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Topic # 230534 28-Feb-2018 11:29
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I have a 2 bedroom unit, the fibre terminates to an unfortunate location in the main living room. Rather than run a network cable across the floor and multiple doors to one of the rooms, I am thinking to just buy 2x UAP-AC-PRO or UAP-AC-LITE and set them up as wireless uplink. Will this work as I expect below, basically extending the wired LAN via the Uplink by connecting a switch to AP-2 and the router to AP-1?

 

 

Is there a better way? Not sure of the differences between mesh/uplink. Wish I could easily get the rooms cabled with CAT5e/6.. Really don't want to run wireless everything.


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  Reply # 1965695 28-Feb-2018 11:39
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Yep, should work like that.

 

 

 

Netgear's Orbi does the same thing (the Orbi units have 4 LAN ports in them, so you may not need the switch either).

 

I think the TP Link Deco, and Google WiFi will do it too.




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  Reply # 1965715 28-Feb-2018 11:51
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Cool thanks! I have a Ubiquiti POE switch and ER-Lite already, so was going to power the AP off that and keep everything Ubiquiti. Was a bit confused about MESH/Uplink but seems they are pretty much same thing. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1965918 28-Feb-2018 14:46
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Both of the access points you quoted have omni-directional antennas so the mesh performance is not likely to be great.  This is caused by:

 

  • Only a small percentage of the signal propagated from the omni-directional antenna will be directed to the other mesh access point.  This means that the SNR will not be optimal so either will the data rate.
  • As the omni-directional antenna is propagating signal is a 360 degree horizontal pattern it will also be affected by interference sources in the same pattern.  To minimise the detected interference sources use a directional antenna that has a much narrower beamwidth. 

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  Reply # 1965946 28-Feb-2018 15:06
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if you don't need the two AP's you could also extend the Ethernet via a coupe a Ethernet over power adapters, I've had pretty good success with the TPlink 1gb ones, and while you don't get 1gb, the performance has never been an issue. 




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  Reply # 1965947 28-Feb-2018 15:09
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Interesting, any recommended products for the mesh? I do want to avoid using the Ethernet over power option as I had used it before and had funny ping issues. I was under the impression wifi mesh was next best thing to Ethernet..

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1965957 28-Feb-2018 15:25
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Ummmmm no this won't work with Unifi products.....? Wireless uplink on Unifi simply allows the access point to uplink to another AP and broadcast in an isolated area - it doesn't bridge the LAN port of the access point to the uplink .....as far as I'm aware.

 

As above though, wouldn't give very flash performance anyway.

 

If this is in a house, powerline adapters would be a much better option.

 

 

 

edit: To be honest I'm really questioning myself. I'm going to test when I get back to the office this afternoon.




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  Reply # 1966012 28-Feb-2018 16:59
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Haha, let me know if you test it - would be awesome! This is a small two bed room unit by the way.


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  Reply # 1966031 28-Feb-2018 17:53
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All the UniFi mesh information I can see just have access points in the mesh and no Ethernet backhaul.

 

I had to laugh at a vendor quoting 1700 Mbps "speed" for a specialist mesh product and to make it worse they show two and three hop configurations.  This really shows who Ubiquiti's target market is.


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