Bye, bye Asus RT66U you served me well. Until all of a sudden the connection speeds on my 802.11ac would fluctuate wildly between 3Mbps and 150Mbps when previously I was seeing rock solid 877Mbps. If I switched to 802.11n I’d be stable at 216Mbps, but who wants that when I previously had more than three times that?
Time for something new. I checked out some of the reviews of newer routers and settled on the Amplifi. It’s a great looking design with some great reviews, but not the cheapest. I bought the Amplifi HD R and one of the MeshPoint HD’s. Both UK versions, with UK three pronged mains plugs.
My needs were near Gigabit Wi-Fi to my PC located upstairs from an Access Point located downstairs. I say Access Point because the actual ISP router is located elsewhere and I wanted to leave that as is, with it handling the upnp, port forwarding and firewall stuff – the router here would be used as an Access Point.
Installation couldn’t be easier. In fact as an IT professional it’s a little daunting to have something so easy that is setup from a mobile phone and sits well in the realms of the end-user!
That said it has a wealth of features only accessible from the mobile phone config, that make it a highly capable Wi-Fi router.
In my chosen configuration I am using the Amplifi in bridge mode, so I lose the firewall and some of the features for managing clients. But it was important I leave my DHCP and internal network bridged to maintain the functionality of my Lifx lighting, Google Home and more importantly my scoRPIon device.
Once connected to my LAN (using the WAN port) I still have four Gigabit ports available for my wired network devices. The Amplifi sits under my TV and feeds my Tivo, XBox One X and Kodi with ease.
The wireless connection to my upstairs PC is now rocking a 1.1Gbps connection – still using the same Asus PCE-AC68 network card.
I added the MeshPoint in the kitchen, and will only really come into it’s own in the summer when the added signal range for the garden will be used. Right now it’s pretty redundant as the router pretty much covers everything I need in the house. The adding of the MeshPoint is again done from the mobile phone and is extremely straightforward.
Thankfully the brightness of LED base light and LCD display can be controlled from the phone app, as they can be a bit bright and distracting.