There's one request we get in our line of work repeatedly especially when we're setting up a brand new home or business. Everyone wants their air filled with fast, reliable WiFi. Our favorite system for this task is the affordable - yet professional, advance and secure UNIFI by Ubiquiti.
Here's a collection of our favorite products for each system:
Ubiquiti UNIFI Wireless Internet
The UNIFI system is comprised of access points, a switch that powers them and connects them to the main router/modem, and a controller that we use to set up the network and monitor it for issues in the future. You can use any number of access points you'd like (you can have 1 or 2 for a small apartment or even 500 of them for a giant hotel). They create a mesh network that enables your devices to see just one large network whenever they're in range and it's smart enough to switch access points that service your device as you're moving from room to room.
There are 3 basic types of access points, the most commonly used one is the Standard Access which has amazing range and speed and is meant for mounting on a ceiling or wall. The In-Wall access point has a little less range but is still powerful enough for a single room, it allows you to easily use the existing connections in your wall and convert them into WIFI. The Outdoor unit is weather proof and has incredible range and speed.
- UNIFI Cloud Key
This little device is connected directly to the POE Switch and is used as a tiny little server that monitors the network. We can access it remotely whenever there are issues for basic maintenance & troubleshooting.
· 8 Port Switch · 18 Port Switch · 48 Port Switch
Since every access point needs to be hard wired into your router and also provided with electricity, we'll need to get a POE switch. Any POE switch should work though for larger business setups we recommend going with a UNIFI Switch that could also be monitored using the Cloud Key.
The numbers of ports on the switch depends on how many devices (not just Access points, but total devices) we'll need to eventually connect to the network with a cable