It’s often surprising to folks to learn that I’m not always on the latest and greatest technology.  As a technologist, it’s kind of ironic.  Yet alas, here I am, running the same airport extreme that I’ve been running for what feels like a decade.    It works great, the 802.11N signal is pretty strong through out the house, except for the far reaches.

It died.

That sucked.  Being wifi-less, in the day of ipads and xboxes, it a tough life.  I decided to step it up a notch, and do a proper installation of a much better wifi (with 802.11 AC!) solution to replace the old, busted.  After researching a lot of different technologies, I ended up following the sage research of a friend of mine, Jorge.  He doesn’t know it, but I did. Ha!

Ordering the Ubiquiti Unifi device was simple, thanks Amazon Prime for super fast delivery ,you can find it here (referral link):

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)

Yeah, it kind of looks like a space ship.   Pretty legit.

Installation was simple.   For now, it’s plugged straight into my Verizon Fios box. Over time, I’ll tie it into a full ubiquiti setup for meshing, security, firewall logging, etc…. and I need a packet capture solution in there, duh!

Create a new cable

I didn’t have a long enough Cat5e cable sitting around, so I had to make one.   Always rely on the Internet for figuring out the wire pattern;

Thank you: GroundControl.com for the image

After doing that, I used the supplied template from the Unifi , and put it on the wall outside of the coat closet that’s my ‘data center’ as well

Wall mount bracket

Ubiquiti Unifi – Wall mount bracket

Ubiquiti Unifi - Holes in the wall

Ubiquiti Unifi – Holes in the wall

Once the holes were drilled, I passed the new CAT5 cable through it, routed it in the closet using some zip ties and whatnot around the walls, back to my FIOS router.  Setup was super simple in the Unifi app that runs locally in a web browser.   Here’s a picture of the Access Point (AP):

 

Ubiquiti Unifi - Access Point

Ubiquiti Unifi – Access Point

Mounting the AP to the bracket was exactly like mounting a smoke detect.  Plug in the cat5 cable, use the little dust cover that comes with it, place it on the bracket, push and twist!  Then it glows like a spaceship… or at least how spaceships glow in my head:

Ubiquiti Unifi - Glowing Spaceship

Ubiquiti Unifi – Glowing Spaceship

The finished product:

Ubiquiti Unifi - On the wall and running

Ubiquiti Unifi – On the wall and running

Next to buy, is the security gateway:

Unifi Security Gateway