Ubiquiti recently began shipping their newest product line of UniFi access points, the UniFi AC Mesh. The UniFi AC Mesh line includes two models: the base UniFi AC Mesh (UAP-AC-M) and the UniFi AC Mesh Pro (UAP-AC-M-PRO). These access points offer benefits consistent with the rest of the UniFi AC products, but also add some new features that can help administrators better meet their network’s needs. In this post, I’ll explain in greater detail how these new Mesh APs work and show how easy it is to deploy your own Mesh network.  Why Mesh? As demand for internet connectivity has grown exponentially - and with it the portability of client devices - it’s become normal to expect better internet in more places. These expectations have extended past what we used to think was reasonable, to places and devices that ethernet cables or routers couldn’t viably reach. This is where Wireless Mesh Networks come in.

A Wireless Mesh Network uses a number of wireless Access Points/Radios which communicate with each other wirelessly to extend and provide internet access to clients throughout a physical site. This works contrary to traditional wireless networks which attempted to provide internet connectivity through a smaller number of wired gateways/routers. Wireless Mesh Networks offer a way to get around the limitations of traditional networks and allow internet access across almost any environment. Using a mesh network can help you address challenges like a poorly placed cement wall or service demand in an outdoor venue. Ubiquiti UniFi Mesh product line enables network administrators to capitalize on this technology, deploy wireless further and more flexibly and all through the same UniFi Management platform.

UniFi introduced Wireless Uplink to help make wireless deployments more flexible and convenient for network administrators. Wireless Uplink allows any supported access point with a wired data connection to act as a Base Station/Uplink AP for up to four other access points on a single band.  Factory default or un-adopted access points can once powered up via POE, connect to an AP in range and make themselves available for adoption within the UniFi controller. These APs can then be adopted and configured in the controller via the Wireless Uplink connection. Once configured, the wireless access points can broadcast SSIDs and relay network traffic to and from client devices through the up-linked AP.

The UniFi Mesh access points add to what previous UniFI APs could do with Wireless Uplink - by enabling wirelessly downlinked Mesh APs to also act as an uplink to other access points. This means your Wireless Uplink setup can be as complex as is needed to best meet your Mesh network’s needs. Fusion IT have many deployments with these AP's and we're ready to help you with yours, we've been building wireless internet links throughout the Paphos region over the last 8 years, as our wireless internet reach has grown so have our complex Unifi deployments