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    for general use the controller can be turned off but it would be needed for guest access to continue funtioning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky_Dicky View Post
    Quick question about the Unifi stuff. Does the server software have to be constantly connected or is it just used for setup? I'm just thinking at home, if I had a couple of AP's, do I need a server running or can I set it up with a laptop running the software and then leave it to it?
    As @Jamman960 says you only need the controller to set up and for a guest portal. I have three unifi's at home now, run the windows software on my laptop if I want to update something - which is rare.
    @jamin100 - It's worth mentioning that the ruckus kit can only run 8 SSID's per access point, although that is twice as much as the unifi.

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    We currently have 38 and we are doing our trial BYOD with them. Overall we are happy with them, with few issues. We are not brave enough to use the beta software in production, so we don't have the zero hand off ability on the unifi's, however this hasn't caused to much of an issue yet. If it continues the way its going at the moment we will probably be ordering another 30 units at easter time. You can't complain at the price. (We are using the PRO's).

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    @Tricky_Dicky, no it only has to be there for setup and if you use it as a captive portal (guest access etc). You can turn it off and it'll still all work fine.
    We're testing with good results, just rolled 12 AP's out to a primary school and it's nothing short of awesome.

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    we have gone for the normal AP's. Is there much difference with the pro's?

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    Pro does 2.4 and 5Ghz and normal only does 2.4

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    Its been said before, but the key differences are - Standard UAP uses a passive 24v PoE system and is not capable of being driven by a standard PoE Switch. You will need to utilise the supplied injectors.
    They are Single Band and although advertised as being 300Mbps capable this is only if using 40Mhz channels which is not recommended in the crowded 2.4Ghz spectrum.

    Apart from that they will quite happily service around 30 users per AP and are ideal for the lighter use scenarios such as Primary/Juniors. The price suits their budgets also.

    The 24v Power issue can be solved by using the Ubiquiti Tough Switches, which is a neater solution than injectors and power leads everywhere.

    The Ubiquiti Instant AF 48v to 24v adapters are another option if you already have 48v PoE Switches however I am still seeing overheating issues with these so have gone back to using injectors or Tough Switches instead.

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    I'll have to look into the pros then, as 5ghz would be nice. Are they much more expensive?
    I'm getting 3 normal AP's for £160

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamin100 View Post
    I'll have to look into the pros then, as 5ghz would be nice. Are they much more expensive?
    I'm getting 3 normal AP's for £160
    Roughly 3x I think. I found a place doing 3 standard APs for £133 exc tax, and 3 Pros for £419 (Lin ITX). Found them thru the resellers section on the Ubiquiti site.

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    @Phildw - any chance you could PM me the company info?

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    Ignore - didn't see Lin itx lol

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    Just to update we now have 12 normal AP's and we are getting decent coverage across the whole site
    i have a few problem areas where I'm thinking about purchasing the pro AP's

    With the pro's do they come with POE injectors like the normal AP's or do you have to use proper POE?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamin100 View Post

    With the pro's do they come with POE injectors like the normal AP's or do you have to use proper POE?
    UAP Pros are proper 48v 802.3af PoE, usually come with af injectors, although not always the right plug to injector leads.

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    Just to add my bit. We used to have DLink wireless and have now ripped it all out and replaced with Unifi - at a fraction of the cost the DLink cost us. Working a treat - way better than DLink ever was. We now have 41 APs, 13 of which are Pros. Best purchasing decision I ever made.

    Meldrew.

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    Has anyone had these in for a 1year+? If so how are they preforming how many devices do you have connected on average?



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