Ubiquiti Labs AmpliFi Teleport Kit Review 4

Ubiquiti Labs AmpliFi Teleport Kit Review

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Closer Look

The AmpliFi Teleport has the same rubber finish and white color scheme we have been seeing throughout and measures in at 43 x 75.85 x 38.85 mm. On the side that will be facing outward when in use is an LED ring that lights up in blue for status indication, and the AmpliFi name is at the bottom. Turning it over, we see a 2-prong US power plug again and certification information along with a QR code that leads you to the mobile app for installation. Given this is the piece that will be taken along when traveling, and at times even internationally, using a fixed US power plug was not a good idea in my opinion. I would have rather seen a cutout with adapter plugs provided for the largest markets the AmpliFi products are sold in - even a US, UK, and EU plug adapter set would have done more than this. On the underside is a female Ethernet port as well as a reset button, and there is a protective plug cover that will be handy when taking this around.

There are two dual-band antennas in the Teleport unit to generate a local wireless network piggy-backing off another Wi-Fi network, say that at the hotel you are staying at, or via an Ethernet connection, which is where the RJ45 port comes in. For those wondering, there is no 802.11ac support here, and you will thus be using the 802.11n networking standard with your devices, with a rated speed of 300 Mbps. ESD/EMP protection of up to +/- 24 KV will help counter poor wiring outside of your control, and the decent temperature and humidity range of operation means this should be good to go nearly everywhere inside.

The AmpliFi HD mesh router is a small cube, and a refreshing change in aesthetics compared to the usual router designs. At the same time, the standard designs are standard for a reason, with antennas protruding outward and in user-controlled directions, while we have a single, dual-band antenna here. This single antenna, however, is tri-polarized (horizontal, vertical, and slant up to 45° in either axis), and this should help connect to and maintain connection with clients that do not have the strongest signal strength. The router measures in at 99.5 x 97.8 x 99.6 mm and can be easily hidden away in case you do not wish to display it. However, with the 40.6 mm circular touch screen display on front, I recommend finding a spot for this to be within sight during installation, and even later since it can be made to display useful information of your choice. The Ubiquiti Labs logo is on top, and there is a metal ring around the touchscreen, which is more for aesthetics but can be handy in giving you a visual mark to where the touch screen begins and ends.

On the back is where the cable action will be, with the female USB Type-C port in the bottom-right providing power to the unit from the power adapter we saw before. There are a total of four LAN ports and a WAN port that will connect to your modem for Internet access, with each being a 1 GigE port. Four ports is really the basic minimum in this day, especially if you plan to connect this to your HTPC, TV, consoles or whatever else you might need, but most of those can be catered to via Wi-Fi as well if you do not mind the performance drop that comes with the territory. There is also a USB port available if you wish to have some rudimentary network-attached storage, but it will not replace a dedicated NAS - while also not costing more either. On the bottom is the serial number for this unit, more certification information, and a translucent rubber that goes around the periphery of the router to prevent it from getting scratched when placed on another surface.

This is generally when I take things apart to go over what is inside; however, I also only do so if I am confident about it working after putting it back together since I do not like destructive disassembly. As such, this is a case where I will be skipping the inside look.
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