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UniFi Enterprise WiFi System AP Long Range UBIQUITI NETWORKS QA UAP-LR

UniFi Enterprise WiFi System AP Long Range UBIQUITI NETWORKS QA UAP-LR

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  • Expandable unlimited scalability
  • Form Factor: External - indoor
  • Ubiquiti UniFi UAP Wireless Access Point/Bridge 11b/g/n enterprise Wi-Fi System
  • 23dBm, Wall/Ceiling (Kits included), 24V 1A PoE Adapter included
  • It is highly durable and efficient

Customer Reviews

Great option for an old house! I've been using this for over a year with no problems. I live in a 1924 2-story house with thick plaster walls. My router is in a corner room on the first floor. The signal was terrible on the other end of the house. After purchasing this, I mounted it on the ceiling in the 2nd floor hallway and turned off the wifi on my router. The coverage throughout my house is so much better.We have a renter in a detached garage apartment. I set them up with the guest access option. They are much happier with the signal.As others have said, this is not plug and play. A learning curve is needed for the initial setup. If you know the basics of networking, you should be good. 5Great access point - features and performance beat the WiFi built into consumer routers My first time experience with this product was good. I am an experienced IT consultant, and did not find the setup hard- but as other reviewers have noted, the experience is VERY different than the process used with the typical consumer router/WiFi.Others have noted many details, but here are a couple concepts that I have not seen mentioned so far:With these access points you do not configure the unit directly. The required (and not included in the box) management software guides you through the initial setup with so little fuss that it's not obvious what it did. My first unit was ready to use in minutes, once I had downloaded and installed the management software (the download link is listed in the quick start guide, but not very obvious.)So here are the concepts Ubiquiti uses, but are not well laid out in the literature:Settings of all kinds are stored in a "site" - and stored in the management software of the computer you are using, not in the access point (at first.)This includes the the admin user name and password, the SSID, and the pre-shared key (which is the official name of the WiFi password.)When you connect the UniFi to your LAN, the management software discovers it and lists it as an "unplaced" Access point. Using a graphical drag and drop interface, you "place" the unit in a site - and when you drop it there, with no further action on the part of the user, the management software pushes all the relevant settings out to the new access point.You don't see this happen during the initial wizard, if this is a brand new installation on a PC that has never had the software before. In a brand new install, a site called "default" is created, and the new access point is place in the site with the settings you entered in response to questions from the wizard.If you are setting up a single one of these access points for home use - that's it. You are done. It's disconcertingly quick, and leaves you thinking there must be more to do.The simplicity is partly because the wizard is good, but mostly because there really is not a lot to set on a device like this that is a pure access point. It's not a router, it doesn't do NAT, or fire walling, or port forwarding, or QOS, or DHCP. It doesn't need, and normally would not have a fixed IP address.It's just an access point - but it is a very, very good access point. Far better range and throughput than my ASUS RT-N16, which is a pretty good unit itself.So, it's a great addition to a network that already has a router, and needs WiFi. Where it really starts to shine is if you need to cover a large space with multiple access points. Add another unit to the LAN, open the management software, drag it to the "site" and you are done. You can add dozens, or even hundreds. And when you do, they have a feature that is not available on any home WiFi: they create a single large Wifi coverage area, and the units talk to each other, and keep track of what client devices are connected to which access point, and automatically hand off from one to another, similar to the way cell towers hand your phone off to a different tower.Lastly, to clear up one common question: You DO NOT need the management software running on any computer on the LAN for all the good stuff to happen. Access points DO store the settings internally in non-volatile memory. Units DO talk directly to each other to do the cool roaming hand off independent of the console. You only need to run the management console to make changes. And if you have a bunch of access points in a "site", the changes are automatically pushed out to all the units in a "rolling update" 5Commercial grade - more power than a Cisco 1040 The Ubiquiti UniFi access points are easily in the same class as Cisco Aironet 1040 access points but are a fraction of the price. A single UAP-LR covers my entire house (and patio) with great signal strength, and replaced two older "consumer grade" 802.11g APs. It doesn't bog down with a dozen (or more) connected and active devices like our old APs did. And it's never "locked up" requiring a reboot to allow new connections like the old ones did every month or so.It's worth pointing out that Ubiquiti UniFi wireless products are not "consumer products" (as in home retail consumers). They are targeted for