Ubiquiti UAP-AC-Lite Unboxing, Review, and Speedtest


Hello and welcome to another helpful tech bit. You know we’ve been away for a while, but we have good reason not going to get into it on the video, but, as you can see, we have another unboxing video for you today and today we’re gon na dig into your BIC, Woody’s brand new UAP, ac-lite Or their unified, the next generation of their unified access points, and this guy has two older brothers, the UAP, a CLR and the UAP AC pro there’s also talk of a UA P, AC edu, which appears to be a pro with a speaker. We actually also have the LR here for a size comparison. We’Re also going to do a separate video on that, but we just gon na throw it in there for a box comparison and unit comparison here later on in the video when we’re doing the unboxing. But we do not, unfortunately, have a pro first part of this video we’ll be unboxing and kind of showing you the contents of what Ubiquiti use shipping our guesses, that you know it comes with the usual stuff. We have a some documentation. This stuff was just released. We just got the email about them yesterday and we actually got them the UPS yesterday too. So all this is happening really quick, we’re just getting our first look at them. Basically now so we’re all kind of learning together right now you and us. So, let’s learn together just based on size and what they’re calling on their data sheet instant upgrade. So basically, if you currently have access points, you ApS deployed and you buy these new models and let’s say you have them mounted on a drop ceiling or screwed into a wall or something like that. You will not be able to pop your old units off and pop these on to the current mounting brackets, unless you go with the pros, the UAP AC, from what we’re reading on the documents. Again, we do not have a you ap, AC Pro, to be able to confirm that, but based on what we’re seeing on the documents and just based on the size of the box, we can tell you with fair amount of certainty. That is the case. In fact, just looking at the document right now, there’s a field that says instant upgrade: no, no, no, no! No, until you get to the you ap AC pro and same amount as the standard you ap, it says so. Here’S the standard you ap and this guy sits taller than the box that the you ap AC light comes in. So it’s fair to assume, and I mean it’s not much taller, probably a good quarter of an inch or so. But we brought this guy out for size comparison as well, but it’s fair to assume that the mount that the UAP AC sits on is going to be larger than the AP AC light. You would be AC light, so that’s one thing to take into consideration when you go to replace these, that you’re also going to be replacing mounting brackets now, of course, smaller size. That is an advantage, though. Another thing to take into consideration is price. Here we didn’t get the price from ubiquity. We got the price from one of ubiquitous distributors, the same distributor that we go through. So you know again. This is all very new information, so it Weber may very well change, but the price of the you AP AC light is $ 89. $ 89 is just a smidge above the generation one you APL ours. So it’s priced very competitively considering that, as you probably have already discovered, it is 802 11 AC capable. So it’s a very low priced access point considering the competition out there. Just to give you a comparison – and you will hear this on the other videos so that you have comparison regardless of which video you’re watching the UAP AC light is $ 89. The you APA CLR is $ 109. The you AP AC crow is 149 dollars. The UAP AC edu is $ 399 and, oddly enough, this kind of caught us off guard the UAP, AC and ua p AC outdoor. Those are the generation 1 models. Those don’t appear to have taken a price drop, though still set at 299 and $ 489 respectively, which is, as far as we know, is the same price. They were at the time of their release, which is kind of interesting and will run down the specifications here shortly: generation, 1 AC and the generation 2 AC Pro have similar specifications, but the pro is half the price of the generation 1 AC. So it’s kind of interesting that you have a generation 2 model at half the price of the generation 1 model with similar specifications. So it’s kind of interesting. So let’s talk about the light. The light specification is it’s an indoor product, of course, because it’s 802 11 AC, you do have the simultaneous dual band, both the 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz are 2×2 MIMO, so you’re talking 300 megabits air speed on the 2.4 gigahertz band and 867 max air speed. On the 5 gigahertz plan, it is 24 volt, passive poh, so a little disappointing there. But again it is the light model at $ 89. So you can’t expect you know the biggest beefiest thing in there again. You do have a particular mount which we will take a peek at here momentarily when we do the unboxing I’m interested to see what they did with the mounting capabilities, because it’s AC, of course, you’re gon na have a Gigabit Ethernet port, and this is actually where They, in my opinion that call a little bit short all of the generation. 2 models have 3 DVI gain antennas, so not very high gain antennas, but both radios in the light also have 20 DB n max radio output power. So you’re talking about a total of 23 DB e IRP. So that’s not very much, but when you factor in your mobile devices like cell phones, laptops and whatnot, that’s you know, you don’t want maximum output power. That is your devices. I can build talkback. So not that big of a deal, I suppose, and one other thing that sticks out when you compare it to the first generation of the AC, is that if operating temperature is a little bit higher, one big thing that I consistently get reports of from our customers Is that the UAP AC runs pretty hot? Obviously we haven’t hooked this guy up, so we don’t know it how hot it actually gets, but that’s a concern when you’re running it in warmer temperatures we never ever ever advise a customer to run a UA P AC and an attic, for example, always run in A climate-controlled environment for you, a P AC, the operating temperature for a ua, p AC light, for example, is about twenty degrees higher than that of the ua p AC. If you really want to know you can check out the datasheet, it’s actually 150 degrees fahrenheit. So you want to do the calculation to Celsius feel free to do that, but it’s about 20 degrees higher in Fahrenheit then compared to the ua p, AC other than that specs are about the same as compared to the ua p HC. So let’s