How Will You Connect? A Guide for Choosing the Right UniFi Access Point

Our selection of UniFi access points vary by functionality and design. Each model is thoughtfully engineered to meet precise user needs and optimize performance within specific environments. Together, they offer an ideal solution for everyone — whether you prioritize performance, design, aesthetics, or network simplicity.

Because each access point is so unique, it’s important to choose a model that best suits your needs.

A Best-in-Class Wireless Experience

Our line of UniFi 6 access points, beginning with the recently introduced U6 Lite and U6 Long-Range, mark our introduction of WiFi 6 technology to UniFi. With these and future U6 models, your network can support over 300 concurrent devices and deliver a reliably smooth wireless experience to each of them with OFDMA technology, which transfers high volumes of data more tactically across multiple devices to improve upload and download speeds.

While the U6 access points represent the future, tried-and-true models like the UniFi HD and nanoHD remain favorites for a wide variety of users, not just because of their speed and range but also their ability to provide a consistently strong signal to a large number of devices, which is crucial in our digital world.

These access points expand signal coverage with an integrated, directional antenna while only consuming a small amount of power. When mounted to the ceiling, these UniFi access points widen their coverage zones even further to ensure fast, stable connections across high-traffic environments.

You can also give your access points a bit of flair and align them with your space’s look and feel. For instance, you can change the color of your U6 access point’s LED ring or change the exterior of certain models with a variety of skins including wood, black fabric, and camouflage.

Extend Your WiFi and Connect More People

If you’re looking to extend your WiFi signal easily and without cumbersome equipment, a mesh access point could be the right device for you. Although all of our access points can link with the other access points in your office or home to enhance your signal’s reach and prevent dead zones, our mesh access points are specifically designed to do so. As such, mesh access points are often a go-to solution for hotels, museums, and other high-traffic areas.

Many mesh access points are also very compact and easily deployable. They can be mounted to a wall or ceiling, placed on a tabletop, or attached to a pole outdoors to improve connection quality throughout your property. 

WiFi extenders are also designed to improve the reach of your wireless signal by doubling your coverage area. These models are the definition of  plug-and-play; just plug them into a standard US wall outlet and instantly improve your WiFi experience! However you choose to extend your network, you’ll have a device that can support hundreds of concurrent connections with minimal power consumption.

Wireless Excellence for Thousands

What if you need to provide high-speed internet access to a lot of people—like, a LOT of people. Maybe it’s a concert hall packed with people livestreaming the headline act, or a stadium filled with thousands using their mobile devices simultaneously at halftime?

To give the people what they want, you’ll need a really powerful, high-capacity access point. As always, UniFi is ready for you with the WiFi BaseStation XG, one of the world’s best large-venue WiFi installations because of its ability to support up to 1,500 concurrent device connections. The BaseStation can dynamically filter and evenly distribute traffic to avoid channel congestion, as well as maximize coverage with its directional beamforming antenna.

Maybe you’re not just dealing with one location, though. What if you need to bridge the networks of two buildings in a downtown commercial district or industrial park? To help with these types of large networking projects, we offer point-to-point bridges that create multi-gigabit wireless links between two locations up to 500 meters apart. These bridging devices are designed to be highly adaptive to the layout of the area you’re looking to connect, sporting directional antennas that ensure strong, unobstructed links regardless of area zoning or building positioning.

Robust and Versatile Wireless Delivery

No matter how large or unique your network is, there’s a UniFi access point that can enhance your wireless experience, support your devices, and simplify your traffic management. 

To see the different UniFi access points in action, check out Which AP is Right for Me?, and for more detailed model information, head to the Ubiquiti Store. Also, remember to keep it tuned here and on our revamped YouTube channel for brand-new UniFi content, including how-to videos, unboxings, and more to help you build your network!

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How to install and configure Unifi controller on Raspberry Pi?

How to install and configure Unifi controller on Raspberry Pi?