commercial application, comparable to Cisco Aironet wireless products. In other words, they are not targeted towards the average home user where you just plug it in and it works. You need to have knowledge about networking and be willing to potentially do the initial configuration on a "sandbox" (isolated) network unless you're willing to disrupt your "live" network. The controller used for configuring/monitoring it is Java based, so if you have other software that is dependent on specific Java versions, then you will want to use a separate VM to install and run the controller from. The device itself is actually running a Linux kernel, and allows you to SSH into it to do troubleshooting, but I've only logged into it out of curiosity. It's an amazingly well engineered device.It provides a variety of features that commercial network admins will appreciate, like multiple VLANs, QoS (per user rate limiting), WMM, and isolated Guest traffic (and a whole bunch of guest user features like billing integration). But residential installations can simply skip those since they aren't enabled by default (although home installs probably would want to enable WMM to prioritize voice and video). It also supports L3 management if you have multiple subnets and APs.Cables don't typically come with commercial products and this is no exception. The device provides a clean ceiling mount installation with no visible cables and a very sleek low profile appearance. You simply need to drill a hole for the cable and then two for the anchors (a template is provided). The hardest part was snaking the cat5e cable down from the attic in my vaulted ceiling, but it was worth the effort. It comes with a Ubiquiti proprietary 24 Volt power PoE adapter. Note this model AP can't be 802.3af 48 volt PoE switch powered like the more expensive UAP-Pro model, so you have to use the included PoE adapter. Be aware that you shouldn't locate the AP where people will regularly be within 6-7 feet of it - it's putting out 27 dBm @ 2.4 GHz! The Tx radio is about 3 times more powerful than most home APs, which explains why one of these will replace 2 (or even 3) consumer grade APs.In a nutshell, the Ubiquiti UAP-LR provides commercial grade performance and features but at a home user price. But don't expect home user ease of setup. Highly recommended for network geeks who want a kicka** AP at home and you're too honest to steal a Cisco 1040 from work. Sure, the 1040 is dual band N but it only puts out a max 20 dBm (and costs 3x the UAP-LR).Update July 12, 2015: After 39 months of trouble-free operation, my unit sometimes will not restart after a power outage. It takes several power on/off cycles on the PoE adapter to get it to boot and run. I ruled out the PoE injector as the problem by swapping it with another and the result is the same. Looks like it's about at it's EOL. Not sure what I'll replace it with. It's a great AP, but I think there might be better options out there now since Ubiquiti hasn't really been updating their product line in the past three years. 5Good Product but uses the 24 volt POE standard Overall the Uniti products are good. The I had with this product it is a 24 volt POE product. Standard POE is 48 volts and this is a deviation from my standard setup. Not a huge issue but I missed it when I ordered it. I wish Ubiquiti would have just used a standard voltage for this. It is great that they provided a POE injector, but that is one more thing I would have to plugin in my already overpopulated surge protected. Again good product but it has issues.I ultimately decided to return the product and get the Pro version which does use the 48volt standard.Closing thought this product is easy to set up for an IT professional, and I could see how it would be tough for someone without experience. However, if you are buying Access Points you probably have some experience with network equipment. Just be aware of the 24-volt vs 48-volt standard. 4Great for the money You can limit costs by going with LR. Don't over think your install. Invest in the LR trust me. I Have 3 of these and only 1 is LR. The standard low cost version is by all means good but if you live in a large house the LR is a must. I have these in MESH and the hand off is not so great. Over all these are fantastic AP's for the money. They do Run Linux. Don't ask me about DDWRT, yes you probably can but the installed firmware is the way to go.Pros: Cheap Reliable. You do not have to run the Management software all the time. Easy to mount, wall or ceiling. Status LED provides good diagnostics. Boot time is above average. Highly configurable , you can force specific hosts to a AP using diagnostics mode. Good coverage and throughput on N stay away from 40mhz.Cons: Upgrades, You must upgrade last in the chain (last remote host first). Host software is Java based. POE is not true POE. You can't just plug this into a standard POE switch and go. Requires Their power supply however they do offer an adapter for true POE. LR looks like it only offers a small increase in power and capability based on the numbers, don't be fooled they are NOT the same. If you have a large house get the LR. Don't make the mistake I made, Don't buy too many. Overlap can cause issues. PLAN your network. SET THEM TO AUTO not HIGH POWER. Let the AP's do the work for you. Ditch the manual and read the forums.Over all a good performer but don't expect 300 mb/sec on any of these AP's do your homework. I find these to be reliable once mounted correctly and configured correctly. Don't over do it. They are made to be set up and left alone. 