Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wifi Network Upgrade: Ubiquity Unifi AP-PRO

I've grown tired of the uneven Wifi performance at our house. The access point is in the garage on one side of the house. Wifi is ok in the adjacent rooms, but breaks down often if there are 2 or more walls between the access point and the device.

In the past, I have used a pair of 54Mbps Netgear WG602v2 802.11g access points in wireless bridge mode. They worked ok in the previous house, but never really lived up to that performance at our current place. A replacement Netgear WNR2000v3 N300 access point worked better for a while, but wasn't really that exciting either. On top of that it crashed every couple months

A couple days ago, when the WNR2000 crashed again I've had it, and ordered some real hardware to resolve the wifi issue once and for all. The Ubiquity Networks Unifi AP-PRO arrived today.

This enterprise-level access point is marketed to companies and businesses as a lower cost alternative to the Cisco's of the world. I've read in reviews that the setup is supposed to be more complicated than consumer-grade access points. It didn't really feel like that to me. The initial setup was trivially easy, and while using the controller software is slightly more involved due to its feature set, it's more logical, easier to use, and more useful than the typical convoluted Web UI one gets to deal with on most access points. 

On top of that, the AP-PRO looks really cool:

Network Wiring Center with AP-PRO mounted on the wall
By the way, the signal quality is excellent all over the house now, including the back yard, the front yard, and across the street...

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