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Product review

Wireless routers

We've tested 12 store-bought routers and 10 ISP-supplied models to assess their WiFi performance and security, plus how easy they are to set up.

February 2019

Ubiquiti Networks

AmpliFi HD (3-pack)

Price
$591
Score
40
Poor

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This mesh router has poor WiFi performance, with only the 5GHz being even OK. While it gives good fibre speeds, the slow wireless and very noticeable interference from obstructions (5GHz) will leave you annoyed.

Test results

  • 33
    WiFi performance
  • 51
    Ease of use and setup
  • 50
    Security

Good points

  • Good fibre speed.
  • Good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Poor WiFi performance.
  • Very poor 2.4GHz WiFi performance.
  • Only OK 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Only OK to use.
  • Only OK for security.
  • Very noticeable interference on 5GHz signal.

Model

  • Avg price

    $591

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    7.7/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    1.0/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    5.5/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Very noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    None external

  • Antenna placement

    Internal

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    100 x 100 x 98

  • Weight (g)

    410

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Yes

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    1

  • Media sharing via USB
  • DLNA
  • Installation wizard
  • Quality of Service
  • Parental controls
  • Parental control features

    Can manually pause device internet access

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

  • WPS support
  • 3G/4G passthrough
  • VOIP
  • Wall mountable

Member reviews

1 Member review

Amplifi HD is Awesome!

Pros

Simple, reliable, great whole of house wifi. Works far better than many previous Wifi Routers and access points. Easy updates.
I don't understand the test results, based on my experience it's far better than some of the other routers that have poor wifi and don't last.

Cons

Family, parental controls could be better.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Previous member

Used 6 months or more