UniFi's Advanced Wi-Fi Settings Explained (2023)

UniFi's Advanced Wi-Fi Settings Explained

UniFi’s Advanced Wi-Fi settings are often misunderstood. The defaults are usually safe, but it’s helpful to understand what these settings do while setting up a network or troubleshooting an issue. Ubiquiti doesn’t do the best job at explaining, so lets go through them one by one.
These settings and descriptions are using the default “new” interface, and they are current as of UniFi Network Application version 6.5.53. I also list the settings that are only available in the classic/old interface at the end.
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UniFi's Wi-Fi Settings
Table of Contents

  • Creating a New UniFi Wi-Fi Network
  • Advanced Wi-Fi Settings
    • Wi-Fi Band
    • Optimize IoT Wi-Fi Connectivity
    • AP Groups
    • UAPSD
    • High Performance Devices
    • Proxy ARP
    • Legacy Support
    • Multicast Enhancement (IGMPv3)
    • BSS Transition
    • L2 Isolation
    • Enable Fast Roaming
  • Bandwidth Profile
  • Security Settings
    • Security Protocol
    • If WPA3 is selected...
    • Hide Wi-Fi Name
    • PMF (Protected Management Frame)
    • Group Rekey Interval
  • MAC Authorization Settings
  • 802.11 Rate and Beacon Controls
    • Override DTIM Period
    • 2.4. GHz Data Rate Control
    • 5 GHz Data Rate Control
  • Wi-Fi Scheduler
  • Settings only available in the old UI

Creating a New UniFi Wi-Fi Network
In the UniFi interface, network settings are divided into Wi-Fi, Networks, and Internet.

  • Wi-Fi controls your wireless connections, including SSID, password, and other advanced settings.
  • Networks controls your LAN networks and VLANs, including DHCP, DNS, and IP addresses.
  • Internet controls your WAN connections, including VLANs, IP addresses, and Smart Queues for QoS.

By default, UniFi has one LAN network, which is used for all wired and wireless connections. Creating additional networks allows you to segment and restrict traffic. This is commonly used for guest or IoT devices, or separating devices or areas into different network groups. Before diving into wireless settings, setup your networks and VLANs first. This can be done by modifying the default LAN, or by creating a new network under the Networks tab.
If the network you want to use for Wi-Fi has been created, go to Settings → Wi-Fi → Add New Network.
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Creating a new Wi-Fi network
Give it a name (SSID), password, and specify which network it is going to use. If you don’t want to use the default of a WPA2 password for the network, open the advanced options and scroll down to the “Security” tab and modify the settings there. Otherwise, you can save it, and it will be added to all of your APs by default.
If you want a basic network, that’s all you need to do. If you want more, the good stuff is hidden under the advanced tab.
UniFi’s Advanced Wi-Fi Settings
WI-FI Band

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  • 2.4 GHz: Slower, longer range, more wall penetration.
  • 5 GHz : Faster, shorter range, less wall penetration.
  • Default: Both
  • Effect: This setting controls which band your Wi-Fi network broadcasts on. You can pick one, or enable both.
  • Note: Dual-band SSIDs can lead to roaming issues, with some clients not using 5 GHz, or not roaming to the nearest AP. There are several ways to combat this - usually adjusting AP placement, lowering 2.4 GHz transmit power, enabling band steering, fast roaming, or the “high performance devices” settings can be effective. You can also create a separate 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz network if you want guaranteed, manual control over which band is used by which device.

Optimize IoT Wi-Fi Connectivity

  • Improves the connection reliability of IoT devices.
  • Default: On
  • Effect: Forces DTIM settings to default values of 1 for 2.4 GHz and 3 for 5 GHz. More on DTIM below, under the 802.11 Rate and Beacon Controls section.

