With the increasing demand in the networking department, certain companies developed products to fulfill this demand offering their advanced technology products at accessible prices.
In particular, Ubiquiti, is a company that doesn’t fail to deliver the best wireless solutions for an owned business or home.
For this reason, comparing them to another company that offers the same wireless solutions seem pointless, as they seem like leaders in this department.
Another strong point of Ubiquiti is that they offer a huge variety of products. The most used product of my company was from the Ubiquiti antennas department.
Top 3 Ubiquiti antennas that worked well:
- Ubiquiti AP AC LR Antennas– Indoor
- Ubiquiti Nanostation (best one I've seen Ubiquiti Nanostation NSM5), Powerbeams (Ubiquiti PowerBeam ac Gen2), Airgrids Antennas – Outdoor (Ubiquiti AirGrid M5)
- Unifi Mesh (Ubiquiti UAP-AC-M-US Unifi Mesh)– Indoor/Outdoor
Ubiquiti AP AC LR Antennas
UAP AC LR is useful within the contents of a building to extend wireless signal to a high degree. The pattern of the antenna frequency cover is a sphere shape.
|Features||UAP AC LR|
|Dimensions||175.7 x 43.2mm|
|2.4 Ghz Speed||450 Mbps|
|5 Ghz Speed||867 Mbps|
|PoE Mode||802.3af/A PoE & 24V PoE|
In general, the present type of antenna works with Unifi Controller software that is dedicated and it is one click setup most of the times. For a complex wireless network, VLAN and Management Switches can be used.
Steps, in order to activate UAP AC LR through Unifi Controller, are as following:
- Download Unifi Controller;
- Install it and go through the setup wizard;
- Make sure UAP AC LR and the device you installed the controller on are in the same network segment. Do make sure they are connected to a router;
- Go to “DEVICES” on the left side of the software screen;
- Press Adopt to add the device to the controller;
- DHCP should be assigned automatically from the router;
- Go to settings, modify Wireless Network to your liking;
- Go back to devices, open properties of the device, add that wireless network you have created, give it a static IP if you must.
This is the simple way to add a UAP AC LR device in Unifi Controller.
Official guide Ubiquiti offers for UAP AC LR can be downloaded from here
To enumerate some of the advanced features including: VLAN, LAN Networks, Firewalls, Guest Controls but I won’t go that in-depth in this article.
On the negative side, wireless signal will especially have a hard time penetrating certain walls if they are made of concrete or another kind of thick material.
With this in mind, you solve the problem by placing another antenna in the center of the room above or below, hence covering that area.
Ubiquiti Nanostation, Powerbeams, Airgrids Antennas – Outdoor
In the long run, these types of antennas, mainly Powerbeams and Airgrid, are extraordinary for long range PtP (point to point) setups.
Nanostation antennas are good for 3km maximum distance for PtP and excellent for AP capabilities.
It gives Wireless signal to its surrounding area just like a UAP AC LR.
At the same time, this type of antennas have almost the same menu in common which is also easy to set up. As I stated before, Nanostations can be AP (access point) to give out wireless signals so other devices could connect through.
To make that possible follow these steps:
- Disable airMax in the very first menu list;
- Set device to Access Point in the Wireless Tab;
- Disable WDS Transparent in Wireless Tab;
- Add Channel frequency to be 20Mhz.
For PtP mode follow these steps:
- Enable airMax in the very first menu list;
- One device should be AP and the other should be Station;
- Enable Transparent WDS;
- Frequency selection;
- All the wireless settings from AP must be the same on Station (even the WPA authorization);
- Lock Station to AP’s Mac (in station mode) to get the frequency automatically, else add it manually;
- Give them different static IP’s (example. AP is 192.168.1.25, Station is 192.168.1.26);
- Make sure they have the same firmware version or else it won’t work and that the frequencies match (2.4GHz doesn’t work with 5GHz).
Ubiquiti antennas are in my opinion the best wireless solution.