Ubiquiti Unifi Review Part 4 – Is This The Best Networking Hardware Around?

Here is a spoiler for you, yes it is!

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Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Pro

One of the elements of the Ubiquiti UniFi is the Security Gateway Pro or the USG Pro 4 categorized as an enterprise Gateway Router that has Gigabit Ethernet. What makes it better is that it also comes with two mixes of SFP / RJ-45 ports. It associates dependable security features with increased and enhanced performance routing technology, packed in a cost-efficient unit.

Another notable aspect of the Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Pro is the fact that it’s rack-mountable via fiber connectivity alternatives. Not only that, but it’s also has a dual-core 1GHz processor for the best hardware-accelerated efficiency.

It comes with a lot of useful features, plus a simple yet sophisticated design to it. With its layout, the USG Pro 4 allows you to keep things clean and neat. With that, wires won’t be an eyesore when you start connecting and installing all the necessary elements for use.

What’s in the Box?

The UniFi Security Gateway Pro comes in your typical-looking Ubiquiti box, which sports a plain white, minimalist design. An image of the product is present on the front portion of the package, along with the company and unit’s name written as well. Around the box, you will find a few details about the product which can be helpful if you want to know more about the USG before purchasing this.

Inside the box, you will find the UniFi Security Gateway Pro along with a power cord, four cage nuts, four mounting screws, and a quick start guide.

For installation, you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver and a standard-sized 19-inch wide rack with a minimum height of 1U. When using the device for outdoor applications, it’s best to utilize a shielded Category 5 (or higher) UTP cabling that is allowed for indoor use. As for outdoor applications, shielded Category 5 (or above) cabling is necessary for all Ethernet wired connections. Having it grounded is also essential via the AC ground of the current power supply.

Generally, we highly recommend that you secure your network from dangerous ESD events and harmful outdoor elements. It can be done by using industrial-grade and shielded Ethernet cables, and what’s good is that you can get them from Ubiquiti as well. You should also note that despite having the cables located outdoors, it is vital to house the UniFi Gateway in a protective enclosure at all times.

About the Product

Ubiquiti Networks introduces yet another excellent product from its famous line of devices, the UniFi Security Gateway Pro or the USG Pro 4. It’s a device that boosts the UniFi Enterprise System to include adequate security and routing for your network. The UniFi Security Gateway combines reliable security features with high‑performance routing technology in a cost-effective unit.

As mentioned earlier, the unit sports a rack-mountable design that makes it even more convenient during configuration. Plus, it provides you with heightened hardware performance, thanks to its dual-core processor and fiber connectivity options.

Specifications

The Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Pro has a rackmount design and measures 484 x 44 x 164 millimeters, plus it weighs a total of 2.3 kilograms. For its power supply, the UniFi Security Gateway Pro makes use of an internal 60-Watt (24V. 2.5A) AC/DC power adapter while its supported Voltage range is from 110 ~ 240 VAC.

It comes with LEDs that display the system status, as well as the speed, link, and activity of the data ports. Also, the UniFi Security Gateway Pro has 1,000,000 PPS 1Gbps per PLR (Port Line Rate) for its layer three forwarding performance. The processor it uses is a dual-core 1GHz MIPS-64 with hardware acceleration that’s for packet processing.

The Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Pro has a 2GB DDR-3 RAM for its system memory and 4GB onboard flash storage. Operating temperature ranges from -10 to 45° C while operating humidity is 10 to 90% non-condensing. For its certifications, the Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Pro has CE, IC, and FCC.

What we liked about the USG Pro 4 is that it provides optional SFP ports specifically for fiber connectivity, allowing the device to reinforce backhaul applications.

Features

Rackmount Design

One notable feature of the Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Pro is its rackmount design. The company ensured to house the UniFi Security Gateway Pro in a durable and robust chassis for added protection.

Capable Firewall Efficiency

The UniFi Security Gateway Pro gives you advanced and enhanced firewall policies that are necessary for safeguarding your network, as well as your data.

