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1st Ubiquiti deployment coming

Folks-

 

I'm very experienced with 802.11 networks, but next week I'll be deploying 2 Ubiquiti AC Lite APs for the first time.  I'm hoping you might have a minute to offer me some UniFi guidance.

 

This is at the restaurant of a friend.  He will have business class cable internet service.  He'll also have a basic switch and firewall in place.  I'm hoping I can create a VLAN for WLAN management and data traffic, but I'll have to wait and see.  

 

I am assuming I can run DHCP off the cable company CPE/modem or the firewall.  If not, is there any option to run DHCP on the AC Lite AP?

 

He will want 2 x SSID for guest and employee w/PSK.  Can these SSIDs be configured with the UniFi mobile app?  What about a guest splash page?  Or a pre-shared key?  

 

I have downloaded the controller to my Mac laptop, but I won't be leaving it behind and prefer to devleop a process whereby I can make changes by just dropping by with my iPhone.  Can I get by with mobile app only?  Am I going to need one of the controller options?

 

Thanks in advance for your guidance!


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Re: 1st Ubiquiti deployment coming

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I assume this is a local restaurant, and you can drop in

any time there's a problem--might even get a free lunch!

If so, there's no need for remote access or a CloudKey--

in fact it would be a barrier to dropping in!

 

I would not use the cable modem for any purposes

except connection; I always recommend it be put

in bridge mode so it will not interfere. You will need

a separate router--I recommend Ubiquiti ER-X-SFP.

That router will also run the UniFi access points.

 

Using that, you can setup your VLANs if you choose,

as well as DHCP. Access points are bridge network

devices only--they can't do those things.

 

Yes: you can use the U-Mobile app, but since you

are local, why not bring your laptop by? That will

give you much better control over details, such as

VLAN configuration. But if you have a guest spash

page, it requires a full-time on-premises controller.

That can be run on any available computer there.   Dave

 


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Re: 1st Ubiquiti deployment coming

I'd add an UC-CK on the system, so, with the cloud access, you can monitor and/or change whatever you need from everywhere... the APs don't have the DHCP server, moreover, they must be placed in a network environment where there is a running DHCP server, if you can, start straightway with VLANs on the firewall, would be a good choiche use static binding mac-ip, on the DHCP-pool for management VLAN, and bear in mind that APs are manageable on the untagged/native VLAN (at least) on the link between the switch and themselves, while you can tag other VLANs which will be 'mapped' to the SSIDs.
My two cents ....
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Re: 1st Ubiquiti deployment coming

[ Edited ]

I assume this is a local restaurant, and you can drop in

any time there's a problem--might even get a free lunch!

If so, there's no need for remote access or a CloudKey--

in fact it would be a barrier to dropping in!

 

I would not use the cable modem for any purposes

except connection; I always recommend it be put

in bridge mode so it will not interfere. You will need

a separate router--I recommend Ubiquiti ER-X-SFP.

That router will also run the UniFi access points.

 

Using that, you can setup your VLANs if you choose,

as well as DHCP. Access points are bridge network

devices only--they can't do those things.

 

Yes: you can use the U-Mobile app, but since you

are local, why not bring your laptop by? That will

give you much better control over details, such as

VLAN configuration. But if you have a guest spash

page, it requires a full-time on-premises controller.

That can be run on any available computer there.   Dave

 


> HQ in Seacoast region New Hampshire U.S.A.
> Ubiquiti Certified Trainer [UCT] for:
     UBWA [AirMax] / UEWA [UniFi] / UBRSS [routers]
UBNT.NH@gmail.com
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