Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Long Range - Wireless Access Point - 802.11 B/A/G/n/AC (UAP-AC-LR-US),White
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|Connectivity Technology||Wi-Fi Ready||USB||Wi-Fi Ready||Ethernet||—||—|
|Item Dimensions||6.92 x 6.92 x 1.70 inches||1.00 x 1.00 x 1.00 inches||6.30 x 6.30 x 1.24 inches||6.30 x 6.30 x 1.30 inches||6.92 x 6.92 x 1.70 inches||6.30 x 1.24 x 6.30 inches|
|Item Weight||6.00 ounces||0.77 lbs||6.00 ounces||1.50 lbs||0.53 lbs||6.00 ounces|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11ac||801.11ac||801.11ac|
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Problems I was solving--coverage issues mostly:
1) Chromecast in the living room couldn't handle 1080p streams
2) Chromecast in the gym and master bedroom would get a little stuttery on 720p
3) Couldn't use WiFi at all in either bathroom (by the garage and the master bath)
4) WiFi connected garage door that was pretty iffy
5) Sunroom was a toss up for just browsing Reddit which sucks because it's a great room for coffee. Half the time it wouldn't work.
TL;DR All problems are solved!
Figured I'd replace what I had (like a 12 year old Belkin Wi-Fi router in AP mode for $40-$60) with this guy. Figured A) it couldn't be worse, and B) if the problems aren't solved, I'll buy a second one for meshing. Probably would have experimented with location of this first AP-AC LR first though.
Well one was enough. Amazing. All Chromecasts can handle 1080p via Plex now and I can watch Youtube on the toilets/sunroom. Running a speedtest from Google there were places where I was getting 1 Mbps and now it's 20+ (I pay for 100 but 20's good enough for 1080p video). In both bathrooms I would often see signals of -70dB and now it's -50dB. My neighbors' signals are no longer encroaching on my own. Amen. The only device I have in the basement is a Google Home Mini, it's right under the thermostat by the bathroom on the right side of my floorplan (again, see attached image, thermostats are the pink things because they're in heating mode). The Mini connects fine too and streams music no problem (my only use case).
Also, I installed this thing in about 8 minutes and haven't done any tinkering whatsoever, so maybe it can get even better. I didn't ceiling mount it, it's just sitting on a shelf about 3 feet off the ground. Amazed.
If you're curious, this floorplan is from Home Assistant and it's awesome.
Like many, I heard about the Ubiquiti line of products from an Ars Technica post a few months back. I have been searching for a way to ensure solid wifi coverage across my 3-story home (about 3,000 sq. ft.) since my Asus Dark Knight wireless signal has slowly been getting worse (honestly, it was never that good). I wasn't sold on the Eero or Luma because backhaul is handled via wireless, and there's also the issue that it costs $500 for the setup. Considering how much equipment I have, dropping $500 to duplicate functionality of some of my gear just didn't seem worthwhile. The plan was to turn off the wireless on my router, install one of these puppies, and see how many more I might need. Worst case I would drop $300 to put one on each floor of the house, saving me $200 over the Eero. It helps immensely that I have ethernet running to key places in the house that makes a hardwired setup on each floor possible.
Setup for the unit took literally five minutes. I used the power over ethernet (PoE) injector, and it should be noted for folks that familiar with these types of devices you will need two ethernet cables if you don't use PoE. One cable goes from your network jack/switch to the PoE power unit, and the second then goes to the AP.
I downloaded the UniFi controller software, and it found the AP with no issues. I went through the guided setup setting my SSID and password, and then logged into the controller interface. There are a plethora of options, and I suggest playing around with things like the RF environment scan, 5G steering and so on, but the main thing I wanted to do was shut off the internal DHCP server. By the time that was done and the controller refreshed, 11 devices throughout the house had connected flawlessly.
The real surprising factor was the coverage throughout the house. Again, I'm trying to get coverage through a 3-floor house with a finished basement, so I figured I would need at least 2 - 1 on the main floor and one in the basement. Nope! With the single device I have solid signal in every corner of my house, including the deepest, darkest recesses of my basement and the furthest point in my second floor in my tile bathroom. I do have a relatively open floorpan, but the fact that a $100 device covers my entire house was mind blowing.
The only real downside to the device is if you want to use some of the more robust enterprise-style features, like a guest portal, you need to have the controller running on a server. However, I don't think this is much of an issue for most users. Some other devices have one-time guest codes and other control mechanisms for when people come to visit, but honestly, I don't understand the need for them. If a friend is over the house and wants to use my wifi, what do I care if he has access to it any time he's at the house? Generating a one-time code every time seems to be more in the realm of, "I'll trust you now, but later I'm not too sure." If I notice my friends sitting in the driveway of my house at 3am trying to use my network there are probably much larger issues going on than them just stealing my wifi.
