Performance & Final Thoughts
After going through the process of setting up the UniFi system, I am certainly ready to check the performance. I'm expecting the Switch 8-150 to be on par with gigabit standards and as you can see below, it certainly delivered.
The Wi-Fi was on point as well with the nanoHD offering 167Mbps using the 2.4GHz band and 852Mbps for 5GHz. This was of course testing with my ASUS PCE-AC88 4x4 adapter, mobile users such as smartphones and notebook can reasonably expect 4-500Mbps out of the nanoHD with a 2x2 adapter.
Build quality of each component is top-notch, the Switch and USG both use full metal enclosures offering EMI protection and that durable enterprise look. The nanoHD, on the other hand, takes advantage of high-quality plastics and a small form factor design to integrate into your home high-performance Wi-Fi.
UniFi Controller is what really completes the package and takes this enterprise hardware and enables the typical consumer the ability to setup and manage their network. From start to finish, the integrated wizard will pull you through time zone setup, setting up your login, devices, and even wireless SSID.
From there you can launch the dashboard through UniFi controller and have the ability to see and manage each device independently while UniFi can grade a client's performance along taking into account connection trends to maximize a client's throughput and latency.
I know this type of network isn't going to be for everyone cost alone can dictate if you are committed. For those that are, the UniFi system is one of the most flexible deployments one can have with its ability to expand as needed and upgrade as new technologies are offered.
The Bottom Line
While UniFi may not be turn-key, its easily one of the most flexible networking platforms on the market and one anyone serious about networking should check out.