Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)
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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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203 of 213 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)
120 of 126 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!
104 of 113 people found the following review helpful.
Ubiquiti is the new boss in APs!
Ubiquiti is the new standard in APs!
The list of features and capabilities is so extensive their is no point in rewriting in this review what is already provided at the Ubiquiti website. There you can find datasheets, specs, feature information and comparisons of various products.
I have dealt with various manufacturers from Cisco, Edimax, Aruba, ZyXel and Ubiquiti. I can say without a doubt Ubiquiti can be crowned the new king of WiFi products. From antennas to bridges to repeaters to APs to WISP type setups...they have it all for an affordable price.
The UAP-AC-PRO package includes
1 The cardboard box has a holographic logo on it. A nice way to know you're getting the real Ubiquiti product. (see pics)
1 AC access point (in 1950s spaceship style...lol).
1 quick start guide.
1 Ubiquiti mini product brochure.
1 Ubiquiti Everywhere "U" sticker - white
1 wall mount ring - plastic.
1 ceiling mount ring - metal.
*This is for putting on the other side of a flimsy ceiling tile to give it strength and to have something to mount to. A VERY NICE EXTRA!
1 Ubiquiti (branded with the Ubiquiti brand name and "U" logo as can be seen in the pictures) 48v 0.5 amp Gigabit PoE Injector with wall mount bracket and power cord.
1 bag of screws and anchors.
1 rubber cord management grommet (unofficially that is what I call it)
*This is plugged into the bottom of the AP to allow for ethernet cord management and to relieve stress on the RJ45 heads. ANOTHER VERY NICE EXTRA!
You use the UniFi Controller software to configure & manage the AP.
This is achieved in a few different ways -
#1 - Install the software on a workstation and config as needed.
#2 - Same as #1 but use a smartphone app.
The first two options work just fine if you only need a basic level setup. If you want to use more advanced features like SSID radio scheduling or Captive Portal you'll need to
#3 - Install the UniFi Controller program on a workstation or server and leave it on 24/7 because the AP will need to communicate with the software. This could also be an Amazon AWS server that would allow your entire range of clients or business to be managed from one neutral central server. I have numerous clients all over and I use an AWS server for centralized management. It's perfect!
#4 - Install a Ubiquiti Cloud Key device onto your network. This is an affordable and power friendly little device about the size of a small cordless phone handset. It can act as the Controller management station for all devices on the local network.
Want to know more about the UniFi Controller software? Go to the Ubiquiti website. There's just way too much to explain it all here.
Can this AP be used
Too many to list. Affordability would be at the top here. If we talk about my personal home use UAP-AC-PRO in a single pack - I paid only $140 total. They seem to be over-priced here on Amazon. Let's do a case study example. A small business needing the advanced features Ubiquiti offers and say a 5 pack of PRO APs to cover their entire building could be accomplished for under $1000. Cisco would easily be almost triple that amount! And the Ubiquiti config and management system is much more user friendly and simple. Before Ubiquiti the only affordable option was ZyXel. Good products, but they still leave much to be desired. I would label them as rough diamonds that need to be polished.
One truly outstanding feature that I love is you can disable to AP's glowing light ring! Yes! Awesome huh? If you have an area that you would like to keep dark or calm or just want the white AP to disappear and blend in (bedroom, living room, work room, entertainment room, waiting area, etc.) the light can be disabled via the software.
Another interesting pro - this AP can be used outside. Now, it is NOT meant to be exposed to the open air directly. Ubiquiti clearly states it should be about 2 feet under a structures eaves or overhang.
Honestly...no. But I'll try and nit pick for the heck of it. It is smaller than previous models but it could be smaller. It is 7.75 inches across. I would love to see it get to about 5 inches without compromising performance, quality or features. Don't forget that it is very flat - only 1.5 inches tall. WOW!
In a perfect world, it would be nice if EVERY feature could be managed without needing a dedicated Controller PC or Cloud Key on 24/7. Again, only without compromising performance, quality or features. This is easily resolved by simply getting a Cloud Key device or re-purposing an old laptop, installing the Controller sw on it, plug a network cable into it, close the lid and leave it on a shelf to run 24/7 in a low power mode. I've done this several times for clients or home users on very tight budgets.
The APs and the UniFi Controller software are FEATURE RICH! And that's putting it mildly. It does everything Cisco can do and more and all within a much friendlier price bracket! Ubiquiti has really grown over the past few years since I started using them. They are now my only choice for client installations.