AP Groups

  • Allows grouping of APs and selecting which will broadcast this Wi-Fi network.
  • Default: All APs
  • Note: UniFi has a limit of 4 SSIDs per band, per AP group. You can stretch this to 8 total SSIDs if you limit your networks to a single band. You can have up to four 2.4 GHz and up to four 5 GHz networks, or four dual-band SSIDs. You can always create additional SSIDs, but each AP or AP group can only broadcast a total of four SSIDs, per band, at a time.
    • Edit: Thanks u/fictionaldisc711 for pointing out the limit can vary by model. The limit is 8 per band with the AC-HD. I don't have a AC-SHD or UAP-XG to test, but those should allow for 8 SSIDs per band as well.
    • Edit #2: Thanks u/SmokingCrop- for pointing out that enabling wireless uplink connectivity monitor (under system -> application configuration, or old UI -> Site -> Services) also limits the total number of SSIDs to 4.

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Setting Wi-Fi Band and AP Group
Scrolling below AP Groups is where things get fun, and the acronyms take over.

  • Unscheduled Automatic Power Save Delivery, also known as WMM power save.
  • Default: Off
  • Effect: Enabling allows devices that support UAPSD to save battery power by keeping their Wi-Fi radio in sleep mode for more time. Like a lot of features that are off by default, this can cause issues for some clients, especially older or IoT devices.
  • Recommendation: Turn on if battery life is important, and older/IoT device connectivity is not.

High Performance Devices

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  • Connect high performance clients to 5 GHz only.
  • Default: On
  • Effect: Disabling this allows “high performance” clients to join 2.4 GHz. This can fix (or make worse!) some issues with dual-band SSIDs and poor roaming performance, at the cost of less throughput when devices connect to 2.4 GHz.
  • Recommendation: Disable if you have areas which are only covered by 2.4 GHz, or have issues with 2.4 GHz clients not being able to join the network.
  • Note: Ubiquiti doesn’t specify what “high performance” is, but I would assume this applies to devices that support Wi-Fi 5 or 6, and multiple spatial streams. Modern phones and laptops, basically.

Proxy ARP

  • Remaps ARP table for station. ARP is the Address Resolution Protocol, which is used to learn the MAC address for a given IP address.
  • Default: Off
  • Effect: Enabling allows the AP to answer ARP requests for client devices, which helps to limit broadcast traffic. This is mainly relevant in larger, higher density networks.
  • Recommendation: Enable for high-density networks.

Legacy Support

  • Enable legacy device support (i.e. 11b).
  • Default: Off
  • Effect: Enabling this allows connections to older devices that don’t support 802.11g or newer standards.
  • Recommendation: Only enable if you need devices that only support 802.11a or 802.11b to connect to the network.

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Advanced Settings
Multicast Enhancement (IGMPV3)

  • Permit devices to send multicast traffic to registered clients at higher data rates by enabling the IGMPv3 protocol.
  • Default: Off
  • Effect: Enabling this might improve performance with smart home products such as smart speakers or streaming devices. Some have reported the opposite. Sonos speakers for example, usuallyfunction better when…
    • Spanning Tree is set to regular STP mode on your switches. I’d also recommend lowering the priority of your switches so they continue to be the Spanning Tree root bridge.
    • IGMP Snooping is on under network settings -> advanced. This allows switches to identify multicast groups used in each port. Multicast streams are forwarded only to network devices that should receive them.
    • Multicast Enhancement (IGMPv3) is on under Wi-Fi settings -> advanced. This enables the IGMP querier service on a UniFi gateway such as the USG or UDM, letting it create multicast groups which should improve Multicast traffic such as video or audio streams. Some people have had better luck with this disabled, and there may be other issues at fault, such as network topology. Multicast is hard to troubleshoot without a packet capture and knowledge of the protocols involved.
    • Multicast DNS is on under advanced features -> advanced gateway settings. mDNS allows for converting host names to IP addresses in a local network without a DNS server. An example of mDNS is Apple’s Bonjour, which is used to quickly setup sharing between computers and other devices. UniFi’s mDNS service allows you to discover devices on other networks.
  • Recommendation: Enabling this setting may help issues with Chromecast, AirPlay, or other smart home gear. Another option is to enable mDNS and create a separate SSID for these devices and follow Ubiquiti’s help article steps here.

