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Old 11-29-2017, 01:34 PM   #1
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I have a remodel right now and I need to build a decent wifi network for the house. The home was built in 99 and has a bunch of older Cat5 ran but it isn't Cat5e. Will I be able to run poe and signal on the older Cat5 for my access points or should I run new? Longest run is approx 100'. House is about 3500 sq ft. Thinking of 3 ap units. Looking at the Ubiquiti UAP access points.
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At 100 feet and if the Cat5 is in good shape, it should work well at 5e speeds. Unless the user knows what they are doing they will probably never use all that speed.

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Yup no prob.

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UAPs ain't mesh though.

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Figured that out. Thanks guys! Going to get 2 for my house and work out the kinks on my own place first.
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If you have hardwired runs no real need for mesh.

I have the Ubiquiti mesh gear kicking around here somewhere.

If you want to try it out let me know we can see what postage would cost.
I can set you up with a unifi controller to if you need one.

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Figured that out. Thanks guys! Going to get 2 for my house and work out the kinks on my own place first.
They are great, I install a couple hundred a year. I have one single building with 127 UAPs in it.

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The Ubiquiti UAP's look to be some of the better ones out there. Setup does not seem to be difficult and plenty of things to be able to configure how the client wants.

How many times do you guys remote log in to a clients setup to fix minor issues vs a site visit? Trying to determine if that is a direction I want/need to go with their setup.
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The Ubiquiti UAP's look to be some of the better ones out there. Setup does not seem to be difficult and plenty of things to be able to configure how the client wants.

How many times do you guys remote log in to a clients setup to fix minor issues vs a site visit? Trying to determine if that is a direction I want/need to go with their setup.
It lacks features that Cisco Ruckus and Aruba have but it comes in at a fraction the price.

How often do I remote in? Constantly... But I'm running commercial sites with captive portals. I have a couple on AWS and one of Digital Ocean, on my larger sites I run a local Ubuntu server because I found remotely it was too sluggish for the captive portal.

The USG isn't exactly ready for prime time either so I use either EdgeRouters, Mikrotik or Cisco routers.

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Having the controller in the cloud is a godsend.

Only thing I really hate is of you get stock running really out of date firmware you have to update in increments to get to the latest version.

I've got 2 uaps at home I'm not using if you want I can set you up a controller and link them in so you can see how it all works.

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Having the controller in the cloud is a godsend.

Only thing I really hate is of you get stock running really out of date firmware you have to update in increments to get to the latest version.

I've got 2 uaps at home I'm not using if you want I can set you up a controller and link them in so you can see how it all works.

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You mean the firmware version of the devices? How's that different?

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It's not I just hate it.

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To update the firmware it's a click of a single button....not like most other brands where you have to log into the devices individually.

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Any pro or con to using their EdgeRouter vs their USG?
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Any pro or con to using their EdgeRouter vs their USG?
The usg will work with the unifi controller the edge router does not.

The edge router is also like 60$.

The edge router has more features I know they have been working hard on bringing features to the usg.

If your just looking to do the basics either will work if you want to light up all the boxes in the unifi controller get a usg.

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Any pro or con to using their EdgeRouter vs their USG?
USG and EdgeRouter are identical in terms of hardware, but like Sector said the USG operates in the Unifi system...but its SOOOOOO lacking in features its not even funny. If it's something simple and you don't know your way around a router get the USG. If you need to do anything more than the average residential router get the EdgeRouter Lite.
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The usg will work with the unifi controller the edge router does not.

The edge router is also like 60$.

The edge router has more features I know they have been working hard on bringing features to the usg.

If your just looking to do the basics either will work if you want to light up all the boxes in the unifi controller get a usg.

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Unless he wants to change the IP address of his management VLAN with a local controller....then you pretty much have to SSH into it.
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For this install I won't need to get to in depth with changes from the norm. Really my goal for this project is reliable wide spread secured wi-fi with guest access.
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For this install I won't need to get to in depth with changes from the norm. Really my goal for this project is reliable wide spread secured wi-fi with guest access.
Get the USG, if you're not that familiar with setting up a firewall in a router then the EdgeRouter could be an uncomfortable learning experience.
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Please everyone knows that when you don't know how to configure a firewall you simply turn it off and tell yourself you don't need it.

That's why they give you the option to turn it off isn't it?

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