Why should You buy Ubiquiti?
Why should You buy Ubiquiti?
Ubiquiti equipment is characterized by the widest range of products. The company's assortment includes dozens of model lines. Buying Ubiquiti no matter what equipment you need will be a good decision.
Although ... Stop! Too much of our introduction is like nauseating texts of marketing descriptions, from which people of a technical warehouse simply warp.
So, let's move away from this style and try to truly highlight the advantages of our brand, and its features.
Perhaps the main advantage of Ubiquiti is that the development team managed to achieve the perfect combination of high quality equipment, excellent ergonomics, design, and a very affordable price.
At the same time, the founder of the company, Robert Pera, who began his career at Apple, frankly admitted that in many ways the knowledge of the principles obtained there became the formula for success. However, unlike Apple, Ubiquiti does not rely on the “status” of its equipment, but on the sophistication and versatility of both the software and the hardware part of the devices. Given the scope of most of the company's equipment, this is absolutely true. It is unlikely that anyone would think of buying Ubiquiti as a status novelty, because access points or routers are of little use for this role.
Although, in the soho segment there are examples of equipment that, in addition to their technical component, can look very prestigious in any interior. We are talking about the AmpliFi line of equipment designed to create WiFi hot spots in cottages and houses. Indeed, both the routers and mesh-repeaters of the series have a very organic design, are equipped with touch displays and are extremely easy to install.
However, the main Ubiquiti products to buy which makes the most sense from the point of view of efficient use of the organization’s budget are wireless access points. It was here that the company's engineers achieved the greatest success. The model range includes a wide variety of lines and types of devices from WiFi access points designed to create a hot spot indoors to powerful RRL stations transmitting traffic at a multi-gigabit speed of tens of kilometers.
WiFi hotspot deployment. Here you should buy Ubiquiti UniFi.
The real masterpiece from Ubiquiti to buy which is chosen by many network integrators and engineers of the company is the UniFi line. Series models are designed to deploy wireless networks of any complexity. Access points can work both independently, in the so-called “standalone” mode, when the device does not require additional software for operation, or as part of large-scale networks, with support for functions such as seamless roaming based on 802.11 kr, traffic prioritization, the possibility of commercial authorization and much more.
The basis of the platform here is UniFi Controller, a software package responsible for the centralized configuration and management of all equipment in the series.
In its interface, you can configure any device in the series, including routers and portable line servers, and set various restrictions on access to the network, distribute the load between access points and even create a network plan using a special built-in utility.
At the same time, the UniFi Controller can be launched locally, on any computer, even of sufficiently small capacity. No licenses are required, the platform is completely free even for the most ambitious network configurations. Here lies an important advantage of the line, it is profitable to buy Ubiquiti not only because of the lower cost of equipment, but also due to the lack of the need to expand the license for large networks, as is required for example from Cisco, and even Mikrotik on some solutions.
External wireless Ubiquiti. The choice
Another area where Ubiquiti also holds a leading position is, of course, external wireless access points. This, despite the consonance of the names, is a completely different type of equipment compared to UniFi. This includes equipment of the AirMax, AirMax AC, Ubiquiti LTU, AirFiber, AirFiber X ranges. These models are designed to deploy connections of various configurations outdoors between stationary clients over long distances. The configuration is usually quite typical and most often has two types - a base station and many connected subscribers - the so-called point-to-multipoint, or a bridge, when a connection is established to forward a communication channel between two objects.
Moreover, the equipment of any line can be used in both modes, except for individual models that have filter settings that better adapt them to work in a particular type of connection. However, if the model is equipped with a directional antenna, like the PowerBeam and NanoBeam series devices, as well as AirGrid and most LiteBeam, they can not be used as a base station due to the very narrow coverage area of the provided antenna. But as a CPE client for connecting to a base station, such models are perfect. Their antenna will provide high selectivity and reduce the amount of interference from other sources of the radio signal and at the same time a very high gain.
When should you buy UbiquitiAirMax?
It should be noted that AirMax equipment uses the proprietary communication protocol of the same name, which differs from WiFi using TDMA polling. This technology solves the “hidden host” problem that often occurs when using WiFi 802.11 to deploy external networks. Its essence lies in the fact that the sequence of connection to the base station within 802.11 is determined by each subscriber individually, based on the analysis of the ether. But when the subscriber is out of earshot of each other, at a great distance, attempts to simultaneously connect to the base station begin, which causes the so-called “collisions” of data packet overlay and errors. TDMA - (Time Division Multiple Access) assigns arbitration to the base station. Each subscriber receives a time slot for sending data, thus completely eliminating the fundamental possibility of simultaneously accessing the base station.
AirFiber Radio Bridges
If you need a high-performance radio bridge, the best choice would be to buy Ubiquiti. But here you should choose the RRL station of the AirFiber series. The line is divided into two types of devices. The first has two spaced directional antennas for reception and transmission, and can operate in duplex mode. The latter do not have integrated antennas, and are used in conjunction with AirFiber X Antenna parabolic antennas or when using an adapter with RocketDish.
The models are distinguished by the use of a special high-performance Inviktus chip and the use of a proprietary protocol that provides the highest point-to-point data transfer efficiency. With AirFiber, a multi-gigabyte link is becoming a reality today.
When is the best time to buy Ubiquiti LTU?
Separately, it should be noted the recently released line of LTU equipment. If you need the maximum performance of a point-to-multipoint wireless network, the choice is definitely to buy Ubiquiti LTU. It uses the latest proprietary protocol that can work with modulations up to 4096 qam providing spectral efficiency up to 21.2 bps per one hertz of the width of the used radio channel. This is practically a record for wireless equipment at the time of the appearance of the series.
Thus, buying Ubiquiti will be the best solution when you need wireless equipment of any type and level, from WiFi access points and stylish high-end soho routers, to professional external access points designed to connect to the resources of the provider of remote buildings, cottage villages and other similar places
By the way, Ubiquiti also produces an excellent line of IP cameras UniFi Video, which has all the advantages inherent in the company's wireless access points. But the features of CCTV Ubiquiti is a topic for a separate article.