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#267963 20-Feb-2020 10:43
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Does anyone have any experience using Ubiquiti Aircubes as access points?


I have found a bunch of places selling them, but very little in the way of documentation or actual reviews.


I’m planning to replace the Huawei HG659 I currently have (poor WiFi coverage and the stupid 32 device limit). This will either be with the new Spark Smartmodem, or with something else — possibly a TP-Link Archer AX6000 to get the 8 gigabit ports.


But I also want to place some APs with wired backhaul to eliminate WiFi dead spots. At first glance the Aircubes look nice as they seem decently priced, support both bands with 102.11ac, and have a couple of additional gigabit ports that would let me connect wired devices. Plus, Ubiquiti seems to have a decent reputation.


The price is about the same as the Spark mesh extenders and, on paper, they seem more capable. I'm interested in whether anyone has used these, and experiences of how well they work as APs. I’m thinking two of them, plus a decent router, should take out all my dead spots. Or is there a better option I have overlooked? (I’m not really an IT or a networking guy).



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  #2424462 20-Feb-2020 12:26
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I bought an Aircube from PB Tech in November. I've been really happy with it. I chose it because it had the gigabit ports and the brand is good afaik. It replaced my old netcomm NF8AC as my downstairs AP. The wifi coverage is definitely superior to the NF8AC. I'm very satisfied with it.
I have the air cube connected to my upstairs "main" Synology router with a long ethernet cable, this has allowed me to connect my downstairs TV and computer via ethernet to the router via air cube to get the most out of my new fibre max connection. It all works well and I get 500/500 via the ethernet connection of the air cube. The web interface for the air cube is great and it was easy to set up.


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  #2424482 20-Feb-2020 13:19
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I've have mine for a week 😄 The coverage is very good with the unit in the center of a smallish single story house. It did a firmware upgrade when I first plugged it in. The only thing I've noticed is that in the web admin page the memory usage graph is in the red at over 80% 


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  #2424492 20-Feb-2020 13:54
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I've only used one which I bought as a part of a 'mobile sport scoring kit' which gets wheeled our for different sporting events half a dozen times a year.  The use is in big open spaces and laptops are never more than 30m from the cube, but its worked flawlessly.  Not necessarily a super-helpful answer to your question.

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