Published on March 29th, 2017 | by David Frith0
Create a secure, easy to manage Wi-Fi network with Ubiquiti UniFi
Ubiquiti is continuing to evolve its range of UniFi products which are designed to improve and create faster high-density Wi-Fi networks. The Ubiquiti UniFi range of products are deployed in over 180 countries worldwide with millions of shipments each year.
The UniFi brand was born from the inception of the original Ubiquiti UniFi access point (AP) range, which gave users the ability to create a professional and powerful enterprise WiFi network at affordable pricing which revolutionised the Wi-Fi market.
How Ubiquiti UniFi has evolved
The below timeline shows what year the UniFi products were released.
Ubiquiti UniFi Access Points
Ubiquiti UniFi is a revolutionary Enterprise Wifi system that combines carrier class performance, unlimited scalability, disruptive pricing and a virtual management controller.
The UniFi AP’s have expanded from the original UniFi APs to the AC, HD, In-Wall and mesh units. The UniFi AC models offer solutions for indoor and outdoor environments with throughput speeds of up to 1733 Mbps, Wave 2 802.11ac MU-MIMO with 2.53 Gbps radio rate and 500+ client capacity with powerful features for Enterprise, Hospitality, and Education Markets.
Ubiquiti has not stopped at access points for UniFi. We have seen the introduction of a number of UniFi ranges to improve customers WiFi and network experiences.
Ubiquiti UniFi switches and Gateways ultimately enable you to deliver intelligent networking and security all under the same user interface portal as your access points. In fact, the UniFi software will identify all Ubiquiti UniFi products on the same network allowing for quick and easy configuration. The UniFi Switch is similar in performance to the Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch.
The UniFi Switch is a fully managed, PoE+ Gigabit switch, delivering robust performance and intelligent switching for growing networks. The UniFi Switch offers the forwarding capacity to simultaneously process traffic on all ports at line rate without any packet loss. Port connected device naming and monitoring capabilities also add value and efficiency to network administration.
Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway
The UniFi Security Gateway (USG), extends the UniFi Enterprise System to encompass routing and security for your network.
The USG works in unison with other UniFi products (switches, access points, etc), unlocking a plethora of advanced features, including Deep-Packet-Inspection, VLAN capabilities, Multi-LAN topologies and real-time / historical bandwidth monitoring, as well as all the bells and whistles that come with a standard internet gateway.
Ubiquiti has also taken customer feedback to develop and release products and software that the customer base wants – which enables unified IT Management across remote sites all within a single unified software control plan.
Ubiquiti UniFi Controller Software / Cloud Key
The UniFi software brand comes in two separate flavours:
Unifi controller can be installed on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. For deployments that wish to use dedicated hardware, The UniFi Cloud Key combines the best of local and cloud management: local network security combined with convenient remote access. You can see a demo of the software here.
What is the Cloud Key?
The Ubiquiti UniFi Cloud Key is an integrated computer and software controller minus the bulk. The UniFi Cloud Key features a quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM, operating the latest version of the UniFi Controller with built-in hybrid cloud technology.
UniFi Video is a highly scalable, feature-rich, end-to-end software platform that can be installed on the same operating systems as the UniFi controller with the appropriate hardware specifications. Alternatively, you can buy the UniFi NVR with the software pre-installed. UniFi Video connects to Ubiquiti cloud accounts, which provides the ability to expand your surveillance network with hundreds of indoor/outdoor video cameras across multiple locations.
The UniFi Video G3 and G3 Dome Cameras represent the next generation designed for use in the UniFi Video surveillance management system. These cameras offer 1080p Full HD resolution, automatic infrared capability for night use and are integrated with the UniFi Video software for powerful and flexible, integrated IP video management.
The UniFi NVR is a plug-and-play NVR appliance with low power consumption. The UniFi Video software is pre-installed for plug and play deployment and no additional software is required. Plug it into the network, go through the configuration wizard, and it is set up and ready to start recording the way you want it to.
UniFi Video comes with a mobile app for easy camera management and live streaming from an iOS or Android-based smartphone or tablet.
Both Unifi Controller and UniFi NVR can be linked to Ubiquiti cloud accounts, allowing remote access and administration of either the UniFi controlled network or the UniFi Video NVR, with customizable access policies for different user types.
Ubiquiti Unifi VoIP Phones
The final models to complete UniFi catalogue are the Ubiquiti Unifi VoIP Phones. Powered by Android, the UniFi VoIP Phones are enterprise desktop smartphones designed to seamlessly integrate into the UniFi Enterprise System. The phones offer a high-definition colour display designed for modern communication, organisation, and productivity. The UniFi VoIP Phone is the next‑generation standard for corporate communications.
UniFi setup example
Ubiquiti has successfully created a key brand within a brand where one of the fundamental USPs is market disruptive price to performance value. The UniFi range now provides more than just Wi-Fi connectivity. It now enables you to create an entire network infrastructure in addition to the Wi-Fi access that is scalable, powerful and feature rich.
The power of UniFi enables you to create a fully featured network on a small budget that is simply not feasible with other providers. You can find out more on Ubiquiti UniFi by visiting the UniFi product page on Ubiquiti.
Want to find out more about Ubiquiti UniFi? Then watch our video overviews below:
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