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#195089 6-Apr-2016 09:32
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It would be useful, to me, if Spark could have their manufacture add the ability to add DHCP options to their UFB modem router.


I need option 43 to give my other devices a setting to find their controller.





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  #1526737 6-Apr-2016 09:47
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I don't see them spending time and effort to implement a feature that will be used by less than 1% of their user population.


It would be nice - just super unlikely.


Bite the bullet and buy something with a real network OS on it - it makes life a lot easier. 

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  #1526739 6-Apr-2016 09:53
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The problem is that I then have to pull their router out and replace it. 




The problem with their router is that its wifi just doesn't extend through enough range, and that's not a fault of their kit, it's just the reality of 5ghz wifi.  In the case I had yesterday, the customers site just needs two or more radios.




I just hate wasting kit.  As for 1%...  I'm currently just going from site to site to site upgrading wifi and putting in more radios as people just get sick of wifi that doesn't work.

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  #1526745 6-Apr-2016 10:02
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99.9% of users don't need option 43 or option 66 support so it's not a feature you'll have in 99% of residential or SOHO devices.


As for option43 support for a UniFi if you're not running the UniFi software on the same layer 2 or layer 3 subnet it takes 20 seconds per AP to SSH in and send a set-inform to point to an external layer 3 IP. As you're not setting up huge numbers of AP's on the same site and there is very little risk of them being factory reset I can't see Spark wanting to invest in asking Huawei to develop extra functionality for such a small time saving for a pretty unique setup. Most people who have a UniFi AP in a home environment would be running their controller locally so there is no need for option43


Is there a reason why you're not letting them manage their own network? Seems a lot of effort to be managing a network remotely for small users unless you're charging them $$ for this.









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  #1526764 6-Apr-2016 10:26
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I've set up a multi site controller, so they do get to manage their own site, but they can also get into it without being on site, which seems to be quite helpful.



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  #1527336 6-Apr-2016 21:30
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I find the simplest is to use a static DNS entry for 'unifi' to point to the controller IP. Also, as Steve mentioned, very easy to also just SSH to the AP and then run 'set-inform http://x.x.x.x:8080/inform'

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  #1527385 7-Apr-2016 05:43
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I can't see it ever happening.


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