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Ubiquiti UniFi AC Pro - $188 Delivered @ Futu eBay

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This popular wifi hotspot is close to the lowest price on OzB.

For reference, it's $235 before discount as at time of posting.

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  • +1 vote

    There's only 3

    • +2 votes

      There were 9 at 4:15. I grabbed 2

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      More than 10 available now.

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    Thanks OP, grabbed one…Was about to buy one off Amazon for a similar price but wasn't sure if theirs are USA specific. Cheers

    • +1 vote

      Hahn I got mine from amazon, only difference was the tri clover power plug was a US one, which was easily swapped (for the POE injector)

      • +3 votes

        The US version also has a hardware frequency block which stops it operating on frequencies the FCC prohibits. The versions from elsewhere in the world are not hardware blocked.

  • -1 vote

    more than 10 available now - you watch as this post gains a tiny bit of traction Futu monitor the site and will up the price almost within 15 mins

  • +2 votes

    Hmmm what is this? It looks like the kind that you'd see in corporate buildings? Would this be of any use in a home?

    • +4 votes

      Absolutely. You can use it like a normal access point

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        Do you know whether this would have better range? It seems like it's just a router?

        Sorry would Google, but try googling "WiFi hotspot" lol and googling the product name/model doesn't yield many results that explain what it actually is!

        Edit: basically thinking if this thing is about the same price as consumer routers and I assume would be better (as it's business grade?) then why would anyone still buy a standard router? This thing's more out of the way too!

        • +2 votes

          It has very good range, but it's not a router. You will need to connect it to one you already have via ethernet.

          https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap-ac-pro/

          For a router, may I suggest their Edgerouter-Lite. I have their 5 port power-over-ethernet version. Very customisable. However might not be perfect for someone not interested in tinkering about with lots of things. Any other router will do though ;)

        • +4 votes

          These are much better than ordinary consumer rubbish. I have been using UBNT gear for quite a while now. It works perfectly. Troy Hunt has also written about his experiences with it. Check his reviews out at Troyhunt.com.

        • +1 vote

          @ejayt:

          Waste of time going for the edge if your commuting to the unifi family. You want the USG which then intergrates into the unifi UI

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          @MATTDAMON: thanks. I'm not actually, just offering some advice. But thanks for the addition, I'll look into it if I ever decide to do that

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          @MATTDAMON:

          How would the USG + AC Pro compare against something like a ASUS RT-AC68U/AC88U (merlin firmware) ?

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          @Sunny84: I use Unifi, it is commercial grade - signals brilliant, meshed single SSID and a very nice management console

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          @Ashburtonian:

          Good to hear, does the roaming between ap's work well?

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          @Sunny84: I have found it to be invisible. I have a long, rectangular property, over two stories. 3 APs are more than enough

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    Wouldn't you have to buy two of them at a time to have at each end of your wifi signal?

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      lol

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      These aren't point to point units, they're general APs. You plug them in to your wired network and use them as a broadcast point for your wifi.

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        Ooops - my fault. I read the description of range extender and got ahead of myself.

        I've heard that Ubiquiti do enterprise-grade point-to-point for the price of consumer-grade equipment and am trying to find a solution for an adjacent building 50m away. Now to scroll through all their options in search of a right size fix…

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          They do some really nice point to point gear, but 50km is a bloody long way.

          I used one of their air bridges over about 1km line of site a few years back and that was perfect though.

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          @noisymime:

          Agreed - 50km is huge - I'm only looking for 50m!

        • +9 votes

          @UncleRico: ubiquiti nano bridge does 18 miles point to point at 150mbps but will probably give you cancer

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          @UncleRico: I swear I read 50km! haha. 50m is easy done :)

        • +2 votes

          Get this https://www.ubnt.com/airmax/litebeam-ac-gen2/

          Installing a second pair this week to bridge 80m between two buildings.

          Cheap as chips only ~$100 each end.

          Think about setting up the management console so you can add more Ubiquiti gear with minimal fuss in future, be alerted to issues and block devices from the Wi-Fi and much more…

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          @wingwang:

          but will probably give you cancer

          I'll take two (and put them near someone else's house!)

