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Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LR 175.7 x 43.2 mm 2.4-5 GHz 802.11ac Dual-Radio Long Range - White

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AC-nanoHD: Newer than the Pro, this is the cheapest 802.11ac Wave 2 access point they make. If you have modern devices that support multiple radio chains on 5 GHz, you can get some fast throughput. 2.4 GHz performance isn’t as strong as the Pro, however. Note: If the other bridge device is within range and the UBB LED is green and red, we recommend adjusting the UBB's position until the LED is green. This model also requires 802.3at PoE+, so make sure you have a POE switch or power injector that is capable of that.

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If mounting an AP inside a normal wall plate is what you are looking for, the In-Wall and In-Wall HD are both good options. If performance is important to you, get the In-Wall HD. It has better antennas and more capable radios. Another difference between them is the number of Ethernet ports they can provide to downstream devices. The nanoHD is the entry model for 802.11ac Wave 2. It’s the cheapest option that includes all the benefits of MU-MIMO and having 4 spatial streams on 5 GHz. It will give you faster speeds to one device and overall than any of Ubiquiti’s Wave 1 APs. It has two gigabit Ethernet ports. The 2nd can be used to bridge to another device, or combined into a 802.3ad-based link aggregation.

Wave 2 brings a few majors changes which allow for higher performance. Wave 1 AP’s can only use SU-MIMO (Single-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) to communicate with only one client at a time. Wave 2 APs can use MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) to communicate with multiple clients at the same time — significantly increasing multi-user throughput. MU-MIMO also increases wireless performance and/or serves more clients at the same performance level. At any single time, a 4x4 Wave 2 AP can communicate with the following: UniFi 6 LR: The long range version of the UniFi 6 Lite. Steps up to 4x4 5 GHz radio, allowing for longer range and higher speeds than the 6 Lite. It also has a edge over the AC-Lite when it comes to 2.4GHz performance, so if that is important to you then it’s worth considering. In-Wall APs can be used if mounting a traditional access point isn’t an option. Ethernet should still be run to these, but they also have the benefit of providing two or four Ethernet ports for other downstream devices, thanks to a small built-in switch. If you have a far part of the house that doesn’t get great coverage, putting an AC-Lite closeby can end up giving you better performance than a AC-Pro or AC-HD further away. Adding an AC-lite and reducing the distance to the closest AP is a great way to expand and improve your network.

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Another benefit of Wave 2 is that up to four spatial streams are available, and more channels can be bonded together. Both of those features help achieve higher speeds. Deciding if the added costs and abilities are worth it is up to you. Antenna DifferencesI made an updated version of this guide for 2022 and the Wi-Fi 6 UniFi AP models. The new version also has updated descriptions and advice. I will leave this old version up for now, but I’d recommend referring to the updated version going forward. Which UniFi Wireless Access Points You Should Buy For Your Network

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