Convenient & User-Friendly VLAN Support

This UniFi Security Gateway Pro from Ubiquiti can readily establish virtual network segments for network and security traffic control.

VPN Server for Protected Communication 

The unit has a site to site VPN that encrypts and secures private data communication that travels over the internet.

QoS for Enterprise VoIP and Video 

The top QoS is authorized for video and voice traffic to achieve clear calls, as well as lag-free and smooth video streaming. The UniFi Security Gateway is set up in the same manner as the UniFi Access Points which is for wireless networking.

For conducting device detecting, you can utilize the smart UniFi Controller for this. Plus, it is something useful for management and provisioning.

Performance

The USG Pro is a beast of a router that also comes in at a very affordable price. Installing an enterprise router would usually require hours of work and also the expertise of a network administrator, however, that is certainly not the case with the USG Pro. The USG Pro is incredibly simple to setup and it just a matter of plugging it into your network and then adopting it in the Network Controller software. Once the router is adopted you just need to configure whatever options you would like and your good to go.

in order to Adopt the UniFi Gateway you simply need to:

  1. Load up the UniFi Controller software and click on devices from the main menu
  2. Find the USG Pro in the list of devices and then click on the adopt button
  3. The USG Pro shall now go through the adoption process and once the indicator light on the router turns blue the adoption is complete

The whole setup process took us roughly 20 minutes and after that, we were able to connect to our network and the internet.

Everything on the network ran lightning fast and we noticed no issues with throughput speeds etc. The firewall controls are simply amazing and allowed us to very easily control what traffic went through the network.

Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W

With the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W, you can expand, enhance, and build your network. It is a part of the UniFi line of products, so you can be sure that it is efficient and adequate for your needs. The UniFi Switch 24 250W is an entirely-managed PoE + Gigabit switch that delivers outstanding performance, plus a smart switching process for growing networks.

Not only that, but the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W also provides you with quick forwarding capacity. It helps to continuously process and operate traffic on every port at line-rate without having to worry about any packet loss.

This portion of the Ubiquiti UniFi review will give you more details and insights about the UniFi Switch, as well as its performance and efficiency.

What’s in the Box?

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W comes in your typical Ubiquiti packaging that is clean, simple, and straightforward. You’ll have a pretty good idea of how the unit looks since the front portion of the package displays an image of the Switch 24 250W.

Once you slide out the outer covering of the package, you’ll be greeted by a cardboard box that’s robust and sturdy enough to protect the unit inside. When opened, you’ll immediately see the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W with thick Styrofoams on each side for added security. It prevents the product from moving about while in transit.

Aside from the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W, other items inside include a user manual, a power cable, plus cage nuts for installation.

About the product

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W is a unit that performs outstandingly by providing adequate PoE + support. For upgrading networks, it also gives you intelligent switching for improved use.

Aesthetics and construction of the UniFi Switch 24 250W are unmatched at its price point. Plus, it sports a minimalist and clean design with all the essential indicators that notify you of what it’s doing just by a glance.

What’s notable about the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W is that it has a design and build quality. It is a solid box and perfect cooling functions that suit our needs.

Specifications

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W is has a rackmount design that its 1U high that measures 485 x 43.7 x 285.4 millimeters and weighs 4.7 kilograms in total. It has 26Gbps of total non-blocking line rate and maximum power consumption of 250 Watts.

This unit makes use of 100 – 240VAC / 50-60Hz universal input for its power method, while its power supply is an internal AC/DC 250-Watt DC. ESD / EMP protection air is ± 24 kV; contact is also ± 24 kV. Operating temperature for the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W is -5 to 40-degrees Celsius, and its operating humidity ranges from 5 to 95% non-condensing.

For shock and vibration, the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W uses ETS I300 019 1.4 standard, with the PoE, Link / Speed / Activity for the RJ-45 data ports, and Speed / Link / Activity for SFP data ports. Its networking interface (24) includes 10 | 100 | 1000Mbps RJ-45 Ethernet ports and two 1Gbps SFP Ethernet ports.

