Frequently Asked Questions About Ubiquiti Products and Wireless Network Solutions
Ubiquiti utilizes a multi-application network operating system, whereas your typical network setup might typically include just one device doing everything (acting as a modem, router, switch, and wireless access point).
This traditional one-device solution might work in your home but isn’t suitable for larger buildings with multiple floors and much more traffic. Ubiquti’s solutions are different.
Ubiquiti's UniFi wireless and broadband solutions split network roles into different devices, allotting for a much more scalable and fault-tolerant network environment.
With additional solutions for security, access control, and telecom, Ubiquiti acts as a one-stop-shop for all your IT operations that are flexible and scalable enough to fit your business's evolving needs.
The number of AP’s you’ll need depends largely on the size of the space you’re looking to connect, in addition to other environmental factors. Though if you’re in need of a ballpark number, a rough estimate is one access point every 600-800 square feet.
Though we recommend using one of Ubiquiti’s best tools, their UniFi Design Center, for an accurate answer. The tool lets users upload their floor plans, map out deployments, and simulate the performance of specific configurations.
You can also reach out to our engineers for advice and design assistance
Wireless mesh networks consist of access points that can be wirelessly connected to each other without needing to be hardwired to your network. Though it’s recommended to only use mesh networks to supplement a wired network, they’re particularly useful in environments where running a cable isn’t viable.
Unifi APs can be wirelessly meshed together as long as at least one AP is directly connected to your network.
Ubiquiti mentions two models specifically designed for wireless meshing:
A UniFi OS Console can be used to manage UAPs locally or remotely via the UniFi Network application. It is also possible to set up UAPs as independent devices, but this will limit your configuration and remote access options.
Your UniFi OS Console also runs all other UniFi applications, including:
- UniFi Network
- UniFi Talk
- UniFi Protect
- UniFi Access
Depending on your needs, you should consider the Airfiber/Gigabeam Series, Powerbeam Series or LOCOM / LOCO5AC Series for your point-to-point solution.
Here is a quick overview of the difference between each:
- Airfiber/Gigabeam Series:
- Great for links that need over 500Mbs to 2GBs, between a few hundred yards and 20 miles.
- Powerbeam Series :
- Usually used as a CPE, but can be used also as a PTP for links that need 25Mbs-300Mbs from around 1 to 7 miles.
- LOCOM / LOCO5AC Series :
- Also usually used as a CPE, but can be used as a PTP for links that need 25Mbs-300Mbs from a few hundred feet to half a mile.
Both Rocket Prism and Rocket LTU are great options for point-to-multipoint solutions. They have a few differences to consider when choosing between them:
- Rocket Prism (AP)= These APs come in either 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz. These radios come connectorized, meaning you have the option to select an antenna that fits the best coverage area needed (Omni, Sector, Parabolic).
- Rocket LTU (AP) = These are the newer generation of the Rocket series, which now includes better packet processing power, RF filtering to help reduce the noise, and self-interference. Rocket LTU APs also come connectorized.
To cover 100 homes from a single tower would require a mix of both 5ghz and 2.4ghz depending on area, and usually (4) APs per tower using 90degree antennas with 25 homes per AP.
If you have more questions or need additional guidance about how to design a network like this, our team of experts is here to help! Get in touch.