5Couldn't be happier. And we only needed a single unit Outstanding product. I have a fairly large single story home at 5500 square feet. Which means a lot of horizontal space. A home router wifi signal was dismal and simply wouldn't cover the whole house. Thought to give this a try. We ran the ethernet in the attic and placed the Unifi unit on the ceiling in a somewhat central location. Now I have nearly full signal through the entire home including the backyard and garage, even out to the mailbox. Internet is fast and stable on the wireless devices. Couldn't be happier. And we only needed a single unit. It'd designed to be installed on the wall or ceiling and looks like a smoke alarm. It's very slick.For those concerned about setup. It couldn't be easier for basic home use. I simply plugged the Unifi into my router, downloaded the unifi setup from the site and ran the program. It was literally as simple as typing out what you want the ID to be and adding a password. Then setting the admin user and pass. That's it. Really. Done.I just used the same ssid as my current router since all my devices are setup to use it already. Same password too. Then I logged into my router and disabled wifi so that I have a single signal in the house. All my devices connected to the unifi instantly without a hitch.Really, this device couldn't be easier to setup for basic use and the signal is rock solid.Please note that there is an "AC" version available that can handle higher speeds but is more expensive. I get about 85MBPS on my wired computer, and 50MBPS on the WiFi with the Unifi which is more than enough for what we use our wifi devices for. So I opted for this over the other one. If you are running your main computer off the wifi, or need your maximum speed over wifi, then you might consider the AC model. For us, it's just phones/tablets that are on wifi, everything else is hardwired. 5Ultra Quick setup and expansion for home or office We have been using at our company these devices for over a year now, and what started as a test has become our want to buy product. Of our 18 Access points we used to have around, we have replaced 12 by only 7 Long range Unifi AP-Long range, speed keeps up and we have had events with over 100 people connected to a single AP. Management is just formidable with the downloadable very easy to setup "controller". They are outstanding in terms of reliability. Realized this when I found out that one of the devices had been up and running for 292 days (of course APC UPS 1300 powers my networking devices), and the funny part is I did not have to reset it, as the problem was one of my connected clients. These and more statistics are given by the controller software. See the attached pictures.We are planning on aquiring more Ubiquiti products to manage in an easier 21st century way. 5IMPRESSIVE ''' Super strong signals! Had my UniFi Acces Point for over 8 months now and boy, if I could buy another... I would, but I don't need to - because this doohickey more than adequately provides full signal bars all throughout my 3-level home. I have 3 signal bars halfway down the block when getting mail and even able to access my wifi when at the neighbors across the street. I have it mounted on the ceiling on the upper floor and used an existing speaker/ceiling drop which I routed its wire to the media panel which fortunately is also on the upper floor. I was able to find the location of media cabinet from my unfinished attic by poking through the ceiling with a fiberglass wire pull rod and leading it to the access point. Wear a mask... you don't wanna be breathing in the fiberglass insulation up there.[UPDATE - 12 Months Later]Still solid as heck... no fails at all and reboots/recovers smoothly after broadband failure or from a power loss. Super strong signals and zero complaints of laggy internet even during large parties. 5Covers 3300sf house + 50ft outside home, including an aluminum skinned travel trailer!!! (your milage may vary...) Fantastic product! I have had an Ubiquiti EdgeRouterX for over a year before I purchased the UniFi AP-LR. Although this device is tightly intergrated with the Ubiquiti Security Gateway, it works GREAT as an add-on AP for any network. Even runs on single cable via PoE with the supplied power injector.This replaced two not so old consumer routers (NetGear and Belkin) I had running in AP mode supplemented with a Belkin range extender. I now have six radios running on this single AP, three 2.4Ghz and three 5Ghz. They are separated into Family (personal devices), Guest (HotSpot) and IoT (restricted) networks, one each on 2.4 and 5. The networks are a mix of untagged and tagged VLAN spaces for security on the way to the router for rule based segregation. The HotSpot is a custom served set of pages fetched by the UBNT Software Cloud Key hosted on an old PC (could run on a Raspberry Pi or a Ubiquiti Hardware Cloud Key).May soon get a UBNT Hardware Cloud Key to setup secure remote access to AP and offload host from PC. 5Fantastic coverage solution for large homes I have used a multitude of consumer wifi access points, most recently the Motorola AP that is part of the AT&T UVerse router. I have a 4500 sq ft home and had many, many dead spots of coverage. Reliability with TP Link, Motorola and various others has been an issue. Streaming video apps regularly crashed/paused/reset with my old wifi.The UniFi LR-AP was a significant change to both signal strength and reliability. I have it installed upstairs, upside down sitting on a window sill (so about the worst temporary