Wireless internet mesh

Why Mesh?

As demand for internet connectivity has grown exponentially - and with it the portability of client devices - it’s become normal to expect better internet in more places. These expectations have extended past what we used to think was reasonable, to places and devices that ethernet cables or routers couldn’t viably reach. This is where Wireless Mesh Networks come in.

A Wireless Mesh Network uses a number of wireless Access Points/Radios which communicate with each other wirelessly to extend and provide internet access to clients throughout a physical site. This works contrary to traditional wireless networks which attempted to provide internet connectivity through a smaller number of wired gateways/routers.

Wireless Mesh Networks offer a way to get around the limitations of traditional networks and allow internet access across almost any environment. Using a mesh network can help you address challenges like a poorly placed cement wall or service demand in an outdoor venue.

Our UniFi Mesh product line enables network administrators to capitalize on this technology, deploy wireless further and more flexibly and all through the same UniFi Management platform.

AC Mesh Models & Features

The Mesh and Mesh Pro differ greatly in form from each other as well as our other AC APs - and with that comes some distinct advantages. Let’s take a look at what each has to offer:

Both devices can be used in different ways to help you build a strong network in even the most unique deployment conditions. 

The UAP-AC-M is the first UniFi AC access point to support alternative antenna options. This can be extremely useful in that it opens up a huge range of potential applications.

On the other hand, the beefier UAP-AC-M-PRO model is ideal for outdoor UniFi deployments that need to serve a larger number of client devices per AP and also offers more throughput than the UAP-AC-M.

Both devices however offer one critical benefit over existing UniFi APs which helps lend them their name - they enable you to build a multi-hop Wireless Mesh network. This is done by utilizing and adding greater functionality to an existing UniFi feature, Wireless Uplink. 

Wireless Uplink & UniFi Mesh

UniFi introduced Wireless Uplink to hep make wireless deployments more flexible and convenient for network administrators. Wireless Uplink allows any supported access point compatibility. With a wired data connection to act as a Base Station/Uplink AP for up to four other access points on a single band. 

Factory default or unadopted access points can once powered up via POE, connect to an AP in range and make themselves available for adoption within the UniFi controller. These APs can then be adopted and configured in the controller via the Wireless Uplink connection. Once configured, the wireless access points can broadcast SSIDs and relay network traffic to and from client devices through the uplinked AP.