We started something new 2019 with our clients who networks we manage. With our guidance, we have been migrating our customers from the usual mishmash of networking hardware from multiple vendors to a much more elegant and efficient software-defined model. This approach allows for greater unified visibility into your local network. That’s why we’re offering network standardisation with Ubiquiti’s UniFi platform!
Software-Defined Networking (SDN), moves the control of complete network configuration to an external or internal host. As opposed to having the config live on each device. So how does having that level of control from one place benefit you as a business owner?
Ease of Deployment
A controller in the cloud (like Equate’s cloud-hosted UniFi Controller) allows for straightforward hardware deployment.
We can have everything preconfigured by our configurations experts to minimise the time on-site to install new devices. Sometimes, we can even ship the part directly to you. If you’re at somewhat technically inclined and can connect an Ethernet cable and possibly power, and we do the rest from the cloud!
For customers with an UniFi Security Gateway or Dream Machine (router/firewall) installed, any new UniFi equipment plugged into the network is instantly recognised by the controller and available for adoption. When our cloud controller adopts a device, it automatically receives the correct configuration for that site and device type and is ready to go in just matter of a minute or five.
Say you add extra space to your existing office. Still, it doesn’t have wireless coverage then we can send you new access points, and within moments after the power on, they’re ready to go.
This also means that if for good governance we can remotely change the WiFi passwords remotely on a regular basis or when you have a member of staff leave. Talk to us about the whole thing with people leaving as we have an even more elegant solution for that!
There is little to no downtime for system upgrades and when this is required it can be scheduled to happen as in an agreed window.
In most cases, there is no need to shut down your network to integrate new equipment, etc. Everything is configured and managed from the cloud within the existing network.
Every customer we have that moved to UniFi with us is impressed by how simple it is compared to their old network.
Cost for Performance
Major brands like Cisco, Brocade, HP, and Ruckus make fantastic equipment for large corporate environments.
The fact of the matter is that Cisco enterprise equipment with high purchase prices and recurring licensing costs is often outside the reach of the small and increasingly medium-size business.
We can achieve the same performance levels within the Ubiquiti family of products at a fraction of the cost.
You can have the same primary feature sets for a fraction of the cost. For instance: – A single Cisco enterprise-grade AP such as The 4800 range can cost anywhere from £600-£1200.
Compare that to Ubiquiti’s most expensive internal usage UniFi AP the UniFi AP-AC-SHD (security high density) at around £400, or the workhorse UAP AP AC Pro at £150.
Both have a 200m range, broadcast dual-band 2.4ghz and 5ghz AC wireless, and when paired with a USG and Controller even has guest user control, select VLAN support, as well as band steering to 5G, not to mention theoretical combined throughput speeds up to 1300mbps.
You can’t beat the performance at that price.
All UniFi Switches are fully managed. Most come with 802.11af PoE, which can push 24v passive or 48v PoE+ to compliant AP’s making wiring easier and removing the need for PoE injectors completely.
When one compares the price of a Cisco 3650 48 port 750w at roughly £7500 to UniFi’s 48 port PoE 750w at £850.
Again, Cisco’s advanced enterprise hardware, which most people don’t need, so Ubiquiti Unifi makes sense for smaller businesses that want enterprise-grade equipment.
We have talked with our customers over the years, one of the things that we keep hearing is how little access they have to their own networks!
To us, that doesn’t make sense. The customer owns the network, owns the equipment, and it’s their facility, they should at least have an idea about what’s going on on there network. That’s where the Equate cloud UniFi Controller comes in to play. In a fully UniFi network, the customer can see everything that’s going on in their network, from connected clients, total traffic, speed and throughput tests. They can even see information broken down into individual protocol using deep packet inspection’s all available right in the UniFi Controller.
Visibility is critical in staying aware of the security and health of your network as well.
The UniFi Controller constantly monitors “heartbeats” of all UniFi devices on the network. It will send alerts when hardware has lost power, been unplugged, or even when threats such as rogue access points or network scans are detected.
Aside from the all-important security aspects, UniFi Controller offers valuable insights into how your network is being utilised and what changes would benefit the network’s speed and efficiency.
This is probably our favourite part of Ubiquiti’s range. Because the devices are built to be remotely managed and with simple upgrades from the beginning, Ubiquiti they keep adding new features that weren’t available when the devices were first released.
It is safe to say that, we at Equate love the Complete Ubiquiti range UniFi, and we’d love to show you how useful it can be to your small business.