installation possible), yet still receive 2 bars of coverage on all perimeters of my property, well outside the house. Inside the house, all rooms have 3 bars. I'm pretty sure that I will get 1-2 bars of coverage from my neighbors house when I get it installed correctly in the ceiling with PoE. (UPDATE: I now have the AP installed via structured, in wall cabling in the center of the house on the ceiling facing down. My worst performing client registers signal strength of 37%/87Mbps on 802.11n indoors. Outdoor coverage is easily to the road at around 75ft).Streaming video apps such as Netflix, Amazon etc all work flawlessly with the new improved coverage & I have experienced zero dropouts or resets on any of these from my portable devices. I have not tested the Apple TV, Amazon Fire HD devices, as these are all on ethernet. Airplay to the Apple TV has been much improved with Ubiquit wifi. File transfers over wifi from my Macbook Air typically run at 80Mbps or more and the Mac will usually be on 144Mbps 802.11n throughout the house. Its nice to have the ability to move video files about the network and not have to go running for an ethernet cable all the time!The physical kit comes with a proprietary PoE adapter that runs at a weird voltage. This was not on the main product page, so I will have to return the incompatible one that I purchased separately. It comes with a ceiling mounting plate. You really need to have structured cabling in your roof cavity to install this nicely on your ceiling. I installed a new Cat-5 back to my central cabling setup and patched it through to an RJ45 where I have a UPS, the PoE injector and an Intel NUC server to run the UniFi software.The UniFi controller software needed significant install work. This is not for your average home user, as it is a LOT of effort to get setup a PC / Mac / Server that is always on to run the software. I elected to use an Intel NUC micro computer with 2GB SDRAM and 4GB SSD storage using Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS. By default, the UniFi software consumes at least 8GB of disk space with the included database. Looking through the online community, there are various posts that reveal how to get MongoDB to install on very small disks like my Intel NUC. Linux users need to do 3 things - (1) Setup UniFi MongoDB with --smallfiles option (2) Remove unnecessary init.d MongoDB instance and (3) add a script to delete old log files so your disk will not crash when it runs out of space. Its much easier if you just have a 16GB partition, then it works without any tweaks. On the bright side, there are some very helpful setup commands for a single line script to install the Linux controller on the support forum.The UniFi software is extremely easy to use (once installed) and it takes 30 seconds or less to setup your access points. The auto discovery works well & it discovered my new AP in a few seconds. It has a great feature to setup Guest WLAN access via a captive portal (just like Starbucks). The advantage of this is that your guest WiFi has a crude firewall to prevent access to any devices on the LAN. By default the system blocks guest access to 10.x.x.x, 172.16.x.x.x and 192.168.x.x (RFC 1918 private network ranges), but you can edit these to suit your needs. It's nice to know you can offer wifi to guest users and not have them hack into all of your home systems. You can't trust the baby sitter not to be an uber hacker!The UniFi web client requires flash player, so may not work correctly on all mobile devices, especially iPhone. It works fine on all Mac/PC browsers. It will work on mobile devices without flash, but the main screen comes up with errors.I use this will WPA PSK enabled client devices all using 802.11B/G. All of the devices reconnected to UniFi without a hitch as soon as the new AP came online. Specifically, it works with Nest thermostat, RainMachine, Amazon Fire TV, Apple Airport Express, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPad. In fact, streaming on iPad was dramatically improved and I no longer have Netflix dropouts that were very noticeable with the AT&T UVerse router wifi. Overall, bit error rates are dramatically down since using this AP.Would thoroughly recommend for anyone that simply wants the best coverage at an amazing price.UPDATE #1My nest thermostat started dropping wifi every 37 minutes after a recent auto upgrade. I went to Unifi & discovered there was new AP software available. Clicked the upgrade button & now my Nest is happy again. Really awesome device support!UPDATE #2My Nest thermostat issue recurred with Nest software upgrade 4.4.3 where Nest have made the thermostat wifi go to sleep periodically. Turns out that Ubiquiti is rock solid.I have also re-installed my AP into the ceiling, adding about 45M of Cat-5E cabling through the walls and celing back to my wiring closet. The included PoE adapter seems to work, but now I get up to 4 errors per day where the controller loses connectivity to the AP. Likely issues with my Cat-5E cabling skills vs a problem with my AP. Coverage has improved tremendously by placing it on the ceiling in the highest site in my home. It looks great when installed on a ceiling, like a green UFO.I have had various Internet connectivity issues of late and it certainly is fantastic to have the UniFi AP manager. It is simple to log in remotely and check that all is well at home on the wifi front. Especially helpful as it logs all connectivity requests, current utilization for each client as well as signal strength. Perfect to satisfy the wife when the shiny new wifi network is being blamed for an internet problem. 5
