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The lead time for getting one of these has hovered around a month as of late --the AC-LITE and AC-LR models are pretty much instant, but the PRO model is in high demand, probably due to two reasons:

 

-Supports 802.3af standards-based PoE instead of requiring the included injector (though it does include an injector)

-Fits on the same mount as the older UAP-PRO, meaning a business can swap out their WAPs without any changes.

 

I probably won't get it configured until the weekend (I have to upgrade my server first), but I'm looking forward to replacing my ASUS RT-AC87R router.  It's only been serving WAP duty for the past six months, since I now have a WatchGuard firewall at the head-end.  At $141 + shipping, I think the price is quite reasonable for a dual-frequency 3 x 3 802.11ac WAP.

 

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itGeeks, that's fine, and I'm glad you love the product.  I'll be happy to discuss that one too, but I don't want to get too far off track in this thread since I'm focusing on a Ubiquiti product.

You are missing the critical point with Wifi - the weakest link in the chain is the transmitter in the *client* not the AP.   The AP could have the best radio in the industry but it cannot defy basi

It should be.  I have several friends running a single LR for a whole house who are happy with it.   The main differences are that the LR is 3 x 3 802.11n, but only 2 x 2 802.11ac (the UAP-AC-PRO is

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The lead time for getting one of these has hovered around a month as of late --the AC-LITE and AC-LR models are pretty much instant, but the PRO model is in high demand, probably due to two reasons:

 

-Supports 802.3af standards-based PoE instead of requiring the included injector (though it does include an injector)

-Fits on the same mount as the older UAP-PRO, meaning a business can swap out their WAPs without any changes.

 

I probably won't get it configured until the weekend (I have to upgrade my server first), but I'm looking forward to replacing my ASUS RT-AC87R router.  It's only been serving WAP duty for the past six months, since I now have a WatchGuard firewall at the head-end.  At $141 + shipping, I think the price is quite reasonable for a dual-frequency 3 x 3 802.11ac WAP.

 

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Congrats! Yes please let us know how it performs. What model WatchGuard do you have? How does it perform?

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These things are incredible. I've had two of them for a couple of months, and I couldn't be happier with them. They are rock solid stable, signal strength is amazing (much stronger than the Airport Extreme AC I replaced). And I love the GUI (running off a VM).

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Glad to hear that they have improved their products. My experience with the prior generation was not good. It nice to have choices of good products.

 

 

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Glad to hear that they have improved their products. My experience with the prior generation was not good. It nice to have choices of good products.

 

 

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I am with you, I tried them once and I said never again. Very happy with my Open-Mesh but as you say its nice to have choices.

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Congrats! Yes please let us know how it performs. What model WatchGuard do you have? How does it perform?

 

I went from an XTM 25-W to a T30-w.  As I have my WCSP (WatchGuard Certified Systems Professional) cert, you get a special purchase price including three years of UTM. 

 

The T30-W has only been out several months, and performce nicely.  It improves over the previous XTM-2 series by adding a PoE port, two USBs, a more powerful processor, and 802.11ac wireless.  It removes the external antennas, but since it no longer has a metal case, our Watchguard regional engineer has said WiFi performance has about doubled.  My one beef is that its wireless isn't simultaneous dual-frequency; you can have 2.4 or 5GHz, but not both, unless you use it as a wireless controller for a Watchguard access point (note: those are pretty much the same hardware as your OpenMesh points but with Watchguard custom firmware).  Currently, I have Dynamic DNS set up through no-ip.com (after DynDNS got outrageously expensive and I dropped them) and am running my SSL VPN via one of the domains.

 

I plan to set the Ubiquiti up this weekend; I want to migrate to my new server first, as I may spin up a small Linux VM to run the Unifi controller software.  I'm looking to create two VLANs (on the Watchguard and my two switches); one for public/guest access, and one for private/LAN access, and do guest and private SSIDs.

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Please provide an honest review. I had the N ubiquity and they are horrible access points.

 

 

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Glad to hear that they have improved their products. My experience with the prior generation was not good. It nice to have choices of good products.

 

 

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I've seen them do good, and I've seen them do less than.  It tends to depend on the individual product.

 

Some of their point-to-point gear works very well for the price if you have reasonable expectations.  But I also know that good WAPs tend to cost money; I wouldn't go lower than the UAP-AC-LR myself.

 

I'm always up front when I review, Alex.  Which Ubiquiti N point did you have?  Most people who had the UAP-PRO N models have been happy from what I've read, but the cheap ones are another story, and there's a number of people who bought cheap, and hoped for more than they were getting.

 

And Ubiquiti has sometimes over-promised on features they didn't have ready yet; I'm aware of it.

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I've seen them do good, and I've seen them do less than.  It tends to depend on the individual product.

 

Some of their point-to-point gear works very well for the price if you have reasonable expectations.  But I also know that good WAPs tend to cost money; I wouldn't go lower than the UAP-AC-LR myself.

 

I'm always up front when I review, Alex.  Which Ubiquiti N point did you have?  Most people who had the UAP-PRO N models have been happy from what I've read, but the cheap ones are another story, and there's a number of people who bought cheap, and hoped for more than they were getting.

 

And Ubiquiti has sometimes over-promised on features they didn't have ready yet; I'm aware of it.

Just wondering have you ever tried Open-Mesh? If not you may want to try the MR1750 and see how it compares to Ubiquiti

Please provide an honest review. I had the N ubiquity and they are horrible access points.

 

 

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I am with you, Tried 3 N units and was not impressed sent them back an now I use Open-Mesh and never looked back.

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