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AMPLIFI AFi AmpliFi Standard Home Wi-Fi Router with 2 Mesh Points $169.99

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B&H Photo has the AMPLIFI AFi AmpliFi Standard Home Wi-Fi Router for 169.99 with free shipping. This is the standard system, not HD.
The standard system claims to cover 10,000 sqft and theoretical speeds up to 2.35 Gbps.
The HD system claims to cover 20,000 sqft and theoretical speeds up to 5.25 Gbps

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https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...outer.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...outer.html
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any reason why I should get this instead of the Orbi ofcourse this is cheaper..thanks
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This or the Google WiFi 3-pack?
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Most other mesh systems require all access points to be hard wired to the main router. This system, the main router is obviously hardwired, but the mesh points only need an outlet. For places where hardwiring is not viable, this is a solid solution. I have the HD system in place at my home and have coverage across my entire 1/3 acre property - even across the street and by some of the neighbors.
If hardwiring is an option, Orbi or other may be a better bet.
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Most other mesh systems require the access points to be hard wired to the router. This system, the mesh points only need an outlet. For places where hardwiring is not viable, this is a solid solution. I have the HD system in place at my home, and have coverage across my entire 1/3 acre property - even across the street and by some of the neighbors.
If hardwiring is an option, Orbi or other may be a better bet.
Orbi and others also have wireless backhaul. Orbi didn't even ship with wired backhaul, that was only added in later IIRC. They even sell a system that has mesh points that only require an outlet.

If you're in a place that has Ethernet available, it will be significantly cheaper to just use a router with Access Points. Transitioning between APs isn't what makes a mesh, a mesh. You can achieve the same result with a router + wired APs.
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Orbi and others also have wireless backhaul. Orbi didn't even ship with wired backhaul, that was only added in later IIRC. They even sell a system that has mesh points that only require an outlet.

If you're in a place that has Ethernet available, it will be significantly cheaper to just use a router with Access Points. Transitioning between APs isn't what makes a mesh, a mesh. You can achieve the same result with a router + wired APs.
I was not aware of Orbi's backhaul, thanks for clarifying.
Router with access points might be cheaper, but for many, an out of box system is simply more convenient.
What are the other systems, similar to Amplifi- that have wireless backhaul? When I researched this about 10 months back, Amplifi was the most discussed, maybe the only one I came across ( I think plume was there, but it was kind of blah IMO).
I agree if Ethernet is available, then a hardwired solution would serve better.
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edit - I can't read

I just bought the amplifier mesh HD at microcenter a few weeks ago, any major benefits with the HD?

edit 2 - found a new table that compares:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/arst...m/%3famp=1
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Most other mesh systems require all access points to be hard wired to the main router. This system, the main router is obviously hardwired, but the mesh points only need an outlet. For places where hardwiring is not viable, this is a solid solution. I have the HD system in place at my home and have coverage across my entire 1/3 acre property - even across the street and by some of the neighbors.
If hardwiring is an option, Orbi or other may be a better bet.
No they don't, please research before posting. Orbi, Google WiFi, Eero, Luma, Velop, Plume, etc - none of them require Ethernet backhaul and the access points are wireless.
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Can anyone point out the major differences between the "standard" and HD system, which sells at $300+?
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Can anyone point out the major differences between the "standard" and HD system, which sells at $300+?
HD system's mesh points are much faster, AC I think. I have this system and I'm really pleased with the coverage, Mesh points are a bit slow, but better than no coverage!

Long term, I'll buy one of the HD Mesh Points to speed up certain areas of the house and move the Standard mesh point elsewhere.
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