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V0LC0M
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Anyone using this for your home or business? I've been thinking about getting the AP AC HD + security gateway to run my house network.

7/26/2017 12:24:23 PM

AVON
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I use them at my family's business / farm.
They make a good product. Product can be very technical, but it's good.

We have several of the wireless bridges, access points, and an edge router.

7/26/2017 8:06:12 PM

smoothcrim
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I built an ISP with their gear, though I just used their radios with mikrotik boards. They definitely have the best prosumer management software.

7/26/2017 8:43:18 PM

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Once setup, without a doubt they're on point.

USG: Fantastic, easy to configure, supposedly great site-to-site VPN. My only question mark is for high bandwidth applications... only had a chance to test it up to about 10Mbit.

Edgerouter: True enterprise grade product. If you can't find a premade config on a forum to fit your needs you're likely up the creek. For a lot of needs you'll be on the command line doing a lot of tinkering. Setup, though... I've never seen a pipe, or pair of pipes, big enough that it's the bottleneck.

APs: Moderately clunky to setup. Get it done, check "automatic upgrade", forget they exist. If your wifi is down your ISP is out. They're essentially bulletproof... but they take themselves offline if they can't reach the internet for a period of time.

Point to Point items (Rockets, etc.): WISP grade. The airgig interface is not nearly as polished as unifi -- but they have a mountain of options, great speed, great range - especially on chimneys or towers.

Cameras: I only have experience with the older ones, but they were painless to install. Great mounts. When I put them up I went ahead and got their camera box with the hard drive and such, but they also worked with the synology I put in. Ultimately their camera box is completely unnecessary. Mount an iSCSI or NAS drive and run their interface on a computer and write it to the drive.


Biggest complaint on all of their gear is they usually charge a premium for real PoE. If you do anything over a house you'll need some of their toughswitches or a basement to hide all the little dongle things.

7/27/2017 12:43:13 AM

afripino
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I've got 38 Unifi AP AC's (mostly LR version) deployed to an apartment complex. They're decent and pretty low maintenance. Aside from occasional reboots needed and the few times I had them go "bad" (boot loops, totally dead, etc.), they're some workhorses. They are shitty through brick and plaster (that's wifi for you) and the signals drop pretty substantially with high capacity situations, but they're cheap and very prosumer friendly.

[Edited on July 28, 2017 at 11:51 AM. Reason : ]

7/28/2017 11:48:03 AM

V0LC0M
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Would you recommend this setup (AP-AC-HD + USG) or something else for a 3000 sqft (3 floors) home using AT&T Fiber? I had an Asus AC3100 that was a beast but recently and completely lost the ability to broadcast 2.4 after a firmware upgrade. I've used Netgear or Asus products for the last 8 years and am ready to jump ship to a more robust option. That being said, I've always loved Ruckus. We've used them at work for years and they just flat out work but are stupid expensive. A couple of tech people I work with (vendors) have been talking my ear off about Ubiquiti's new AP line which is why I asked my original question.

[Edited on August 3, 2017 at 1:21 PM. Reason : .]

8/3/2017 1:00:05 PM

wwwebsurfer
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^those APs are beasts on paper... but I'd be (mildly) concerned with coverage on just 1.

A lot depends on the layout... but I'd shoot for at least 2, possibly 3 for 3 floors/3K square feet. 5.8Ghz penetration is pretty awful, and you're probably looking for extra wide bands to fill up those fiber pipes. Most of their products are sold in 3 packs with a pretty good discount too.

Put the 3rd in the workshop out back and wireless uplink it.

8/3/2017 9:56:24 PM

V0LC0M
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Ending up buying the USG and AP HD (https://unifi-hd.ubnt.com/). Set up wasn't too bad once I realized that the damn USG was trying to use the same IP as the AT&T gateway. Coverage isn't as strong as I had hoped. My Asus AC3100 definitely outperformed this in total coverage. At least on the 2.4 side.



[Edited on August 17, 2017 at 4:16 PM. Reason : It's also definitely not as strong as a Ruckus R500 either.]

8/17/2017 4:14:27 PM

afripino
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I'd get the LR for coverage and the HD for density/lots of devices

8/18/2017 9:02:30 AM

V0LC0M
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It covers enough, I am just surprised it didn't cover more.

8/18/2017 1:33:02 PM

smoothcrim
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While installing my gigabit modem my asus ac66u died. I had an edgerouter and unifi ac lite laying around. SO GLAD I finally made the jump. I'd never used their management interfaces, just their radios, but they're legit. It was really hard to figure out things that are so easy in cloud, like vlans and routing. The throughput is much greater than the asus, but the coverage isn't close without beam forming. I had to go buy a second AP, but it was pretty trivial to clone the config. I went ahead and setup pi-hole on an rpi, but I'm curious if I could run it on the edgerouter itself

I wouldn't go with the LR models. They have better antennae with higher gain, but that doesn't help your clients trying to transmit to them

[Edited on September 2, 2018 at 1:32 PM. Reason : .]

9/2/2018 1:30:43 PM

moron
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Ubiquiti has problems with gigabit speeds, you know if this is still the case?

9/2/2018 5:20:08 PM

smoothcrim
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9/2/2018 7:20:07 PM

AVON
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In my opinion, their product has vastly improved over the last years.

9/3/2018 11:52:43 AM

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