1. The cloud controller is optional. You can set up the device using the Android or IOS apps. If you have a Raspberry Pi on the go you can set up the cloud controller on that but it will work fine without it. 2. My device came from broadbandbuyer with a cloverleaf + EU cable in the box and a separate cloverleaf + UK plug. My understanding is that it's illegal to sell anything electrical without a UK plug so not sure if LambdaTek would be obliged to send on an appropriate adapter if challenged.
Couple of quick questions on this: 1. Cloud stuff. What's that all about? I want to use this connected via ethernet to my (non Ubiquiti) main router, would I need to pay a subscription fee. 2. EU plug - is that standard for all of these, or is it just the ones stocked by LambdaTek? (I've got limited space where I'm looking to plug it in.)
You can buy the wifi access point individually. Unifi recommend purchasing 1 AP and 1 Mesh AP as a start and configure the units as a uplink / downlink as wireless interoperability if you want to create a roaming mesh network. See https://unifi-mesh.ubnt.com However you will need to initally configure the devices by downloading the controller software from the unifi website on a PC and adopting them. There is a separate controller stick that you can purchase and plug into your network router or switch for ease of use. But for two accees points it may not be worth getting a stick. If you want to go large scale purchase a unifi switch and USG and youll have more control on the network - as an example each device can have its own subnet and IP range (i.e a heating controller - that way your core network can't be as accessible ..if someone hacked the heating controller) The software is easy to use and unifi support is readily available via their chat service if you are ever stuck. Hope that helps
Always been interest in these. Couple of questions. Is this unit enough or do I need anything else just to get started. I'm sure I've seen a square router thing for this make. Or can I just buy two and get my basic mesh network going?
Yep, after exhaustive research and loads of helpful comments in this thread, I splashed the extra £20 for the LR version! My original plan was to get 2 of the Lite versions but it looks like one LR will do the job!