Recently we upgraded a customer’s network from an Apple Airport with some WiFi extenders to a new state of the art WiFi network using Ubiquity UniFi professional-grade network equipment.
Ubiquiti UniFi professional-grade network
The new network is managed with a Ubiquity USG firewall, and distribution takes place with an UniFi 8 Port PoE switch. Power over Ethernet (PoE) eliminates the need for individual power supplies for the WiFi Access Points. It also allows us to power cycle the devices remotely. We installed the UniFi WiFi Access Points throughout the entire house and garage. Creating seamless WiFi coverage allowing the users to move from room to room without losing internet connection. This is especially important when using a smartphone for with WiFi calling is enabled or using VoIP. Ideally, the WiFi Access Points should be located on the ceiling or wall, allowing devices to have a clear line of sight path, ensuring an excellent WiFi connection.
Repurpose phone wiring
The electrician who installed the wiring more than 10 years ago had the foresight to pull Cat5e network cable for phones. The homeowners no longer subscribe to an AT&T landline, we decided to repurpose the Cat5e wiring and install the WiFi access point over the existing outlets, and use a jumper cable to place the WiFi AP on top of a cabinet or bookshelf.
Cutting the Cable
People no longer want to subscribe to Cable TV. Instead, many choose to stream entertainment and news media from their Apple TV. We configure this by connecting directly to the network using the existing Cat5e ethernet cable which was already available where the TV and surround sound system was installed. Using the hard wire avoids putting the strain of streaming movies on the nearby WiFi AP. We remotely manage the UniFi network so we can make adjustments when needed, like changing passwords and any security concerns that might occur.
Smiles across the wires,