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Description
  • Expandable unlimited scalability
  • Form Factor: External - indoor
  • Ubiquiti UniFi UAP Wireless Access Point/Bridge 11b/g/n enterprise Wi-Fi System
  • 23dBm, Wall/Ceiling (Kits included), 24V 1A PoE Adapter included
  • It is highly durable and efficient
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Great option for an old house! I've been using this for over a year with no problems. I live in a 1924 2-story house with thick plaster walls. My router is in a corner room on the first floor. The signal was terrible on the other end of the house. After purchasing this, I mounted it on the ceiling in the 2nd floor hallway and turned off the wifi on my router. The coverage throughout my house is so much better.We have a renter in a detached garage apartment. I set them up with the guest access option. They are much happier with the signal.As others have said, this is not plug and play. A learning curve is needed for the initial setup. If you know the basics of networking, you should be good. 5Great access point - features and performance beat the WiFi built into consumer routers My first time experience with this product was good. I am an experienced IT consultant, and did not find the setup hard- but as other reviewers have noted, the experience is VERY different than the process used with the typical consumer router/WiFi.Others have noted many details, but here are a couple concepts that I have not seen mentioned so far:With these access points you do not configure the unit directly. The required (and not included in the box) management software guides you through the initial setup with so little fuss that it's not obvious what it did. My first unit was ready to use in minutes, once I had downloaded and installed the management software (the download link is listed in the quick start guide, but not very obvious.)So here are the concepts Ubiquiti uses, but are not well laid out in the literature:Settings of all kinds are stored in a "site" - and stored in the management software of the computer you are using, not in the access point (at first.)This includes the the admin user name and password, the SSID, and the pre-shared key (which is the official name of the WiFi password.)When you connect the UniFi to your LAN, the management software discovers it and lists it as an "unplaced" Access point. Using a graphical drag and drop interface, you "place" the unit in a site - and when you drop it there, with no further action on the part of the user, the management software pushes all the relevant settings out to the new access point.You don't see this happen during the initial wizard, if this is a brand new installation on a PC that has never had the software before. In a brand new install, a site called "default" is created, and the new access point is place in the site with the settings you entered in response to questions from the wizard.If you are setting up a single one of these access points for home use - that's it. You are done. It's disconcertingly quick, and leaves you thinking there must be more to do.The simplicity is partly because the wizard is good, but mostly because there really is not a lot to set on a device like this that is a pure access point. It's not a router, it doesn't do NAT, or fire walling, or port forwarding, or QOS, or DHCP. It doesn't need, and normally would not have a fixed IP address.It's just an access point - but it is a very, very good access point. Far better range and throughput than my ASUS RT-N16, which is a pretty good unit itself.So, it's a great addition to a network that already has a router, and needs WiFi. Where it really starts to shine is if you need to cover a large space with multiple access points. Add another unit to the LAN, open the management software, drag it to the "site" and you are done. You can add dozens, or even hundreds. And when you do, they have a feature that is not available on any home WiFi: they create a single large Wifi coverage area, and the units talk to each other, and keep track of what client devices are connected to which access point, and automatically hand off from one to another, similar to the way cell towers hand your phone off to a different tower.Lastly, to clear up one common question: You DO NOT need the management software running on any computer on the LAN for all the good stuff to happen. Access points DO store the settings internally in non-volatile memory. Units DO talk directly to each other to do the cool roaming hand off independent of the console. You only need to run the management console to make changes. And if you have a bunch of access points in a "site", the changes are automatically pushed out to all the units in a "rolling update" 5Commercial grade - more power than a Cisco 1040 The Ubiquiti UniFi access points are easily in the same class as Cisco Aironet 1040 access points but are a fraction of the price. A single UAP-LR covers my entire house (and patio) with great signal strength, and replaced two older "consumer grade" 802.11g APs. It doesn't bog down with a dozen (or more) connected and active devices like our old APs did. And it's never "locked up" requiring a reboot to allow new connections like the old ones did every month or so.It's worth pointing out that Ubiquiti UniFi wireless products are not "consumer products" (as in home retail consumers). They are targeted for commercial application, comparable to Cisco Aironet wireless products. In other words, they