Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 – WPA3

Back in January 2018, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced in their Press Release that a new Wi-Fi Protected Access®  (aka WPA) certification program had been launched. First there was WPA™, then there was WPA2™, unsurprisingly therefore the new system was called WPA3™. (Note that WPA, WPA2 and WPA3 are not ‘standards’, nor are they ‘protocols’, they are ‘Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs‘. In fact, the standard for WPA2 was actually 802.11i).
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The NEW Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO – What’s the Difference?

Ubiquiti has recently updated one of their most popular WiFi access points – the Unifi AC Pro Wireless Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO) with the UAP-AC-PRO-E. So what’s different about the new version?

The simple answer is, not much! The new Unifi AC Pro Wireless Access Point is essentially the same product as before, except it does not include the PoE injector power supply. This update gives customers an even better price point than the previous model (UAP-AC-PRO) and the option to purchase a Unifi AC Pro Power Supply separately.
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What is MIMO Wireless Technology?

MIMO – Multiple-Input Multiple-Output is a technology utilised in some WiFi products that uses multiple antennas to transmit and receive wireless signals; This usually leads to a stronger, more reliable signal when compared to single antenna alternatives.

MIMO is actually a combination of two technologies – SIMO (Single-Input Multiple-Output) and MISO (Multiple-Input Single-Output). When MIMO combines these two wireless systems, it does so by using multiple antennas to both send and receive signals. This usually leads to a stronger, more reliable signal when compared to single antenna alternatives.
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Ubiquiti UAP AC IW in UK Back boxes

Mounting the UAP AC In-Wall

The Ubiquiti UAP AC in wall (UAP-AC-IW) has arrived and unlike the previous In-wall Unifi the AC variant is built to support multiple mounting and back box designs including UK back boxes.

The Unifi AC In-Wall does not mount in wall like the name would suggest, instead it mounts to the surface of the backbox leaving 30mm sticking out. This is better for RF performance as the radio will have less wall to power through improving performance.
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Ubiquiti Amplifi UK

We have been working closely with Ubiquiti over the past few months to get their latest product ready for the UK market. Amplifi UK is the first product from Ubiquiti to come with a UK plug as standard, no adapters needed.

AMPLIFI is available in 3 flavours with UK specific plugs. The AMPLIFI HD Home Router, the AMPLIFI HD Mesh Point and the full AMPLIFI HD Kit.
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News: Latest Ubiquiti vulnerability info

As many of you are probably aware, a lot of Ubiquiti devices running old firmware are under a new wave of attack taking advantage of an old vulnerability that was fixed a year ago.

In response to this latest wave of problems for some WISPs, Ubiquiti have thoughtfully emailed everyone on their mailing lists with their latest advice, namely:

“In recent days, we’ve seen virus activity taking network devices offline. In most cases, devices are reset to factory defaults. In other cases, devices are still operational, but inaccessible. The virus is using an HTTP/HTTPS exploit that doesn’t require authentication. Simply having a radio with out-of-date firmware and having its HTTP (port 80)/HTTPS (port 443) interface exposed to the Internet is enough to get infected.”
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New UAP AC Range

AC Range

 

The UAP-AC-Lite

The AC-Lite is the entry-level product for Ubiquiti’s new range of AC access points. As the name suggests it is both the smallest and lightest of the UAPs measuring just 160 x 160 x 31.45 mm and weighing in at 170g (185g with the mounting kit). It boasts speeds of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5Ghz band, and a maximum range of 125m (400ft).
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Ubiquiti NEXT Announcements

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The Ubiquiti NEXT Conference has concluded in Wynn, Las Vegas with a host of new products and upgrades for existing UBNT products. Ubqiuti’s conference has 4 main Themes, Spectrum Utilisation, Network Management, Tower Defensibility and WISP Market expansion. Each will be outlined below.

Spectrum Utilisation

In this section UBNT announced 2 new additions to the airMAX AC range.
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Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-LITE and UAP-AC-LR now in stock

Introducing the new UniFi AC APs

AC Range

The UniFi AC Lite AP features a cleaner design in a reduced footprint – half the size compared to the standard UniFi AP.
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Innovative Antenna Design

The innovative antenna design provides a long-range, symmetrical-link coverage area, and the antenna gain of the UniFi AC LR AP performs better than one-way, high transmit power does for connecting distant clients.
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News: Netonix range of intelligent PoE switches now in stock

We’ve recently received a delivery of Netonix switches. We thought we would blog about how amazing these things are, except one of our customers, Wessex Internet beat us to it!

If like those guys, you’re running your own WISP and need to power Ubiquiti or MikroTik radios, we have always advocated using batteries instead of a UPS as the site will stay up for longer when there is a mains failure. These switches make life much easier as they include within their range of products, PoE switches that can deliver 24v and 48V to radios from as little as a 9V DC supply!  We suggest your setup should consist of at least two leisure batteries wired in series, providing 24V or four batteries providing 48V.
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