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Published on March 25th, 2013 | by Alexis Argent

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Ubiquiti Networks Leads 802.11ac Wi-Fi Revolution with new Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC + Management Software

Ubiquiti Networks has introduced the UniFi 3.0—the first Wi-Fi solution platform to deliver 802.11ac access points (AP) and management software to support the demanding and growing needs of under networked businesses, hotel chains, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more. 

Ubiquiti Unifi UAP-ACThe new Ubiquiti UniFi AP-AC is the fastest UniFi model supports which 802.11ac and speeds of up to 1300 Mbps in the 5 GHz radio band and up to 450 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz radio band. 

UniFi 3.0 builds on previous UniFi releases, which include the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP, the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP Long Range and the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP Pro.  3.0 will offer comprehensive hotspot management and a flexibly deployed software controller. The controller can run on-premises, in a private cloud or public cloud.

Wireless networking is at an inflection point where it can completely replace wired networking everywhere but the data center,” said Robert J. Pera, CEO at Ubiquiti Networks. “Ubiquiti is the first company to put high performance, scalable coverage, and affordability in range of any organization, and our rapid growth is a testament to that.”

802.11ac or Gigabit Wi-Fi is the newest Wi-Fi protocol for the 802.11 wireless networking standard. It can deliver more than three times the data transfer speeds of the current 802.11n protocol in addition to improved network robustness, reliability and RF bandwidth utilization efficiency for demanding applications such as HD video, video conferencing, streaming media, VOIP and more.

Ubiquiti’s new UniFi 3.0 software offers unique and innovative “Zero Hand-Off Roaming” technology that enables mobile users to roam anywhere and seamlessly maintain their connection as they switch to the nearest AP. Whereas existing roaming solutions require negotiation with the client device and may cause latency and/or interoperability problems, Ubiquiti’s Zero Hand-Off Roaming makes multiple APs appear as a single AP, so it can work with any client and require no interaction from the client device.

Ubiquiti’s Zero Hand-Off Roaming technology is just another example of how we’re delivering unique innovations to solve the most important needs of highly mobile wireless users,” added Pera. “It’s a great example of Ubiquiti’s unique combination of technological leadership and price disruption.”

New features of the UniFi 3.0 software include:

  • Multi-site management capabilities, enabling a single controller to manage distributed deployments and multi-tenancy for managed service providers
  • Detailed analytics, which can be used for managing large user populations and for faster troubleshooting
  • WLAN Groups for flexible configuration of large deployments
  • Wireless mesh capabilities so that APs do not require a wired uplink

The UniFi AP-AC  shipments are expected to begin in April with volume shipments in May. UniFi 3.0 management software can be downloaded for free beginning April 15th at www.ubnt.com.

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