Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD Wave 2 Wireless AC Access Point
With the emerging of advanced wifi mobile devices that join the business or corporate network in addition of laptops and other wired-based computers, high performance and low latency bandwidth is required to support them all securely. It is therefore Ubiquiti introduces business class wireless ac access point – Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD Unifi wave 2 wifi ac access point, one of best business class wireless POE access point with ac-based technology.
What this product does
Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD is one of Unifi AP series designed for businesses that combines enterprise security that can be scaled up unlimitedly both local and remote sites. You can manage easily with Unifi central management controller software deployed locally on a single computer of any platform or via either private or public cloud.
- Wave 2 four stream 802.11ac technology
- Simultaneous Dual-Band 4×4 Multi-User MIMO
- (2) Dual-Port, Dual-Polarity Antennas, 3 dBi each @2.4 GHz and @ 5 GHz (2) Dual-Port, Dual-Polarity Antennas, 4 dBi each
- Business class wireless ac access point with enterprise performance and unlimited scalability
- Central management controller with Unifi controller software for local administrator or remotely via the cloud
- Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports with POE 802.3at support
Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD is tagged with the price almost the same as those competing product Linksys LAPAC2600 wave 2 access point.
Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD is based on wave 2 wireless 802.11ac technology with Multi User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology that delivers data streams to multiple wifi devices simultaneously. Standard MIMO devices deliver data streams to multiple users one by one that cause network latency instead of sending data to those devices in one go like in MU-MIMO technology.
Not many business class wifi access point that come with the latest wave 2 wifi technology that support MU-MIMO, you can mention one of them is Linksys LAPAC2600. See also comparison between Linksys LAPAC2600 and Netgear WAC740.
The speed of this wave 2 product is much higher than its predecessor Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO which is still based on standard wireless AC1750. UAC-AC-HD delivers dual band speeds of up to 1733Mbps @5Ghz band and up to 800Mbps @2.4Ghz band. See the following table for spec comparison with the AC-PRO model.
Table 1 Ubiquiti AC-PRO vs UAP-AC-HD
|Model||Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO||Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD|
|Speeds @2.4Ghz band||450Mbps||800Mbps|
|Speeds @5Ghz band||1300Mbps||1733Mbps|
|POE mode||802.3af PoE/802.3at PoE+||802.3at PoE+|
|Ethernet Port||2x 10/100/1000 Mbps||2x 10/100/1000 Mbps|
|Wifi users||Up to 200 users||Up to 500+ users|
UAP-AC-Pro is currently very popular and one of best POE wireless access point in businesses, economical price and yet good performance. See that speed of UAP-AC-HD is much higher than the PRO series, more over it is MU-MIMO ready like those emerging mesh home wifi systems such as Linksys Velop and Ubiquiti Amplifi HD system.
One of competing products for UAP-AC-HD is Linksys LAPAC2600 which has the same technical speeds. Have a look at the following spec comparison table between the two products (table 2).
Table 3 Ubiquiti Vs Linksys
|Model||Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD||Linksys LAPAC2600|
|Wifi technology||Wave 2 802.11ac technology
|Wave 2 802.11ac technology
|Wifi speeds||Up to 800Mbps @2.4Ghz band and up to 1733Mbps @5Ghz band||Up to 800Mbps @2.4Ghz band and up to 1733Mbps @5Ghz band|
|Antenna design||(2) Dual-Port, dual-polarity antennas, 3 dBi each @2.4 GHz and (2) dual-Port, dual-polarity antennas, 4 dBi each @5Ghz band||High power antenna amplifier 4.4 dBi @2.4GHz; 5.2 dBi @5GHz|
|Ethernet Port||2x 10/100/1000 Mbps||1 x Primary Gigabit LAN Port with IEEE 802.3at PoE+
1 x Secondary Gigabit LAN Port for Link Aggregation
|POE||Yes, 802.3at PoE+||Yes, 802.3at at primary port|
|Management||Centrally, Unifi controller software, local or via cloud remotely||Single point management with clustering|
To learn more detail about the product click the links below, current price and how good the rating is:
- Click here for Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD
- Click here for Linksys LAPAC2600
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