My experience with Ubiquiti UniFi wireless

In late 2016, I replaced my existing Apple / AVM Fritz!Box mix of wireless networking gear with a set of Ubiquiti UniFi AP-AC Pro access points.

Overall, I’m very happy with them. Things I like:

  • Handoff between access points Just Works [tm]
  • They can perform rolling firmware upgrades, one AP at a time.
  • The APs support Power over Ethernet (PoE). This cuts down on cabling. I use them with Netgear GS110TP PoE switches.
  • Ubiquiti gear offers “Single Pane of Glass” management through the (free) Controller software. As an alternative, you can purchase a “Cloud Key”; haven’t gone that route myself.

Things I don’t like as much:

  • Initially I had a lot of issues with some iPads dropping off the network. After a lot of Googling, I found a post that suggested disabling the “connectivity monitor and wireless uplink”. Since all my APs are wired to the network, I disabled the Uplink Connectivity Monitor under Settings > Services and the problem disappeared.
  • To detach the access point from the mounting ring, you need a small “key”. It’s cumbersome; it would have been nicer to have a slightly larger opening so I can use a small flat-blade screwdriver.

Ubiquiti UniFi controller settings

I’ll be adding a UniFi  Security Gateway (USG) soon, to get better insight into the traffic on my wireless networks.