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Deploy the UniFi AC Pro AP indoors or outdoors, in wireless networks requiring maximum performance. Sporting a weatherproof design, the UniFi AC Pro AP features simultaneous, dual-band, 3x3 MIMO technology and convenient 802.3af PoE/802.3at PoE+ compatibility.
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765 of 787 people found the following review helpful.
There are several models of the UniFi line of wireless access points (WAP or AP). The Amazon descriptions don't tell you everything so this review is intended to give an overview of the product line. These devices are made by Ubiquiti, a company mostly known for supplying wireless gear to the networking professional. Because of remarkably low pricing, high reliability, and marketing via consumer outlets such as Amazon, more and more folks are getting turned onto Ubiquiti gear. Although Ubiquiti has a track record of promising, and even advertising, features that materialize either late or never, UniFi still gives you great bang for the buck. :>
Be advised that you need to be tech savvy to configure Ubiquiti products. They don't have push-button setup and there is no telephone support. Most configuration questions are handled through the community forums. I'm going to tell you right now though that if you don't have some networking background the forums may put you off. It's frequented by folks who install UniFi for a living and they speak in techno-talk. No real hand-holding but rather, practical advice from people who do UniFi every day and speak the lingo of WiFi and RF (Radio Frequency). Having said that, if you are the Power User and learning/researching type you may get along with UniFi quite nicely.
Let's move on and point out the main features of UniFi. UniFi access points are often deployed as part of a "managed WiFi system", i.e. hotspot software (although a UniFi system can be a single access point). UniFi is often used in the hospitality industry where something more than a WiFi password scratched on a piece of paper is required. With UniFi you can set up a customized guest portal, place speed and/or data caps on each client's internet usage, track who is connected to your system, cut off usage hogs, and even charge a fee for access. UniFi even lets you print out uniquely numbered guest vouchers as opposed to handing out a single password for everyone. These features are all optional.
UniFi requires a program called the UniFi "controller". The controller must be run when first setting up the system in order to "adopt" each AP. After that the controller is required to be running 24/7 only if you wish to use the guest portal function. The controller can run on a local computer (PC, MAC, Linux box) or in an Amazon cloud. Ubiquiti has even released a small form factor product called "Cloud Key" that is sort of a hybrid gadget that is plugged into an open Ethernet port, but can be managed from the cloud (however at the time of this writing the Cloud Key firmware is still labeled less than version 1. Caution is advised).
Regarding the various UniFi AP hardware, they come in indoor or outdoor versions, 2.4GHz or 5GHz versions, and there is a model (both indoor and outdoor) that incorporates both 2.4 & 5GHz radios. UniFi devices operate as wireless access points only, meaning they deliver internet to connected client devices such as laptops and smartphones. If you are instead setting up a system to connect to an existing access point, or to make a point-to-point link, you should check out a cousin to the UniFi outdoor models designated as "Rocket" (Ubiquiti ROCKETM2 2.4GHz Hi Power 2x2 MIMO AirMax TDMA BaseStation), which has upgradeable antennas, or the Rocket’s [somewhat] equivalent with a fixed directional antenna, the NanoStation series (Ubiquiti NanoStation locoM2 2.4GHz Indoor/Outdoor airMax 8dBi CPE).
OUTDOOR UNIFI MODELS
UniFi AP Outdoor 2.4GHz (Ubiquiti UniFI AP Outdoor 2x2 MIMO Access Point 802.11bgn).
It's 2.4GHz only, but that will be most compatible with an array of wireless devices. 2x2 MIMO means up to 300Mb/s throughput.
UniFi AP Outdoor 5GHz (Ubiquiti Networks Unifi AP Outdoor 5GHz (UAP-OUTDOOR-5)).
Also 2x2 MIMO. Great in areas densely populated with 2.4GHz signals, but you must insure that all devices wanting to connect have 5GHz capability.
NOTE: Unique to the above models are detachable antennas. The provided omni-directional antennas give these radios good range in all directions. However if you need even more distance, or coverage only in specific areas Ubiquiti has an amazing line of high gain directional antennas designed specifically for these Outdoor APs. For example, I have an installation where the client devices are over 500 ft. from the UniFi Outdoor 2.4GHz AP (it's a motel) and my customer never gets complaints about weak WiFi signals. We are running an airMAX 120 degree Sector Antenna (Ubiquiti Airmax 2.4GHz 15dBi 120 degree Sector Antenna). A well designed antenna like this makes the AP a very good *listener*, allowing it to receive the relatively weak signals generated by most consumer handheld devices. Without a proper antenna the AP can put out all the power in the world, but users won't get a good connection at such distances because their [relatively weak] signal has trouble making it back to the AP. By the way, the Outdoor UniFi AP is designed to fit snugly into the airMAX antenna, providing a clean and attractive installation.