From the computer nerd perspective this device is incredibly easy to setup. The only actual setting I needed to change was turning off the DHCP server. Other than that it's basically plug and play. There are obviously a bunch of other features, and the controller UI is pretty slick, but for what I needed, which was a replacement for the dying wireless on my Asus router, this more than fit the bill at 1/5th the cost of an Eero.
This is not for the complete networking newbie. But if you know what an IP address is and the difference between an access point and a wireless router, you're gonna be fine.
I probably had unrealistic expectations for wireless coverage (Maybe only one AP for my 1,970 sq ft house?) based on reviews here and this unit almost met them anyway. I ended up with one AP-AC-Lite and one AP-AC-LR and between them I get great coverage.
I installed the controller software on a raspberry pi connected to the network and it's been working well. It's not really necessary after initial setup, but I've had fun looking at all of the stats it collects.
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I had a good Archer C7 Router which was $200 and we could NOT get signal reliably upstairs. We have a lot of neighbours with wifi, and even the 5ghz band is a bit crowded.
This product is borderline enterprise level stuff, So unfortunately its one drawback is that it is difficult to set up and configure. (it requires an application on your comptuer to act as a server to configure it, (and other ubiquity devices if you have them)
Because of this, it looses a star, but if you're an I.T. Pro (like I am) I would still consider this 5 Stars. For the random Home user, You may want to get your local tech support to install this for you.
That being said, The signal, Throughput and stability of my signal has been great. if you don't have a PoE switch, This comes with an injector (a power supply) so you can use it with any switch or router.
note that you NEED a home router to get this working. This basically adds wifi to your existing network. It doesn't make a "new" network. That's what your router is for. (even a home Modem/router will suffice)
I hope this review was informative! if so, leave me a helpful vote. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or the "ask a question" or comment on this review - I try to respond as fast as I can, as I genuinely enjoy writing reviews!
I was very impressed with the packaging for these access points. Everything you need comes in the box, including a power over Ethernet injector. At a cost of about $30 each, the inclusion of this injector is definitely appreciated. We only have two PoE capable devices at the time of writing, so a PoE switch isn’t necessary yet. You also get mounting hardware for both drywall mounting, or ceiling mounting as well. It’s nice to have this available for me so I can choose my application, instead of having to order separate hardware or visit the hardware store.
As far as setting these up, it was incredibly easy. Setting these up requires that you either buy the UBIQUITI UC-CK Unifi Cloud Key-Remote Control Device, or installing the Ubiquiti Cloud Controller software on a Linux computer. For the cloud controller, I allocated the virtual machine 1vCPU as well as 1GB of RAM. The cloud controller doesn’t require much resources at all. If you don’t have an existing hypervisor in your environment, the cloud key is a great way to avoid having to build the virtual machine. Once you have setup your controller, you simply have to register for an account and add the access points to the controller. You control them from this centralized interfaces, no need to mess around with any command-line interfaces.
One thing that was a pleasant surprise is that I can access the cloud controller anywhere in the world with the application on my iPhone. I simply just have to authenticate with my Ubiquiti credentials, and I can see the controller when I’m offsite. This allows me to investigate any problems with the access points without having to visit the site. This may be frightening to some, but to me the convenience is great.
As far as performance goes, these definitely did the job. Between the two access points, they have about 8 wireless clients that require constant back-and-forth communication to the database server. I tested a file transfer from one of the computers in the center of the factory to the server, and on average it transferred at about 300Mbit/s average which is quite good considering it is about 150 feet from the access point.
Overall, I’m very impressed with everything about these products. I’ve been curious about Ubiquiti products for years, and now that I’ve got some hands-on experience with them I’m quite impressed.
Installation is just like every other UniFi product. Just plug in and adopt. I have this AP connected to the UniFi 8-port 60W PoE switch (although a PoE injector is included) which is then connected to my UniFi Dream Machine (also an amazing product from UI). I had no issues at all setting everything up and my devices transition seamlessly between the LR AP and the one built into the UDM.
If you are somewhat tech-savvy, I highly recommend the UniFi suite of products even if it's just for a home application. They are so easy to install and manage.
