast wifi that covers up to 3,000 sq. ft. for a single Portal system. it is ideal for small to large homes or apartment, and when larger coverage is required you can easily add another Portal wifi system.

portal wifi router

Portal Wifi router

Portal router is similar like those mesh wif system technologies available in the market today including Orbi by Netgear, Ubiquiti with its Amplifi mesh wifi system, Luma mesh wifi and Linksys Velop. As comparison between Portal and those mesh wifi network regarding the coverage and speeds, table 1 shows you speed and coverage comparison table as specified in the manufacturer’s datasheet.

Table 1 Speeds and coverage comparison

Model Speeds Coverage
Portal wifi (2 pack) AC2400 dual band 6,000 sq ft
Luma AC1200 dual band Unspecified
Netgear Orbi (1 router + 1 satellite) AC3000 three band 4,000 sq ft
Linksys Velop (2 pack) AC2200 three band 4,000 sq ft

 

A single Portal wifi router technically can cover up to 3,000 sq ft, larger coverage than other competing products. But all depend on the environment within your homes including number walls, concrete and else. Many people give their testimony that they are satisfied with the performance with this startup router.

Interfaces

Portal is like other standard wireless routers with gigabit Ethernet ports, it comes with 5x Gigabit (10/100/1,000Mbps) Ethernet ports for reliable wired connection. 4x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x Gigabit WAN port ideal for connecting to high speed cable modem such as new Netgear CM1000 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem or Netgear CM7000 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem.

In addition, two USB ports are also available for storage / printer connection.

Portal offers more Ethernet ports  than others, Orbi has four ports, Velop and Luma have two ports.

Take a look at the following introduction video by Portal wifi about this product.

BLE

Another feature that makes this product is valuable is the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (aka BLE) to let you pair your mobile devices either Android or iOS devices in a secure way without interrupting your internet connection. This feature is also applied to Amplifi HD mesh home wifi.

Highlights:

  • Based on latest wave 2 4×4 MU-MIMO simultaneous dual band technology
  • Mesh 2 ready , MU-MIMO and Active Beam Steering
  • whole home wifi ideal for homes with 4K video streaming from everywhere within the house
  • Turbo-AC2400 with spectrum boost 3x faster than standard AC3200 router
  • Designed with 9x powerful high gain internal antennas
  • Comes with 5x Gigabit Ethernet ports (4x LAN and 1x WAN ports) and two USB ports
  • A single Portal covers up to 3,000 sq ft
  • Spectrum booster with 4x 80Mhz FASTLANES radio bands and 7x total bands
  • BLE support

Portal wifi is not just like ordinary wireless router, it’s a portal wifi system for whole home wifi network. To learn more about the product, the current price and rating click the following link.

Click here to learn more detail Portal Wifi router

You may also consider new generation of wifi technology – the wireless AD in Netgear Nighthawk X10 AD7200 router and TP-link Telon AD7200 router.

Eero Vs Google Mesh Home Wifi System

We can say that Eero is the first model of mesh home wifi system available in the market, even though it says that Eero is a whole home wifi system but the concept is similar like combination of wireless router and wireless range extender. Whole home or mesh home wifi system is designed in a simpler way to work seamlessly. Since then, most all networking vendors introduce similar whole home wifi or mesh home wifi system products including Netgear Orbi mesh home wifi system, Linksys Velop three band system, Google mesh wifi system and still more.

 

What is Eero

The first time Eero is introduced it was said that system is like a combination of wireless router with range extender to cover dead zones in the further corners  of the house. With a combination of wireless router and extender, each unit Eero is claimed to cover up to 1,000 sq ft. You can start one unit Eero and add as many as you need.

The good thing is that Eero can update new software to get better, and it also works with Alexa. Eero is based on dual band wireless AC1200 standards delivering speeds up to 867Mbps @5Ghz band and up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz band. Before comparing Eero with Google mesh home wifi system, take a look at the following lists of main features of Eero so you can see how it is compared with Google.

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Eero Whole Home Wifi System

Main features

  • Easy to setup, works out of the box and it works with Alexa
  • It’s the first whole home wifi system replacing wireless router and extender
  • Dual band based on wireless AC1200 technology with 2×2 MIMO technology
  • Bluetooth smart ready
  • Speeds up to 867Mbps @5Ghz band and up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz band
  • Two Ethernet Gigabit ports (1xWAN and 1x LAN) and 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Each Eero covers up to 1,000 sq ft
  • Hardware performance 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB flash storage

Cons

  • Doesn’t support Beamforming
  • Doesn’t support MU-MIMO

By installing Eero in homes, it is replacing your wireless dual band AC1200 routers such as D-link 842 or Asus ACRH13 and your wireless range extender.

Comparison Eero vs Google

One of competing products for Eero is new product introduced by Google – Google mesh wifi system. This is reasonable since both products are based on the same network segment – AC1200 technology.

The other new products are higher speed products and thus more expensive, you can mention Linksys Velop and Orbi which based on three band technology.

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Google Mesh Home Wifi System

Wifi

Both models of Eero and Google are based on the same AC1200 network segment, dual band speeds of up to 867Mbps @5Ghz and up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz band. And both don’t support Beamforming and MU-MIMO. Compared with other competing products Linksys and Orbi which both are featuring Beamforming and MU-MIMO.

Network coverage

Technically Eero cover less distance than Google. With typical home, three units of Eero can cover up to 3,000 sq ft and compared with 3 units of Google mesh wifi system that can cover up to 4,500 sq ft.

