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Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-PRO UniFi Access Point Enterprise Wi-Fi System
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Note that this device is only a wireless access point. It is not a router. A typical home wireless router is a router plus wireless access point in a single device. In other words, if you want to replicate the features of a typical home wireless router, you will need this access point plus a separate router.

Here's a long review article that goes into detail what this is and what it isn't: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/20...i-gear-is/

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I currently have the tp-link ac2600 router. I am having issues with signal and devices are randomly disconnecting. Would you guys recommend this for home use?
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I currently have the tp-link ac2600 router. I am having issues with signal and devices are randomly disconnecting. Would you guys recommend this for home use?
No, unless your into computers/IT, these are great, but harder to setup.
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Checkout the Amazon listing as well:
http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Ne...ge_o03_s01

These are not at all difficult to setup. All you need is to download the Unifi software controller from off the UBNT website, install it on a computer, connect this AP to the same network and just go through the wizard. You can't beat the range, dual radio, reliability, usability, manufacturer support and robust user community of these things. Heck universities and small to medium businesses everywhere rely on these APs for their wireless infrastructure every single day.

I bought the EdgeMax POE router and hooked it up as the brains of my network. I then leveraged the Cat6 cabling running through my house to deploy two of these at opposite ends/floors of the concrete/metal stud/double wall mess that is my home. Now I get the full 100MB/s down that I pay my ISP for everywhere in my house! Unless I am using an older device that only has a 2.4 radio, then I only get 30mb/s on average. However that is a limitation of the 2.4Ghz radio not this AP.

Buy this if you are having WiFi reliability issues and are smart enough to know you need a dual radio AP (EDIT: I reckon, if you know enough about dual radios, then I would argue you either know enough to deploy this AP with a router or can learn easily). IMO, the AP-AC-PRO is worth it and kicks every other retail WiFi AP in the a$$!
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Checkout the Amazon listing as well:
http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Ne...ge_o03_s01

These are not at all difficult to setup. All you need is to download the Unify software app from off the UBNT website, install it on a computer, connect this AP to the same network and just go through the wizard. You can't beat the range, dual radio and reliability of these things. Heck universities and small to medium businesses everywhere rely on these APs for their wireless infrastructure every single day.

I bought the EdgeMax POE router and hooked it up as the brains of my network. I then leveraged the Cat6 cabling running through my house to deploy two of these at opposite ends/floors of the concrete/metal stud/double wall mess that is my home. Now I get the full 100MB/s down that I pay my ISP for everywhere in my house! Unless I am using an older device that only has a 2.4 radio, then I only get 30mb/s on average. However that is a limitation of the 2.4Ghz radio not this AP.

Buy this if you are having WiFi reliability issues and are smart enough to know you need a dual radio AP. It is worth it and kicks every other retail router in the a$$!
I believe they are the same, Ubiquiti doesn't' make pro ac that isn't dual radios.
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Quote from Melzen View Post :
I currently have the tp-link ac2600 router. I am having issues with signal and devices are randomly disconnecting. Would you guys recommend this for home use?
This won't replace your router. If you don't know how to accommodate for this and don't feel like learning, it's not a good solution for you.

Personally, I think the 802.11n APs are a better deal. They're under $60. Most people won't realize a difference in speed.
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This won't replace your router. If you don't know how to accommodate for this and don't feel like learning, it's not a good solution for you.

Personally, I think the 802.11n APs are a better deal. They're under $60. Most people won't realize a difference in speed.
these units automatically adjust to surrounding channels, and talk with other units on your network for optimal settings. not that its difficult to do yourself, but that is more than most everything available today. i'm buying a second of these soon once i run the cable up the wall for a total of one (already installed) on the third floor, this one on the second floor, and my old ugly asus router hanging out in the basement. all are connected to the poe 5 port ubiquiti router...pretty easy cli setup similar to some devices i use at work.
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Although I've not used the AC-pro, I've set up multiple networks of Ubiquiti stuff, including a Point-to-point station, and they have been extremely straight forward and easy to set up. Great reliability and features for the price!
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Amazon dropped the price to $131.51. http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Ne...ge_o03_s01
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I currently have the tp-link ac2600 router. I am having issues with signal and devices are randomly disconnecting. Would you guys recommend this for home use?
If you have any knowledge AT ALL with routing, these are not very hard to setup.

I have one to cover my larger older home and it works great.
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I don't need any, but I'll vouch for the product. We have about 40 of these installed at our clients locations, and we serve roughly 1,600 users on wifi daily (both staff and public/guest wifi SSIDs)

These things are solid if you install them in a good location without interference or obstructions.
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I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to networking, but I've installed 3 of these in my home because of issues needing better wifi coverage and speed inconsistencies. Worked much better for me than Powerline adapters. Easy to set up and I haven't had any issues in the 3 years I've had them.
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These access points won't set any single user speed records. Note that they are not "wave 2 [cisco.com]" and will not allow multi user mimo. Ubiquiti states that the radios are designed for good throughput for many clients rather than great throughput for few clients. I have a 300Mbit cable connection and rarely get more than 100 from speedtest.net/speedof.me. Wired is consistently very close to 300mbit. Channel width is at 80 for 5ghz and 40 for 2.4ghz, I don't get too much interference where I am located.

Overall, I've had great reliability with these devices in my home however they don't have the extensibility of the ruckus, aruba or meraki enterprise products. As indicated by this slickdeal, the price is much better.

I run the UniFi Controller software on a linux vm on my NAS so the controller is always connected, externally accessible and able to manage both of my access points.Not as easy to setup as the cloud offerings of Meraki but very reliable and easy to manage once it is up and running.

I love that these are POE and come with all of the ceiling/wall mounting hardware so locating these in areas that make sense for your home is very easy. They also include a power injector so you don't need to worry about buying a POE switch for home if you don't already have one.

Also note that these are NOT routers, this is only an access point. I saw a few negative reviews where people purchased these expecting them to include routers like the consumer grade doodads. I highly recommend the edgerouter lite [ubnt.com] however you can also just disable the radios on whatever router you are currently using and plug this into one of the lan ports.

Overall 5/5 for reliability and ease of use and 2/5 for speed. I hope a future firmware revision is able to overcome the sub-par speeds that users (including myself) have been reporting.

Edit - One other thing. These do only have 2 radios so they won't do a channel scan on the fly like some of the devices with 3 radios. If you want to scan for interference you have to take the wifi offline and use one of the radios for the scan - (30 sec). Other enterprise devices will do this on the fly and just swap your channels as needed to accommodate for interference. This probably isn't a problem though since the RF environment doesn't change for most of us. If it does, run a site survey app on your phone and adjust accordingly.
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It's actually cheaper on Amazon
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