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on March 24, 2013
I replaced two consumer APs with one of these for my house and couldn't be happier. This AP went on the ceiling in the middle of my house and provides the same or better coverage than the two APs at opposite ends of my house. The multiple SSIDs allows me to run a guest wireless network separate from the network I use for my devices. The product looks nice on my ceiling, like a flat smoke detector, although the diameter is a little larger. The LED can be turned off to make it even less noticeable.

The product is really aimed at enterprise deployments where there are many APs installed at once (hotels, restaurants, schools, etc.) As such, it requires controller software installed on a separate computer to configure the AP instead of logging directly into the device to manage it. This wasn't a problem for me (I already had a Debian server I could use) but could be annoying to some. The controller does not need to run all the time unless you want to use the guest portal (e.g., if you want your guests to accept terms and conditions before using the network or want to charge them).

The 5 GHz radio is not as strong as the 2.4 GHz radio, so only a few devices in my house actually connect at 5 GHz. I get slightly better performance when connected to the 5 GHz radio, but not a huge difference. Those that are trying to save money and don't absolutely need 5 GHz might want to consider the non-PRO version of this product.

One last word of warning for home users considering this: this is just an access point. It just connects your wireless devices to your network. It does NOT provide other services like a typical consumer router does like DHCP, DNS, or a firewall. You will need a separate router on your network.
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on November 26, 2015
I'm now using this plus a homemade firewall/router (running PFSense) to replace the Apple networking kit that was getting so crashy under my workload. I seriously love the Ubiquiti UniFi lineup, and I'm going to be buying more of it to give better WiFi coverage throughout my house and back outside to my writing shack. Part of what I love about it is that I can have separate SSID's (up to four) presented by the same access point, each routing to different VLAN's on my network. So I've got a passwordless guest network routing through Tor on my Raspberry Pi, my own family network, and a different network just for consumer electronics devices that need Internet access but that aren't "trusted" on my home network. This is a rather advanced network configuration for residential use, but this sort of thing is also my livelihood so my home network is overengineered. With that said, I'm really pleased with how well this is working, and how gracefully it handles a full house of guests at parties who all want to get on my guest wifi. 25+ people with their mobile devices on my WiFi, plus all of the gadgets already on my WiFi, and this access point handles it with ease. My old Apple Airport Extreme would fall over under much smaller loads.

I also love the management software. It shows me who's connecting to my network, through which access point, and which SSID, and how much load they are putting on my network. It's really quite professional. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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on February 27, 2015
Awesome. VERY enterprise-level software for this price, but it's easy to configure for those w/o much technical experience. There is also a lot of info out there if you search for it. I added a floor plan for my house to map the AP's location (just for grins), and set everything up exactly how I wanted it. You can put the bands on separate SSID's, create different groups w/ different bandwidth allocations, run a guest network, etc.

I'm running this behind a Linksys EA6300 (using as wired router only) and it's perfect. Very highly recommended
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on October 22, 2015
I recently bought this to upgrade from an old Linksys with DD-WRT installed. The Linksys was dead-on reliable, I never once had to restart it in over 3 years. I wanted to find something with faster wireless that was just as reliable, and this did the trick. Haven't restarted it once since I installed it months ago.

It was concerned about the many reports of noisy devices, and mine is no exception. You can hear it working when you are downloading something and you are less than 10 feet away. Some may find this super annoying but it doesn't bother me at all. This is just lazy engineering and could be solved by the manufacturer without much trouble, but for some reason they just don't seem to care. In any case it's been no big deal for me.

Once you set it up you'll probably never touch it again and that is exactly what I wanted.

The configuration utility uses Java so you'll have to install that junk to set it up, if you haven't already. I'm not a fan of Java so I put that crap on a VM and set it up from there :-)
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on January 16, 2015
As a tech savvy, but non-technically trained individual - this WAP was extremely easy to configure and provides exceptional wireless range and speed. As I do not currently own an devices which support AC wireless, I saved the $ by not purchasing the AC version of this product. However I paid more Pro version over the lower priced Ubiquiti access points to gain 5 ghz frequency.

Pros:
-Easy installation. The Power Over Ethernet (POE) only requires a network cable to be ran to desired location from your router / switch. The device comes with the POE injector so I did not need to purchase a separate product or upgrade my network switch to use the POE capabilities.
-As an access point (not a wireless router) it did not require any additional configuration to work correctly with my Google Fiber network box (router). I did turn off the wireless from my Google Network box as the Ubiquiti AP was purchased to provide stronger signal strength to the main part of my house.
-Fast Speeds: While not an AC band access point, I still routinely obtain 100-150 mps internet speeds through this router (Google Fiber 1 Gig bandwidth to house).
-Strong Signal / Long Range: This device is located on the upstairs floor in a central hallway on the wall and I receive full signal strength "bars" on my phones and laptops in any room or in the basement of my house.
-Attractive Design: On the wall with network cable fished into wall cavity, this device does not stand out and looks like a smoke detector.
-Reasonable priced: This WAP is priced competitive to most consumer grade wireless routers that are not designed to be permanently mounted and which do not provide as strong a signal.
-LED indicator indicates device status. This is very bright in a dark room but can be turned off from the configuration software

Cons (had to think hard to come up with any):
-LED can only be turned on or off. I would like it to not be on unless there was an issue, then I would desire it to flash / glow red. Showing the green status obviously indicates it has power and is transmitting, but the LED ring is brighter than the brightest night light when turned on.
-The software while relatively easy to use and walks you through adopting and configuring a new AP and wireless network, isn't the most intuitive and I usually find myself looking around for where to change the various settings. A local program must be installed on your computer, ideally it could be controlled from a full web based interface.
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on March 6, 2014
I have had 3 Unifi UAP-Pro APs operational since January 1, 2014 and they are working great! I upgraded each AP firmware once and that was a vey simple process using the Controller.

