Best way to set up a small business network without prior network experience
February 03, 2019

Best way to set up a small business network without prior network experience

Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Ubiquiti Networks UniFi

My organization, a mid-sized, multi-campus church, decided to upgrade our network to an Ubiquiti Networks UniFi system, including the Ubiquiti Network UniFi software, multiple UniFi Access Points, and a UniFi Security Gateway Pro 4 with Cloud Key. The Ubiquiti system has allowed us to implement small organization networks at each campus, providing each location with a guest network for visitors plus a secured network for church staff, head volunteers, and essential equipment. The system also allows our head technology staff to manage the network remotely using a user friendly interface.
  • User Friendly Interface for Network Management
  • Wide Variety of Products to Extend UniFi System as needed
  • Easy implementation
  • More official support for varying configuration options (to assist beginners)
  • Requires purchase of additional equipment to remotely management network (would like this feature automatically incorporated into USG)
  • Without Cloud Key, network management can only be done from single computer
  • We have been able to implement a full network system, including our USG (router), 4 access points, switching, and cable for a mid-sized church facility for approximately $1,000 (including implementation of some used components rather than new)
Ubiquiti is much more user friendly than the Cisco products we considered using, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Cisco is top of the line and one of, if not the industry standard. However, for a small church organization with minimal experienced staff when it comes to network management, the UniFi system is easier to setup and manage with little networking experience required prior to implementation.
If looking to implement a full network from scratch, Ubiquiti is the way to go. The UniFi system is easy to roll out and provides solutions for whatever network needs you may encounter with a wide variety of products. The interface is easy to navigate. If users are unfamiliar with advanced networking terms and functions, however, some options may leave users confused or lost.