Take a look at the comparison table below for better insights of spec comparison between the two products.

Table 1 Comparison Eero vs Google

Model Eero whole home wifi Google mesh home wifi
Wifi network segment AC1200 dual band with 2×2 MIMO technology AC1200 dual band with 2×2 MIMO technology

Wave 2 wifi

Beamforming N/A N/A
MU-MIMO N/A N/A
Ethernet Ports 2x Gigabit Ports 2x Gigabit Ports – 1x Gigabit WAN and 1xGigabit LAN on primary AP

Both acts as LAN ports on additional wifi points

USB Port 1x USB 2.0 N/A
Coverage Up to 1,000 sq ft each device Up to 1,500 sq ft each device
Hardware 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB flash storage Unspecified
     
Price / 3 APs $398.00 $298.00

 

To learn more details each of the products, more details manufacturer’s description, current price and rating click the links below:

  • Click here for Eero whole home system
  • Click here for Google mesh home wifi system

You may also like to try Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD wireless ac access point or the lite one UAP-AC-LITE instead of mesh home wifi system. It’s one of the best business class wireless ac access point in the market. You can use it start from one device at home.

Summary

Eero is the first model of mesh home wifi system – a combination of easy to setup wireless router and wireless range extender. The new introduction of Google mesh wifi system becomes its competing product for Eero knowing that Google cover longer distance coverage and cheaper product than Eero.

TP-link Deco M5 vs Eero vs Luma vs Google

Competition of mesh home wifi systems is very tight in the era of no more range extender but whole home wifi system. Each of networking vendor offers a specific whole home wifi system model including Netgear, Linksys, Ubiquiti, Google, Luma, Eero and TP-link.

TP-link Deco M5

The new introduction of new model of whole home wifi system by TP-link is Deco M5 that is supposed to compete with other similar products including Eero, Luma and Google. There few models have been around in the market with higher speed including Netgear Orbi; Linksys Velop wifi system, tree models offered by Ubiquiti with Amplifi mesh series including Ubiquiti Amplifi HD home wifi system and still more.

 

Two bands AC1300

Velop and Orbi are two models of three band mesh home wifi system, the others are two band models including this TP-link Deco M5. Deco is based on wireless AC1300 instead of AC1200 like other existing models including Luma, Google and Eero.

With Deco M5, the system delivers dual band wifi speeds of up to 867Mbps @5Ghz band and up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz band. With the three pack, they will cover up to 4500 sq ft where each Deco M5 can cover up to 1,800 Sq ft of your home. Deco cover longer distance than Eero, and is slightly the same as Google mesh home.

TP-Link ARTTM

TP-Link ARTTM stands for Adaptive Routing Technology, a system that automatically chooses the best path for each of the device to connect to the best connection to Deco unit. It works like based on complex metric calculations in modern routing technology.

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TP-link Deco M5

Home Care

When you compare Deco with Luma whole home wifi system regarding internet threat treatment, Luma comes with built-in hacker protection. While TP-link Deco comes with built-in Home Care powered by Trend Micro (an anti-virus and internet threat protection hat cost $360 value). It will protect all connected devices to your home network against any internet threats.

Hardware

TP-link seriously designs this Deco M5 to be able to compete with other similar products that have been around in the market for a while. The hardware is built up powered by Quad core processor, so does Luma. Eero is powered by 1.0Ghz dual core processor.

Deco M5, Google, Eero are embedded with two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Features

Like other mesh home wifi systems, they are all based on recent wireless AC (802.11ac) standard even though they are might be in different network segment. As mentioned earlier that TP-link introduces Deco M5 by completing richer features that other similar products are absent.

Compared with other competing devices including Eero, Luma and Google, Deco M5 have the following features:

Wifi features

  • AP Steering
  • Band Steering

Ease of use

  • Mobile app
  • Bluetooth onboard
  • Speedtest
  • Device list
  • Easy guest wifi sharing

Software security

  • Firewall security
  • Parental control (time restrictive)
  • Auto Firm Ware update

Most of mesh home wifi systems are easy to deploy with the included free mobile apps, and can work stand alone. And even Ubiquiti Amplifi mesh point that works as the satellite of the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD wifi system can work universally as the range extender of third party wireless router.

Richer features

TP-link is smart, introducing the mesh home wifi model in the last time when other vendors have released the products in the market. TP-link completes Deco M5 with some features that other competing products are absent.

Take a look the following table to help you understand what features TP-link add features to Deco that might be absent to others.

Table 1 Deco vs Eero vs Luma vs Google Feature differences

Model Deco M5 Eero Luma Google
MU-MIMO Yes No Yes Yes
Beamforming Yes No No Yes
Location assistant Yes No Yes Yes
Network scanning Yes No Yes Yes
Router-based antivirus Yes No Cloud-based No
QoS by device Yes No Yes Yes
QoS by application Yes No No Yes
Device activity report Yes No Yes Yes
URL filter Yes No Yes No
Monthly usage report Yes No No Yes
         

 

See that TP-link Deco M5 adds more features, richer features compared with Eero, Luma and Google. To learn more in depth insights each of the products, click the following link to also see the current price and rating.

  • Click here for Deco M5 (3 pack)
  • Click here for Eero wifi system (3 pack)
  • Click here for Luma whole home system (1 pack)
  • Click here for Google mesh wifi (3 pack)

For businesses, you may consider wireless AC access point for businesses such as Ubiquiti UAP-AC-Lite and TP-link EAP245 affordable business class AP; or one of best POE wireless AC AP including Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD wave 2 access point.