I understand that for some of you getting into UniFi gear is a bit tedious because of the controller... Not anymore.
Thanks to the kind folks at NexLevel Business Solutions (and @chevrolux) for donating a virtual machine I've now fired up a free UniFi controller for the Geekzone community to use.
The server itself is managed by yours truly, I do have a fulltime job so will manage it in my spare time. This is intended for home/small business use. It is running the latest version of the UniFi controller software behind a nginx proxy hosted in AWS. Pricing for UniFi products is available Here.
You'll first need to register for the UniFi portal and know the mac addresses of the devices you're wanting to add. You can find the mac addresses on the back of your UniFi device. Please send me a DM with the following details:
Name: Your Name
Email Address: Your email address (I need to be able to send you a registration email)
MAC Addresses of your UniFi Products: Please put in the format 00:11:22:33:44:55
Once you're provisioned you'll be able to set-inform your devices. I have a script that checks the log files and will automatically inform into your site - you'll need to set-inform again once you see your device adopting in the portal.
UniFi Access Points:
Make sure that the UniFi is not adopted to any other UniFi controller before proceeding - if it is then you'll need to factory reset it. Please also ensure you've sent me through the MAC addresses of the device(s) you're wanting to add. If you're running an Edgerouter you can almost skip all these steps and look at this post.
Once you've opened up your shiny new UniFi access point and got an account on the UniFi portal you'll need to inform it. Plug it into your network first off and download / install the UniFi discovery tool (Chrome Extension) - there will be instructions here to inform it (but this is not working for me - typical...) however it essentially involves clicking "Manage" beside your access point and informing it to http://gzunifi.nlb.nz:8080/inform using the default user/pass of ubnt/ubnt. You need to run the inform twice - the first time to make it show up under devices in your portal and the 2nd time to accept the inform (when it is seen adopting under the portal).
The manual way when the tool doesn't work is to grab the IP address of your UniFi and SSH into it. Using Putty (Windows) or the SSH command (OSX, Linux) SSH into your access point with the username "ubnt" and password "ubnt" and run the command "set-inform http://gzunifi.nlb.nz:8080/inform" and you should get a response back. Note step 2 of the instructions that you need to do this twice when you've clicked adopt in the portal.
This is just like the UniFi AP however you need to ensure you've got internet connectivity to the USG first (via WAN1) - navigate to https://192.168.1.1 first to connect it to the internet then run the set-inform on it. You'll need to run this twice (when it is in the adopting stage in the portal) for it to be accepted.
The settings I recommend for the UniFi AC access points are the following:
2.4GHz - HT20 (20MHz) (unless if you live in the middle of nowhere with no other WiFi congestion)
5GHz - VHT80 (80MHz) AC models only otherwise 40MHz.
Channel / Transmit power on both set to Auto.
Band Steering - Prefer 5G (AC / dual radio UniFi AP's only).
Airtime Fairness: Turn this on.
Disclaimer: this is a community project. Uptime is not at all guaranteed however in the event it does ever go down for a period of time your networks will still stay running as normal. Backups are made by the server on a daily basis off-site and community-based help is available in this thread. Approval to the UniFi controller is based on users having at-least 10 posts on Geekzone, introducing themselves in the Introductions thread, actually being a member for a period of time and on my general approval - do DM me anyway as there are some exceptions to this case.
There is also a post on the general security of this here (or below).