Mesh networking and whole-home Wi-Fi systems have bcome a major segment in the home networking market over the past couple of years. Ubiquiti Networks has carved a name for itself in the enterprise networking space with its UniFi lineup. In 2016, they launched the AmpliFi product line to target the consumer market. The AmpliFi Whole-Home Wi-Fi products fall under two categories:

In addition, AmpliFi also has a $100 Teleport portable hardware extension that creates a seamless VPN tunnel to the home network when connected to an external network (wired or wireless).

Different consumers have different needs - while power users may have wired switches spread across multiple rooms and discrete access points, the average consumer needs a quick and easy to set up system that provides hassle-free coverage. While Ubiquiti's UniFi system caters to the former, the AmpliFi lineup with its touchscreen displays and mobile app-based setup process targets the latter market segment.

Today, Ubiquiti is launching the AmpliFi HD Gamer's Edition. The internal hardware is the same as the existing AmpliFi HD, but, the firmware comes with a few QoS tweaks targeting online gaming in general and cloud-gaming services in particular. Co-branded with NVIDIA, the AmpliFi HD Gamer's Edition's GeForce NOW QoS mode automatically detects latency or frame losses and de-prioritizes other traffic to ensure satisfactory online gaming sessions.


Coarse QoS control is available using the mobile app

The AmpliFi HD Gamer's Edition will be available starting today for $379. It is priced higher than the $340 of the standard edition. The extra value is delivered in the firmware features and additional hardware tweaks - a black exterior and LED lighting at the base that gamers may find to be attractive. The standard MeshPoint HD units have a 170 degree rotation ability with the adjustable antenna on top of a magnetic connector. On the other hand, the Gamer's Edition MeshPoint HD is a uni-body design with a 270 degree rotation capability that allows for more optimal positioning.

Compared to the regular AmpliFi HD, the firmware is tuned specifically for gamers' needs with latency and throughput going hand-in-hand. Currently, Ubiquiti is not planning on adding these features to the regular version. So, the ability to control and optimize the behavior of the mesh network for gaming is the biggest value brought in by the new app customization for the Gamer’s Edition.

The competition is currently targeting the gaming market by re-purposing traditional Wi-Fi routers. Ubiquiti / AmpliFi appears to be the first vendor to market with a mesh Wi-Fi offering catering to the gaming market. The pricing is very competitive given the marriage of mesh Wi-Fi and gaming features. That said, it will take Ubiquiti some more time to get the firmware features on par with what is offered by the likes of DumaOS, though.

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  • crimson117 - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - link

    They carried over the disabled USB port to this model as well, I see.

    I wonder if you can purchase the router alone?

    Also, is the gamer router compatible with non-gamer mesh points?
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  • ganeshts - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - link

    Response from UBNT:


    1. We won’t be selling the Gamer’s edition in conjunction with the Teleport. You can, however add a standalone Teleport to your system, it just won’t come as a Teleport/router kit already.

    2. Yes! You can add any standalone MeshPoint/MeshRouter from either the AmpliFi HD line or the AmpliFi Instant line to the Gamer’s Edition kit. As long as it is a standalone device, you can add it as an additional MeshPoint to expand the system. Does that make sense? This can be confusing for a lot of our customers. You can pair standalone devices to kits, but you can’t pair kits to kits (so you can’t buy two Gamer’s Edition kits and pair them together). This is simple because the kits are already paired together to enable a quick and seamless setup, but if you buy an unpaired device, you can easily pair it to the system.
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  • ganeshts - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - link

    And an update followed..


    The Gamer’s Edition current firmware does not support Teleport, but a firmware update is planned in the near future to allow users to pair Teleport to their Gamer’s Edition router.
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  • crimson117 - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - link

    Thank you! Reply
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, November 22, 2018 - link

    This is a silly product. Its just QoS..which every router has anyway. So you are just buying a branded router that looks neat Reply
  • ganeshts - Thursday, November 22, 2018 - link

    The external re-design (270 degree antenna placement) helps a bit compared to the standard mesh points. Also, the firmware changes (automatic optimization for services like GeForce NOW) are aimed to make the gaming QoS easy to use compared to the standard router.

    Most gaming routers are based on features like this. Unless you are an avid gamer, those products make very little sense to even consider. That said, the market segment is pretty big - considering that many vendors find it makes financial sense to deliver multiple generations of products to that segment.
    Reply
  • piroroadkill - Monday, November 26, 2018 - link

    That's what gamers like, and buy. See: RGB craze. Reply
  • Manch - Monday, November 26, 2018 - link

    As pointless as tits on a bull. But hey, NVidia branding!! People will think this is great while till bashing killer Networks LMFAO!! Reply
  • Manch - Monday, November 26, 2018 - link

    ...while still bashing... Reply
  • pookguy88 - Friday, November 23, 2018 - link

    who games on WiFi anyway? Reply

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