08-12-2017 06:22 PM
I've seen many posts on the advantages of Cloud Key, but they almost all say "easier than keeping a controller server running 24/7".
I don't imagine I need a controller running 24/7 on my home network, do I? With my current consumer grade router/AP I look at the admin screen maybe once a month.
So I'm imaginging for me it would come down to hassle of bringing up the conroller on a macbook/PC vs the cost of a Cloud Key.
Or am I missing something?
08-12-2017 06:36 PM
I'd say you have the right mind-set; hassle vs cost.
I have a CloudKey for my home network, mainly for the ease of having the controller on it's own device, because I don't want to have a VM to run the controller software on; I don't want to have it on my main machine; and If your controller machine dies you have to re-adopt UniFi equipment on your new controller machine
08-12-2017 07:21 PM
Also, it is very cute.
UniFi: UAS-XG, USG-XG, 24 L2 PoE, AC PRO, AC Mesh, AC Walls , HD, SHD, XG, nanoHD, G3 Micro.
Wired clients: Custom built Windows 10 PC, Brother MFC, four PS3s, four XBOX360s, two Wiis, four Smart TVs.
Wireless clients: Fourteen (yes, 14) Nest Thermostats for in-floor radiant heating, 5 Amazon Echos (original/show/dots), two MB Pros, two Windows laptops, one iPad 5th Gen, one Surface Pro 3, four iPhones, two Android phones, two DS Lites, Neato robotic vacuum.
08-12-2017 11:33 PM
If you start off on a Linux, Mac or Windows controller, the migration to the Cloud Key is really straightforward so you could decide later or budget to get it next month.
08-13-2017 05:54 AM
I have a Windows-based media server running 24/7, so it makes sense to me to run my controller from there. I backup the configuration in case something decides to self-destruct.
08-13-2017 10:11 AM
I think I must still be missing something, although I think I'm convinced I should get the key.
Why does everyone mention 24/7? Is that shorthand for "I need the controller to be avilable whenever I might want to use it"? Because on my consumer rounter I don't require 24/7 access to the admin panel. I need it once o month.
Or is there something about the Unify system that it doesn't work unless a controller is on-line 24/7?
08-13-2017 11:07 AM
The controller also handles e-mail alerting when there are problems. Also if your equipment reboots (power outage, etc...) the controller can re-provision any devices that lost their configs.
But most of the time, the system can "coast along" without the controller.
08-13-2017 08:38 PM
As to why you want a controller on all the time: it is largely a matter of convenience. For instance, it allows me to check network status from my phone whenever I want. It will become even more useful soon when it starts collecting DPI statistics. But you can certainly do without until you find a reason that seems compelling to you.