Written by Patrick Fromagetin How-To Tutorials

If you have already managed multiple Wi-Fi access points, you should know that this can be a nightmare …
But with good choices for hardware and a controller, this becomes easier.
It’s the main goal of the Unifi controller: manage most of the tasks on a wireless network to avoid issues.
It’s available on Raspberry Pi and I will show you how to install it.

How to install and configure Unifi controller on Raspberry Pi?
Start by adding the Ubiquiti server to the list of repositories for Raspberry Pi OS.
Then, the Unifi controller can be installed with apt and managed as a system service.

The installation is straightforward, you can install it like any Debian package.
But the access points configuration is not so easy and I saw no article explaining this.
As I’m using it at work, I can show you all the configuration steps with real access points and clients.

Before switching to Ubiquiti products, I remember having tested many brands to solve my issues, but none of them could not support over 10-20 users simultaneously (I even tested a fireproof model from D-Link, something like this one on Amazon ^^). So I definitely recommend trying Ubiquiti, this is cheap compared to other famous brands but works very well.
Let’s see how to do this!

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Ubiquiti Networks products

Ubiquiti Networks introduction

Ubiquiti Networks is an American company, selling hardware for wireless technologies like access points, routers and cameras.
They started with wireless devices, and they are now diversifying upon a broader range of products.
The latest innovative product concerns the solar technology, they help you to manage solar farms.

Anyway, the product that interests us today is a software: Unifi controller.
The goal of this product is to manage access points and wireless devices from a unique web interface.
From the interface, you can see all the access points and broadcast a unique SSID.
The controller will handle the roaming between access points and load distribution.

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Why do I need these products?

These products target mainly companies and large areas but you can have the same needs at home if you get some issues with your Wi-Fi connection (rooms with no network, roaming, stability, etc.).
If you need over one access point to cover all the house, it could be interesting to install these products at home.

For example, let’s say you install three access points and the controller somewhere.
You’ll have only one Wi-Fi SSID in all the area (outdoor included).
And you can move from one side to another without disconnection.

Ubiquiti products

Ubiquiti products are distributed by resellers, but are also available on several e-commerce websites:

To test these products, you don’t need many things.
Just buy one or more access points and build your professional wireless network.
Here is the link: Ubiquiti Unifi AP on Amazon.

You have several packages available: Only one, 2 AP (access point), 4 AP, etc.
Choose the one you prefer, but there is not a big saving by taking big packs, so you can try with one or two, and order the others after.

If you have a PoE Switch (this one for example on Amazon), you can plug them only to the network cable. An Ubiquiti switch is not mandatory, this one from Cisco is cheaper for example. It depends on what you want to do with it and how many AP you have.

Whatever your choice, a PoE switch will make the installation easier
If you want to start without it, there is a last option.
Ubiquiti provides an adapter with the AP (power cord + network = PoE Network), but you need a power outlet and two RJ45 cables instead of only one cable for everything.
Here is the link to the PoE injector on Amazon, make sure to check the AP power requirements are they are not all the same (a Pro AP needs PoE-48 for example).

Unifi controller installation

Now that you understand what are the Unifi products, we can move to the controller installation.

Installation on Raspberry Pi OS

As for any tutorial on this site, you firstly need to install Raspberry Pi OS on your Raspberry Pi.
Any version will do the job (I’m doing it with Raspberry Pi OS Lite).
If you don’t know how to do this, read my article on How to install Raspberry Pi OS on your Raspberry Pi.

Once installed, update it and reboot:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo reboot

And enable SSH access with:
sudo service ssh start
This way you can follow this tutorial from your computer (if needed, check this post to learn more about this).

Set a static IP address

As our Raspberry Pi will be like a server on our network, we need to use:

  • A wired connection
    If you want a fast Wi-Fi network, you need to have your controller and your access point on a good connection.
    So, I don’t recommend setting up the controller with a Wi-Fi connection (at home it’s probably ok).
  • A static IP address
    The Raspberry Pi will become an important node on your network, so we need to fix its IP.
    By default, the Raspberry Pi use the DHCP to get a random IP among those available.