When it comes to the management interface, there’s an RJ-45 serial port out-of-band that you can use in the future whenever necessary, plus an Ethernet in-band.

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W’s PoE interfaces include the PoE+ IEEE 802.3af/at [pins 1, 2+ | 3, 6-]. 24VDC passive PoE [pins 4, 5+ | 7, 8-]. Its maximum PoE+ Wattage per port PSE is 34.2 Watts, the Voltage range is 802.3at mode 50 – 57 Volts, and maximum passive PoE Wattage per port is at 17 Watts. For the 24-Volt passive PoE Voltage, it ranges from 20 – 27 Volts.

Features

Powerful Switch Units

At line rate, the UniFi Switch 24 250W delivers advanced capacity to process traffic on all ports simultaneously without packet loss. Its total non-blocking throughput reaches up to 26 Gbps.

Optical Fiber Connection and Improved Port Management

The UniFi Switch 24 250W provides various options for fiber connectivity to allow for easier expansion of networks. Two SFP ports of the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W support up to 1 Gbps of uplinks for optical fiber connection. For each switch port, these offer customizable settings, such as the port name, network/VLAN configuration, PoE, operation mode, radius VLAN support, and 802.1X authentication. The included settings for operation mode are aggregate, mirroring, or switching.

Convenient PoE+ Support

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W has an auto-sensing IEEE 802.3af/at PoE to provide power for multiple devices connected to the network.

Breakthrough Value

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W provides an excellent price to performance ratio. It’s an enterprise-class switch packed with great features, and it comes at an affordable price.

Faultless Integration

The integration of the UniFi Switch 24 250W into the UniFi SDN or Software-Defined Networking platform is seamless. With that, it creates a complete and highly scalable system of network devices across different locations. All of these are under the control of a single interface – the UniFi Controller.

PoE+ Flexibility

The UniFi Switch 24 250W features 24 PoE Gigabit Ethernet ports with configurable 24V passive PoE or auto-sensing IEEE 802.3af/at. These features make your infrastructure simpler, and by default, it will automatically spot 802.3af/at devices, so these will receive PoE. Through the UniFi Controller software, you can enable 24V passive PoE for devices of this type.

Performance

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W performed marvelously during our tests. We powered 2x NanoHD Access Points, Cloud Key Gen 2 Plus and 5x G3 Pro cameras using the switch which delivered adequate power via Cat 6 cabling.

The Switch 24 was, as the USG Pro, very easy to add to our UniFi network, which was great. The setup was the same as the UniFi Security Gateway Pro which just meant locating the Switch in the Network Controller software and clicking the adopt button.

The Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W barely made any fan noise compared to other similar products that we’ve tried. It isn’t completely silent however, the faint sound it produced was certainly tolerable. the noise levels made it one of the best switches to use when we needed to keep it out in the open, or close to other equipment that we have.

It’s an excellent unit to use when you require a combination of passive and active PoE. It’s also safe to claim that the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W very much improved the speed in our network. With its integrated PoE, we were able to remove the PoE injectors that reduced space, and we were able to free up outlets, which was good.

Overall, the Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 250W is an excellent product with a fair price to boot.

Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro

The Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro symbolizes the next generation of cameras designed for the UniFi Video Surveillance Management system. The cameras provide you with full HD 1080p resolution for night and day use. It is also built-in with the UniFi Video software for flexible and powerful integrated IP video management.

This camera is easy to use, operate, as well as manage, especially when utilizing the pre-installed UniFi software that is on the optional UniFi NVR appliance or UniFi Application Server. If not, you can choose to download the software, free of charge.

If this sounds like a product that you’d need, then we’ve got your back. Today, we will give you all the details you’d need to know about the Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro, and if it’s something essential for your setup.

What’s in the Box?

We received the Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro in a simple white box with an image of the camera on one side. Ubiquiti chose to leave things simple and straightforward, which is good and highly appealing to the eyes.

