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BlackHand
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  #2043596 25-Jun-2018 15:34
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phrozenpenguin:

 

I have recently changed to running 2x Unifi AC Lites in the room space. I didn't want to drill and mount them on the ceiling (yes, they don't look too bad - but I would rather have things as clean as possible) although that was the backup plan.

 

I mounted them pointing down, using the mounting brackets into the wooden trusses that make up my roof. One is 3ft and one is 6ft above the insulation.

 

Signal wise I get solid 5ghz AC across the house, which is what I was after - with decent speeds as tested to home server. 2.4ghz for other devices also solid.

 

Temperature as mentioned is the other variable, but I've seen plenty of electronics get plenty warm before. The data sheet lists operating temp up to 70deg C - and I haven't seen that yet in the roof space.

 

 

I have a similar setup (but with 1 x UniFi AP HD) mounted in the roof (+-3 ft above insulation) towards the centre of the house (2 levels), signal is perfect even on the ground floor.


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  #2043600 25-Jun-2018 15:49
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I haven't been able to find a way to monitor the Unifi temps - I thought I could query by SNMP but maybe they don't have any thermometers on?


 
 
 
 


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  #2043604 25-Jun-2018 15:59
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If you want to put APs in your ceiling space then I would look to buy cheap ones off Trademe. I picked up 5 Ruckus APs off Trademe for $100. They are just N not AC but are fast enough for me. I mounted two in the ceiling and if one of them blows up I have spares.

 

Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it as the ceilings can get very hot and dry which is bad for electronics. Otherwise why would HRV have created a whole business from pumping air around the house from the ceiling.

 

Otherwise perhaps an outdoor rated AP would be better?





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  #2043607 25-Jun-2018 16:05
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BarTender:

 

If you want to put APs in your ceiling space then I would look to buy cheap ones off Trademe. I picked up 5 Ruckus APs off Trademe for $100. They are just N not AC but are fast enough for me. I mounted two in the ceiling and if one of them blows up I have spares.

 

Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it as the ceilings can get very hot and dry which is bad for electronics. Otherwise why would HRV have created a whole business from pumping air around the house from the ceiling.

 

Otherwise perhaps an outdoor rated AP would be better?

 

 

Buying cheap old APs defeats the point for me. I want fast wifi throughout my house, which means 5ghz AC. If mine die, then I will replace and change installation only if temp was the issue.


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  #2043671 25-Jun-2018 16:57
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A fast n UniFi is still 300+ mbps. If you’re needing more than that we’d be wondering why you aren’t wired.




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  #2044384 26-Jun-2018 21:41
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davidcole: A fast n UniFi is still 300+ mbps. If you’re needing more than that we’d be wondering why you aren’t wired.

 

I'm wired to all my static devices but spend a bunch of time on laptop and don't want to be restricted to cable. I thought AC was still in real world usage 3x faster than N? 


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  #2044435 26-Jun-2018 22:17
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I tend to use old uaps as fill on 2.4ghz, and place acs where I do want better coverage/faster. Also use a uap in the roof, since it’s 2nd hand and I don’t care (too much) if it dies. It did survive one summer though.




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  #2045606 28-Jun-2018 15:35
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Thanks for everyone's help.

 

Its been very useful.

 

I might look at AP in the roof. As I live in deep south I think the temperature issue would be less a problem.

 

 

 

A.

 

 

 

While I have been grumbling about wifi quality for a year or so, the tipping point was my inability to stream gopro 4k via plex from synology NAS to Sony A1 via ethernet 100Mbs (rest of network is cat6 with gigabit switches) or connect to the NAS using apps on the tv.

 

(which was partially solved by wrong LAN port selection on the media manager on synology. Can stream outside Plex but not within probably a plex codec issue)


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