Published on April 2nd, 2017 | by Greg0
Amped Ally: Whole Home Wifi With Only Two Units
Wireless technology is pretty important- in fact, we’d say it’s as critical a utility as water or gas. We certainly use it more regularly than we use either of those! But too often, it can be taken for granted- even as our multiplying devices demand more and more thanks to higher resolutions and faster services. We’re adding more smartphones and tablets to our homes and apartments, throwing appliances and lights and cameras onto the Internet of Things, while we don’t necessarily upgrade the foundations and backbone of our network.
The Amped Wireless Ally Plus is a massive step into the future for just about any setup, and they call it a “Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi System” without any fear of that being an overstatement. While there are a growing number of companies that offer seamless networks with similar claims, the competition is typically comprised of smaller puck-like devices, and you need a few of them to cover a couple of thousand square feet. The Amped Ally is a powerful base router, and the Plus option adds a single, signal extender that boasts your range, offering coverage of up to 15,000 square feet total- which should be enough for even the biggest mansions and strong enough to penetrate thick walls.
Similar to others we’ve seen, setup is pretty simple, and the first thing you’ll want to do is download and use their app (the only way to complete the setup). The included cords and cables are even more clearly labeled than others, and the larger base router means you have three traditional ethernet ports rather than the single one on some others. Once fully running, you’ll have both a 2.4GHz and a 5GHz network active, and we saw speeds of 60 Mbps and up to 100, rarely dipping below that even when we moved between floors or rooms, even outside. We also liked that they built in AVG protection for constantly-updated firewall security, and much more granular parental controls than others on the market- and most importantly, far more advanced access to configuration options for power users than competitors. They aren’t all accessible from inside the app and the instructions aren’t always clear, but they are there.
On it’s own, the Amped Wireless Ally would be a solid router, but with the range extender, it sits high on the list of multi-unit wide-range systems out there. These are bigger units, though they are fairly low-profile and the low-key white color should go with anything. For a family with a lot of devices and a big area to cover, this is an easy answer to wireless internet issues. Expect to spend around $290 online and in stores for the Amped Wireless Ally Plus.