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.
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.