        • +1 vote

          @malouphix: I’ve used the Litebeam M5’s and they absolutely rock. So easy to setup. Super weather resistant and really wel built. Cost me just under $100 each from memory about 6 months ago.

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          @stickyfingers: They've done a brilliant job with all their kit. Can not recommend highly enough.

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          I set up a similar thing for my brother not too long ago. One way to go about this would be to get something like a Nanostation Loco for the remote side and see if simply pointing that back to your 'main' access point is able to set up a connection to it. If it does (and did for my brother for very similar distances including walls), then you're done - just use that one Nanostation and hang an access point off it locally to give wifi at the adjacent building. If it isn't able to get a good link, then you need to get a second device to hook up to the main router and point to the one on the adjacent site to set up a proper point-to-point connection. 50m though is trivial so I'd expect the one device at the 'far side' pointing back to you main router to be good enough.

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          @malouphix: spot on regarding management console, 30min investment for an effortless operation

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    These devices are rock solid, far superior to the Netgear or Dlink crap from Officeworks.

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    Is it worth getting these over the AP AC Lites? I'm looking at getting two for a new build

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      Depends on the size of the house and how many devices you have connected. But generally you would go for a pair of lites over a single pro in a typical sized house.

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      The Pro has faster speeds and bandwidth. With the Lite you'll be saving about $140 for two. The Lite is also smaller.

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        they're only faster for a small number of laptops that support 3x3 mimo. most devices, including smartphone only support 2x2 mimo

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    What are Futu like?

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      Futu have been fine for me before.. bought some powerboards off them.

      In adition, these units are awesome.. bought two to blanket my house in sweet sweet wifi, hasn't skipped a beat. And the android app for setting them up is awesome, as is the full controller software you can setup in a VM.

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    Non-networking person question here: So for a NBN fibre to the home connection will one of these plug straight into the NTD and beam wifi from it or do you need NTD > router > then this?

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      The Unifi APs need a router. So you can either buy a Unifi Router, or a more consumer friendly one like a TP-Link or Asus. I have a TP-Link Archer C7 (turned off the Wifi) and 2 original Unifi APs. So yes:
      NTD>Router>Unifi AP.

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      Excellent question, would like to know the answer as well. What is the Wi-Fi range?

      I have NTD in garage > powerline adapters > router in the middle of the house. Only way I can get wifi upstairs, downstairs, back and front of house.

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        It's going to depend on a few factors such as walls and materials etc, but in an open area connecting to say a phone or other device without larger antennas you can get 90m out a pro with usable reception (2 bars on 2.4ghz band)

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        I have the UAP-AC-LR centrally located in my house and it covers all of my 375sqm block of land. I can generally get reception 1 to 2 houses away as well.

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        I think you'll find it absolutely effortless if you can grab one of these Unifi USG - I run this of my NBN termination equipment… https://www.ubnt.com/unifi-routing/usg/

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    i was thinking of buying this to extend the wifi coverage of my apartment as i have my router at one end of the living room, with my bedroom having very low signal strength at the other end.

    Then I thought rather than paying $188 to extend my wifi coverage, will there be a cheaper alternative ? So i did some googling and come across this :

    https://www.wireless1.com.au/tp-link-eap115-wall-300mbps-wir...

    Anyone has experience installing this and can recommend this as a cheaper and feasible alternative?

    • -1 vote

      A TL-WR902AC in repeater mode will work. Also has the added bonus of being USB powered and it's the size of a deck of cards as it's a travel router

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        Thank you sir for the suggestion.
        I would prefer the In Wall EAP option, as it can draw its power via POE.
        Meaning i can convert the useless Ethernet port in my room into a WIFI hotspot.
        The obvious WIN in this case is aesthetic (which to me is more important)

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      dont you have a spare crappy adsl2 router somewehre in your house? put it in bridge mode and save your cash

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        That is what I did for my old asus router. I have also set up for guess so they cannot get into my personal space.

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      https://amplifi.com/ I would recommend this instead. More expensive but never heard anyone that has any issues.

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    fyi: I have these in my house and they are quite noisy when TX/RX but as others have said, rock solid. If you are a accompanying router, the EdgeRouter X in great and cheap.

    • +1 vote

      RMA it

      https://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi-Wireless/Chirping-noise-...

      https://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi-Wireless/Unifi-AP-Noise/...

