Amped Wireless Ally Plus Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi System

The Good The Ally Plus broadcasts fast Wi-Fi coverage over a large area. It includes both a well-designed mobile app and an in-depth web interface, plus more features than other competing home mesh systems.

The Bad The system doesn't have a dedicated backhaul band and you can't connect the extender unit to the router unit via a network cable to improve performance.

The Bottom Line The Ally Plus is a great Wi-Fi system for any large home but it suits families with both novice and advanced users especially well.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Effective Wi-Fi coverage, easy to use and plenty of features

Unlike most mesh Wi-Fi systems geared toward home users, the Amped Wireless Ally Plus has something for everyone. Novice users will love its easy-to-use mobile app and advanced users will still be able to customize their network via a comprehensive web interface, which is unavailable in existing popular systems like the Eero, Google Wifi ($117.00 at Amazon.com) or Luma. And likely everyone will be happy with its performance and Wi-Fi coverage.

If you live in a home of 4,000 square feet or so and want to broadcast Wi-Fi coverage across every inch of it, the $300 Ally Plus is a great choice. The only exception might be is if your home is already outfitted with Ethernet ports. In that case, Google Wifi will provide better performance, since the Ally Plus doesn't allow for connecting the units together using a network cable.

Snappy setup process

The Ally Plus includes two identical-looking hardware units. One of them is a router, called Ally, that you can get just by itself for $180. The other is a wireless range extender that's only available when you get the $300 Ally Plus set.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Amped Wireless
  • Color Category white
  • Type Wi-Fi system
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
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