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Hoping to be a Ubiquiti newbie soon, but first a question...

Hi all, I have a fairly simple home network that I'd like to improve.  See my diagram below.  My current internet speed is ~290Mbps but I might upgrade to 1Gbps in the future.  My goals are (1) to provide better wifi coverage and (2) to better isolate my IoT/guest devices (Echo, security cams, etc.).

 

For the first goal, I am considering disabling my Netgear router's wifi and adding a UniFi AP at the top center ceiling of the house.

 

For the second goal, I am not sure whether I need to switch to an Edgerouter or not.  How much can the AP itself isolate devices on a guest network?  All of the guides and videos for setting up the APs assume that you're using an Edgerouter or Ubnt Gateway; but can I get away with keeping my Netgear router and having the AP isolate guests on a second SSID?

 

I'm also trying to figure out how much of a problem my physical layout is.  Specifically, I want to put the AP upstairs, away from the router, but there is just one ethernet connection that leads up there.  If I use an Edgerouter downstairs, would I be able to use a VLAN for the AP or a wired device upstairs, even though the AP or device is connected to the unmanaged switch upstairs?  (Or do I just need to use a managed switch upstairs?)

 

Thanks for reading!

 

-Jake

 

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Re: Hoping to be a Ubiquiti newbie soon, but first a question...

Hello @jakew8,

 

Yeah you can push all vlans over one cable/port.

 

 

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Re: Hoping to be a Ubiquiti newbie soon, but first a question...

Hello @jakew8,

 

Welcome to the community!

 

If you fully want to isolate your guests you will need to create a VLAN, you will need to make sure that your SWITCH and ROUTER support VLANS.

 

You could disable the netgear wireless and use a UAP instead, but to get beter coverage you might need multiple UAPs.

The ER4 is an awesome piece of hardware.

 

 

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Re: Hoping to be a Ubiquiti newbie soon, but first a question...

Forgive my ignorance: If I use two managed switches--one upstairs and one downstairs--can I connect them via a single trunk cable (i.e., my in-wall ethernet) and have all VLANs use that cable?
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Re: Hoping to be a Ubiquiti newbie soon, but first a question...

Hello @jakew8,

 

Yeah you can push all vlans over one cable/port.

 

 

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Glenn R.

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