BSS Transition

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  • Allow BSS Transition with WNM, which stands for Wireless Network Management. WNM allows the AP to send messages to clients to give them information about the network, and the details of other APs. This includes the current utilization and number of clients, allowing the client to make more informed roaming decisions.
  • Default: On
  • Effect: Enables 802.11v. This assists with saving power and the roaming process, but it’s up to the client to device to make a decision based on the given information.
  • Recommendation: Leave enabled, especially in networks with multiple APs.

L2 Isolation

  • Isolates stations on layer 2 (Ethernet) level
  • Default: Off
  • Effect: Restricts clients from communicating with each other.
  • Recommendation: Enable for high-security guest networks, or IoT networks which would benefit from this restriction. This can also lead to unintended consequences, so test the devices behavior before and after changing this setting.

Enable Fast Roaming

  • Faster roaming for modern devices with 802.11r compatibility. It does this by speeding up the security key negotiation process, allowing both the negotiation and requests for resources to occur in parallel. With 802.1X, keys are cached rather than the client needing to check with the RADIUS server with each roam. With pre-shared key networks such as WPA2, the client goes through the normal 4-way handshake authentication process.
  • Default: Off
  • Effect: Enables OTA (Over-the-air) Fast BSS Transition, which allows devices that support it to roam between APs faster. Without this setting enabled, roaming from AP to AP may take a few seconds, and during that time data cannot be sent or received. In most cases you won’t notice this, but latency sensitive and real-time applications like a voice call perform poorly. Slow roaming behavior with a VoIP call may result in gaps in the audio. With 802.11r Fast Roaming enabled, the roams should be nearly unnoticeable.
  • Note: Fast BSS Transition works with both preshared key (PSK) and 802.1X authentication methods. Older devices should not experience connectivity issues with this enabled.

Bandwidth Profile

  • Default, or select existing profile.
  • Default: Bandwidth is unlimited.
  • Effect: Allows you to set default per client download and upload bandwidth limits.
  • Note: Create new profiles under Advanced features → Bandwidth Profile

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New Bandwidth Profiles are created under Advanced Features -> Bandwidth Profile
Security Settings
Security Protocol

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  • Open. No password needed to join the network.
  • WPA-2. The older pre-shared key security method, which requires a password to join the network. WPA-2 is less secure than WPA-3, but is more universally supported, especially on older devices.
  • WPA-2 Enterprise. The older 802.1X security method, which requires a RADIUS server to allow users to join the network with a username or password. Usually common in larger networks which need to grant or revoke permission to join without changing other people’s access by changing the pre-shared key.
  • WPA-2/WPA-3. Allows for a mix of WPA-2 and WPA-3 connections. Devices that support WPA-3 will use the newer and more secure standard, while older clients will fallback to WPA-2. This is less secure overall than requiring WPA-3, but it is more flexible and less likely to cause issues as we transition to WPA-3 as a default.
  • WPA-3. The newer pre-shared key security method, which does a lot of magic behind the scenes to be more secure than WPA-2. WPA-3 is still vulnerable to certain attacks, so still make sure to use a complex password and restrict access to that if it matters
  • WPA-3 Enterprise. The newer 802.1X security method, which like WPA-3 personal allows for more secure connections.

If WPA3 is selected...

  • WPA3 SAE anti-clogging threshold in seconds
    • Default: 5
    • Note: SAE is Simultaneous Authentication of Equals, and anti-clogging is designed to prevent denial of service (DoS) attacks on the AP. This setting affects the time threshold for what the AP considers “too many” requests.
  • WPA3 Sync in seconds
    • Default: 5
    • Note: Explaining how WPA3 works is beyond the scope of this guide. Only change these if you know what you’re doing, and have a valid reason.

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Wi-Fi security and MAC Authorization settings
Hide Wi-Fi Name
This forces access points to send out beacon frames with no SSID, meaning the SSID field in the beacon frame is set to null. Beacons are still sent, and “hidden” networks are still easy to detect. To join a network with a hidden SSID, clients will have to manually enter the SSID name along with the password.
Hiding the SSID does not enhance the security of the network. Using a more complex password or moving to a newer protocol (WPA2/3 vs WPA or WEP) does.
PMF (Protected Management Frame)
Protected management frame (PMF) is a security feature which aims to prevent intercepting or forging management traffic. Management frames include authentication, de-authentication, association, dissociation, beacons, and probes. These cannot be encrypted like normal unicast traffic, so this feature protects from forgery, preventing some common security attacks.