The Unifi Controller software was easy to install and makes monitoring of the wireless network clean and professional. Once the APs were deployed, I could turn off the Controller, but I like checking usage of the network occasionally.

Our building is 36,000 sq ft, on one floor with a couple of interior walls and the 3 UAP-Pros cover it completely. Installed each of the AP on ceiling tiles, using the mounting ring included in the package. Each AP is connected to our standard 1gig POE switch via cat 5e cable.

I wanted to broadcast the same SSID on all APs, so users could roam around the office without losing their wireless connection. This feature works great! Hand-offs between APs are quick and trouble free. The hand-off seems to occur at the optimal point - if I stand holding my laptop under an AP and walk toward another AP, the hand-off occurs right as I pass the mid-point between the two APs.

I initially had some trouble when wireless users tried to print to our HP 8600 Pro Plus printers (each printer was connected to the wired network and had a static IP address). It would work for about 20 minutes then the user would get a message saying the connection to the printer was lost. I contacted Ubiquiti UniFi support. They responded very quickly, were knowledgeable and interested in helping me - they even checked back after they had not heard from me for a couple of days. In the end the problem was caused by me, not the hardware. I had tried to be "tricky" and gave the new UniFi Pros the same SSID as my existing wireless AP. I would turn off the old AP, turn on the new to test the new network, thinking the change would be "transparent" to users. Ubiquiti suggested I use a different SSID and once I did that everything worked great. Thinking back, I think each laptop had configured an adapter setting based on the old AP and when it tried using those configuration with the new AP the setting were not correct.

I like the 1 gig backhaul of the UAP-Pros since we have 1 gig data switches and 1 gig wired network.

In the future I plan to a Radius server and/or connection to Active Directory, which the UAP-Pro supports. I see this as a product we can grow with over time.
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on July 8, 2014
Mounted to the two-story ceiling in the great room/center of the house and provides coverage everywhere - upstairs, downstairs, and even basement. OK, basement does have weaker signal, but does have good signal.
Took a little effort to setup with software, my only knock though the benefits outweigh.
The software did show me updated throughput on one particular wireless device updating every 5 seconds. My young son streaming video from his iTouch under his covers in bed after 10pm. Yea, he lost it for a few days and still can't figure how I knew he was sneaking streaming video from downstairs (on my computer). No wonder my network/broadband was lagging in the evening.
I setup 3 SSIDs. One private for our family's use which allows connection to our home server and private stuff (WPA). Another 'guest' SSID, well for our guests which allows access to only the internet and nothing on the home network. And a 3rd SSID for our kids (older) gaming devices - OK the last I needed because the older gaming devices know WEP protection but not WPA. I have WPA on the guest SSID as I don't want just anyone access our network.
My wife's MacAir uses the 5 Ghz freq. and our droid phones (I think) and everything else the 2.4 Ghz freq. Software shows that, so I know that both frequencies are working.
Admittedly, this AP is a little costly and advertised more for business, but it's really nice for home use as well. The software can handle/manage more than one AP device on the network, but I don't need more, at least not yet. Thinking about another for the backyard (exterior to the house) near the pool area. The pool is a ways from the house, so while we get some signal from the current AP (depending on where you're standing), the house, trees, etc cut down the signal significantly in much of the area around the pool.
Hope this helps.
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on August 15, 2016
The UniFi AC Pro AP features the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 3x3 MIMO technology in a refined industrial design and is ideal for deployment of maximum‑performance wireless networks.

This is for intermediate network users! Use the online forums for support. This is not a stand alone product. This is a professional grade solution that works great for homes if you're willing to tinker and learn.
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on January 9, 2015
This is a great unit for the price. Once I downloaded and installed Java Runtime Environment (JRE) I was able to get the software installed and running in no time (less than 30 minutes). The software automatically found the AP and configured it. I just had to follow along in the wizard. The software also found a firmware update for the AP and installed it without a hitch once I selected to do the update.

I have found it simple to set up the SSID, passwords, and other features as needed. This is a very powerful product with lots of features but Ubiquiti has done a great job of making it easy to use.

A little bit of network experience would be helpful in configuring and setting this unit up but, overall, I found it to be a breeze. It is very powerful and gives me excellent WiFi coverage throughout my 3,100+ sq. ft. house.

Please note that the PRO version of this product requires 48 V. Power-over-Ethernet (POE) so if you plan to purchase Ubiquiti's ToughSwitch (as I did) make sure to get the PRO version (the other version only puts out 24 V.
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on November 3, 2017
Bought this to replace a fairly reliable DLink AP which, for whatever reason, wouldn't pass ipv6 through it (not sure how an l2 device manages to do that...). I got a speed boost and a different set of problems instead.

With the UAP Pro I now have a chromecast or two and a raspberry pi that refuse to connect to this. Seems like it doesn't get along with rtl devices? Additionally, since I use only linux, I had to set up a docker container just to run the software to administer this. Without the external software, there's no way to configure it.

Finally, I get knocked off of this occasionally when I move around my apartment. I'll admit that I still have to do a bit of investigation since I live in a noisy RF area.
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