Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LITE 1000Mbit/s Power over Ethernet wifi access point - alternative to BT Whole Home & Google Whole Home, £70.28 delivered @ LambdaTek
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Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LITE 1000Mbit/s Power over Ethernet wifi access point - alternative to BT Whole Home & Google Whole Home, £70.28 delivered @ LambdaTek

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Found 17th JunEdited by:"dwl99"
I've been looking into these as an alternative to my BT Whole Home system which has become unreliable after the last firmware update. They appear to be less user-friendly to set up but a lot more solid & reliable than the BT & Google alternatives. And less expensive. This is the best price I could find and it's from a reputable supplier.

One of the main advantages over other systems is that they support Power over Ethernet (PoE) - this means that you do not need a power supply at the site of the disk as it takes its power from the ethernet cable. If you're buying ethernet cable I would suggest paying a little extra and getting Cat7 as a bit of future-proofing. Also, the rubbish Virgin Superhub3 appears to support gigabit connections only with Cat7 cable. If you already have Cat5e cable installed it should theoretically still work.

Ideally, each disk should be connected to the router by ethernet cable but there is the ability to configure a disk in wireless repeater mode. However, this will reduce the bandwidth of your network.

Each disk come with a PoE injector which takes the ethernet cable from your modem and injects 24V power into the cable to the disk. If you're planning on getting several of these disks you could get a multiport gigabit PoE switch to save having lots of PoE injectors cluttering up the places and attracting comments from spouses. If anyone has any experience of suitable switches perhaps they could post details in this thread.

From what I've read, they are more complicated to set up than the mainstream alternatives. The instructions seem to be particularly rubbish. There are several reviews which say that the Windows application just doesn't work and that it's much easier to do it via the Android or IOS apps (the IOS app seems to have more features than the Android version). As far as I can see, you just need to do this once and you don't appear to need to leave any controller software running on a PC for the system to work. They also do a dongle called a Unifi Cloud Key which allows some kind of remote management of the system but I haven't quite got my head round that yet and it doesn't seem to be required for the system to work. Most home users won't particularly need the services offered by the cloud controller but you can also set one up on a Raspberry Pi. There's a very helpful forum here.

There is also a long range version for around £87 broadbandbuyer.com/pro…-lr

Blurb:

Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LITE 1000Mbit/s Power over Ethernet (PoE) White WLAN access pointUAP-AC-LITE - Indoor, 2.4GHz/5GHz, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 1x 10/100/1000, 24V Passive PoE

Scalable Enterprise Wi-Fi Management
UniFi® is the






revolutionary Wi-Fi system that combines enterprise performance,






unlimited scalability, and a central management controller. UniFi






802.11AC Dual‑Radio Access Points (APs) have a refined industrial design






and can be easily installed using the included mounting hardware.
Easily






accessible through any standard web browser, the UniFi Controller






software is a powerful software engine ideal for high-density client






deployments requiring low latency and high uptime performance.
Use






the UniFi Controller software to quickly configure and administer an






enterprise Wi-Fi network – no special training required. RF map and






performance features, real-time status, automatic UAP device detection,






and advanced security options are all seamlessly integrated.

Save money and save time
Unlike






traditional enterprise Wi-Fi systems that use a hardware controller,






UniFi comes bundled with a non-dedicated software controller that can be






deployed on an on-site PC, Mac, or Linux machine; in a private cloud;






or using a public cloud service.
Powerful Hardware
The UniFi 802.11AC Dual-Radio APs feature the latest in Wi-Fi 802.11AC MIMO technology.
Intuitive UniFi Controller Software
Configure and manage your APs with the easy-to-learn user interface.
Expandable
Unlimited






scalability: build wireless networks as big or small as needed. Start






with one (or upgrade to a three‑pack) and expand to thousands while






maintaining a single unified management system.

UAP-AC-LITE
Featuring an ultra-compact design, the UniFi AC Lite AP delivers a cost-effective combination of value and
performance






in a reduced footprint: 25% smaller than the standard UniFi AP. The






UniFi AC Lite AP provides simultaneous, dual-band, 2x2 MIMO technology






and is available in single- and five‑packs.
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Heat for the description and research alone! Makes a nice change from the usual copy and paste
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This is a decent price for a great product. I’ve been using these since November 16 and paid £95 back then. Great reliable WiFi. Would welcome the higher speed not lite version being scaled down to the lite size. Heat added.
Not easier to setup than the Google mesh devices but they are very good. The unifi control software is very comprehensive.
They are fine to set up and there is a huge amount of information and support online. I have 3 installed and they are bulletproof.
Any I bought came with a europrean plug so make sure you get a UK plug.
I bought the long range version from Amazon for £89 last week and have been very impressed so far. Far better range than my home hub
I've just implemented these into our organisation (a large theatre) and they've been a dream. So much more reliable than anything else i've tried and the range is good. As someone mentioned above the software is very comprehensive and gives you many options you won't get on products branded as 'home' products. A definite plus if you're willing to spend some time with it
I'm looking at one if these for the home, need to improve my wifi. Most home access points are poor.
arthurguinness1 h, 0 m ago

They are fine to set up and there is a huge amount of information and …They are fine to set up and there is a huge amount of information and support online. I have 3 installed and they are bulletproof. Any I bought came with a europrean plug so make sure you get a UK plug.


