Poll: Which wireless vendor would you choose?

+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 26 of 26
Wireless Networks Thread, Poll - which wireless? in Technical; Originally Posted by 10101010 Interested to hear why you (or anyone else) would avoid Ubiquiti Unifi for this scenario? I'm ...
  1. #16
    Paid_Peanuts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    South Yorkshire
    Posts
    236
    Thank Post
    11
    Thanked 13 Times in 12 Posts
    Rep Power
    18
    Quote Originally Posted by 10101010 View Post
    Interested to hear why you (or anyone else) would avoid Ubiquiti Unifi for this scenario? I'm in a similar scenario to Paid_Peanuts and Unifi is a solution under serious consideration.
    Have you priced up the Ubiquiti alternative? After some negotiation I have received a very favorable Ruckus price for their AC solution based around a pair of controllers and 50 of their R700 access points. I'd be interested to know how much cheaper (if at all) the Unifi solution is.
    I originally discounted them on the fact they have little to no support presence within the UK.

  2. #17

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    london
    Posts
    108
    Thank Post
    31
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by Paid_Peanuts View Post
    Have you priced up the Ubiquiti alternative? After some negotiation I have received a very favorable Ruckus price for their AC solution based around a pair of controllers and 50 of their R700 access points. I'd be interested to know how much cheaper (if at all) the Unifi solution is.
    I originally discounted them on the fact they have little to no support presence within the UK.
    Price wise, I don't think you can get the unifi stuff much cheaper than the resellers around on the net, but I was only looking at the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-PRO model. I would need to change my edge switches and run additional network points to use the AC model which I didn't really want do this time around. So typically for a pack of three of the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-PRO I had found a price of £401.27 and the controller is software based so no controller costs involved. You can do the maths, it's pretty cheap. There are a few threads on this subject, pros and cons etc, m25man really knows his stuff when it comes to wireless networks so look out for his comments.

    I agree with your comment about support.

  3. #18

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    1,156
    Thank Post
    113
    Thanked 104 Times in 79 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    I think I've roughly spent 4k ish on unifi - thats 34 access points and all the PoE switches for each cab and it's been great

  4. #19

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    london
    Posts
    108
    Thank Post
    31
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by caffrey View Post
    I think I've roughly spent 4k ish on unifi - thats 34 access points and all the PoE switches for each cab and it's been great
    which unifi model did you purchase for that price?

  5. #20

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    1,156
    Thank Post
    113
    Thanked 104 Times in 79 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    UAP pros and toughswitches,

    11 x 3 packs
    and 5 toughswitches

    Controller is on VM

    I mathed wrong sorry, cost 5k (I checked my PO's)
    .
    They probably dont do all the singing and dancing of more expensive units, but for what they are they are great

  6. #21
    Griff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Bedfordshire
    Posts
    533
    Thank Post
    209
    Thanked 98 Times in 80 Posts
    Rep Power
    38
    We are using Cisco stuff here installed it all ourselves the downside is the access points are now EOL which means we cannot expand the coverage unless we overhaul the whole lot...well that was the impression Cisco gave me. The system itself is awesome not really had any major problems the only downside was the learning curve of setting it all up solo but hey got there in the end

  7. #22

    StevieM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Liverpool
    Posts
    1,133
    Thank Post
    476
    Thanked 529 Times in 350 Posts
    Rep Power
    140
    I'm so glad this poll has come up. We have a completely wired infrastructure at the moment, but need to look into WLAN and mobile devices as part of our school development plan. I was talking to the net-ctrl guys (and @Domino) about Ruckus at EDIT2014 last week. Looks like it's getting the thumbs up from a lot of people here too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cablers_JonPaul View Post
    AC is a really big can of worms and there are too many people trying to sell it for the sake of selling it. Get some good advice from a wireless specialist first. Contact us direct if you want to know more.
    That was the impression I got from Meru, too. He spent quite a lot of time talking about it's capabilities, but ended with a 'but realistically...'.

  8. #23
    ass17's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    361
    Thank Post
    5
    Thanked 40 Times in 37 Posts
    Rep Power
    27
    +1 for Ruckus

  9. #24
    DMcCoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Isle of Wight
    Posts
    3,491
    Thank Post
    10
    Thanked 502 Times in 442 Posts
    Rep Power
    114
    Quote Originally Posted by 10101010 View Post
    Interested to hear why you (or anyone else) would avoid Ubiquiti Unifi for this scenario? I'm in a similar scenario to Paid_Peanuts and Unifi is a solution under serious consideration.
    No central RADIUS (all APs are clients)
    Maximum of 4 SSIDs
    No VLAN assignment based on RADIUS authentication
    Reboot to apply changes
    Very little RF info
    No *option* to direct traffic via controller with secure link (Ruckus isn't good at this, but it can be done for a small number of APs. Aruba is good at this).
    No option to enable client isolation if the WLAN *isn't* a guest network
    Very little traffic control.


    Unifi is cheap, works and is better than consumer wireless, it DOES NOT have a full set of enterprise features.

  10. Thanks to DMcCoy from:

    petertec (5th June 2014)

  11. #25

    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    25
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    4
    Quote Originally Posted by 10101010 View Post
    Interested to hear why you (or anyone else) would avoid Ubiquiti Unifi for this scenario? I'm in a similar scenario to Paid_Peanuts and Unifi is a solution under serious consideration.
    For me Ubiquiti isn't in the same league as Aruba, Meru, Extreme etc. I would place it somewhere between those guys and the really basic solutions such as Netgear. Fine for a small primary maybe but to me 1400 students and a one to one BYOD policy means that these are the solutions that need to be looked at. When you think of the additional functionality that these solutions offer in terms of Network access control and Network management then they are the better long term option. It depends on the context and the individual needs of the school but there is no doubt there is a massive difference in quality and obviously that brings with it a cost difference as well.

  12. #26

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    1,156
    Thank Post
    113
    Thanked 104 Times in 79 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    Lack of those features is the reason why the cost is a 3rd - if Unifi fits in your scenario and your budget won't cover the more expensive solutions (we're a small school) it's great



SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Which wireless for BYOD?
    By san_narula in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 11th October 2014, 10:43 AM
  2. Which Wireless
    By Homeland in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 24th April 2013, 08:15 PM
  3. Which Wireless??
    By silver in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 11th August 2009, 11:25 AM
  4. Which wireless broandand router?
    By ajbritton in forum Hardware
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 16th July 2008, 01:34 AM
  5. Which secure wireless vendor do you use
    By plexer in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 23rd January 2007, 08:16 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •