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Ubiquiti UniFi Review (Page 1)

Ubiquiti UniFi Review

If you are serious about networking then you should definitely check out the Ubiquiti UniFi, it has earned our Editors Choice award.

By Tyler Bernath from Aug 26, 2019 @ 22:17 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GatewayModel: SWX-UAPHDNANO

Introduction

For some, consumer routers just don't cut it. I've seen it myself when testing routers before writing an article; a brand new router arrives I go through unboxing and setup only to have it fall flat on its face when I start up multiple streaming services or even better a router that just gets too hot from all the traffic and locks up or shuts down.

Ubiquiti has long been a staple in the Enterprise networking market, and more recently their product has become even more user-friendly, allowing people like me the ability to understand, setup and manage a legit home network. That being said, it's not for the faint of heart; it will take a slight bit of knowledge, plenty of patience and ethernet cable to get you up and running. For this article, we will be looking at three key parts of a home network; The Gateway, Switch and Access Point.

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The gateway for this article is the Ubiquiti UniFi USG; this solution provides both network routing and security in a single cost-effective solution. Ports include 3 gigabit RJ45 one WAN, one LAN and one multi-purpose WAN/LAN port. MSRP comes in at $139.99.

The switch in use for this article is the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 8 150W; this solution offers independent switching across all 10 ports, eight of which offer RJ45 connectivity with two SFP Optical. This switch includes 802.3af/at PoE+ or Passive 24V PoE capabilities. MSRP comes in at $199.99.

The access point we are using is the UniFi nanoHD; a wave 2 4x4 802.11ac solution. This AP supports 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1733Mbps on the 5GHz band. It's powered by 802.3af PoE and offers a reduced footprint over past solutions. MSRP comes in at $179.99.

All three of these solutions are managed by the UniFi Network Controller. UNC is compatible with macOS, Windows and Debian/Ubuntu Linux along with iOS and Android.

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