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    Ubiquiti UniFi - Yeah or Nah?

    I've seem information about this gear scattered around these parts and I've seen the odd thing on reddit too.

    It looks like a really solid and configurable solution with a million youtubers etc all recommending it.

    What does the network folk here think about it?

    Looking at PB Tech you can get yourself up and running for just a little over $1000 if you want the basics.

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    Worth it, or just more consumer masked as "enterprise" stuff?

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    I've got the following:

    Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X-SFP
    Unifi UAP-AC-LR
    Unifi UAP-AC-Pro

    I'm not using the cloud key (using a cloud-hosted controller via a user on Geekzone, see https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.as...topicid=204413).

    Has been rock solid for 3 years now, never missed a bit and been able to configure everything I need relatively easily.

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    What are you wanting it for?

    Any Unifi gear I've come across has had consumer level radio chipsets (usually Atheros) - which is why they are so cheap. The management platform is better than your usual consumer gear, but doesn't hold against enterprise gear (Ruckus, HP/Aruba, Cisco etc). I know a few sites who never got it going satisfactorily (NZ SME size).

    If I was chucking in some new gear at home I'd just go for 2nd hand ruckus from trademe. Even their lower spec gear is going to perform better with the enterprise radio chipsets.

    And don't get me started on the USG... but you know I'll only accept thoroughbreds for that job

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    Can only recommend. Have supported a ton of clients who use and have an Amplifi at home myself.

    The APs are great. We tend to install the Unifi controller software on a Raspberry Pi or a VM (Linux usually I believe).

    Works well with Radius authentication if you want users logging in with their domain credentials instead of a standard password.

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    Some captures for you show casing the functionality:

    1x Ubiquiti EdgeRouter PoE 5 port
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    3x Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO 450+1300Mbps 160mW Access Point
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    The management GUI is overkill for home but if you really want flawless integration opt for the USG. As you can see it can be all done on the router though.

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    I recommend it. For home and SMB Ubiquiti is great. The software, updates etc are all very nice and the gear itself is reliable. If you are thinking of buying more IP cameras in the future, the new G2 cloud key would be the way to go. Provides cloud controller access, 1TB drive that is user upgradable for IP camera recordings as well. Instead of USG, I would recommend the edgerouter. Itís more powerful.

    If you want enterprise grade stuff with good software that does not cries for yearly licensing, look at Cambium AP

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    Thanks for the responses folks. This entire Ubiquiti looks like it could quickly become a easy cash suck...

    Was just looking around at other products and found this bad boy https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/CCT...able-Applicati which isn't actually that badly priced for what you get... I could easily end up way over spending here.

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    Still didn't say what you want it for?

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    Vulcan wrote:
    Still didn't say what you want it for?
    Sorry, my house.

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    seems remarkably overkill for your house to get the USG et all - i guess if you've just got the 'comes with the broadband' router, but still...

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    I do run a bunch of servers and have a lot of exposed shit from under my stairs.

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    How big is your house. And it's not like you're going to get decent performance/protection from their IPS, it's pretty basic.

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    We have a few clients (SMBs) who run this gear. We normally put it in with the cloudkey for remote management. We haven't had any issues with it at all over the past 3 or so years. It seems to "just work". The NVR and cameras are also really good.

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    yeah

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    I recommend it, I have a full UniFi setup at home.

    If you're using a Gigabit connection then you'll need to leave IPS off on the USG, otherwise its definitely more than enough for home use.
    I'd recommend the NanoHD's over the AC Pro if you don't need the passthrough PoE on the AC Pro (e.g for security cameras).

    You could save money by getting the US-8-60W switch if you only need a few PoE ports (it has 4 PoE + 4 Non-PoE)

    You can save more by not using the CloudKey. I run the UniFi Controller + PiHole on a RPi3.
    CloudKey is fine though if you don't want any DNS filtering, or the UCK-G2+ if you want cameras.
    If you have a Synology/QNAP NAS you can also run the controller in a docker container.

    Mine looks like this

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    Unifi gear is rock solid if you set it up right. I have replaced many enterprise level environments using cisco, aerohive, ruckus with this equipment. The Unifi nanoHD units are the definitely best bang for buck in a home environment.

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    been very impressed with mine. My needs are fairly basic, but wanted better stability from my AP and I got it with this kit. I ended up picking up USG and switch and like the integration.

    Also have set up a S2S VPN to Azure and performance wasn't complete shit. For the money, I think it's pretty good.

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    saiken wrote:
    Unifi gear is rock solid if you set it up right. I have replaced many enterprise level environments using cisco, aerohive, ruckus with this equipment. The Unifi nanoHD units are the definitely best bang for buck in a home environment.
    The last customer I saw with Unifi had to reset the damn thing every day or two. They ended up replacing it with Ruckus. It was set up correctly, they were running EAP with multiple VLANs and guest networks. It wasn't overly complex, oh and the roaming was terrible (or not there iirc). That was a 500 user network.

    I'm not sure why you'd replace ruckus as the radios are top notch as are the antennas.

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    Vulcan wrote:
    The last customer I saw with Unifi had to reset the damn thing every day or two. They ended up replacing it with Ruckus. It was set up correctly, they were running EAP with multiple VLANs and guest networks. It wasn't overly complex, oh and the roaming was terrible (or not there iirc). That was a 500 user network.

    I'm not sure why you'd replace ruckus as the radios are top notch as are the antennas.
    There have been bugs with firmware which needed resets of units, latest bug we had would cause DHCP requests to fail for some users. The latest firmware seems to have resolved it but it took 6 months...
    Other than some firmware stuff its been good, a little more bugs than other networking vendors.
    If you have the expertise in house to deal with some issues bang for buck you cant get much better.

    edit: I would never use Ubiquiti for anything that is critical to the business though.