Ubiquiti Launches New 'AmpliFi Alien' Router With Touch Display and Wi-Fi 6 Support

Ubiquiti today launched an all-new router, the AmpliFi Alien, which is Ubiquiti's first Wi-Fi 6 router. The router is on sale now for $379.


According to the company, the AmpliFi Alien allows you to increase your network capacity by 4x and boost coverage by 2x, all while reducing battery drain on mobile devices. It's powered by 8x8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 technology, so a single AmpliFi Alien router provides greater range and speeds than previous single AmpliFi routers.

The router includes 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 radios, delivering 7,685 Mbps total capacity and 16 spatial streams from one single AmpliFi Alien unit. Although the new router isn't specifically a mesh system, the company did note that you can mesh multiple Alien units together to extend coverage if you have a large home.


In terms of dimensions, the AmpliFi Alien is 9.84 inches tall and about 4.3 inches wide, weighing 2.65 lbs. It also includes a 4.7-inch diagonal display with touch controls and haptics. Similar to the AmpliFi HD router, this display shows the current time, upload/download speeds, network status, and more.

Additional technical specifications can be found below:
  • Max. TX Power - 2.4 GHz: 23 dBm per chain, 5 GHz 19 dBm per chain (low band)/ 20 dBm per chain (high band)
  • MIMO - 2.4 GHz: 4x4 5 GHz: 4x4 (low-band) + 8x8 (high band)
  • Speed - 2.4 GHz: 1148 Mbps, 5 GHz: 1733 Mbps (low band)/ 4804 Mbps (high band)
  • Networking Interface - Wi-Fi; Gigabit Ethernet: (1) WAN, (4) LAN
  • Max. Power Consumption - 35W
  • ESD/EMP Protection - ± 24kV Air/Contact
  • Antennas - (1) Internal Dual-Band Metal Stamp with 12 Polarity
  • Display - 110.38 mm (4.7") Diagonal, 274 x 1268, 279 ppi, G+F Touch, Full Color
  • Wi-Fi Standards - Up to Wi-Fi 6
  • Wireless Security - WPA2
On the back of the router are four Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports and one Gigabit WAN port, along with the power supply. Setup of the router takes place in the connected AmpliFi app, and can be done in under a minute, similar to previous AmpliFi devices with quick setups. Also in the app include parental controls, guest access, ISP and system performance stats, and more.

Although many consumer devices don't yet support Wi-Fi 6, Apple's iPhone 11 lineup does support the next generation standard. When in use, Wi-Fi 6 provides faster connection speeds to connected devices, particularly in crowded areas. The standard is just now beginning to roll out to routers and various smartphones and computers in late 2019, and is expected to be more widely available in the coming years.

Visit AmpliFi's website for more information on the Alien router. For those interested, it's available for $379 beginning today.

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Tags: wi-fi, AmpliFi

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3 weeks ago
Wish Apple would get back in the router business. :rolleyes:
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3 weeks ago
Now can they stuff that inside the normal AmpliFi square box? I much prefer that design.
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3 weeks ago


I've always gotten my router from my ISP. its included, no extra charge and they say their routers are the best for their service... that being said I wish I had something that could handle my crazy HomeKit setup better

If it can't handle your HomeKit setup that well...I'd say they are wrong.
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3 weeks ago
Needs a price reduction, WPA3 (after the bugs have been squished), a different color scheme than that gAm3r green and black, and another price reduction.
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3 weeks ago
"...Although the new router isn't specifically a mesh system, the company did note that you can mesh multiple Alien units together to extend coverage if you have a large home. ..."

At $375 a pop that would be one very high priced mesh . Been waiting for a WPA 3 ( and WiFi6 ) solution to drop from Amplifi but didn't plan on budget that big just to close up WPA2's problems.

Given there is a separate WiFi 5 "channel" meshing up an HD would be more cost effective but not uniform.
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3 weeks ago
I've always gotten my router from my ISP. its included, no extra charge and they say their routers are the best for their service... that being said I wish I had something that could handle my crazy HomeKit setup better
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3 weeks ago


No mention of WPA3? If it can't support WPA3, then you'll throw it away when proper WPA3-enabled routers come to market. Ofc, the clients need to support it, as well. My way of saying: This tech is currently at the BS stage, waiting for the uninformed to waste their money on it, only to dump it in a year or two. I'd advise waiting :) Just my take.


Pretty sure WiFi 6 requires wpa3 so it most likely supports it.
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3 weeks ago
If only the 16" MacBook Pro had come with Wifi 6. I guess i'll have to buy another one once the next gen Intel chips come out with Wifi 6 built in.
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3 weeks ago


It has. This previously dropped a week or so ago ( equally "funky" product name ' Dream Machine' )



https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine

It doesn't have WiFi 6 but similar product market coverage. The bigger pitch there is they merged a router product capabilities and cloud key product inside more so than bleeding edge WiFi 6 coverage.


The Dream Machine is in the Unifi-line of products, whereas the product in OP is in the Amplifi-line of products. Different platforms, Amplifi is for home-use while Unifi is for small to medium-sized businesses, or home offices. Even though it's an all-in-one, the Dream Machine's built-in CloudKey can control dozens of Unifi access points, managed switches, etc.
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3 weeks ago


Not so weird when vast majority of modems don't have them either. The are some consumer range modems that go > 1GbE but typically that is through bonded 1GbE ports ( that are just there as 'future proof').


Sure, but there are some higher end motherboards with >1Gbps ports now (not to mention that some of the newer desktop Macs have 10Gbps too). One or two on the router would benefit those even if every other wired connection was 1Gbps.
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