Enlarge / We had been additionally offered an animated model of this picture, wherein the Alien router bobs up and down gently whereas levitating. We elected to not use that one.
Ubiquiti’s client model Amplifi has launched a brand new Wi-Fi 6 product line referred to as “AmpliFi Alien.” The unique Amplifi merchandise had been sometimes bought as three-piece Wi-Fi mesh kits, so we obtained a bit excited after we noticed a price ticket of $380 for Alien.
Sadly, that worth is for a single router, not a equipment—which implies that Amplifi Alien, like Orbi AX6000, continues to be in stratospheric “you most likely don’t desire this but” territory the place worth is anxious. We’ve got a sneaking suspicion each these worth factors are a little bit of a gouge, since TP-Hyperlink’s Broadcom BCM6750-based AX1500 Wi-Fi 6 router is already obtainable for beneath $100.
Like Amplifi’s earlier merchandise, Alien encompasses a small touchscreen on the router which may show the time, speed-test outcomes, and provide some easy direct community management. Its energy and WAN ports are recessed inside the bottom of the unit with a cable-management tunnel, however the 4 LAN ports are organized alongside the again facet of the barrel, reverse the touchscreen.
On this entrance/high shot of Alien, we are able to see the 274×1268 colour touchscreen—and, in fact, the glowing inexperienced ring on the backside, which will be disabled in the event you do not just like the look.
This backside/rear shot of Alien offers us a take a look at the recessed WAN and energy ports within the base and the uncovered gigabit LAN ports operating up the again.
That is the again facet of the Alien router, on which we are able to see the 4 uncovered gigabit LAN ports and the cable administration tunnel resulting in energy and WAN within the recessed base.
Underneath the hood, Alien presents 5GHz 8×8 and a couple of.4GHz 4×4 radios, and—curiously—a Wi-Fi 5-only 5GHz 4×4 radio. Given the advertising copy, we count on that Alien will use the Wi-Fi 6 radio for backhaul in a multiple-router mesh setup. We predict it is an odd alternative to incorporate a Wi-Fi 5-only radio as an alternative of sticking with Wi-Fi 6 on all three bands, although.
Amplifi describes these radios as delivering 7685Mbps whole capability and Alien as overlaying “twice the sq. footage” of Amplifi’s earlier mesh Wi-Fi efforts, full with a bar chart demonstrating the distinction between 2 and 1. Nonetheless, as we have now exhaustively lined up to now, Wi-Fi advertising numbers are ineffective. We cannot actually have any concept of how good Alien is till we have gotten a unit or two to check.
Alien hasn’t proven up on Amazon but, however it’s obtainable immediately on the Amplifi web site.