Thinking about getting these.

Was there any website in particular you’d recommend for a simple user set up? I’d like to take a look before a plunge.
Nice product.

The UniFi products live in an ecosystem similar to that of Apple. Each work on their own without any problems, but for techies, the software can only be fully utilised if you buy other UniFi products to go with it - such as the USG and (to a lesser extent) Switch.
For example, their Controller (admin console) shows many options, from firewalls to traffic reports, but these can only be configured/accessed if you have their USG (equivalent to a router) product installed.
Si196911 m ago

Thinking about getting these.Was there any website in particular you’d r …Thinking about getting these.Was there any website in particular you’d recommend for a simple user set up? I’d like to take a look before a plunge.


The ubiquity site (ubnt.com) has all the info and software you need. They are simple enough to setup but bear in mind these are really commercial devices...great for home but not as simple to setup as other consumer focused devices like the Google home mesh devices.

I've you're a little geeky you'll be fine but a laymen will probably have a few issues.
Heat for the description and research alone! Makes a nice change from the usual copy and paste
I have this for about a year now, not touched it ever since, did have to restart the virgin router couple times though but its to be expected..
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Worth a read....

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Edited by: "FunkiestMonkey" 17th Jun
This is good kit
Are you sure this comes with the POE power adapter & UK mains lead? I've found these often can come with a euro mains lead & if bought in bulk pack don't come with the POE adapters.
So this needs an ethernet cable from your ADSL broadband router ....which means a long cable run from the living room - which is where most ADSL routers are located - to say the loft? (e.g. so it can be mounted in the ceiling at the top of the stairs)

Also, am I missing something, it appears to be cheaper buying via Amazon (£58.90) ...

amazon.co.uk/Ubi…QVG
Edited by: "HankMcSpank" 17th Jun
HankMcSpank12 m ago

So this needs an ethernet cable from your ADSL broadband router ....which …So this needs an ethernet cable from your ADSL broadband router ....which means a long cable run from the living room - which is where most ADSL routers are located - to say the loft? (e.g. so it can be mounted in the ceiling at the top of the stairs)Also, am I missing something, it appears to be cheaper buying via Amazon (£58.90) ...https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ubiquiti-Networks-UAP-AC-LITE-Access-Point/dp/B016K4GQVG


It's not cheaper at Amazon
I have the LR version and not the Lite but it has fixed all my Wireless problems in my small 3 bedroom house! Get it upstairs, downstairs, outside (front and back!).
These are definitely worth the price and this is a good price.
Took me about 25 minutes to set-up (with a factory reset involved because I did it blindly first time round ).
If you buy this definitely read the set up guide carefully and you'll be fine 😁
I have a full set up at home utilising a USG, 24 port switch, 1 LR APs, a Mesh AP, 8 port PoE switch and a wireless bridge - connecting two locations - with internet and internal connectivity .. Some of the best kit available on the market, the controller software is really flexible and easy to use and the WiFi range is impressive on the unifi LR AP.
Edited by: "TheUnknownTech" 17th Jun
Only ever worked with the PRO APs in an enterprise environment so can't comment on the LITE APs but I wouldnt touch em.
Can this be used as a wireless ap? Thinking of using this upstairs linked via a home plug to remove any Wi-Fi dead spots?
AgentDaleCooper27 m ago

Only ever worked with the PRO APs in an enterprise environment so can't …Only ever worked with the PRO APs in an enterprise environment so can't comment on the LITE APs but I wouldnt touch em.


why ?
Just get bt whole home WiFi. Cheaper, just as good with no loss of bandwidth and you don't have to drape ethernet cables all over your house.
Wired APs beat a mesh any day if you have the ability to cable them.

