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Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

Hello All,

 

I feel like this is the best place to find a resonable answer. I'm about to try out the Unifi Mesh devices in an outdoor scenario. I have 3 buildings. One building is currently wired and has internet coming into it (Lounge as labled in the image). I have two other buildings that are not connected in any way. I would like to set up a Mesh device on the exterior of each building. I'd like to use the uplink port for the buildings seperate from the wired building (Shop and Guest Suite).

 

Attached is an image of what I'm trying to accomplish. I do not know if the Mesh devices will make a good connection due to distance. Also, I dont know if using the Mesh as the uplink is the best solution for the interior AP's, or should I let the interior AP's wirelessly mesh?

 

I must note, all of these buildings are metal, thus my reasoning for using the Mesh for the uplink.

 

Any an all feedback is appreciated. I've used the interior AP's, as well as the switches and gateway. The only thing new to me are these Mesh devices and i want to be sure they'll be able to reach. The line of sight between buildings is good.

 

Additionally, one thing that I didnt add to the image is the cloud controller, which will be present.

 

Thanks all,

 

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Re: Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

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I think there's a misunderstanding about 'mesh' here.

'Mesh' only works well when the two linked radios

have good signals between them. It won't magically

penetrate metal buildings or other obstrutions, and

it's best used for extending a system by one link

when wired connections are difficult or impossible.

 

As mentioned, you'll need radio links between

buildings using microwave radios on outside walls. In

this case, with such short links, even the cheap

NanoStation 5AC Loco will do; use one 'master'

and two 'slave' radios in point-to-multipoint mode.   Dave


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Re: Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

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If you want to stick with unifi, the UAP-AC-M you may want to avoid the omni antenna and get their directional antenna https://store.ubnt.com/products/directional-dual-band-antenna-for-uap-ac-m 

 

Or you may want to consider an airmax product for your wireless bridge (nanostation / nanobeam) to work as your wireless uplink. 

 

Ay my inlaws, they have an separate garage about 100 foot away from the main house, I've been using a pair of nanostation m5 loco for the wireless bridge and it has been pretty much set and forget since install.

 

Also any reason for the SHD AP? The uplink in this case may be the slowest part of the system, so the SHD would probably never see its fullest potential and for its cost... might not make a good investment.

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Re: Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

Hello @UnifiTellepsen,

 

I would use AirMAX devices for stable wireless bridges.

Maybe @UBNT-James  could throw some tips here.

 


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Re: Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

[ Edited ]

I think there's a misunderstanding about 'mesh' here.

'Mesh' only works well when the two linked radios

have good signals between them. It won't magically

penetrate metal buildings or other obstrutions, and

it's best used for extending a system by one link

when wired connections are difficult or impossible.

 

As mentioned, you'll need radio links between

buildings using microwave radios on outside walls. In

this case, with such short links, even the cheap

NanoStation 5AC Loco will do; use one 'master'

and two 'slave' radios in point-to-multipoint mode.   Dave


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     UBWA [AirMax] / UEWA [UniFi] / UBRSS [routers]
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Re: Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

Thanks, I'll try out the NanoStations. With the NanoStations operating at 5GHz will there be any interference if I were to add some APs on the exterior? Based on what I’ve read, with AirMax mode enabled, standard wifi devices cannot communicate with it. I don’t know if that means I can add additional APs though.

 

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Re: Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

Any 'AC' AirMax radio--such as the NS-5AC--is only

for links--not for WiFi. Use the 5700Mhz region for

the link radios--which should avoid WiFi interference.

Don't put any radios very close to each other; if you

mount WiFi radios such as UAP-AC-M on the wall,

keep them 2m or more away from the link radios.

 

Always leave AirMax enabled on the link radios.  Dave


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Re: Unifi Mesh with Unifi AP SHD

Great! Thanks Dave!

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