07/15/2018
Simple Home Network
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Location
Huntersville, NC 28078, USA
Description

Simple home network using USG, Unifi Switch 8 60W, Cloud Key with AC Pro and AC Lite APs.  I used magnetic tape on the back of the devices to attach them to a magnetic board that I bought at Ikea.  I wanted to have my network visible but as I rent the options available were limited.  I thought this was a pretty cool solution.  The biggest upside is that when I decide to play around with my network's configuration I am right next to everything so manually rebooting or resetting is very simple.

 

Within the next year I want to get a nice rack cabinet under my desk so I can replace my current gear with a Synology NAS, USG Pro 4, and a UniFi Switch 16.  The entry-level USG is great but I have 1GB fiber and taking a 90% reduction to my pipe for IPS isn't sitting well.  I thinking the best solution is to downgrade my fiber plan to 300MB and get the USG Pro 4 as I don't want to shell out for the USG 8.IMG_20180715_182332.jpg

 

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Simple Home Network

by ‎07-15-2018 03:42 PM - edited ‎07-15-2018 05:49 PM

Simple home network using USG, Unifi Switch 8 60W, Cloud Key with AC Pro and AC Lite APs.  I used magnetic tape on the back of the devices to attach them to a magnetic board that I bought at Ikea.  I wanted to have my network visible but as I rent the options available were limited.  I thought this was a pretty cool solution.  The biggest upside is that when I decide to play around with my network's configuration I am right next to everything so manually rebooting or resetting is very simple.

 

Within the next year I want to get a nice rack cabinet under my desk so I can replace my current gear with a Synology NAS, USG Pro 4, and a UniFi Switch 16.  The entry-level USG is great but I have 1GB fiber and taking a 90% reduction to my pipe for IPS isn't sitting well.  I thinking the best solution is to downgrade my fiber plan to 300MB and get the USG Pro 4 as I don't want to shell out for the USG 8.IMG_20180715_182332.jpg

 

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Comments
by
on ‎07-15-2018 04:20 PM

Slick little setup. Guess the AC-Lite is easier to mount than an AC-IW in your situation. 

by
‎07-15-2018 05:42 PM - edited ‎07-15-2018 05:48 PM

@Aaarrrgggh, correct.  The in-wall AP wasn't an option but not because it isn't possible but only because of how I chose to do things.  My apartment does have in in-wall data distribution point that has 4 CAT-6 lines running from it to various points throughout the apartment.  There is barely enought room to have the fiber gateway, USG and switch all installed into it.  At one point I had my gear installed in the distribution point and with that I could have fed an in-wall AP.   

by
on ‎07-15-2018 06:03 PM

Thanks for sharing @brettapower. This is very clean setup! I was curious by your comments regarding not being able to utilize your full 1 Gb ISP link. Both the USG and USG Pro 4 have gigabit and decent performance; what is your concern and why would you need to go to the USG 8? If you are concerned about the USG, have you thought about moving to the Edgerouter 6P?

by
on ‎07-15-2018 06:58 PM

@dy_atx It has to do with the IPS limitations of the USG.  Enabelling IPS caps your connection at 85 megabits per UBNT (I saw about 100).  The USG Pro is capped at around 250 and a full gig for the USG XG 8.  So, in a nutshell, if I want my full gigabit speed and IPS I have no choice but to upgrade to the USG XG 8.  However, I think a 300 meg fiber service and the USG Pro would be just fine.

by
on ‎07-16-2018 05:30 AM
by
on ‎07-16-2018 07:12 AM

first,  totally awesome set up.   second,  still totally awesome,  but the AP that close to your head..?  I know the RF is always around us,  but I like mine not so close to me.

 

but still think it's a cool setup.

by
on ‎07-16-2018 05:07 PM

@Alex- I totally agree.  I did think about this a lot.  No matter whre the AP is I am within 15 feet it :/  When my under-desk rack is built and I change out to USG Pro-4 and 150W Switch 16 I am going to move the AP to the furthest point in the apartment.

by Ubiquiti Employee
on ‎07-17-2018 05:18 AM

@brettapower  This is such a non-technical question, where did you get the desk at?

 

Thanks,

Jeff

 

by
on ‎07-17-2018 07:30 AM

@UBNT-JaM I got the desks, chair, carpet and magnetic boards at Ikea.  The tops were $9 for the small and $20 for the larger one.  The legs are about $4 each.  Magnetic boards were $14 each and the chair was about $30.  So, the entire setup was under $150, not too bad.

by
on ‎07-17-2018 04:27 PM

Brettapower hey good afternooon im REAL new to unifi networking so trying to learn everything i can to get me my own unifi network set up.. But i wanted to ask what is the mac mini for?? Thanks..