  • Required: APs will use PMF for all stations. Stations without PMF capability will not be able to join the WLAN. Required for WPA3.
  • Optional: APs will use PMF for all capable stations, while allowing non-PMF capable stations to join the WLAN.
  • Disabled: APs will not use PMF for any stations.

Group Rekey Interval

  • This setting controls how often an AP changes the GTK, or Group Temporal Key. The GTK is a cryptographic key that is used to encrypt all broadcast and multicast traffic between APs and clients.
  • Default: 3600 seconds.
  • Note: Lower intervals mean the key changes more often, but can cause the issue of users disconnecting or unable to join the network with the message 'wrong password’, even if the credentials are correct.

MAC Authorization Settings

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  • MAC address Filter
    • Allows you to restrict clients from joining the network unless they are on the allow list, or block specific MAC addresses.
  • RADIUS MAC Authentication
    • Allows you to use a RADIUS server for client authentication.
  • RADIUS Profiles
    • Allows you to select pre-defined RADIUS profiles.
    • To create new profile, go to Advanced Features -> RADIUS -> Add RADIUS Profile. This is where you define the aspects of your RADIUS server like IP address, ports, assigned VLAN, shared secrets, and update interval.
  • MAC address format
    • Allows you to set the format for the MAC address and whether semicolons or hyphens are expected.

Override DTIM Period

  • DTIM stands for Delivery Traffic Indication Message, which is a message that is sent along with beacon frames. The role of the DTIM is to let a sleeping client know that it has buffered data waiting for it. Higher numbers buffer longer, potentially saving battery life. Altering these values can cause a variety of issues though, so change them at your own risk.
  • Default for 2.4 GHz: 1, meaning every 2.4 GHz beacon will include a DTIM
  • Default for 5 GHz: 3, meaning every third 5 GHz beacon will include a DTIM
  • Note: You cannot modify the default values when “Optimize IoT Wi-Fi Connectivity” is on.

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802.11 Rate and Beacon Controls
2.4 and 5 GHz Data Rate Control

  • Disabling the lowest data rates is a common setting to consider for high density networks where airtime conservation is important. Lower data rates are less efficient. When data is sent at a low rate, it uses more airtime, limiting the performance of all the other devices using that AP. This does not limit the range of your AP, and the details are complicated. Rob Krumm has a great analysis of what changing your rate does and does not change if you want more details.
  • Default for 2.4 GHz: All rates allowed (1 to 54 Mbps)
  • Default for 5 GHz: All rates allowed (6 to 54 Mbps)
  • Recommendation: Leave at default for most networks. Disabling rates below 6 or 11 Mbps can improve the efficiency of higher-density networks.

WiFi Scheduler
Allows you to turn an SSID on or off at a certain time, or setup a weekly schedule.
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Creating a new schedule in Wi-Fi Scheduler
Settings only available in the old UI (as of version 6.5.53)
These settings are missing in the new interface, or have been moved/renamed.

  • Apply Guest Policies
  • Beacon Country
  • Add 802.11d county roaming enhancements
  • TLDS Prohibit
  • Block Tunneled Link Direct Setup (TDLS) connections
  • Point to Point, also referred to as P2P
  • Send beacons at 1 Mbps


What does use global AP settings mean? ›

With global AP settings, you can control some common settings for all of your connected access points. This means you only have to update a setting once for all (or most) of your access points.

How do you optimize UniFi AP? ›

Power on the left hand menu. Select unifi devices. And then from there select your access point and

How can I increase my UniFi WiFi speed? ›

  1. Increase Your Channel Width. ...
  2. Use Band Steering to Move Compatible Clients to 5 GHz. ...
  3. Improve Client Signal Strength. ...
  4. Select Non-Overlapping and Low-Interference Channels. ...
  5. Use APs That Support the Latest WiFi Standards and Technology. ...
  6. Ensure That Your Clients Support the Latest WiFi Technology.