It works best if you know what you are doing. You need to have a little bit of technical knowledge about wireless channels and SSID before you go ahead and set it up. I am a Cisco CCNA certified and IT Analyst, so it was a piece of cake for me. Performance is same as you would get into those Cisco Meraki's(comparing it with Meraki MR33 – Retail $800 + $$$ for cloud subscription/year). Currently, I am running MR33 at home once it's subscription ends I am going to switch to this. You won't be disappointed by its services, performance and reliability.
Tip: If you are a newbie, search on YouTube for setup videos. It will help you to set this up. Also, you might have to work with your ISP service provider (Telus, Shaw, Comcast, AT&T, etc.) Sometimes they love to block certain things on their made in China router/modems.
- Allows you to run your wifi separate from your router. This means that if you have a fast, reliable router, you can upgrade your wifi without having to pay for a new router as well.
- Reliable connection. This device has multiple internal antennae and distributes strong signals on both the 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands. Where my old router had issues with 2.4ghz (due to congestion on the band in my condo), this one performs like a champ. I haven't had a dropped connection since installing this AP.
- Expandability. I don't plan on living in a condo forever. Eventually, I will move into a house and I can add at least one of these AP's on each floor of that house to ensure strong wifi coverage. Additionally, if I have a separate building, such as a garage or workshop, it'll take little effort to run some Cat7 cable out to another access point to ensure coverage on the entire property.
- Updates. Ubiquiti seems to release firmware updates for ALL of their hardware on a regular basis. Even older devices get firmware updates for YEARS after release.
- It's annoying to have to run separate management software on my computer.
- To avoid having to run separate managemnte software on the computer, you need a cloud key device, which costs more money.
- Neighbours may not appreciate that my wifi signal is so much more powerful than theirs.
I highly recommend this AP, combined with one of Ubiquiti's routers. I'm running it with an Edgerouter Lite. The router and AP together have made my home network fast and powerful. I highly recommend this AP!
I could not believe how easy it was to add to my existing Ubiquiti access point. It came with a POE injector, but this new model has 802.3af support, so I was able to plug it into my POE switch I have in my garage. I don't know what I will do with the spare POE injector, but less power cables up in my secondary rack in the garage, the better!
Originally had a Netgear Nighthawk R8000 (looks like a starship), then replaced it with Google WiFi (3-pucks) to cover the house. I expected to need at least two AC-LR or perhaps an AC-LR with an AC-LITE... but ONE AC-LR blanketed the entire 3000sq ft house on all floors! Even in the cold room, I was able to hold 30/10 from my iPhone, where there was barely any signal before even with the Google WiFi mesh.
NOTE: It DOES take effort to setup. You’ll need to either download the UniFi Controller application on your computer, or try and set it up using the mobile app. This product is intended for prosumers and those with patience to work with the product. For example, you can customize quite a few things using CLI (command line interface). I already have a UniFi USG so this is perfect.
NOTE 2: Did you know that the UniFi USG + AP-AC-LR costs less than most high end consumer wifi router products?
NOTE 3: If this is your first foray and you’re looking to replace all your networking gear, consider the Ubiquiti AmpliFi products. They aren’t compatible with the UniFi but are easier to setup with similar performance.
One point to note - do you really need the long range version? Yes it'll transmit a signal far and wide, but you have to have a client that's capable of sending back a signal just as far, otherwise things like Skype are not going to work. This may seem like an obvious point, but it was one I realised afterwards and slightly regret (that said you can tweak the power of the antennae down a bit, but then you may as well have got the other one anyway).
Absolutely no regrets and our oddly shaped house has great coverage now. Took less than 30 minutes to setup and get working. Also got their EdgeRouterX which is good though not compatible with the management software (but I'm not paying an additional $100 just to see it on the same interface).
It works well and is easy to manage, but this experience makes me a lot less likely to recommend them to anyone. It's good that they're moving to support newer standards, but leaving new customers out to dry on something like this doesn't give me good feelings about the company.
I also wished it comes with at least 1 ethernet, as it requires 2 to function (1 between network and PoE brick and another between PoE and the AP unit).
Wifi performance is incredible compared to residential class equipment.
Only thing that i can suggest is that they send a key to aid in removal of the unit from it bracket after it has been installed. I had to bend a paper clip to use as a key.
I have not yet had to reboot this router yet, which means it has saved me hours from not having to maintain the connection settings of all my smart devices. (Especially my Xiaomi Robovac and Air Filter, these has to work everyday or my wife gets asthma)
The main downside to this wifi router is the initial setup, which is not nearly as easy as most wifi routers. Ubiquiti uses their own special software, which has a learning curve. It took longer to setup than most wifi routers, but it is a one time cost. The long term time savings from the reliability pays off over time.