Reviews (1-2 of 2)
July 12, 2019
Score 8 out of 10
We use Ubiquiti AirMax WLAN devices to link remote buildings on client networks. Generally, we use them in situations where existing WiFi coverage is inadequate or running fiber is either cost-prohibitive or entirely impossible. They are also great for setting up temporary links for events or in case of emergencies such as a cut fiber line on a client campus.
- AirMax devices are very easy to setup as a transparent bridge, which is our typical use case. It's usually a matter of changing the device IPs, making 3 or 4 configuration changes and physically mounting the devices.
- There is a wide variety of AirMax devices that suit many different scenarios. Point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, different radio wavelengths for dealing with different environments/distances.
- Value is excellent, especially on the "low-end" devices such as the (older, but still very useful) loco M900.
- Once AirMax devices are setup, you can basically forget about them. Unless they get zapped by lightning, they just work!
- "Test mode" for applying changes to devices is a godsend. Every network device should do this. Apply a setting, it will give you about 3 minutes to make sure it's really what you want before reverting back to saved settings. Invaluable when dealing with devices mounted 100' in the air that you have no easy access to factory reset for in case you accidentally make a change that knocks them offline.
- Most Ubiquiti devices are 24V PoE, which is the bane of my existence. I have had several devices fried when staff plugged into standard 48V PoE. They generally don't fail catastrophically, either. You just get strange issues that are difficult to diagnose and eventually need to replace them.
- Devices seem to have trouble with many patch cables/switches. Make sure you certify any patch cables you make and don't over crimp.
- Sending devices from the factory with same 192.168.1.20 IP instead of DHCP makes it a pain to bulk-setup devices.
Read Patrick Plaisance's full review
If you have a widely distributed campus that you want to deploy your network across, Ubiquiti WLAN devices should be your first consideration, in my opinion. You can deploy a point-to-multipoint Ubiquiti configuration from your home office, or daisy chain from location to location, or any mix of these configurations. I've found my links to be almost as reliable as fiber connections between buildings (have lost several fiber links to excavation!). If you have a small, centralized office, or multiple spaces in a traditional office building, using Ubiquiti AirMax devices isn't suitable. They also have a line of WISP equipment for providing WiFi to customers, but I am not familiar with these offerings.
January 15, 2019
Score 10 out of 10
Ubiquiti WLAN is being used by my current client in their main headquarters to manage and supply wireless networking to their staff and guests. In this configuration, there are users that work with large image and video files in a marketing agency. This means that they require speed and reliability for all of these creative assets.
- Easy setup with clear instructions
- Great mapping tool to help put devices where they are needed.
- Superb testing and monitoring tools to help keep the system running and determine potential problems before they become larger.
- Solid, I have rarely had to make changes on the equipment after it has been set.
- Control software is an application, not web-based.
Read Benjamin Hale's full review
I don't think this equipment is necessary for some small offices or individual offices, as it does require some knowledge for setup, but most medium size organizations would do well to put this in the hands of their IT department. In my experience, when there is a need for multiple access points and a way to manage them, there is no better than the Ubiquiti WLAN.
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About Ubiquiti WLAN
Ubiquiti offers a family of WLAN products, namely the UniFi line of products.
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