Inside, the camera is neatly and securely set in place to prevent it from moving about and acquiring damages while in transit. Aside from the camera, other items found in the package include the tightening tool, two screw anchors, two self-tapping screws, two machine screws, and a pole mount bracket.

About the product

The Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro has a 1080p video performance plus an IR capacity with a highly-powered zoom lens. Its adaptable three-axis mount allows for outdoor or indoor camera installation, which makes for a convenient product. The UniFi G3 Pro’s infrared LED lights have an automatic IR-cut filter for night and day surveillance. The camera excellently delivers detailed and precise videos together with a pro-grade 3x flexible zoom lens.

Its newer and bigger image sensor, mixed with eight high-powered LED lights, captures stunning detail in every lighting condition.

The company claims that its UniFi G3 Pro has about 15% improvement for night viewing compared to the standard Ubiquiti UniFi G3 equipped with the LED ring (optional). What’s notable about the Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro is that it comes with a couple of essential improvements, and one of the most significant features it offers is the 3x optical zoom.

This optical zoom is controllable via the UniFi video application and software. When you zoom in, you’ll notice that there isn’t any loss of quality, which is excellent. Plus, it’s also a handy feature to have since the company does not provide us with a PTZ camera. Another thing to note is that it comes with a metal body, unlike the plastic housing of the standard G3. Plus, it’s slightly heavier and more prominent, giving it a more robust and sturdy build.

We also noticed that the rubber grommet included in the camera for keeping water out, improved. Generally, we never had any issues with water getting through the old grommet, but Ubiquiti still enhanced it anyway, and we liked it a lot. In the past, you needed to remove the camera’s mount after moving the cable as far back as you could. Then, you’ll need to push the grommet into place to seal it adequately. This time, you won’t have to bother going through that, which makes things all the more convenient.

Specifications

The Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro is 86 x 153 millimeters and weighs a total of 700 grams. It uses a 10/100 Ethernet port for its networking interface, plus a Sony IMX-290 ½ .8-inch sensor and 3x power zoom lenses, 3-9 millimeters f/1.w – f/2.1.

The camera sports a night mode feature via IR LED illumination & IR cut filter. It also comes with a microphone, and a factory reset button.

The power method that the camera uses is 802.3af / 802.at / 24V passive PoE, while the power supply is 802.3af / 802.3at / 24V passive PoE switch. The Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro consumes a maximum of 12.5 Watts and has an operating temperature of -20 to 50-degrees Celsius, while its operating humidity ranges from 0 – 90% non-condensing. Mounting the camera to the wall, ceiling, or pole is possible, and the nice thing about it is that the Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro is IP-67 rated.

When it comes to its video, compression is at H.264 and has a maximum frame rate of 30 FPS. Video resolution is 1080p full HD, and image settings for the camera include flip, contrast, brightness, WDR, hue, sharpness, 50/60Hz flicker reduction, noise reduction, and saturation.

The Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro’s general viewing angle for the wide view is 108-degrees (H), 58-degrees (V), and 125-degrees (D). The zoom is at 37-degrees (H), 20-degrees (V), and 43-degrees (D).

This camera supports the UniFi Video 3.9 or newer versions. Its video system requirements include 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10|8|7|, Ubuntu 14.04 / 16.04, a Debian 7.0 system together with an Intel / compatible 1.86GHz (or higher) processor, and a minimum of 4GB RAM.

UniFi G3 Pro Features

Professional Grade Camera for Demanding Installations

The Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro will allow you to adjust your field of view to perfectly match the scene with the help of the ultra-sharp 3x electronically alterable zoom lens. With this feature, you can capture every single detail using the massive image sensor. It’s something that will let you see clearly despite the darkness with its eight built-in and high-powered infrared LEDs.

Powerful Low-light Performance

The high-powered infrared LED lights, large image sensors, and wide-aperture lens, and delivers outstanding video clarity even when in dark environments.

Adequate Management

The UniFi NVR and UniFi Application Server both feature the UniFi Video software that’s pre-installed. It allows you to immediately expand the UniFi Application Server to set then control your UniFi Video Cameras.