For the static IP, you can either fix the IP in the DHCP server (your Internet router probably), or set a static IP in the Raspberry Pi configuration.

If you don’t know how to do this, I already explained it at the end of this article: Set a static IP address on your Raspberry Pi.

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Unifi controller installation

Now we are ready to start the installation.
For these steps you have two choices:

  • Download and install directly the official Debian package from the website.
  • Add a new repository to manage the Unifi package with apt.

On the Ubiquiti downloads page you can find the Debian package to install the controller.
You can download it and install it on your Raspberry Pi.
But I don’t recommend it.

Because the Controller has many updates, about every month you have to download and install a new version manually.
There is a repository available and it’s easier to manage all updates with apt rather than doing everything manually.

  • Connect with SSH to your Raspberry Pi.
  • Add the repository in the apt configuration file:
    echo 'deb stable ubiquiti' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/100-ubnt-unifi.list
  • Add the key to the trusted keys:
    sudo wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/unifi-repo.gpg
    This allows us to use software from the previous repository
  • Run apt update to update the available packages list :
    sudo apt update
  • And finally, install the Unifi package:
    sudo apt install unifi
    Answer yes and wait a few seconds for the installation process to finish.

This is the end of the installation procedure, but your controller may not work yet.
You can check the service status with:
sudo service unifi status
If you get an error like this one on a fresh Raspberry Pi OS installation:

Starting Ubiquiti UniFi Controller: unifi
Cannot locate Java Home

Then you need to install Java to start the Unifi service.
Currently, the Unifier controller requires Java 8.
You may already have it from another application, but if you have this error, here is how to fix it:
sudo apt install openjdk-8-jre
And finally start the Unifi service:
sudo service unifi start
You can find more details about Java in this tutorial.

Check the status again if you want:

If everything is ok, you can move on to the next part to know how to use the software.You may also like:

Unifi controller configuration

First access

To access the web interface, go to https://<IP>:8443
For example, in my case it’s
You’ll get a browser warning because we don’t have a secured certificate for the moment.

Accept the exception and move to the next page to configure everything you need to get started:

  • Step1: Start by giving a name to his controller and click on “Next”
  • Step 2: Choose if you want to enable the cloud interface (default) or not (advanced).
    It depends on what you are trying to do.
    If you are always on the same network (home or in a company), you don’t really need the cloud panel. But it can be useful for remote sites.
    • If you keep the default option, fill the form to create an Unifi account.
    • On the advanced option, you have a form like this:

      If you enable one option, you need to create a cloud account AND a local account.
      I don’t need it for my test, so I disable everything.
  • Step 3: Sign in or configure options.
    This step is also different depending on your choice in the previous step
    You may need to sign in your account, or just to configure two additional options (auto backup and auto-optimize).
    Keep them enabled if asked.
  • Step 4: Configure your devices.

    You can just skip this, it’s not required for now. You can add devices at anytime in the interface
  • Step5: You can finally configure your Wi-Fi settings now.

    You can also change this in the interface, so just pick something to get started.
  • Step6: Finally, you also need to review your settings and you are ready to go.

Good job! You will now be redirected to the web panel.
We can finally see it and configure more things if needed.

Web interface overview

Once logged in the web interface, you’ll get many submenus to manage everything.
For the moment, it should be pretty empty, but in the left bar you can see:

  • Dashboard: Here you can have a preview of your network performance (number of APs and clients).
    Most of this dashboard needs the Unifi Security Gateway, so it’s not an important page.
  • Statistics: In this page you can monitor clients and traffic in the whole network.
    For the moment, nothing here 🙂
  • Map: In this one you can upload a map of your building, and place all APs on it.
    This way you can know where they are and see the global Wi-Fi coverage (approximately).
  • Devices: This page shows you all the Unifi devices you have on your network.
    It’s the most important page, you will manage APs from here.
  • Clients: Same thing for the clients. You’ll see here all the connected clients with information about them (IP, AP, network usage, …):
  • Insights: Here you can see miscellaneous information.
    I’m using this mainly to see known clients (not connected now, but you can check the history, block or unblock them).
  • Events: This window shows you all the recent logs on your network
    This can be clients connections, AP upgrades, roaming, …
  • Alerts: Same thing with errors and warnings.
  • Settings: And this is the page where you’ll configure everything.
    We’ll use it to create the wireless network.
  • Chat support: If you need help from Unifi, you can ask for help here.

