Getting started with the Ubiquiti AmpliFi mesh router

The Ubiquiti AmpliFi router is one of the recent wave of consumer friendly mesh router systems. You can think of these mesh systems as routers that come with pre-matched, easy to use, Wi-Fi extenders.

AmpliFi competes with Eero, Luma, the Netgear Orbi and the soon-to-be-released Google Wi-Fi. Google’s previous OnHub routers were a single device. I recently griped that AmpliFi does not support remote access, but it has other things going for it.

One is price, AmpliFi starts at $200 for a three unit system, making it the cheapest mesh option. Another is privacy. Eero, Luma and Google routers (at least the OnHub) require you to have an account with the company. AmpliFi and the Netgear Orbi let you be anonymous. 

Their anonymity extends to network traffic too. A few days ago, it was all over the news that Eero updated their firmware. In covering the story, Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica wrote that “anonymized performance and diagnostic data is collected from all Eero customers and used to make the performance of the system better.” No thanks, I prefer privacy even if the cost is slightly worse performance.

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