Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO vs Netgear WAC730

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is one of best wireless access point with scalable deployment for businesses.

Why Ubiquiti

Ubiquiti is a well known supplier of wireless gear to most networking professional with low prices, high quality and reliability products. However, you need to be tech savvy to configure Ubiquiti products. It’s therefore Ubiquiti is ideal for businesses with dedicated IT personal.

For homes

For consumers, one of Ubiquiti products is Amplifi HD home mesh wifi system and its satellite Amplifi mesh point HD which become one of best mesh home wifi systems together with Orbi by Netgear, Linksys Velop, the later model TP-link Deco M5 and still more.




 

For businesses

And for businesses, Ubiquiti offers various models of wireless ac access point products such as Amplifi wave 2 UAP-AC-HD and the popular one is Ubiquiti Amplifi UAP-AC-PRO. This product is ideal for small to medium scale businesses. They come with free Ubiquiti central management controller software to allow you manage thousands of Amplifi AP products  across multiple remote sites via the cloud.

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is one of best wireless ac POE AP products in the market today, you can compare with other competing products from different vendors including Netgear or Linksys.

Comparison

Besides Ubiquiti, you have various models of wireless ac access point products in the market including TP-link, Linksys, Netgear and still more. Take one of the competing product, Netgear WAC730 wireless AC1750 access point for comparison with Ubiquiti AC-PRO.

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Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO

Ubiquiti AC-PRO is best seller in Amazon and is tagged with affordable price around $130, while Netgear WAC730 is tagged with the price around $230 (MSRP $460). The price difference is very high.

Take a look at the following spec comparison table to help you understand the differences between the two products.

Wifi technology

Both UAP-AC-PRO and WAC730 are designed based on wireless AC1750 network segment with 3×3 MIMO technology. They deliver speeds of up to 1300Mbps @5Ghz plus 450Mbps @2.4Ghz for total bandwidth up to 1750Mbps simultaneous dual band.

However, Netgear WAC730 supports Beamforming, band steering and load balance. Ubiquiti doesn’t support those features. With beamforming feature your clients should support beamforming feature as well to get the effect of this feature, a feature to focus the beam to the clients and follow the clients while roaming within the network coverage. It’s good for mobile devices with beamforming feature.

Band steering is to force 5Ghz band capable clients to connect to 5Ghz cleaner band instead of 2.4Ghz band.

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO and the lite version Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE don’t support beamforming and band steering, but the high end version Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD does.

Management

Netgear WAC730 allows you install up to 10 APs in ensemble mode without requiring a controller for central management, ideal for small to medium businesses up to 10 APs deployment.

Ubiquiti on the other hand is scalable deployment you can deploy in multi sites deployment using free central management software you can install in a non-dedicated machine either locally in a PC or even you can install in public cloud.

The good thing with Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO and other UAP series is that you can start with one product and in line with the growing of your business you can scale up to 5, 100 or thousands as needed and still use your single management system.

Have a look  at the following spec comparison table between the two products, see that the price is fluctuation. You can click the link under the table to learn more detail about the product, current price in Amazon.

Table Ubiquiti Vs Netgear

Model Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO Netgear WAC730
Wifi technology Wireless ac1750 with 3×3 MIMO Wireless ac1750 with 3×3 MIMO
Speeds 1300Mbps @5Ghz plus 450Mbps @2.4Ghz 1300Mbps @5Ghz plus 450Mbps @2.4Ghz
Beamforming N/A Yes
Band steering N/A Yes
Antennas 3x dual band internal antennas

2.4 GHz: 3x 3dBi, 5 GHz: 3x 3dBi

Internal antennas 3×3 with three reverse SMA antenna connector
Ethernet Ports 2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
POE Yes, 802.3af/802.3at Yes, 802.3af/802.3at
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 N/A
Concurrent users 200+ Unspecified
Management Free central management controller software – manage centrally and or remotely via the cloud Standalone or ensemble mode management of up to 10 like Access Points without the need for a controller
Price $130.00 $230

Summary

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is one of best wireless ac access point product in the market, ideal for businesses ranging from small to enterprise class network. You can start from a single AP and scale up to thousands with a single central management software.

See also Netgear WAC730 compare with Linksys and TP-link and comparison Linksys LAPAC2600 vs Netgear WAC740.


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