Now that you have visited the whole interface, we can move forward to configure the access point.

Add the first access point

Physical preparation

There are two possibilities for the access point cabling.

With a PoE switch:

  • Plug the access point to the POE Switch with an RJ45 cable.
  • Basically, that’s it.
    The status light should turn on and you can move to the next step.

Without PoE switch:

  • You must have a POE adapter like this:
    (it’s available on Amazon if you don’t have one with your access point: check it here).
  • Connect the LAN port to your switch or wall network socket.
  • Connect the POE port to the access point.
  • If the access point LED starts to blink, it’s ok.

Software configuration

Now that we powered on the access point, we can go back to the Unifi web interface for the next steps:

  • Access the web interface: https://IP:8443.
  • Click on “Devices” in the left menu.
  • You should now see your access point in the list:
    The controller is seeing it, but we need to tell that it’s an access point for this controller.
  • Click on “Adopt” at the end of the line.
    The adoption process starts, after a few seconds, you should get the “Connected” status.
  • If needed (probably), you can upgrade the AP firmware to the latest version by clicking “Upgrade”.
    Your access point will take a few minutes to download and update the firmware.

Anyway, the first access point is ready, and we can now create the wireless network (SSID).

You can click on the line to see and change other settings for the access point (on the right).

For example, you can set an alias for each access point to know which one is which.
In the properties window, click on the config tab and set an alias.

Change everything you want on the access point and move to the SSID creation.

Create your wireless network

Creating a wireless network is basically setting an SSID, a password and a security type.
You can do this in the “Settings” menu from the left bar:

  • In settings, click on “Wireless Networks”.
  • Then click on the “Create a new wireless network” button:
  • In the new window, choose an SSID, a security type and a password:
    Choose WPA-Personal for security, WEP is not secure.
    And prefer a long password (ideally a phrase from 15 to 30 characters).
  • Click “Save”.

The access points will restart with the new settings.
After a few seconds, the new wireless network is available for all your devices.

Connect to it and check that everything works fine.
By default, the Unifi controller will give you an IP address within your main network.
You have nothing else to do, but you can change it in Settings > LAN.

Then go back to the different menus to see information and statistics about your device.
Enjoy 🙂

Related questions

Do I need to keep the Raspberry Pi on? Not really. As soon as the Raspberry Pi stops, the controller is no longer available but the access point continue to work. You can still access the Wi-Fi network, but you lose controller’s features like roaming between APs.

Do the Unifi controller have advanced features you don’t talk about? Yes, a lot. I made a quick tutorial, but you can do a lot more: schedule downtimes, create guest access with VLAN or not, Radius with Active Directory, filter MAC address, block and unblock clients, etc …

How to reset an Unifi access point? If you lose access to an access point or have strange scenarios in the adoption process, you can reset it to factory defaults. To do this, use the reset button near the RJ45 socket. While the access point is on, let the button pressed for 10 seconds and then wait for the reset.


That’s it, you know how to install and configure an Unifi controller on your Raspberry Pi.
This controller is running perfectly on my Raspberry Pi (3B+ and 4).
I don’t know how many clients it would handle, but at home it’s more than enough.

If you have questions on this topic, leave a comment below and I’ll help you.
I’m using this software at work for five years now, so I may have the answer 😉

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Ubiquiti Payment Gateway

We believe that WISPs serve a crucial role in these difficult times by providing Internet connectivity to all our communities. Our goal with UNMS Cloud and CRM is to empower WISPs with world-class tools and services so that they can focus on connecting the world.