Adaptable Mounting Options

The UniFi Video Camera provides flexibility with its multiple mounting options. Mount this on a ceiling, pole, or a wall.

Powerful Software for Management

The UniFi Video mobile application allows for easy management of your cameras and live streaming from your smart devices. This mobile app is downloadable for free in the Google Play Store for Android and the Apple Store for iOS.

Remote Access, No Third-Party Server Streaming, Free Unlimited Use

The Hybrid Cloud Technology integrates the best features for local and cloud management. It provides you with protected local storage that you can remotely access with streaming privacy. With that, you don’t need licensing and maintenance fees.

Performance

The first thing we did with the Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro was to mount them around the property in order to give us a detailed view of the area. There are 2 ways that you can mount the cameras, either to a pole using the pole mounts provided or to the wall or ceiling. We opted for ceiling installation. Ubiquiti has provided all of the fittings that you need depending on what setup you chose.

Once that the cameras are installed we connected them to our 24 Port POE Switch via Cat 6 in order to deliver power to the cameras. Once connected we installed the UniFi Protect app on our phones and adopted the cameras using the phone app.

When it comes to its image quality, we can say that it is impressive. We paired a total of 5 Ubiquiti UniFi G3 Pro’s using the Ubiquity Cloud Key 2 Plus, and the result was exceptional. The UniFi Protect application allowed us to set the sensitivity & motion detection space, adjust the picture & zoom, then scrub back-and-forth through the video. We were able to see when there was detected motion in the scrubbing bar, making it easy to switch to the exciting parts. Night performance is fantastic thanks to the IR functions of the G3 Pro which help illuminate the camera to provide clear video even when it is pitch black.

The zoom feature of the cameras gives you more control over how you setup the cameras and means that you can really focus on key areas that you want to monitor which was great.

Its microphone was quite sensitive as well. The cameras easily record audio as part of the video and the sound was crisp and clear.

Overall, the UniFi G3 Pro is an excellent camera from Ubiquiti, and its performance exceeded our expectations. With that, the camera gets two thumbs up from us.

UniFi Network Controller

Ubiquiti’s UniFi Network Controller is their wireless network management solution that lets you control a variety of wireless networks using a web browser. It comes with a design that’s significant for convenient management that allows you to monitor and set up the UniFi Switch, as well as other UniFi devices with a graphical UI.

The controller is downloadable from www.ubnt.com without any additional costs; plus, there aren’t any separate licensing, software, or support fees included.

Features of UniFi Network Controller

Enhanced User Experience

The new and revamped user interface of the UniFi Network Controller is more intuitive, making it easier for you to navigate through its tabs and settings. It’s simple yet powerful interface displays organized network details to improve user experience.

Packed with Great Features

With UniFi Controller, you can utilize a lot of UniFi Security Gateways and access points, map out networks, manage UniFi devices, and arrange system traffic.

Network Overview and Detailed Analytics

UniFi Network Controller provides you with an overview of your Network Health, which is available in the software’s new dashboard. Here, you can keep track of your network’s status and vitals, and make necessary adjustments on the fly.

The software provides configurable reporting and analytics so you can monitor and manage large user groups efficiently. Aside from that, you can also troubleshoot when necessary, and use advanced search and sorting capabilities to manage your network more efficiently.

Multiple Site Management

With one UniFi Controller running in your cloud, you can handle multiple distributed sites; for managed service providers, numerous tenancies are available. The logically deployed sites each having their guest portal, configuration, maps, statistics, as well as administrator read-only and read/write accounts.

LAN / WLAN Groups

As mentioned, the UniFi Controller can manage large deployments with flexible configurations. Through the interface, you can create multiple WLAN and LAN groups and designate these to respective UniFi devices.

System Requirements

For the operating system, the UniFi Network Controller requires Mac OS X 10.11 or higher, Linux, or Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10. The recommended Java Runtime Environment version is 1.8 or above. It needs an x86-64Intel or AMD processor with a minimum of 2GB RAM.

