Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Long Range – Wireless Access Point – 802.11 B/A/G/n/AC (UAP-AC-LR-US),White

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$88.94

Ubiquit Unifi AP AC long range

Ubiquit Unifi AP AC Long range
The installer needs networking knowledge to get it to work properly so for people that can’t get it to work.

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  1. ForceTrainer

    I want to caveat what will be a glowing review with this comment. I am a true computer nerd and former systems admin, so playing with this type of hardware is more fun than anything else. With that being said, this is hands down the easiest business/enterprise level device I have ever used, and people with a basic understanding of how their home networks work can absolutely use this.Like many, I heard about the Ubiquiti line of products from an Ars Technica post a few months back. I have been searching for a way to ensure solid wifi coverage across my 3-story home (about 3,000 sq. ft.) since my Asus Dark Knight wireless signal has slowly been getting worse (honestly, it was never that good). I wasn’t sold on the Eero or Luma because backhaul is handled via wireless, and there’s also the issue that it costs $500 for the setup. Considering how much equipment I have, dropping $500 to duplicate functionality of some of my gear just didn’t seem worthwhile. The plan was to turn off the wireless on my router, install one of these puppies, and see how many more I might need. Worst case I would drop $300 to put one on each floor of the house, saving me $200 over the Eero. It helps immensely that I have ethernet running to key places in the house that makes a hardwired setup on each floor possible.Setup for the unit took literally five minutes. I used the power over ethernet (PoE) injector, and it should be noted for folks that familiar with these types of devices you will need two ethernet cables if you don’t use PoE. One cable goes from your network jack/switch to the PoE power unit, and the second then goes to the AP.I downloaded the UniFi controller software, and it found the AP with no issues. I went through the guided setup setting my SSID and password, and then logged into the controller interface. There are a plethora of options, and I suggest playing around with things like the RF environment scan, 5G steering and so on, but the main thing I wanted to do was shut off the internal DHCP server. By the time that was done and the controller refreshed, 11 devices throughout the house had connected flawlessly.The real surprising factor was the coverage throughout the house. Again, I’m trying to get coverage through a 3-floor house with a finished basement, so I figured I would need at least 2 – 1 on the main floor and one in the basement. Nope! With the single device I have solid signal in every corner of my house, including the deepest, darkest recesses of my basement and the furthest point in my second floor in my tile bathroom. I do have a relatively open floorpan, but the fact that a $100 device covers my entire house was mind blowing.The only real downside to the device is if you want to use some of the more robust enterprise-style features, like a guest portal, you need to have the controller running on a server. However, I don’t think this is much of an issue for most users. Some other devices have one-time guest codes and other control mechanisms for when people come to visit, but honestly, I don’t understand the need for them. If a friend is over the house and wants to use my wifi, what do I care if he has access to it any time he’s at the house? Generating a one-time code every time seems to be more in the realm of, “I’ll trust you now, but later I’m not too sure.” If I notice my friends sitting in the driveway of my house at 3am trying to use my network there are probably much larger issues going on than them just stealing my wifi.From the computer nerd perspective this device is incredibly easy to setup. The only actual setting I needed to change was turning off the DHCP server. Other than that it’s basically plug and play. There are obviously a bunch of other features, and the controller UI is pretty slick, but for what I needed, which was a replacement for the dying wireless on my Asus router, this more than fit the bill at 1/5th the cost of an Eero.

    ForceTrainer

  2. Agamemnon

    This is a great step up from the consumer grade stuff I had been using. The attractive design allowed me to bring my wireless access out of the closet (literally) giving me much better radio coverage than I had before. Setting up main and guest networks using the controller software (PC, mac or unix on the same network as the APs) couldn’t be easier. Each added AP then “just works” when adopted. I also like that the APs automatically manage hand-offs between each other and automatically select the 2.4 or 5 Ghz bands based on best performance. No need for separate SSIDs for each.This is not for the complete networking newbie. But if you know what an IP address is and the difference between an access point and a wireless router, you’re gonna be fine.Highly recommended!I probably had unrealistic expectations for wireless coverage (Maybe only one AP for my 1,970 sq ft house?) based on reviews here and this unit almost met them anyway. I ended up with one AP-AC-Lite and one AP-AC-LR and between them I get great coverage.I installed the controller software on a raspberry pi connected to the network and it’s been working well. It’s not really necessary after initial setup, but I’ve had fun looking at all of the stats it collects.

    Agamemnon

  3. Rufus

    I bought this because I moved to a new home and had spotty reception in a few places. See the attached image for a layout of the first floor. The basement footprint is identical (minus the garage) but the basement is essentially one huge open finished room. The footprint of the house is 2500 sqft (times two floors = 5000 sqft). The yellow star is where my old WiFi router was placed and it is where the AP-AC Long Range was placed.Problems I was solving–coverage issues mostly:1) Chromecast in the living room couldn’t handle 1080p streams2) Chromecast in the gym and master bedroom would get a little stuttery on 720p3) Couldn’t use WiFi at all in either bathroom (by the garage and the master bath)4) WiFi connected garage door that was pretty iffy5) Sunroom was a toss up for just browsing Reddit which sucks because it’s a great room for coffee. Half the time it wouldn’t work.TL;DR All problems are solved!Figured I’d replace what I had (like a 12 year old Belkin Wi-Fi router in AP mode for $40-$60) with this guy. Figured A) it couldn’t be worse, and B) if the problems aren’t solved, I’ll buy a second one for meshing. Probably would have experimented with location of this first AP-AC LR first though.Well one was enough. Amazing. All Chromecasts can handle 1080p via Plex now and I can watch Youtube on the toilets/sunroom. Running a speedtest from Google there were places where I was getting 1 Mbps and now it’s 20+ (I pay for 100 but 20’s good enough for 1080p video). In both bathrooms I would often see signals of -70dB and now it’s -50dB. My neighbors’ signals are no longer encroaching on my own. Amen. The only device I have in the basement is a Google Home Mini, it’s right under the thermostat by the bathroom on the right side of my floorplan (again, see attached image, thermostats are the pink things because they’re in heating mode). The Mini connects fine too and streams music no problem (my only use case).Also, I installed this thing in about 8 minutes and haven’t done any tinkering whatsoever, so maybe it can get even better. I didn’t ceiling mount it, it’s just sitting on a shelf about 3 feet off the ground. Amazed.If you’re curious, this floorplan is from Home Assistant and it’s awesome.

    Rufus