Ubiquiti Vs Linksys Vs TP-link Wireless AC Access Point

Ubiquiti offers various models of Unifi wireless AC access points (AP), wireless AP for businesses with Unify controller software. One of them is UAP-AC-PRO wireless AC access point. In the market you can find various models of Wireless APs for businesses with different prices including Linksys, TP-link, Netgear, Cisco, Aruba and still more. If you have three affordable business class APs, which one is the best wireless access point for your businesses between Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO, Linksys LAPAC1750 and TP-link EAP320?

In this article

  • Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO
  • Ubiquiti Vs Linksys Vs TP-link
  • Comparison table

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO

In large homes, typically you can create high speed wifi network by adding cable modem such as Surfboard SB6183 or SB6190, TP-link TC-7620 or other models plus high speed wireless routers such as Linksys EA9500 and Netgear AC5400. Or you can easily build wifi network using a single device cable modem wifi router combo such as TP-link Archer CR700 or Surfboard SBG6900 and still more.




 
Creating large scale wifi network for corporation or enterprise is a hard work and is hard to manage with standard wireless AP products such as multi-mode home WAP products. Today you can easily create large scale wifi network using business class wireless AC AP products from various models of wireless access point ac products from various networking vendors including Ubiquiti, Linksys and TP-link. And for enterprises, you may consider high end Meraki or Aruba wireless APs. See also Meraki M23 wireless ac access point by Cisco, and Aruba IAP-205 business class AP by HP.

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is one of best wireless access point to allow you build large scale enterprise wifi network easily.

What this product does

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is a business class wireless ac access point to allow you build from a single AP device in a single site up to hundreds of AP devices in high density clients from multiple sites. And the good thing is that you can easily manage them from a single central point via Unifi controller software even across multiple sites.

It’s a simultaneous dual band AP with 3×3 MIMO technology delivering high speed wifi network up to 1,300Mbps wireless AC @5GHz band and up to 450Mbps wireless N @2.4GHz band. You can install the product mounted either on the wall or ceiling, no worries of providing power outlet on ceiling since this product is POE business class access point, WAP that supports 802.3af/802.3at PoE standards. Just run a single CAT5e or CAT6 UTP cable for both data and power from each of Ubiquiti AP to the POE switch. You can use  Ubiquiti 8-port managed POE Gigabit switch to connect the APs.

Highlights

  • Business class wireless AC access point based on wireless AC1750 technology
  • Dual band wifi network speeds up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps in 2.4GHz band
  • Internal dual band 3dBi antenna with 3×3 MIMO technology
  • Supports band steering, airtime fairness
  • 2x Gigabit POE Ethernet ports
  • Supports multiple SSIDs up to 4x SSIDs each band
  • Easy management with Unify controller v4 software
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ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO

This product is one of affordable wireless access point ac products with AC1750 network segment. You may also like the lower speed version of Ubiquiti by selecting Unifi AC Lite model with AC1200 technology, see also other Top 5 wireless AC1200 AP.

Band steering and airtime fairness

Ubiquiti supports band steering that forces clients to connect to 5GHz band if the clients supports 5GHz band. 5GHz band is relatively clean from any interference than 2.4GHz band which is crowded band used by various models of wifi devices including baby monitor system, garage controller, microwave oven and still more.

Airtime fairness helps you increase system performance by limiting users airtime access to minimize problem-clients effects on system performance.

Comparison

Few vendors offer wireless ac access point for businesses including Linksys and TP-link. Linksys offers three variants of business class WAP including LAPN600, LAPAC1200 and Linksys LAPAC1750 that will be compared with Ubiquiti. TP-link offers EAP ceiling mount series including the EAP320 that will be discussed here by comparing this product with Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO.

All of the three models are designed for business class WAP, they are all based on wireless ac access point simultaneous dual band both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band. Take a look at the following two spec comparison tables.

 Wifi technology

Both Ubiquiti and Linksys use the same wireless AC1750 technology delivering speeds of up to 1300Mbps wireless AC in 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps wireless N in 2.4Ghz band. While TP-link offers its debut in business class wireless AC access point by releasing the EAP320 based on AC1200 with Beamforming technology. There are still few wifi adapters support Beamforming technology, you can mention D-link DWA-192 AC1900 USB adapter.

Multiple SSIDs

Compared with the other two, Ubiquiti offers only 8 SSIDs while Linksys and TP-link offer twice more network segment than Ubiquiti. Do you require that much SSIDs for your business? The more SSIDs the more complicated your network administration.

Network management

Compared with the other two products, Ubiquiti with its enterprise class Unifi controller software is very powerful software engine for central network management for thousands of AP devices across multiple sites, distributed deployments and multi-tenancy you can host via the cloud.

Linksys with clustering mode applies only to Linksys LAPAC1750, LAPAC1200, LAPAC1750PRO and LAPAC2600 and must be in the same bridged segment and can only host up to 16 members.

Take a thorough look at the following tables below, table 1 represents spec comparison between Ubiquiti and Linksys, while table 2 represents spec comparison between Ubiquiti and TP-link.

Table 1 Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO Vs Linksys LAPAC1750

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO Linksys LAPAC1750
Wifi technology Dual band AC1750 Dual band AC1750
Speeds Up to 1300Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 450Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Up to 1300Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 450Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Antenna design 3×3 dual band antennas MIMO technology

3dBi each band

3×3 dual band antennas MIMO technology

1.7dBi @2.4G, 1.9dBi @5G

Beamforming technology No No
Airtime fairness and band steering Yes Band steering
Placement Outdoor / Indoor Indoor
Ethernet Port 2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1 x Gigabit LAN Port with IEEE 802.3at PoE+
POE Support Yes Yes
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 N/A
BSSID 4x SSID each band 16 SSID, 8x SSIDs each band
Mounting Wall / ceiling Wall / ceiling / desktop
Wifi management Unify controller v4 software to help you manage high density client across the sites Single point control for clustering
Price $128 $149

 

Table 2 Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO Vs TP-link EAP320

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO TP-link EAP320
Wifi technology Dual band AC1750 Dual band AC1200
Speeds Up to 1300Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 450Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Up to 867Mbps in 5Ghz

Up to 300Mbps in 2.4Ghz

Antenna design 3×3 dual band antennas MIMO technology 3dBi each band Omni 2.6dBi each band MIMO technology
Beamforming technology No Yes
Airtime fairness and band steering Yes Yes
Placement Outdoor / Indoor Indoor
Ethernet Port 2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
POE Support Yes Yes
USB Port 1x USB 2.0 N/A
BSSID 4x SSID each band 16 SSIDs, 8x SSIDs each band
Mounting Wall / ceiling Wall / ceiling
Wifi management Unify controller v4 software to help you manage high density client across the sites Free EAP controller software – easy management up to hundreds of EAPs
Price $128 $185

Prices are fluctuation by days, by months and so is customer rating. You may read more spec and manufacturer’s description by clicking the following links and current price and customer rating in Amazon.

Summary

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO is affordable wireless AC access point for businesses and one of best wireless access point products in the market today that allows you build multi-site wifi network and controlled centrally using unifi controller software.




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