go ahead and open this guy up typical ubiquity fashion. You have an outer sleeve, which is next to impossible to get back up. Okay, that is very tiny. That is very small I mean I can. I can tell that that is a very small access point. Oh wow, they change quite a bit. Okay, so that’s definitely a different mount for sure. I, like it a lot better than the old school mounts that had to snap in, and you had to use like a hole, punch or a flathead screwdriver and generally, if any of you viewing this ever had to mount the UAP. You know that using a hole, punch or a flathead, screwdriver, generally you’re, going to gouge the plastic pretty much guaranteed with this mounting it against like a wall, we’re sealing you’d have to you know, leave it down a little bit from an edge, but you could get A flathead screwdriver in there very easily pop that out and then rotate the access point and just pop it right out. I like that mounting a lot more than then the old model for sure. There’S no question about that. That is a huge improvement. I’M not sure why you’d need four screw holes to definitely with a suffice, but I get to suppose you have options there. You, you don’t need all four use two but yeah. That’S definitely a huge improvement over the first generation. I want to go back to the mounting options back to that instant upgrade for those of you that are scratching your head saying. Well, you didn’t mention the UAP BC. Obviously it’s not gon na pin out at you a PA, see the you ap ACS are square. This is a circle, so that’s obviously out of the question, but again I can pawn this just again for size comparison. I mean there’s a there’s, a huge size difference, so this might be another reason why they call out the light it’s significantly smaller in person as well. Not sure, let me see how that looks. It’S even shorter. I was not expecting that, but it does look like it’s slightly shorter than the first generation access points which I had like a yardstick or something that I might be able to lay across there. But I do not have one of those handy so single. Give a single Gigabit, Ethernet interface under there, which snaps I’m not really surprising, can’t say that’s surprising again, it’s the light, but yeah it’s I mean it’s plastic construction comparing to be to this one. It’S. It feels a little bit better plastic quality slightly better. I mean it: it’s not going to survive a drop-off 100 foot building or anything like that. But why would you do that slightly better billet construction? I’D say it feels a little bit more robust compared to the first one. This feels you know more hollow where this feels like there’s a little bit more to it. I don’t really know how to describe feeling, but it just feels like there’s more than there. It feels more sturdy, which is nice, so there’s really again. The side is, is really impressive, I’m glad they trimmed it down. It’S aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It’S got less of an I mean it still looks like a UFO. I don’t know I like it. It’S slightly more appealing to die. I guess then, the generation. What else is in the box? Let’S see, we’ve got a mounting plate typical ubiquity fashion. So again that is one disadvantage. I will say that it would be nice to be able to use the existing mounts if you have those in place, but I suspect just one moment and I’m going to cut this out of the video I’m gon na go grab a mounting plate and see the Big question I have, and I want to share with you guys, is, if I lay the mounting plate over this, would the screw holes of the mounting plate be covered by the access point itself, so one second, while I go grab that mounting plate and I’ll, be Able to tell you that I think that’s important okay and I’m back now, I’m going to lay this mounting plate standard UAP mounting plate over the access point. I’M gon na hold it up to this light that I’ve got going here and man. It is close. I’M gon na tell you that these holes line up right around these curved edges of the access point, all right, all right, so basically with the old mounting plate. You’Ve got these three holes right right here. So if you use those three holes when mounting which I suppose most people probably would – and you replace that access point with it with one of the new lights, note that I said lights, because we haven’t looked at the L, R, the L R. According to the data sheet is larger is larger in diameter than the light. So if you replace one of the old-school circular access points with the light, I suspect that let’s say you had it on the ceiling that if you were looking at it from an angle, you would see the holes from the mounting plate on the edges of the Light everybody knows: that’s a suspicion just looking at the mounting plate at the light, I can see light through those screw holes, no matter where I position it, you will see light. I can see the edge of the access point, but I can also see light it’s about 50 % light 50 percent access point, so I suspect you’re going to be able to see the holes, which is a little disappointing. I would have liked to have seen an additional you know, eighth of an inch of plastic. Add it on to the diameter of the access point of the light, rather to compensate for that that’s kind of disappointing. They didn’t really consider that when designing this so but that’s one thing to keep in mind when you’re making your decision if a aesthetics are very important to you and you don’t want people seeing screw holes and you’re upgrading from the an old school access point, because I believe all the genuine access points are the same diameter. Then you may want to step up to the L R, if you don’t want those screw holes visible. Just something to consider then make sure that that shared we have mounting hardware. Of course, drywall screws, drywall, anchors and long screws. Of course you have your 24 volt power cord and POV adapter u.s

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Power cord and a quick start guide, which has all your led patterns, how to hook it up the mounting bracket, information so on and so forth. So that really concludes it. What we’re going to do now is we’re actually going to hook it up to our controller and see how it performs for a little while and then we’re going to do a little a little add-on to this video and tell you guys what we think of the Performance and then we’ll have to do a video on the LR so for speed testing in the 802 11 AC range, there’s quite a few tests that we’re gon na need to do to fully vet this access point and other access points in 2.

