Ubiquiti Networks Unifi Review
A lot of people don’t think that consumer routers are worth it. I’ve had a first-hand experience myself prior to writing this article. I unbox and set up a brand-new router upon its arrival only for it to fall flat when I start multi-streaming services. It is even worse with routers that heat up from much traffic and those that shut down unexpectedly.
Down the years, Ubiquiti has remained a staple when it comes to enterprise networking market, and today, their products are the most user-friendly, taking away the hassles in setting up and managing a legit home network. However, it requires a degree a knowledge, lots of patience, and Ethernet cable to get it working. This article will explain three important parts of a home network which are the Access Point, the Gateway, and the Switch.
For the sake of this article, we’ll consider the UniFi nanoHD. It is a wave 2 4X4 802.11ac solution that supports 1733Mbps on the 5GHz band and 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
We’ll be using the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 8 150W for this article. The solution offers eight RJ45 connectivity ports and two SFP optical ports with independent switch for all ports. It includes Passive 24V PoE or 802.3af/at PoE+ capabilities.
Ubiquiti UniFi USG is the gateway used in this article, and it is one that provides both security and network routing in a single cost-effective solution. It has 3-gigabit RJ45 ports; the first one for LAN, the other for WAN, and the third is a dual-purpose LAN/WAN port.
The UniFi Network Controller (UNC) manages all these three solutions and is compatible with Windows, macOS, Ubuntu/Debian Linux, Android, and iOS.
After setting up the UniFi system, I am all set to see how it performs. I expect the 8-150 to equate with gigabit standards, and just as shown below, it met my expectations.
The Wi-Fi was spot on with the nano HD offering 852Mbps for 5GHz and 167Mbps when using the 2.4GHz band. The test was done with my ASUS PCE-AC88 4×4 adaptor, but users with smartphones or notebooks should expect 4-500Mbps using the nano HD with a 2×2 adapter.
Each of the components had top-notch build quality. The USG and the Switch used full metal enclosures and offered both a durable enterprise appearance and EMI protection. Besides, the small form factor design and high-quality plastic of the nano HD ensured a smooth integration into the home high-performance Wi-Fi system.
The UniFi Controller takes it to a whole new level by providing the user with the ease of setting up and managing their network. The integrated wizard literally guides you through the processes of setting up your login, devices, time zone, as well as your wireless SSID.
You also get to launch the dashboard through the UniFi Controller with access to the independent devices. Besides, you can easily grade the performance of a client with the help of its analytics that helps you maximize a client’s latency and throughput.
Considering the market value of this type of network, it definitely isn’t going to be for everyone, except for those who choose to commit. If that is you, you can be sure to enjoy the flexible deployments of the UniFi system and the opportunity to expand and upgrade with future technology updates.