Category Archives: Ubiquiti

Ubiquiti Updates- Cool Camera and a Big WLAN Offering

There is sooooo much to the Ubiquiti story. It’s just a different company, and you never know what’s around the corner for them- but whatever “Ubnt” comes up with is usually profoundly interesting. I’ve gotten quite the education over the last couple of years on many things Ubiquiti, and written about my experiences in this blog (and others). Though I don’t always agree with the company’s messaging on certain products, they are obviously doing something right as they sell a lot of product and their user community tends to speak loudly and favorably. In this blog, I have two updates regarding Ubiquiti.

Suh-weet Little Camera.

I’ve been kicking the tires on Ubiquiti’s G3 Micro camera, and it’s an impressive add to the company’s current line of video products. It’s one of those products that you take out of the box, handle a bit, and fast feel appreciation for whoever developed it’s physical construct (I get the same warm fuzzy when I handle some of Ubiquiti’s outdoor bridges). From really creative use of magnets to more mounting options than you might think possible, the G3 Micro is just a neat little wireless (dual-band) 1080p HD camera.

It fits in very well with Ubiquiti’s NVR hardware appliance or the build-your-own NVR option, and is as easy to use as the cameras in the series. Just remember- Ubiquiti NVR only works with Ubiquiti cameras and visa versa.

Some real-world screen grabs:

Jumbo Wi-Fi Is Spelled “XG”

Maybe XG stands for extremely gigantic (?) …hmmm. Have a look at this introduction to the Ubiquiti’s latest add to it’s networking portfolio.  You can mill around looking at the non-wireless stuff, as the XG switch, router, and app server are pretty interesting as well. But I want to focus on the Wi-Fi side of XG here. Check out these monsters, and their specs:

G3 Micro 5

There is a reason why Ubiquiti’s XG product page features a stadium in the background- XG is aimed at big honkin’ environments. WLAN professionals will cringe at the “1,500 Clients” spec, even if somehow that’s actually possible, and I hope Ubiquiti tones down the value it seems to see in huge counts like this. Their stuff actually tends to work pretty well, but this messaging can cast good gear in a questionable light for those who do wireless.

It is interesting to see my first ever 10 Gbps port on an AP, as shown on my beta copy of the UniFi XG access point:

 

G3 Micro 6

Like I said in the beginning, Ubiquiti is always working on something really interesting. At this point, the UniFi XG UFO-looking AP is only available in the Ubiquiti beta store (and at a pretty compelling price versus the specs, I might add), but that will change quickly as XG gains traction on it’s way to the larger market.

I’ll have more to talk about when I start hands-on eval of the XG.

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More wirednot blogs on Ubiquiti

Ubiquiti Gets Serious About Hospitality (?) Wi-Fi Market

I’ve written about Ubiquiti a fair amount over the last year or so. The company is simply fascinating to watch evolve. They are on a trajectory that sees them shaking their perception by mainstream networkers as “that company that sells A LOT  of cheap gear with no real tech support”, and becoming more of a legitimate contender in many, many markets where bigger pedigrees tend to dominate. Competition is a good thing for customers, and it’s nice to see Ubiquiti and other “down-market” solutions provide some balance to the high-end stuff that is getting ever pricier, hyper-complex in spots, and way buggy if you land on the wrong code.

Now, word has made it’s way to me that something else big is afoot in the Ubiquiverse.

Take a look here:
ted Watson

I generally don’t care so much about who went where, and am not a fan of ego-stroking the C-levels just because the PR folks think I should. But Mr. Watson above (and some talented co-workers) have jumped from the Ruckus ship to Ubiquiti in a move that further tells the market that Ubiquiti is serious about growing up. I’m told from insiders (I run in those circles) that Ruckus’ deep penetration into the hospitality WLAN space has a lot to do with Watson and Crew.

And now they wear Ubiquiti polo shirts when they drive to work. THEY. A team that worked at Company A who now works at Company B, and who will no doubt be trying to duplicate their successes in at least the hospitality vertical for Ubiquiti. (Who knows- maybe other verticals as well?)

Stay tuned-  I have no doubt that Ubiquiti has other things brewing as they continue their metamorphosis to the big leagues.
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Related:

Past Wirednot blogs about Ubiquiti 
One in Network Computing about early Ubiquiti 802.11ac
Ubiquiti Elite (paid support) Testimonial at IT Toolbox