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also Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 8 US-8-60W [staples.com] 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Managed Switch $84 AC seems to be avail again

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is there a lower cost option to pair this with for indoor? i'm thinking i'd like to do 3 of these total. this one for outdoor and one inside downstairs and one inside upstairs.
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Geez, you have to be a network/wifi engineer to understand most of the comments in this thread. 😏
Not really. People can just use the app to get this up and running. People who want to tinker more can do so with the controller.
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To clarify, this device (the AP-AC-M) supports BOTH passive 24v AND 802.3af/A PoE. You can power it just fine from a Unifi PoE Switch (without doing manual passive 24V on the port) such as the US-8-60W.

- John...
Thanks. That's what I thought as well too when I read 24v/48v on the back of the unit as well. Now I can put it outdoors Smilie
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I'm going a little off topic here, but i just learned that Robert Pera, the Memphis Grizzlies owner, founded Ubiquiti. Guy is just 42 yrs old. I just found it interesting how an ex apple guy founded Ubiquiti.
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Do you have other PoE items plugged into the US-8-60W Switch? It should be able to handle at least 4 of these, as they don't consume that much power.
No just one POE port was used and that too for this AP. Just to test I tried using the provided injector at another distant location and the AP and the set up went trough just fine and got solid blue light on AP and connectivity. So could this be a problem with switch? Also any idea how far can a POE switch power a device. Wondering if distance matters?
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Does these Ethernet Wireless Access Points come with their own POE Injectors?
Yes. The single APs do. When you buy the 5-packs, they don't.
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Does anyone know what wireless chipset this has?
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Totally, enterprise-lite for sure. Better than most home oriented stuff and usually cheap. But not polished. They're getting better.
Oh don't get me wrong I like them a lot but the firmware mystery spin the wheel got to be too much for me. As big as a step it is going from consumer crap to UBNT it's an even bigger step when you get some really good enterprise gear. If you are going wired IMHO I wish I had skipped the Ubiquiti step and went right into Ruckus unleashed off the bat.
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Which brand & model did you end up switching to?
I am looking for a more reliable device as well.
Since I like to tinker I did a roundabout path. I've tried just about every mesh wireless system as in (now) two of my locations I can not wire at all (damn brick) in a while that passes the WAF. I have an Orbi and Plume system there now.

I've tried Aruba AP's and they are really nice (just get the ones with the internal controllers) but their mesh sucks and they are really meant for ceiling mounts (as are many enterprise APs) so other types of deployments don't give you the best results (I have 6 almost new Aruba APs coming to the market soon). But if you can deploy them properly they are super sweet.

The Cisco Meraki stuff is the same and I found their range to be really good even with atypical installs. The licensing is problematic but if you don't mind them they do a great job (three MR55's soon to be sold). The interface is nice but a bit scattered and not always performant. Just make sure you fully understand their terminology and features before you pull the trigger as some options can NOT be changed back (mostly around the licensing).

I finally ended up with Ruckus and Mist. Completely blew me away even with all the experience I had. Ruckus Unleashed AP's are much easier to get used (I rec R500, R510, R610, and r710 when you can get them for a good price).



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Not completely true! These mesh router can act to make daisy chain wireless connected to each other, powered by your main wired AP like nanoHD. These are great for outdoors and wireless expansion is needed further. Also note that if your main AP is underpowered, it will reduce the bandwidth for devices connected to both main AP and this mesh AP. Other AP can also act as uplink but not daisy chain wireless, thats the main diff. Check topology on ubiquiti site
Is there an advantage to using this if not ethernet wired for mesh vs the Beacon?

https://store.ui.com/collections/...p-beaconhd
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Does anybody know if this AP with "stick" antennas performs any better than the round Unifi APs in range/reception?
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I had Google WiFi (3 total with wired backhaul) for the last couple years. Super easy setup and reliable performance. But switched to UniFi last month.

With Google, you can configure very few things and the UI is app only (no web). And it's cloud-only for setup, configuration, and monitoring. Implementing things like DHCP reservations is painful if you have lots of clients.

You also can't set specific channels, change transmit strength, or turn off the 2G radio. With multiple access points, it's typically better to turn down the transmit strength, make sure they're on different channels, and possibly turn off every other 2G radio. Can't do any of that with Google WiFi. Once, I looked at my setup and found the 3 APs all on the same 2G and 5G channels, which my neighbors were using, too. Oops.

Also, the Google auto channel selection doesn't seem to account for Zigbee traffic, so it may occasionally switch to a channel that drowns out your Zigbee (Hue, SmartThings, etc.).

TL;DR: Google is great for basic, easy setup that you just unbox it and go. If you're tach-savvy and/or want more control over your setup, Ubiquiti stuff is feature-rich and cloud-independent (if desired).
1) Do you just assume that GWiFi doesn't reduce transmit power when units are in near proximity?

2) They're on the 5GHz channel for backhaul, but they split among 2GHz channels if there's no interference. Interference on channels is caused by active WiFi networks (inactive networks don't cause interference), and by other sources (bluetooth devices, microwave ovens). You shouldn't choose which channel to use simply based on the # of WiFi networks you see on a channel.

3) Please link a source for blocking Zigbee traffic? One of the advantages of Google WiFi is that it does take into account all sources of interference
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No just one POE port was used and that too for this AP. Just to test I tried using the provided injector at another distant location and the AP and the set up went trough just fine and got solid blue light on AP and connectivity. So could this be a problem with switch? Also any idea how far can a POE switch power a device. Wondering if distance matters?
It should work up to 100 feet. I have one powered that far off of my switch. You may want to check and make sure the firmware is up to date on your switch.
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To recap some of the points for this item:

- It supports 24V PoE (this is the type that comes from the injector that comes with it)
- It also supports 48V PoE (This is the 802.3af standard)
- You do not need to be a network engineer to set this up (you can literally download the ubiquiti config app to your phone and do the basic setup for a household)
- This still requires a router to function
- These do have a mesh functionality available to them, so you can set up multiple units together
- There is a controller software you can download to your PC if you want to buy a bunch of these for your house/business and manage them

I have several of these units myself, set them up with a controller and manage for a small business setup.
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Is there an advantage to using this if not ethernet wired for mesh vs the Beacon?

https://store.ui.com/collections/...p-beaconhd [ui.com]
Beacon is more powerful (5ghz), but again it also depends on your main Access point and devices connected.
1. If you want wireless expansion capability and cost is not an issue, Get powerful main access point and mesh/beacon for outdoor usage
2. If wired, then just get 2 Access points and they should be sufficient
Check the radiation pattern and decide based on area you want to cover
https://help.ui.com/hc/en-us/arti...n-Patterns
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