Ubiquiti 802.11ac Routers and UniFi 3.0 Software

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Today, Ubiquiti Networks, announced the release of UniFi 3.0, designed to keep up with the growing demand for wireless bandwidth. Ubiquiti’s new UniFi 3.0 software allows businesses to take advantage of the new 802.11ac wireless networking standards, offers “Zero Hand-Off Roaming” for seamless roaming across multiple access points, and lowers the cost of enterprise-level WiFi networks by a considerable margin.

“Ubiquiti’s Zero Hand-Off Roaming technology is just another example of how we’re delivering unique innovations to solve the most important needs of highly mobile wireless users,” said Robert J. Pera, CEO at Ubiquiti Networks (pdf). “It’s a great example of Ubiquiti’s unique combination of technological leadership and price disruption.”

UniFi 3.0 builds on previous UniFi releases, which offer comprehensive hotspot management and a flexibly deployed software controller. The controller can run on-premises, in a private cloud or public cloud. New features of the UniFi 3.0 software include:

  • Multi-site management capabilities, enabling a single controller to manage distributed deployments and multi-tenancy for managed service providers
  • Detailed analytics, which can be used for managing large user populations and for faster troubleshooting
  • WLAN Groups for flexible configuration of large deployments
  • Wireless mesh capabilities so that APs do not require a wired uplink

AndanTech explains UniFi 3.0 can be run on-premises, or deployed in the cloud (either private or public). Users can also seamlessly roam, automatically switching between different access points without latency issues. A single UniFi controller can manage multi-site distributed deployments. UniFi software also provides detailed analytics and WLAN grouping capabilities.

Their new 802.11ac access point is based on Broadcom’s BCM4706 chip, like nearly all current consumer 802.11ac routers. But Ubiquiti’s APs also have wireless mesh capabilities. In a multi-AP deployment, wired uplinks are not needed for all of the access points.

UniFi 802.11ac access points are priced at $299. Initial customer shipments are expected to begin in April with volume shipments in May. UniFi 3.0 management software can be downloaded for free beginning April 15th. To help companies experience the benefits of UniFi 3.0 and 802.11ac, Ubiquiti is also announcing a free upgrade program for Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless AP users.

Known for its technological leadership and price disruption model, the company shipped its 10 millionth device (across all product lines) in December and was recently listed as the 70th fastest growing tech company in Deloitte’s Fast 500.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 12:51 pm .

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