Limitation of the Lites is that they don't support standard POE - you need to use the Ubiquiti injectors or a Unifi switch. The Pros support 802.3af/at, so can be used with any standard POE switch.
Units made from late last year onwards have support for 802.3af. I have it working with a non Unifi switch atm. Would be best to confirm with the supplier before ordering.

community.ubnt.com/t5/…308
Edited by: "nate922" 17th Jun
Could one be placed next to a router upstairs, then a second one downstairs via powerline adapter?
TP-Link TL-WPA9610KIT Dual Band Gigabit AC1200 Wi-Fi Powerline Adapter, Range Extender, Broadband/Wi-Fi Extender, Wi-Fi Booster/Hotspot, Powerline Speed Up to 2000 Mbps, No Configuration Required, UK Plug
is much easier
mario9997 m ago

Could one be placed next to a router upstairs, then a second one …Could one be placed next to a router upstairs, then a second one downstairs via powerline adapter?


Yes. TP-Link TL-WPA9610KIT Dual Band Gigabit AC1200 Wi-Fi Powerline Adapter, Range Extender, Broadband/Wi-Fi Extender, Wi-Fi Booster/Hotspot, Powerline Speed Up to 2000 Mbps, No Configuration Required, UK Plug
this looks great, going to look into this myself.

What's a good POE switch?
Si19694 h, 1 m ago

Thinking about getting these.Was there any website in particular you’d r …Thinking about getting these.Was there any website in particular you’d recommend for a simple user set up? I’d like to take a look before a plunge.


community.ubnt.com/t5/…ums
or a google search with keywords always finds the answer.
bottle1231 h, 19 m ago

Can this be used as a wireless ap? Thinking of using this upstairs linked …Can this be used as a wireless ap? Thinking of using this upstairs linked via a home plug to remove any Wi-Fi dead spots?



You need at least one disk connected via ethernet
skipperjonce1 h, 4 m ago

Just get bt whole home WiFi. Cheaper, just as good with no loss of …Just get bt whole home WiFi. Cheaper, just as good with no loss of bandwidth and you don't have to drape ethernet cables all over your house.


My BT Whole Home has frequent disconnections due to buggy firmware which is why I'm probably going to go with this
I set one of these up for my parents house, using the the broadband buyers hosted cloud controller.

broadbandbuyer.com/pro…ud/

Using the the hosted cloud controller, means I can keep an eye on things and modify any networks settings as required.

Very impressed with the product and will purchase a couple for myself to use at home at well.
Forgot to say, there is alot of very useful advice on the broadband buyer website on ubiquiti products, how to configure them etc.
I have a USG, Cloud Key (I know I could have the software on my PC), 24 port non PoE switch, 8 port PoE switch and an AC Pro AP. Best kit I've used in a long time
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Edited by: "ettienem1001" 17th Jun
ettienem10013 m ago

I have a USG, Cloud Key (I know I could have the software on my PC), 24 …I have a USG, Cloud Key (I know I could have the software on my PC), 24 port non PoE switch, 8 port PoE switch and an AC Pro AP. Best kit I've used in a long time[Image]



I take it there's not a massive downside to running this in a home environment without the controller software or a Cloud Key once it's all configured via a mobile app?
I have the pro version of this at home. Gives me flawless reliable WiFi all over a 50’s brick and concrete house.
So good that we put a pro and a lite in at work. Extremely easy to configure - true “fit and forget” (do apply the firmware updates regularly for security however).

Avoid all power line gear. They’re all awful and unreliable. You might get great speeds some time and then random disconnects at others. Not worth the trouble.

Extenders are crap. Mesh gear can be OK but is an expensive way to achieve something that can be done with one of these for the whole house.
What's the range like on these? Would it do 30 metres to the end of the garden, if only going through one wall?
Edited by: "mario999" 17th Jun
shad0wca721 m ago

I have the pro version of this at home. Gives me flawless reliable WiFi …I have the pro version of this at home. Gives me flawless reliable WiFi all over a 50’s brick and concrete house. So good that we put a pro and a lite in at work. Extremely easy to configure - true “fit and forget” (do apply the firmware updates regularly for security however). Avoid all power line gear. They’re all awful and unreliable. You might get great speeds some time and then random disconnects at others. Not worth the trouble. Extenders are crap. Mesh gear can be OK but is an expensive way to achieve something that can be done with one of these for the whole house.


I've had TP Link power line adapters for a long time. They've worked flawlessly and are highly reliable.

£25 well spent.
ScoobyDoobyDoo47 m ago

this looks great, going to look into this myself.What's a good POE switch?


Please note that these use 24v passive PoE and not the type of PoE that a network switch would output.

With the unit you get a small mains adaptor that inserts the Unifi-type PoE into the network signal.

I’ve got several of the LR (long range) units and can’t fault them.

Some Unifi units do use standard PoE but not these ones. Don’t let that put you off but don’t buy a PoE switch just for them.
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