How many devices can connect to UniFi AP? ›

For example, a Cloud Key would be a great option for a remote office with 2 APs and up to a dozen simultaneously connected clients. The Cloud Key makes it easy to manage the site remotely—and no one has to maintain a complex setup on-site.
UniFi - Cloud Key's Device Management Limit.
2000Connected Clients
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What devices should be on 2.4GHz and 5GHz? ›

Ideally, you should use the 2.4GHz band to connect devices for low bandwidth activities like browsing the Internet. On the other hand, 5GHz is the best suited for high-bandwidth devices or activities like gaming and streaming HDTV.

What happens if I turn Band steering off? ›

When using Band Steering you will only have one network name with one password. If you choose to turn Band Steering off, it will allow you to create two separate networks (or, SSID's) which could have their own passwords and names. You can then connect certain devices to a specific network.

How do I optimize my WiFi settings? ›

How to improve your internet speed
  1. Turn things off and on again. ...
  2. Move your router to a better location. ...
  3. Switch your Wi-Fi frequency band. ...
  4. Adjust your router's antennas. ...
  5. Extend your Wi-Fi network. ...
  6. Prune unnecessary connections. ...
  7. Change your Wi-Fi frequency channel. ...
  8. Upgrade to faster internet.
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What should minimum RSSI be set to? ›

Any RSSI value lower than -80 dBm is considered poor signal strength. Based on the client implementation some clients consider -75 dBm as poor strength as well, and will start roaming to a better Access Point, so values in the range -70 to -80 dBm are client dependent.

How do I optimize my WiFi channel? ›

If you are serious about maximising Wi-Fi performance, deploy multiple Wi-Fi Access Points to enhance coverage, connecting these back to your router using Ethernet cables. If you use 2.4 GHz and up to three Access Points, manually set the 2.4 GHz channels to 1, 6 or 11 so you do not use overlapping channnels.

How do I bypass UniFi speed limit? ›

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  2. Download and Install the VPN. ...
  3. Sign in to the VPN App. ...
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  5. Connect to a Preferred Server Location. ...
  6. Enjoy Throttling-Free Streaming.
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Why is my UniFi AP slow? ›

Channel width is one of the most common reasons for poor speed test results after setting up UniFi Networks. The Default UniFi config on 5GHz radio is optimized for large environments with 40MHz channel width. So if you are not setting a large environment you can switch your channel width to 80MHz.

How do I fix slow UniFi? ›

Restart the Router

Restart the device fix works in many situations and it could be a fix for slow WiFi as well. All you have to do is turn off the router for 10-15 seconds and turn it back on. Wait for the Power and Internet LED lights on to turn green and stable, try using it again and see if the problem persists.

How many clients can an AP handle? ›

Usually AP radio can support up to 200 clients, but we should not design network using that value. In typical office environment (data use) 20-25 is a good number when designing. In your case I would consider around 50 devices per radio for planning considering the low data use.

How many watts does an AP use? ›

In many cases, 40-45 watts is enough for optimal AP performance. Additional devices powered by PoE that can benefit from more than 30 watts include HD/4K video displays, point-tilt-zoom cameras, POS systems and smart LED lighting.

How many users can connect to UniFi? ›

The marketing for Ubiquity will say these devices can handle 200 Clients.

Does turning off 5GHz improve WiFi? ›

The highest speed can be achieved on the 5GHz network by means of the AC-wifi standard. The 2.4GHz network has the best range. If you prefer, switching off 5GHz will reduce wifi radiation from the router even more.

Does 5GHz WiFi go through walls? ›

5 GHz networks do not penetrate solid objects such as walls nearly as well as do 2.4 GHz signals. This can limit an access points reach inside buildings like homes and offices where many walls may come between a wireless antenna and the user.

Is it better to split 2.4 and 5GHz? ›

No. What you want to do, is get as many devices setup using 5Ghz, and use the 2.4Ghz as a fall-back. The reason is that because 2.4Ghz bands overlap, 2.4Ghz is usually very overcrowded with neighbour networks. 5Ghz allows a faster speed too depending on the specifications.

