Ubiquiti's Unifi SDN Access Points

 

Unifi is an ecosystem of products from Ubiquiti based on Software Defined Networking (SDN). These access points are managed virtually using the Unifi Controller software. This software can be deployed on-site using a PC, Mac, or Linux machine; or off-site in a private cloud or a public cloud service. At PIU we host the Controller on Noah, but the web interface can be accessed anywhere on campus.

 

"The UniFi 802.11AC Dual-Radio APs feature the latest in Wi-Fi 802.11AC MIMO technology. Using the UniFi Network Controller software, configure and manage your UAPs with the easy-to-learn user interface. Take advantage of the unlimited scalability: build wireless networks as big or small as needed. Start with one (or upgrade to a four‑pack or five) and expand to thousands while maintaining a single unified management system."

 

The UniFi AC AP family is comprised of the three access points: the AC-LITE, the AC-LR, and the AC-PRO and the specialty in-wall models and mesh models.

 

UniFi AC Family

 UniFi® AP AC PRO

UAP-AC-PRO

Dimensions

196.7 x 35 mm

Use Case

It offers the highest throughput of the AC family. Medium home or office deployments. We use this for just about everything, in offices and the classrooms.

Environment

Indoor/Outdoor

2.4 GHz Radio Rate

Advertised - 450 Mbps | Real World - Avg. 50-100 Mbps. In our current infrastructure, the throughput rate undergoes around a 30% degradation in quality by the time it reaches a client device. 

5 GHz Radio Rate

1300 Mbps

PoE Mode

802.3af PoE/802.3at PoE+

Power Supply

UniFi Switch (PoE)

Ports

(2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet

Wi-Fi Client Associations

Advertised - 250+ Users | Real World – The AC-PRO can reliably support 30-50 clients. It can actually support 80-100 clients, but speed and stability are decreased significantly. 

 

*Note that this table has been altered from the original one on the website to incorporate practical insights discovered during the implementation of the Access Points on campus at PIU.