are not targeted towards the average home user where you just plug it in and it works. You need to have knowledge about networking and be willing to potentially do the initial configuration on a "sandbox" (isolated) network unless you're willing to disrupt your "live" network. The controller used for configuring/monitoring it is Java based, so if you have other software that is dependent on specific Java versions, then you will want to use a separate VM to install and run the controller from. The device itself is actually running a Linux kernel, and allows you to SSH into it to do troubleshooting, but I've only logged into it out of curiosity. It's an amazingly well engineered device.It provides a variety of features that commercial network admins will appreciate, like multiple VLANs, QoS (per user rate limiting), WMM, and isolated Guest traffic (and a whole bunch of guest user features like billing integration). But residential installations can simply skip those since they aren't enabled by default (although home installs probably would want to enable WMM to prioritize voice and video). It also supports L3 management if you have multiple subnets and APs.Cables don't typically come with commercial products and this is no exception. The device provides a clean ceiling mount installation with no visible cables and a very sleek low profile appearance. You simply need to drill a hole for the cable and then two for the anchors (a template is provided). The hardest part was snaking the cat5e cable down from the attic in my vaulted ceiling, but it was worth the effort. It comes with a Ubiquiti proprietary 24 Volt power PoE adapter. Note this model AP can't be 802.3af 48 volt PoE switch powered like the more expensive UAP-Pro model, so you have to use the included PoE adapter. Be aware that you shouldn't locate the AP where people will regularly be within 6-7 feet of it - it's putting out 27 dBm @ 2.4 GHz! The Tx radio is about 3 times more powerful than most home APs, which explains why one of these will replace 2 (or even 3) consumer grade APs.In a nutshell, the Ubiquiti UAP-LR provides commercial grade performance and features but at a home user price. But don't expect home user ease of setup. Highly recommended for network geeks who want a kicka** AP at home and you're too honest to steal a Cisco 1040 from work. Sure, the 1040 is dual band N but it only puts out a max 20 dBm (and costs 3x the UAP-LR).Update July 12, 2015: After 39 months of trouble-free operation, my unit sometimes will not restart after a power outage. It takes several power on/off cycles on the PoE adapter to get it to boot and run. I ruled out the PoE injector as the problem by swapping it with another and the result is the same. Looks like it's about at it's EOL. Not sure what I'll replace it with. It's a great AP, but I think there might be better options out there now since Ubiquiti hasn't really been updating their product line in the past three years. 5Good Product but uses the 24 volt POE standard Overall the Uniti products are good. The I had with this product it is a 24 volt POE product. Standard POE is 48 volts and this is a deviation from my standard setup. Not a huge issue but I missed it when I ordered it. I wish Ubiquiti would have just used a standard voltage for this. It is great that they provided a POE injector, but that is one more thing I would have to plugin in my already overpopulated surge protected. Again good product but it has issues.I ultimately decided to return the product and get the Pro version which does use the 48volt standard.Closing thought this product is easy to set up for an IT professional, and I could see how it would be tough for someone without experience. However, if you are buying Access Points you probably have some experience with network equipment. Just be aware of the 24-volt vs 48-volt standard. 4Great for the money You can limit costs by going with LR. Don't over think your install. Invest in the LR trust me. I Have 3 of these and only 1 is LR. The standard low cost version is by all means good but if you live in a large house the LR is a must. I have these in MESH and the hand off is not so great. Over all these are fantastic AP's for the money. They do Run Linux. Don't ask me about DDWRT, yes you probably can but the installed firmware is the way to go.Pros: Cheap Reliable. You do not have to run the Management software all the time. Easy to mount, wall or ceiling. Status LED provides good diagnostics. Boot time is above average. Highly configurable , you can force specific hosts to a AP using diagnostics mode. Good coverage and throughput on N stay away from 40mhz.Cons: Upgrades, You must upgrade last in the chain (last remote host first). Host software is Java based. POE is not true POE. You can't just plug this into a standard POE switch and go. Requires Their power supply however they do offer an adapter for true POE. LR looks like it only offers a small increase in power and capability based on the numbers, don't be fooled they are NOT the same. If you have a large house get the LR. Don't make the mistake I made, Don't buy too many. Overlap can cause issues. PLAN your network. SET THEM TO AUTO not HIGH POWER. Let the AP's do the work for you. Ditch the manual and read the forums.Over all a good performer but don't expect 300 mb/sec on any of these AP's do your homework. I find these to be reliable once mounted correctly and configured correctly. Don't over do it. They are made to be set up and left alone. 