For the network, the UniFi Network Controller requires at least 100Mbps wired Ethernet; it also requires a minimum of 10GB of free memory for the HDD. It’s compatible with Google Chrome and MongoDB version 3.2 or above.

Downloading and Installing the UniFi Network Controller

To download the UniFi Controller software, visit the official website of Ubiquiti Networks, then go to Downloads. If you’re a Windows user, download UniFi-installer.exe, but if you are using a Mac, proceed to download UniFi.pkg.

When you finish downloading the appropriate installer for your computer, launch this and click install to continue. After installation, you can already access the software to manage your devices.

If you have access to a Cloud Key then the Network Controller is installed already.

Setting Up the UniFi Network Controller and its Interface

Once you’re done downloading and installing the UniFi Controller, you will have to launch your browser to begin software set up. For this software, you will also require Java. In setup, the integrated wizard will guide you through. Before you proceed, you will set your timezone and country.

When you move into Devices, everything on your network should appear, then you’ll wait for adoption. To continue with the setup process, you will have set up a username and password to add controller access. After running through these first steps, you will land to an interface with a white background. On the right-hand side is an option that allows you to switch to dark mode. From the top of the browser window, the UniFi Network dashboard provides insights into your entire network.

On the left is the Internet capacity. Next to this is the utilization numbers for every device added to the chain. Below is the total number of clients and access points connected to the software. Under these sections, you can monitor each client that connects to a UniFi access point in case there are anomalies and issues, such as authentication failures and timeouts.

The statistics menu provides another level of analytics with connected clients and its traffic. You will also find an overall throughput number for every access point and historical traffic for all clients. On the map tab, you can import and assign access points to improve the utilization of coverage.

The list of UniFi devices connected to the software is on the device menu. When you click on any device on the list, a popup window will display further information and necessary configurations, if there are any. Within this menu, each client has an experience score based on signal quality and connection rate. To the right, you will find the traffic stats that display each client’s uptime and activity.

The Insights tab displays neighboring access points and the interference these may be causing. With this data, you can manage your network quality by changing your selected channels.

Intrusion Prevention is the USG Gateway’s firewall that allows you to monitor your network and block its threats if you enable it. The settings menu lets you make changes to the controller’s setup data, such as the timezone and advanced features. You can also set categories and firewall restrictions.

The maintenance menu system is where you backup and restore your configurations, as well as retain your data. For the advanced features, you will find band steering, airtime fairness, load balancing, and minimum RSSI. Additionally, you can access the settings that allow the controller to upgrade the access points’ firmware automatically or perform scheduled speed tests.

Maps, Floor Plan, and Coverage

One of the neat options in the UniFi Controller is the ability to create an outline or import a floor plan of your location. You may use Google Maps to provide a visual display of your network. The map screen also displays the system topology. When you access the Controller application, you will see a default map with a legend below it.

From here, you can arrange your WAPs and set these on the floor plan. The software allows you to estimate the signal strength and coverage of the WAPs. The visual representation is clean and straightforward, making it easy for arranging WAPs. With that, you can estimate the distance that your network can cover.

UniFi Protect

Home camera systems can provide everyone with security and peace of mind. It can also save you cash on home insurance, and provide definitive evidence in the event of a crime. In the past, home surveillance was a challenging procedure, yet all that has changed.

The new video surveillance solution for businesses and homes comes with local storage that ensures privacy while decreasing bandwidth utilization.

Ubiquiti gave its UniFi Video System a significant upgrade in the form of the UniFi Protect. It provides you with a complete video surveillance solution for your business and home to ensure protection at all times. When linked to the UniFi Cloud Key Gen-2 plus, it gives you 1TB of local storage.

Features of UniFi Protect

Manage your G3 Pro Camera with the New Cloud Key Gen-2 Plus

The Cloud Key Gen-2 Plus is a reliable, plug-&-play solution for controlling your UniFi G3 Pro camera, and designed for quick, convenient setup, as well as accelerated deployment.

It will allow you to record up to a total of 1,600 hours of footage with the 1TB hard drive included. If not, you can choose to upgrade the hard drive to store more videos.