4 gigahertz we have 20 megahertz wide channels and we have 40 megahertz wide channels and then for 802 11 AC in 5 gigahertz band. We have 20 40 and 80 megahertz wide channels. So that’s five tests alone and then what we’re going to do in our testing is we’re going to do one stream as well as five streams. So what that does is a test. Basically, one user saturating the access point with traffic, as well as it tests the equivalent of five users saturating the access point and then also with five users that kind of test how well the access point distributes bandwidth when it’s saturated kind of sees how it divides Up and with across the five fake users, for all intents and purposes so we’re going to effectively do ten tests we’re going to do one stream and five streams per channel with so one stream and five streams on 20 megahertz wide channel on to 440 megahertz wide Channel on to for 20 megahertz on five gig and so on, so what we’re gon na do is we’re gon na run each test for two minutes as well and then and we’re gon na speed up the video. So you guys don’t get terribly bored, but you’re gon na be seeing the graphs moving and the text moving across the screen and everything and you’ll be able to see the results and, at the end of all of our tests. We’Re gon na put a spreadsheet up on the screen that shows the results of the test, which is basically the average at the end of each test and, of course, you’re gon na be able to see the graph move across the screen. So if there’s any huge dips in the test, you’re going to see how that goes and of course, that’ll affect the average at the end. But if there’s you know huge fluctuations, you’ll be able to see that move across it’s going to move more rapid, but the data points are going to be plotted every second, so you’ll be able to see that as well and we’re gon na pop in in between Each test and kind of tell you where we’re going to start and we’re going to start at the bottom and move up. So each test is going to start we’re gon na start on 2.4 20 megahertz wide channels and move up to 40 megahertz wide channels onto 4. Then we’re gon na move to 5 gig 20 megahertz wide and each test will be. You know one stream then move to five stream. One stream then moved to five straight and we’ll kind of pop in and tell you that, as we move through the tests and just to give you an idea of the testbed, we do have a little bit of RF interference on the 2 4 and 5. Gigahertz is a little bit clearer when we get to the 80 megahertz wide channel. It gets a little congested because it’s using so much RF. So it’s not ideal, but it’s also not terrible. So the ethernet cable, that’s running the access point. If we take that same Ethernet, cable cut out the VOE injector, of course, and plug it into the laptop that we’re using for the test, we get 997 998 Meg’s consistently. So there’s no bottlenecking of Ethernet or anything like that. So if there’s any huge speed fluctuations or anything like that, it’s going to be at the access point. So we have a pretty consistent testbed after every provision of the access point when we switch from between channel widths and everything like that. We go back and make sure that indeed, that laptop is associating at the appropriate channel width and the appropriate negotiated rates. And all of that fun stuff, you hey guys. As always, we just wanted to thank you for watching and if you guys could take a moment and give us a thumbs up, comment subscribe share. Whatever your social media allows you to do. We certainly appreciate it. If you could take a moment to head up our website, wwlp.com, that’s the ids. We would certainly appreciate it there. You can find out awesome information. We also do unify cloud hosting. We do custom portals, we have pre-made portals, we do consulting training, all sorts of awesome stuff there as well. If you like the videos that we do and want us to keep doing, please please comment and give us thumbs up. It really goes a long way. We do appreciate it. Thanks have a good one. You

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