The Amped Wireless ALLY Plus Whole Home Wi-Fi System ($299.99, $149 on Amazon) is designed to solve three vexing smart home and Wi-Fi access concerns. First, ALLY Plus offers one of the more intuitive and intelligent web sites, apps and time-limit filtering systems I’ve come across. Second, ALLY offers segregated longer-range 2.4GHz and faster 5GHz networks for connecting smart home devices that only operate on 2.4GHz. Unfortunately, getting the ALLY system setup is a problem. If you do get ALLY working, the system provides significantly less range than other mesh systems. We spent several months testing ALLY, running into problems both times. During the initial set-up, the system worked and then suddenly stopped after a few months. The second time, the system would only work together when the extender and router were paired very close together, which renders the reason you’d buy an extender moot. Here’s how we fared. Before we go further, let’s make sure you’re looking at the right Amped Wireless ALLY product. There are four ALLY mesh systems: Both the ALLY Plus router and its extender client are flat 6.5 x 7 x 1.25-inch white rectangles, occupying...