5Couldn't be happier. And we only needed a single unit Outstanding product. I have a fairly large single story home at 5500 square feet. Which means a lot of horizontal space. A home router wifi signal was dismal and simply wouldn't cover the whole house. Thought to give this a try. We ran the ethernet in the attic and placed the Unifi unit on the ceiling in a somewhat central location. Now I have nearly full signal through the entire home including the backyard and garage, even out to the mailbox. Internet is fast and stable on the wireless devices. Couldn't be happier. And we only needed a single unit. It'd designed to be installed on the wall or ceiling and looks like a smoke alarm. It's very slick.For those concerned about setup. It couldn't be easier for basic home use. I simply plugged the Unifi into my router, downloaded the unifi setup from the site and ran the program. It was literally as simple as typing out what you want the ID to be and adding a password. Then setting the admin user and pass. That's it. Really. Done.I just used the same ssid as my current router since all my devices are setup to use it already. Same password too. Then I logged into my router and disabled wifi so that I have a single signal in the house. All my devices connected to the unifi instantly without a hitch.Really, this device couldn't be easier to setup for basic use and the signal is rock solid.Please note that there is an "AC" version available that can handle higher speeds but is more expensive. I get about 85MBPS on my wired computer, and 50MBPS on the WiFi with the Unifi which is more than enough for what we use our wifi devices for. So I opted for this over the other one. If you are running your main computer off the wifi, or need your maximum speed over wifi, then you might consider the AC model. For us, it's just phones/tablets that are on wifi, everything else is hardwired. 5Ultra Quick setup and expansion for home or office We have been using at our company these devices for over a year now, and what started as a test has become our want to buy product. Of our 18 Access points we used to have around, we have replaced 12 by only 7 Long range Unifi AP-Long range, speed keeps up and we have had events with over 100 people connected to a single AP. Management is just formidable with the downloadable very easy to setup "controller". They are outstanding in terms of reliability. Realized this when I found out that one of the devices had been up and running for 292 days (of course APC UPS 1300 powers my networking devices), and the funny part is I did not have to reset it, as the problem was one of my connected clients. These and more statistics are given by the controller software. See the attached pictures.We are planning on aquiring more Ubiquiti products to manage in an easier 21st century way. 5IMPRESSIVE ''' Super strong signals! Had my UniFi Acces Point for over 8 months now and boy, if I could buy another... I would, but I don't need to - because this doohickey more than adequately provides full signal bars all throughout my 3-level home. I have 3 signal bars halfway down the block when getting mail and even able to access my wifi when at the neighbors across the street. I have it mounted on the ceiling on the upper floor and used an existing speaker/ceiling drop which I routed its wire to the media panel which fortunately is also on the upper floor. I was able to find the location of media cabinet from my unfinished attic by poking through the ceiling with a fiberglass wire pull rod and leading it to the access point. Wear a mask... you don't wanna be breathing in the fiberglass insulation up there.[UPDATE - 12 Months Later]Still solid as heck... no fails at all and reboots/recovers smoothly after broadband failure or from a power loss. Super strong signals and zero complaints of laggy internet even during large parties. 5Covers 3300sf house + 50ft outside home, including an aluminum skinned travel trailer!!! (your milage may vary...) Fantastic product! I have had an Ubiquiti EdgeRouterX for over a year before I purchased the UniFi AP-LR. Although this device is tightly intergrated with the Ubiquiti Security Gateway, it works GREAT as an add-on AP for any network. Even runs on single cable via PoE with the supplied power injector.This replaced two not so old consumer routers (NetGear and Belkin) I had running in AP mode supplemented with a Belkin range extender. I now have six radios running on this single AP, three 2.4Ghz and three 5Ghz. They are separated into Family (personal devices), Guest (HotSpot) and IoT (restricted) networks, one each on 2.4 and 5. The networks are a mix of untagged and tagged VLAN spaces for security on the way to the router for rule based segregation. The HotSpot is a custom served set of pages fetched by the UBNT Software Cloud Key hosted on an old PC (could run on a Raspberry Pi or a Ubiquiti Hardware Cloud Key).May soon get a UBNT Hardware Cloud Key to setup secure remote access to AP and offload host from PC. 5Fantastic coverage solution for large homes I have used a multitude of consumer wifi access points, most recently the Motorola AP that is part of the AT&T UVerse router. I have a 4500 sq ft home and had many, many dead spots of coverage. Reliability with TP Link, Motorola and various others has been an issue. Streaming video apps regularly crashed/paused/reset with my old wifi.The UniFi LR-AP was a significant change to both signal strength and reliability. I have it installed upstairs, upside down sitting on a window sill (so about the worst temporary installation possible), yet still receive 2 bars of coverage on all perimeters