The AmpliFi Instant sets up mesh networking at home in a couple minutes

If you've ever been curious about mesh networking but found these giant four piece systems too daunting, the new Ubiquiti Networks AmpliFi Instant Wi-Fi System might be your ticket in. It is designed to be setup in just a couple of minutes. The most basic package only comes with the AmpliFi Instant Router, and that's good for coverage up to 2,000 square feet. If you're feeling brave you can upgrade to the bundle that includes one MeshPoint extension. The extension comes already paired with the router, so all you'll need to do is plug it in where it's needed.

This is not Ubiquiti's first foray into mesh networkng. The original AmpliFi HD (opens in new tab) is still a very good system, too, and one we have seen go on sale a few times this year. But even on sale it's still not as affordable as the Instant, which starts at $99 for just the router. The Google Wi-Fi system (opens in new tab) and TP-Link Deco M5 (opens in new tab) are probably the only decent systems that come close in terms of expense, but both of those come with multiple devices to setup.

The router has a touchscreen display, similar to the AmpliFi HD, a one Gigabit Ethernet port, and a WAN port for connection to your cable or DSL modem. It uses dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios. When you first set it up, you'll use the free app on both iOS and Android to configure it. Later, you'll be able to use it to check network stability, parental controls, remote access, guest access, and more.

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John Levite
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  • I just got the Amplifi HD last week and it's great. Like you mentioned in the article it only takes a few minutes or so to setup. I just want to note for anyone who has the Elite 800X Premium Turtle Beach headset that you will want to change the 5GHz radio frequency from 80 to 40 because it interferes with the headset. I was loosing sound and getting static interference until I did. Otherwise I have not had any issues with the new setup. I also replaced my cable modem with ARRIS Surfboard SB8200. My previous setup was a Motorola Cable modem and Linksys router which was having issues with Comcast dropping connection on and off. Now I haven't lost any connection.