Our Unifi journey begins

  • Our Unifi Story

    Our main building, built in 1879 as a flour mill, was converted to an accommodation and function centre in 1969/1970.

    Over the years little has changed until we purchased the property and moved in around December 2012.

    Little did we know about the lack of internet at our location, no land based internet available, not even dial up.   We managed to get a very expensive mobile data package on 3G to help start with, but was limited to 5/2.5 speeds, and 5GB of data a month.

    Later we managed to find a local ISP who offered mobile (3G) coverage with much better rates for the data package, and much improved speeds, 10/3 with 80GB a month.

    The ISP introduced us to the Unifi range of products and set us up with one UAP G1, plugged it into our ISP router and we were away.  This was fine when we were starting out, but little did we know the demand for WIFI for travelling guests.

    That’s where our journey begins, of trying to install cables in 3 level building with no service ducts or easy access to anything.

    The stone walls are 3’3” solid.  Floors joists are 15”x3” with 4” of concrete poured on top.  We managed to drag cable to most parts of the main building, although having to surface mount some and others in conduit back to a central point.

    From there a small cabinet is installed and we setup with a ERX and get another connection to the local ISP and load balance with success 2 3G connection, and still our first UAP, and 2 new UAP LR.

    Then the 3G began to get slower and slower, so after a year long battle, the local tower got upgrade to 4g (LTE) and better data plans. 55/25 with 170GB a month. Not ideal but works for us.

    We rolled out additional access points, now 12 in total over our 2 buildings, and upgraded to a fully Unifi system.  Installed Cameras, the upgraded the cameras, and a UVP-Pro

    Most of the things during the installation over the last few years, I have learnt from reading the manuals, reading the community forum, and taking advice from those in the know.  We also took the advice of forum members, if it can be wired, wire it.

    List of Kit.


    US-24-250 x3 (2 in main building, one in other building) there is empty ports, at this stage, but that’s the next upgrade((when the wife allows)) and redundacy if one breaks)

    UAP x 1

    UAP LR x2

    UAP IW x5 (these work great for our situation.)

    UAP AC V2x3

    UAP OD+ (never missed a beat)

    Serveral Vlans. hotpost with free guests package, and vouchers if they need to by more data.

    NVR, 5 UVC G3, 3 UVC G2, and still 3 UVC G1 ( which still work and serve the purpose for us)

    For backup we now have our trusty ERX, a toughswitch, and a few simple dumb switchs.

    Thanks to all in the community.  We wouldn’t be where we are today without you.:cheers2:


  • Beta Testers

    Very cool and impressive that you are able to serve clients via LTE. Is there not a local Wireless ISP your area to setup a PTP?

  • Thanks.  The same company now offers a Wireless service, but its still best effort in our area of 15/5 and the data package is about the same.

  • U
    Beta Testers

    I thought I recognised the Mill House - I've driven past so many times. Those former owners, Bernard Esquilant and William Menlove were certainly pioneers, they certainly became legends in their own lifetime.

    Good to see the place being so obviously cared for and doing well. I do hope the fishing is still good.

    All the best.


  • Hi

    Thanks!.  Yes the two gentleman were pioneers in thier days.  I don't think I would have had the forsight to do what they did.

    The fishing is on the improve again, but the hunting blocks up the back are thriving.  Feel free to drop in when passing.



  • U
    Beta Testers

    Great to hear the fishing is on the mend, I'm on the other side of the world these days, the kiwi trout I miss, especially when the inanga are running.


  • K
    Beta Testers

    So what is the story on the cars in the picture.

  • Hi

    Small collection of Triumph Stag that stopped in here for a christmas function.

  • K
    Beta Testers

    Wow simply amazing they could get four of the Triumph's running at the same time.

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