EnGenius ESR580 Mesh wifi vs Amplifi HD

EnGenius introduces two models of wave 2 mesh wifi system – the Engenius esr530 dual band AC1300 mesh wifi system and Engenius esr580 tri-band mesh wifi system.

We’ll focus to the tri-band model EnGenius esr580 mesh wifi system and compare it with one of popular mesh wifi system in the market offered by Ubiquiti – the Amplifi HD, the first model in mesh wifi offered by Ubiquiti. The new model is Amplifi Alien wifi 6 mesh wifi system.

What this Esr580 does

The designs of the Esr530 and 580 series are the same, white flat and can be placed in the guest room or on your desk so that it becomes part of the decoration of your room.

Engenius esr580 ac2100 mesh wifi system
Engenius esr580 ac2200 mesh wifi system

AC2200

EnGenius esr580 is a tri-band AC2200 wave 2 mesh wifi system with MU-MIMO feature delivering up to total 2200Mbps aggregated bandwidth, up to 400Mbps @2.4GHz band and 2 radio bands @5GHz with one of these radio bands is used as dedicated backhaul link. The Esr530 is a dual band mesh wifi, with wifi backhaul link shared with connected clients @5GHz band, no dedicated band as backhaul link. 

Compare with Amplifi HD which is based on dual band AC1750 both the mesh router and the mesh point and they don’t support MU-MIMO.

Wired & wifi backhaul

If in your multistory building is too thick the walls between floors and many obstacles that cause signal attenuation between floors it is better to use the combination of wired and wifi backhaul link between your wifi mesh nodes. EnGenius esr580 allows you to make a combination of wired and wifi backhaul links between nodes up to 8 nodes.

Ubiquiti Amplifi HD
Ubiquiti Amplifi HD

You can also add one or more Engenius EMD1 mesh dot to add more coverage. This is the wall-plug model of mesh wifi range extender in addition of esr530 or esr580 series.

When you compare Esr580 with Amplifi HD you can find that you only need single Amplifi HD router plus two or more Amplifi HD points as the satellite, no Ethernet port available for the satellite so you only have wifi backhaul link between router and the satellites. See also another series of Amplifi HD gamers edition.

To get a brief description of this product, please refer to the following video introduction of Engenius Esr530 and Esr580 series (courtesy by Engenius).

now take a look at the following spec comparison table between Engenius esr580 and Amplifi HD mesh wifi systems.

Table 1 Engenius vs Amplify Mesh wifi

ModelEnGenius ESR580Amplifi HD
Wifi technologySimultaneous Tri-band AC2200 wave 2 mesh wifi system  with MU-MIMOSimultaneous dual band AC1750 mesh wifi system
Wifi speeds2.4 GHz: Max 400 5 GHz: Max 867 5 GHz: Max 867Up to 1300Mbps @5GHz Up to 400Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas2 x 2.4 GHz: 4.4 dBi 4 x 5 GHz: 5.6 dBi Omni directional(1) Dual-Band Antenna, Tri-Polarity
Coverage Up to 1,500 sq ft / nodeUp to 2,000 sq ft
Ethernet Ports2 x 10/100/1000 BASE-T, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet Port4 x 10/100/1000 BASE-T, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports + 1x Gigabit WAN
ProcessorQualcomm® 717 MHz Quad-Core CPU 4x ARM Cortex A7Unspecified
Backhaul linkDedicated backhaul link @5GHz Connect up to 8 nodes Wired Ethernet link is possibleWifi
General featuresAccess Point / Router modeMesh router
Price$128.00 / node$220.00 / router ($430 / 3-set)

With Amplifi HD typically they sell in a 3-set product kit consists of one Amplifi HD router plus two units of Amplify meshpoint HD as the satellite to cover up to 6,000 sq ft and it is tagged around $430.  And Engeniius esr580 in two-pack kit is tagged around $299.00 as per Jun 2020. Prices are always fluctuating by times, click the product link below to learn more spec details and link to SHOP in Amazon with current price.

Related products

For small to medium businesses, you may consider Ubiquiti Unifi series – Unifi UAP-Flex HD mesh wireless access point.

For new wifi 6 technology to try you may consider TP-link Deco X20 ax1800 mesh wifi system or you may try faster model of Arris Surfboard ax11000 mesh wifi system. For chepaer model – try this Wavlink AC2100 mesh wifi system or Rock space AC1200 mesh wifi with good rated in Amazon.

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