06-28-2012 05:58 PM
I think there are certain instances that a hardware controller would be a better solution though. Like when you want to be able to integrate a system for somebody and then leave it. An integrator would basically be able to rack and go.
A small 1U controller would be great. Maybe something sort of like a Raspberry PI (www.raspberrypi.org/) with a 1U rack mount enclosure. And it could run Debian or Ubuntu and have 16 or 32 GB of SD storage. The advantage to this is that there is something that sets a standard and that is fully supported by Ubiquiti.
Attached is a mockup that I created.
06-28-2012 08:11 PM
06-29-2012 06:27 PM
While AirVision is not a candidate for an embedded controller type solution, UniFi and mFi are.
There is customer demand for a Rocket-sized device that has just power and ethernet and just runs the UniFi controller (and I presume the mFi in the future). Had a discussion just yesterday with a UniFi customer that spent way too long fighting these battles:
- Learning how to instal Linux, and then UniFi
- Getting staff trained to NOT turn off the headless PC that was his contoller
So what was his UniFi impression: "Yeah good but took way too long to setup".
Don't forget "Setup" to him means:
- Sourcing a suitably speced PC (It is not easy to find out if the host needs to be a basic PC, or a high spec PC)
- Installing Linux
- Installing UniFi, and then finally..
- Using the UniFi controller
He said he would have loved to buy an appliance that ran the controller. Would have saved him many hours. And time is money.
06-29-2012 06:54 PM
06-29-2012 07:05 PM
And I hope that person sells them in huge volume, and makes tons of money.
06-30-2012 11:08 AM
07-03-2012 06:09 AM
07-11-2012 07:09 PM
I'm sure that if the Raspberry PI for $25 can run Debian Linux than Ubiquiti should be able to come out without something in that price range.
The whole point of this would be to able to unbox the unit, rack it, plug it in, power it on, point your web browser to 192.168.1.200 (or something else), put in the default user and password, and let a wizard do the rest. This way anybody can setup their own hardware controller.