That’s why we are proud to introduce the Ubiquiti Payment Gateway.

Easy and Affordable Payment Processing

We know that fees can add up. That’s why Ubiquiti Payment Gateway is offering an industry-leading processing fee of 1.9%+30c per transaction for the first year.

Better yet, the UPG is simple to use! No need to set up accounts with other payment gateways or use a separate site to manage your subscriptions – simply activate the UPG with a few clicks, go through our quick onboarding process, and you will be using the UPG in no time.

If you are currently using other payment options for your subscriptions, you can easily switch to the UPG from the billing settings. We will continue to support other payment options, if you prefer to keep your existing payment processors.

For now, Ubiquiti Payment Gateway is only available in the United States, but we are working to bring it to other countries. Stay tuned.

Automatic Payments

The UPG isn’t the only thing we’ve been working on. We know that managing monthly payments can be time-consuming. That’s why we have built autopayments into the latest release of CRM. You can activate it in the billing settings:

Autopayments can be set to trigger at invoice creation date or at the due date. No more need to keep track of due dates!

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Ubiquiti Unifi reset to Factory Defaults

UniFi - How to Reset the UniFi Access Point to Factory Defaults


This article describes different methods of resetting a UniFi Access Point (UAP) to factory defaults. We'll discuss options to reset the unit via the UniFi Controller software, SSH, and physical reset. This article applies to all models and versions of UniFi Access Points, the location of the reset button in each different model may vary. Reference the specific Quick Start Guide of each product to locate it.

ATTENTION: Regardless of the method used, do not disconnect the device during the reset process.

Table of Contents

  1. UniFi Controller Reset
  2. SSH Reset
  3. Physical Reset
  4. Troubleshooting: UAP not Resetting
  5. Related Articles

UniFi Controller Reset

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If the UAP has been adopted by the UniFi Controller, it can be reset from the controller. Do so by "Forgetting" the device.

  1. Log in to the UniFi Controller. In the Devices page, click on the UAP you wish to reset. This will open the Properties panel.
  2. Select the Configuration tab, and click Manage Device to expand.
  3. Click the Forget button. This will erase all configuration and history for that device, effectively resetting it.

SSH Reset

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Access the UAP via SSH, and once in, issue the commands restore-default and hit enter. The UAP should quickly reboot with factory default settings. Remember to not disconnect UAP from power source during this process. See Related Articles below if you need guidance on how to SSH into a device.

Physical Reset

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On the back of the UAP there is a small hole whereby a user can use a paperclip to depress a button and reset the UAP back to its factory default settings.

  1. Press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds while AP is connected.
  2. Release the button (the LEDs on the UAP will stop glowing).
  3. Do not disconnect the UAP from its power source during the reboot process.
  4. The UAP will restore factory settings.

Once the white LED (or amber LED, depending on your model) re-appears and remains steady, you can commence with UAP adoption once more.

NOTE: The location of the reset button might vary on different UAP models, find your device's in the Quick Start Guide. You can download the current Quick Start Guide in using the left hand menu to find the correct product and scrolling down to the Documentation section.

Troubleshooting: UAP not Resetting

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If despite numerous tries to reset the UAP, the device will not reset to factory default settings please follow these steps to troubleshoot:

Firmware Problem

  1. Make sure you tried more than one of the methods described in this article and followed each step carefully.
  2. Consider the LED patterns of the UAP when attempting to recover. See Related Articles below for more information.
  3. Ping on to see if device is on and back to default state.

Hardware Problem

  1. Swap out cables and PoE injectors.
  2. Ping on to see if device is on and back to default state.


Ubiquiti Telnet Commands

telnet/ssh commands

UniFi Command Line Interface - Ubiquiti Networks

info                      display AP information
set-default               restore to factory default
set-inform <inform_url>   attempt inform URL (e.g. set-inform
upgrade <firmware_url>    upgrade firmware (e.g. upgrade
reboot                    reboot the AP