Unifi WiFi Access Points – The Hardware

Unifi WiFi Access Points

I found out about the Unifi WiFi access points relatively recently through work. Since then I have installed them for multiple clients and also persuaded a few family members to go for them too. These are fantastic products from all sides.

From a decorators point of view, they are aesthetically pleasing and once ceiling mounted they blend in perfectly.

Unifi WiFi Access Point Ceiling Mounted

In terms of installation I would always suggest that the Unifi WiFi access points are ceiling mounted. They can be wall mounted but in my experience the performance and range reduces when they are mounted vertically rather than horizontally. There are two points to take into account when considering installing the Unifi WiFi access points. First, the positioning is very important. This is true whether you are using a single Unifi access point or multiple points. If you are going to use a single Unifi access point you want to position it as close to the central point of the main area it will be used in. If you are using multiple Unifi WiFi access points you should space them out evenly through the building in order to maximise the coverage area. The easiest way to do this is using a floor plan. Check the specifications for the particular model you are using to find the approximate coverage radius. Put the first access point in the most important coverage area. Once you have done this you can draw the radius around that point and then place the other points accordingly, as seen in the example below.

Unifi WiFi Access Points - Floorplan example

The second point that you need to consider for the installation part of putting in Unifi WiFi access points is the cabling. Each point requires a single Cat6 cable with an RJ45 connector. If you are installing in an office that is undergoing building works or renovation this can be easily planned for before the works are completed so that the cabling can be run within walls and ceilings. Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to be installing the points in a building that had a good cable management plan in place you may be able to run the cabling through the walls and ceiling without having to undergo extra building works. The final option on the cabling is to run surface mounted cabling and cover this with trunking. This is down to accessibility and personal preference and may require a combination of the methods mentioned.

That concludes all the information I can give you about the hardware. For information about the software and configuration, and for a performance review, check out this article: Unifi WiFi Access Points – The Software.

 

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