UniFi AP AC Outdoor (Ubiquiti Networks UniFi UAP-AC Outdoor Enterprise WiFi System).
Incorporates both 2.4 and 5GHz radios. Best of both worlds, but cost is substantially higher and the omni antennas are fixed. This "AC" model is 3x3 MIMO with throughput up to 450Mb/s. Fixed antennas.
Indoor UniFi models come in several flavors, but they tend to match the specs of the outdoor models. Most come in an attractive round “smoke detector” form factor with fixed antennas. The best way to see the lineup is to go to the Ubiquiti product page here: ubnt dot com /products/#all/wireless. I tend to skip any versions with “LR” (long range) in the model number. Experience indicates that it is preferable to have a greater number of medium range APs indoors as opposed to a smaller number of high-powered APs. Again, the AP must be able to receive a signal from lower powered client devices.
Finally, when purchasing a UniFi AP be advised that there are two generations of the APs. The second generation have "AC" in the model name and are capable of higher speeds. They AC models have been a bit problematic so be sure to download the latest firmware for the model you purchase.
Hope this helps!
377 of 395 people found the following review helpful.
Sweet little AP
So I have had this installed and have been using it for about 3 weeks. I have a good amount of experience with enterprise setups at large installations (100-200 APs) Currently I manage two locations one all Cisco and the other Aruba. I say this so you get an idea of my experience with wireless and you know what i'm comparing this AP too and what I expect from it.
I purchased one of these for my home wireless because the "High performance" consumer so called wireless routers simply couldn't keep up with what I needed. I currently have 4 AC and 2 N clients that all require allot of bandwidth.
The AC-PRO has been able to more than keep up with everything I have thrown at it. It comes with everything you need to mount it and get it up and running. From plugging it into power it took about 3 minutes to get my first SSID setup and devices connected.
- Very easy to setup and use
- Comes with everything you need to mount it
- Great price for the performance
- Does not require a controller
- Small and sleek design
- Comes with a power injector device supports 802.3at PoE+
- Guest wifi and guest portal (When using the controller software)
- Able to be used outdoors. Ubiqiti says weather proof
- The software is easy to navigate and full of features
To many to list check more here: [...]
- If any I guess it runs hotter than other AP's I've used.
I look forward to getting another 1 or 2 of these for my house and testing out the seamless hand off functions. I recommend this to any small business or home owner that wants the best performing wireless. These would even work for larger businesses.
This is my new go to recommendation for friends who ask what AP I recommend for them (Maybe the UAP-AC-LITE model instead of the PRO)
223 of 235 people found the following review helpful.
Awesome 'Pro' class Access Point
This is not your typical home Access Point; it's what an Access Point should be! The form factor, features, installation, and Power Over Ethernet support are all awesome. I especially like that a 'power injector' (think "AC Adapter", with ethernet ports) is included in the box, in case you don't have a POE switch. This AP is designed to be flush mounted on your ceiling (or a wall) and includes all of the mounting hardware needed. You can twist and remove the AP from its base by sticking a straightened paper clip (or a really flat/thin/small screwdriver) into a small opening in the side of the unit, where this lifts a small tab that allows the unit to be rotated and removed from the base. If you need to use the power injector, it also has a mounting plate which can be mounted on the wall, allowing you to easily remove the power injector should you need to.
The main difference between this AP and your typical/cheap home AP is that Ubiquiti products are managed remotely via 'controller' software. In a nutshell, the controller software exposes a local web interface which has all the GUI features you need to identify, 'adopt', and configure the AP. The software is available for all major operating systems and they even include a Java-based version of the app, for cross-platform compatibility. I found the web interface to be intuitive and fairly straight-forward, but I'm a programmer/devops guy who's used to network/subnet configuration. Regardless, the web interface is sensible and I think even a n00b can muddle their way through it.
The only niggling/minor complaint I have is with the license agreement on the controller software: "...you agree that Ubiquiti may from time to time collect and use device information (such as hardware model, firmware version, device identifiers, device performance information and device operation parameters), collected in a form that does not personally identify you...". There is no way to opt-out of this data sharing, though you could configure outbound blocking rules in your firewall to drop any packets from your AP which are being sent to the IP range owned by Ubiquiti (188.8.131.52 > 184.108.40.206/16, 220.127.116.11 > 18.104.22.168/16), but a lot of home routers may not be up to this task. If running a Linux-based firewall/gateway using IP tables (which I do and highly recommend), you can add the appropriate rules in no time.
Otherwise, I love, love, love this Access Point and would buy it again in a heart beat!