Multi-Controller 

With UniFi Protect and UniFi SDN on a single hardware, you can organize your entire network and all cameras connected to the system.

Up to 20 Cameras

The UniFi Protect can support up to 20 cameras.

Free UniFi Software, Cloud Service, and Encrypted UniFi Technology

With UniFi cameras, you won’t require any subscription and licensing fees for the software. Also, you can remotely access your Cloud Key Gen-2 wherever you go with the free cloud service. Aside from free services, UniFi Protect offers Encrypted UniFi technology to stay out of the cloud with full privacy

Simple Upgrades for Hard Drive

The tool-free hard-drive tray allows for simple upgrades for storage expansion. Installation of any 2.5-inch SATA hard drives will only take seconds.

Timelapse

Timelapse is a feature that allows you to better review footages taken in multiple days. With this feature, having a quick scroll through your recordings becomes simple, so you can find the exact scenarios you need. When you click on an event, a window slides out and gives you the option to play the video or download the clip straight to your device.

Added Camera Options

Utilize your UniFi G3 Pro Cameras with the UniFi Cloud Key Gen-2 Plus for improved functionality.

The Application

The application comprises of different sections, namely Cameras, Activity, Settings, and Users.

Cameras Tab

The Cameras Tab is the most commonly used area of the app since it is where you view live feeds and past recordings. But what’s most notable about the application is its timeline view called the Time Lapse. It’s a feature that lets you scroll through recordings to let you quickly find what you’re searching for.

Here, motion events, as well as notifications like firmware updates and camera disconnects, are present on the timeline. Moving through time is as convenient as scrolling back in time, and the responsiveness of rubbing is perfect. If you use a pinch gesture, it lets you scale the timeline for either more or less time in the view.

You can tweak each camera setting to have a perfect image with privacy zones and setting motions. The privacy zones are for marking video areas that you don’t want recorded, whereas motion zones are for ignoring movement in certain areas.

Making zones are possible by utilizing simple to use touch screen controls. The beautiful thing about it is you can use any shape you want. Some notable features complement on-screen video controls; plus, you can delete clips, export these, and take snapshots as well. Exporting directly to your smartphone is an essential feature because once it’s in the camera roll, you can edit, share, and do anything you want with it.

Activity Tab

The Activity tab allows you to find a set of events that occurred in the system. With that, you can go to a specific date and see the activities for the day. For easier access, click on any event to directly go to the recording on Time Lapse.

Users Tab

The Users Tab is for sharing your camera feeds with others. It’s also for adding restrictions on which cameras they can see.

Access Through The Browser

The Ubiquiti UniFi Protect also serves your G3 Pro cameras through modern web browsers like Chrome. It means you can view your UniFi G3 Pro camera from your computer.

When in the Web UI’s Live View mode, you’re allowed to create a variety of layouts, then share them with other devices in the system. This web interface is vital, especially when you want a long-lasting display with your UniFi G3 Pro in your home. You’ll be able to utilize everything that backs a modern-day browser, while simultaneously having your camera on full screen all the time.

There are also other advanced features available. These include adjusting the frame rates & bitrates for your cameras, as well as establishing backups of your specific configuration.

Conclusion

Ubiquiti is the leader when it comes to producing network products that not only perform exceptionally well but are so incredibly easy to use. This allows users that don’t have a lot of networking experience to roll out a network either in the office or at home that is far superior to standard routers and consumer level networking hardware.

Not only are these products super simple but they are also very affordable, coming in at a fraction of the cost of other major networking vendors. Just because the UniFi range of products is affordable does not mean that the performance is lower or features lacking, this range of products can easily outcompete major competitors.

For the price, the performance and the quality we can say with complete confidence that Ubiquiti is at the top of their game. The UniFi range should be part of every network installation and it is about time that other networking vendors woke up and took notice because while they have been sleeping Ubiquiti has been dominating the industry.

Head on over to the Ubiquiti website and upgrade your network.

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