of my property, well outside the house. Inside the house, all rooms have 3 bars. I'm pretty sure that I will get 1-2 bars of coverage from my neighbors house when I get it installed correctly in the ceiling with PoE. (UPDATE: I now have the AP installed via structured, in wall cabling in the center of the house on the ceiling facing down. My worst performing client registers signal strength of 37%/87Mbps on 802.11n indoors. Outdoor coverage is easily to the road at around 75ft).Streaming video apps such as Netflix, Amazon etc all work flawlessly with the new improved coverage & I have experienced zero dropouts or resets on any of these from my portable devices. I have not tested the Apple TV, Amazon Fire HD devices, as these are all on ethernet. Airplay to the Apple TV has been much improved with Ubiquit wifi. File transfers over wifi from my Macbook Air typically run at 80Mbps or more and the Mac will usually be on 144Mbps 802.11n throughout the house. Its nice to have the ability to move video files about the network and not have to go running for an ethernet cable all the time!The physical kit comes with a proprietary PoE adapter that runs at a weird voltage. This was not on the main product page, so I will have to return the incompatible one that I purchased separately. It comes with a ceiling mounting plate. You really need to have structured cabling in your roof cavity to install this nicely on your ceiling. I installed a new Cat-5 back to my central cabling setup and patched it through to an RJ45 where I have a UPS, the PoE injector and an Intel NUC server to run the UniFi software.The UniFi controller software needed significant install work. This is not for your average home user, as it is a LOT of effort to get setup a PC / Mac / Server that is always on to run the software. I elected to use an Intel NUC micro computer with 2GB SDRAM and 4GB SSD storage using Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS. By default, the UniFi software consumes at least 8GB of disk space with the included database. Looking through the online community, there are various posts that reveal how to get MongoDB to install on very small disks like my Intel NUC. Linux users need to do 3 things - (1) Setup UniFi MongoDB with --smallfiles option (2) Remove unnecessary init.d MongoDB instance and (3) add a script to delete old log files so your disk will not crash when it runs out of space. Its much easier if you just have a 16GB partition, then it works without any tweaks. On the bright side, there are some very helpful setup commands for a single line script to install the Linux controller on the support forum.The UniFi software is extremely easy to use (once installed) and it takes 30 seconds or less to setup your access points. The auto discovery works well & it discovered my new AP in a few seconds. It has a great feature to setup Guest WLAN access via a captive portal (just like Starbucks). The advantage of this is that your guest WiFi has a crude firewall to prevent access to any devices on the LAN. By default the system blocks guest access to 10.x.x.x, 172.16.x.x.x and 192.168.x.x (RFC 1918 private network ranges), but you can edit these to suit your needs. It's nice to know you can offer wifi to guest users and not have them hack into all of your home systems. You can't trust the baby sitter not to be an uber hacker!The UniFi web client requires flash player, so may not work correctly on all mobile devices, especially iPhone. It works fine on all Mac/PC browsers. It will work on mobile devices without flash, but the main screen comes up with errors.I use this will WPA PSK enabled client devices all using 802.11B/G. All of the devices reconnected to UniFi without a hitch as soon as the new AP came online. Specifically, it works with Nest thermostat, RainMachine, Amazon Fire TV, Apple Airport Express, iPhone 5 & 5S, iPad. In fact, streaming on iPad was dramatically improved and I no longer have Netflix dropouts that were very noticeable with the AT&T UVerse router wifi. Overall, bit error rates are dramatically down since using this AP.Would thoroughly recommend for anyone that simply wants the best coverage at an amazing price.UPDATE #1My nest thermostat started dropping wifi every 37 minutes after a recent auto upgrade. I went to Unifi & discovered there was new AP software available. Clicked the upgrade button & now my Nest is happy again. Really awesome device support!UPDATE #2My Nest thermostat issue recurred with Nest software upgrade 4.4.3 where Nest have made the thermostat wifi go to sleep periodically. Turns out that Ubiquiti is rock solid.I have also re-installed my AP into the ceiling, adding about 45M of Cat-5E cabling through the walls and celing back to my wiring closet. The included PoE adapter seems to work, but now I get up to 4 errors per day where the controller loses connectivity to the AP. Likely issues with my Cat-5E cabling skills vs a problem with my AP. Coverage has improved tremendously by placing it on the ceiling in the highest site in my home. It looks great when installed on a ceiling, like a green UFO.I have had various Internet connectivity issues of late and it certainly is fantastic to have the UniFi AP manager. It is simple to log in remotely and check that all is well at home on the wifi front. Especially helpful as it logs all connectivity requests, current utilization for each client as well as signal strength. Perfect to satisfy the wife when the shiny new wifi network is being blamed for an internet problem. 5
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