Home mesh Wi-Fi systems are hot right now -- we recently covered the Orbi Wi-Fi System from Netgear, for instance -- but the new $380 Ally Plus Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi System from Amped Wireless has more than just easy setup to recommend it.
The Amped Wireless system promises to protect your entire home network from malware and online phishing scams in real time. This feature is based on Chime, a smart router platform developed by antivirus company AVG, which is designed to . It also boasts a comprehensive parental control feature.
Essentially, the Ally Plus is a kit comprising one dual-band AC1900 router, called the Wireless Ally Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi Router, and one dual-band AC1900 wireless extender. They're preconfigured to work together right out of the box. You connect the router to an internet source, such as a cable modem, and then place the extender unit some distance away. The two will connect to each other wirelessly and create a seamless Wi-Fi network, according to Amped Wireless, large enough to cover up to 15,000 square feet, and fast enough to deliver high-speed internet.
Amped Wireless says the new system can be managed via both a web interface and a free mobile app for Android and iOS devices. Unlike other Wi-Fi systems where you can add more extenders to further extend the Wi-Fi coverage, Amped Wireless says the Ally Plus will include just the two units for the price of $380. Your only other option is to get just the Ally router by itself, without the extender, for $200.
Both options will be available in early October. Check back then for the full CNET review.