How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)?

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Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:15 am
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How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)?

A friend is thinking of getting one. He's wondering how good the built in AP is. Any comments?

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Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:26 pm
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Re: How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)

Is basically the same as their standalone AP-AC-Pro ( Dual-band Wave 2 access point (802.11ac, 4x4) ). However, not sure it has the 3-antennas as the standalone.

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Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:09 am
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Re: How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)

I'm quite happy with mine. I was *almost* able to get rid of my secondary Unifi AP that serves the garage and some of the yard, but then my house is very long and narrow for its size, and the network closet is off center to the side opposite the garage.

The UDM range definitely exceeded the range and power of the Airport Base Station I replaced.

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Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:24 pm
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Re: How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)

I'll echo what DC said above. Its pretty robust.

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Wed Jun 30, 2021 8:54 am
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Re: How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)

Mostly agree but it's not as powerful vertically - I have mine on the first floor of my house and I needed to install another AP (FlexHD, wired backhaul) in my third-floor attic to have good signal there (critical, since that's the work-from-home office).

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Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:38 am
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Re: How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)

I agree, but this applies to any Unifi wifi product. My house is a relatively new construction with three floors, built all with concrete, blocks, and metal studs (a good thing for South Florida), and I need one AP-AC-Pro per floor and one for the outside.

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Wed Jun 30, 2021 10:43 am
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Re: How good is the WiFi AP in the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM)

Couldn't those who live in silos just mount their APs horizontally?

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