Can you have 2.4GHz and 5GHz at the same time? ›

Simultaneous Dual Band supports two separate WiFi networks simultaneously using both 2.4- and 5-GHz frequency bands. It not only doubles the available bandwidth but also allows for a more reliable dedicated WiFi network for video and gaming (5GHz) to be created.

Can I use same SSID for 2.4 and 5GHz? ›

Same network names (SSID) in the 2.4/5 GHz bands

With the same SSID in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, client devices will not need to reconnect. The client device (smartphone/tablet/laptop etc.) will choose which 2.4GHz or 5GHz access point to connect to based on the qualities of the data environment, signal strength etc.

Does band steering slow down WiFi? ›

Are your newer, faster 5 GHz devices ever slowed down by the older 2.4 GHz devices? This is where band steering comes in. Band steering is a technique used in dual band WiFi equipment that encourages newer client devices to use the less congested 5 GHz network.

What is the best network mode for WiFi? ›

For the wireless mode, it is recommended to select B/G/N on the 2.4 GHz network. A/AC/N is recommended on the 5GHz network. This will allow all devices to connect to this network.

What settings should I use for 5GHz WiFi? ›

For the 5GHz network, choose channels 40, 80 or 160. You can also leave it set to automatic or default settings if it seems to be working fine.

Which connection type is best for WiFi router? ›

A 5GHz connection will provide better performance at short ranges than 2.4GHz. This is because 5GHz, while somewhat faster, can't travel as far or transmit through some objects due to that band's shorter wavelengths.

What is the best RSSI signal? ›

An RSSI closer to 0 is stronger, and closer to –100 is weaker. For best performance, you want your RSSI to be as high as possible. A useful rule of thumb is that if the RSSI is less than –70 dBm, you are unlikely to have good performance over Wi-Fi for bandwidth intensive tasks.

How can I improve my RSSI signal strength? ›

Move your Ring device closer to the router, if possible. If your wifi router has an adjustable antenna, try pointing it in various directions and testing the signal strength. Consider upgrading your router, especially if it's more than a few years old.

Is RSSI 60 good? ›

The RSSI value is quite important here – it stands for Received Signal Strength Indicator, and any values below -60 could indicate an issue. Of course, below -60 means a value between -60 and -100 – a value closer to 0 is actually good.

What is the best channel bandwidth for Wi-Fi? ›

If you want maximum throughput and minimal interference, channels 1, 6, and 11 are your best choices. But depending on other wireless networks in your vicinity, one of those channels might be a better option than the others.

Which 2.4 GHz channel is best? ›

Channels 1, 6, and 11 are the best channels for WiFi in the 2.4 GHz band because they are the only non-overlapping channels available.

What router frequency is best? ›

If you're able to use most of your devices near your router, 5 GHz is your best choice to take advantage of higher speeds. Similarly, if you're doing a lot of high-bandwidth activities online, such as gaming or videoconferencing, it's best to use this frequency and move as close as possible to the router.

How can I unlock my full Internet speed? ›

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How do I stop Internet throttling? ›

You can stop your ISP from throttling by using a VPN, which will hide your IP address and online activity. To use a VPN: Choose a VPN. Download the VPN from the app store.

Can VPN bypass speed limit? ›

A VPN can help you bypass bandwidth throttling in certain situations. Bandwidth throttling occurs when someone intentionally slows down your internet speed. Anyone with administrative privileges over the network who reduces the amount of available bandwidth is engaging in bandwidth throttling.

How can I get maximum speed of WiFi when multiple users are connected? ›

Dual-band settings

Ideally, you'll want to have a dual-band router, as these allow you to allocate different devices or applications to different bandwidth. For example, 802.11n can run on 2.4GHz and 5GHz: routers that support both are known as dual-band.

What is channel width 5GHz? ›

On the 5 GHz band, set the channel width to 40 MHz and see if that improves reliability. Keep in mind that 80 MHz and 160 MHz channel widths may carry the promise of extra speed, but will also interfere with, and receive interference from, many more sources than 40 MHz.

