The Ubiquiti Networks UniFi AP AC is a simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac compliant indoor access point for Wi-Fi networks and it provides a maximum of 1300 Mbps bandwidth (5 GHz) and 450 Mbps bandwidth (2.4 GHz). This AP has a (theoritical) range of 122m and supports 3×3 MIMO configuration. It has two gigabit Ethernet ports and supports PoE (Power over Ethernet) which enables carrying both power and data on the same Ethernet/network cable.
Since this is an access point, and not a wireless router, you need to connect it either to the wired ports of a wireless router (or) to a switch connected to the wired port of a wireless router, to enable Internet connectivity. A simple access point connectivity architecture diagram is shown below.
Advantages of UniFi Networks UniFi AP AC:
- Some useful wireless controller features are built into individual APs and can be controlled via the free user interface software.
- Heat map: Allows you to upload a map of your location and the controller software will show the wireless power intensity in each region using different colors. Easier to identify which locations have strong signals and which ones have weak signals.
- Guest portal: Create a separate network with a password for guests and allow them restricted network access (like Internet only).
- Hotspot Wi-Fi Access: Create a wireless hotspot in your location and bill users according to their network usage (time, data consumption, etc.). You can restrict bandwidth rates & duration of use. You can integrate it with a billing platform like Paypal, create vouchers, etc.
- A single controller software deployed at one location or cloud (eg. AWS) can manage multiple access points, at multiple locations.
- Controller software installs on PC, Mac and Linux systems.
- Limited user statistics can be viewed from the software.
- Controller software is required only during setup. After that, access points will run independently. But, if you use guest portal or hotspot access, controller software needs to run on a connected PC for the entire duration.
- The Ubiquiti AP AC access points look beautiful and elegant in any location. It can be mounted on the wall or ceiling.
- You can create multiple Wireless LAN groups, each with their own access restrictions/privileges.
- Since it supports PoE (Power Over Ethernet), you can supply both power and data using a single Ethernet cable. You can either use a PoE switch, or use a normal switch along with an 802.3at PoE adapter (included).
- This access point has good speed, is future proof (802.11ac) and offers excellent coverage (distance), when compared to other APs of its category.
- There is a GUI/Controller software that enables easy installation. Some time is required to familiarize yourself with all the features of the controller, though.
- For the controller features offered, the price is excellent. This access point is a very good choice, especially if you plan to use multiple access points at a single location.
- When you receive the AP, check if a newer version of the controller software is released on the website, and download if available.
- You can use 2.4 Ghz band/5 Ghz band. 2.4 Ghz band has a higher range, but lower throughput. 5 GHz band has a higher throughput, but lower range. The client Wi-Fi adapters should support whichever band you use. Band steering is not yet available for these APs.
- The Ubiquiti AP AC is an access point, not a wireless router. Hence, you need a separate wired/wireless router that connects to the modem, in addition to the access point.
- This access point doesn’t support wireless uplink connections to other access points – it doesn’t work as a wireless range extender.
- The wireless access points should be on the same subnet as the PC running controller software.
- In most practical situations, the coverage distance will be around 40-50m.
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