      Q. I have a UAP [insert model here] that makes a ticking/scratching noise, what do I do?
      A. Please RMA the unit. You can do so by following this link: https://www.ubnt.com/support/rma/. In order to expedite your RMA, please feel free to email rma<at>ubnt.com. When you do, please include the email address that you used when you submitted your RMA so we can quickly find your RMA. If you have already received an RMA number, include that as well.

      Q. My UAP is older than a year, can I still get a replacement?
      A. Yes, please continue to submit the RMA. Please note that it is particularly important that you email rma<at>ubnt.com if your unit is older than a year. The RMA system will automatically decline your RMA request, we must manually override it.

      Q. Does it matter where I am located?
      A. No, we ship globally.

      Q. Do the new 2nd generation Access Points (UAP-AC-Lite, UAP-AC-LR, UAP-AC-Pro, UAP-AC-EDU) have any undesired noise emissions?
      A. There has not been a single report of undesired noise with the 2nd generation of the UniFi Access Points at the time of this post.

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        Thanks for the info :)

        I did RMA it, twice. The second was worse the first and the third was not as bad as the first but still noticeable depending on room noise..

        considering the price of these things, It wasn't bad enough to ditch completely.

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    Hi All, I have a (potentially) dumb question… I presently have an Asus DSL-AC68U modem/router and if I were to buy one of these AP to extend the WiFi coverage in my home, do I "need" an Ubiquiti UniFi Cloud Key? Or do I simply plug this AP to my POE switch and I can set it up using their Android phone app? If anyone can share some light that would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.

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      you'll be wasting your money imo… just buy a 30 dollar wifi access point or a range extender,,,

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      You don't need a cloudkey. Although I do have one. Its a Software controller that you configure on a computer and it stores that configuration on each of the access points. The CloudKey basically can be used to monitor your network and also manage from your phone. Otherwise turn on your pc if you ever need to change anything.

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        Thanks @wingwang for your considered advice, unfortunately I do have cheapo $30 extender in place and it's crap for my 900m2 plot, hence why I'm considering AP's

        Thanks @Ducatista for the clarification, and good to hear no CloudKey is required. I'm just wondering if the PRO is a bit overkill or if the LITE is sufficient…

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    I understand this is better, but it's exponentially more expensive. People harping about consumer grade versus enterprise grade, seriously what are people going to do on this that they can't do on a much cheaper AP?

    • +2 votes

      My home is a double storey 450m2 of floor space. You're never going to have anywhere near complete coverage with a single wifi/router. By having Multiple Access points you can mount a few around your home to get complete coverage. And the best thing is, it comes with a Software based Controller Which you configure and forget. Having a WLAN Controller, your devices can roam around and switch between AP's and you can have on the one SSID. You can have more if you wish. And in terms of price, comparing to other enterprise grade AP's like Cisco, you're looking at a bare minimum of $1000 per AP.

      I only have 2 of this UAP-AC-PRO and I get excellent coverage. Its also POE so no power adaptor(If you have a POE Switch). And it is extremely solid! I have had it running for 18 months and no faults no dropouts. I also have their Unifi USG as my Gateway.

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        I've got almost an identical setup, completely support everything you've written

    • +1 vote
      • Not have to reboot the freaking thing when things get flakey.
      • Locate it wherever an Ethernet cable runs
      • Much better range than cheap APs.
      • Pretty graphs. (j/k… kinda)
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      Reliability, ease of use.

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    How do they compare to something like Meraki?

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      Merakis are far more expensive at 1k++ for higher end APs. They are great products though.

  • +1 vote

    Woo… I've been waiting for a deal on Ubiquiti gear! Picked up one and will slowly transition to a complete UniFi setup.

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    Do you need to mount these on a wall/ceiling, or can they operate decently if placed on a shelf / flat surface?

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      I temporarily placed my UAP-AC-LR on the top shelf in my linen cupboard which is fairly central to the house. I get solid coverage across my 375sqm block like that so figured why actually bother screwing it into the ceiling now!

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    These are great, I put one in the bedroom at the back of the house in addition to my main Asus router. Very stable and strong signal. Good price, I paid over $200 IIRC.

  • -1 vote