How do I check my UniFi Internet speed? ›

Open a browser and type https://speed.one/my/unifi/. Select a Host ISP or let it choose the optimal ISP automatically. Press the 'GO' button to start the Internet Speed Test.

Why is 2.4 GHz slow? ›

The 2.4 GHz band gives you slower speeds at a longer range, while the 5 GHz band gives you faster speeds at a shorter range. So, if you want the fastest WiFi speeds, you should always use the 5 GHz band. However, the more devices you have on one band, the slower your WiFi will be.

How fast is UniFi 30Mbps? ›

Often in the case of an asymmetrical connection, download speeds will be much faster. Unifi 30Mbps has a download speed of 30Mbps and upload speed is 5Mbps.

How do I know if my internet connection is stable? ›

To test your Internet stability, you'll need a computer on your network capable of issuing a "ping" command and receiving a response. Place the computer outside of your firewall or turn off any software firewalls that may be installed. It's also best to test your Internet through a cable connection and not Wi-Fi.

How many AP can connect to a router? ›

Many individual wireless routers and other access points can support up to approximately 250 connected devices. From a wired perspective, routers can accommodate a small number (usually between one and four) of wired Ethernet clients with the rest connected over wireless.

What is the range of an access point? ›

In general, one AP can cover up to approximately 2000 square feet, with variation based on the physical environment and wireless interference.

How many devices can 1200 Mbps support? ›

ft and 25 Devices, Up to 1200Mbps, Supports OneMesh, Dual Band Internet Repeater, Range Booster.

Does a WiFi access point need power? ›

WAP (Wireless Access Point) is an active device which means it requires electrical power during working. However, It is usually deployed on the wall or ceiling where power outlet is usually lack of. Thus. PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology is being used in wireless access point.

Does an AP need power? ›

an AC/DC adapter (if supplied) – some access points may need a power adapter to function. However, most modern access points support Power over Ethernet (PoE), which eliminates the need for external power adapters.

What is a PoE point? ›

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is technology that passes electric power over twisted-pair Ethernet cable to powered devices (PD), such as wireless access points, IP cameras, and VoIP phones in addition to the data that cable usually carries.

How many devices can connect to a UniFi AP? ›

For example, a Cloud Key would be a great option for a remote office with 2 APs and up to a dozen simultaneously connected clients. The Cloud Key makes it easy to manage the site remotely—and no one has to maintain a complex setup on-site.
UniFi - Cloud Key's Device Management Limit.
2000Connected Clients
2 more rows

How many clients does an UniFi AP have? ›

802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO

MU-MIMO with 1x1 clients: The UniFi HD AP communicates with four 1x1 clients at a time.

How many devices can connect to UAP AC Pro? ›

Enjoy concurrent dual-band operation with the 3x3 MIMO technology via the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO Wireless Access Point. With one to four Basic Service Set Identifiers (BSSIDs) and 200+ concurrent clients' capacity, it enhances network scalability.

What does AP mode do? ›

AP mode allows you to extend the reach of your wireless signal by acting as a relay with a few simple software changes. Using AP mode supports a single, wide-reaching network with multiple routers sharing one password, while router mode creates individual, self-contained networks.

When should I use Access Point mode? ›

Access Point mode is used to connect to wireless clients(wireless adapter cards) such as laptops, desktops, and PDAs. Wireless clients can only communicate to AP's in Access Pointmode. AP Client or Wireless Client mode allows the Access Point tobecome a wireless client to another AP.

What is AP in Wi-Fi connection? ›

An access point is a device that creates a wireless local area network, or WLAN, usually in an office or large building. An access point connects to a wired router, switch, or hub via an Ethernet cable, and projects a WiFi signal to a designated area.

What is a device AP? ›

In computer networking, a wireless access point (WAP), or more generally just access point (AP), is a networking hardware device that allows other Wi-Fi devices to connect to a wired network.

Which is better AP mode or router mode? ›

The answer to the question which one is better? is that it depends on the needs. For homes and small business, routers may be the optimum (if not the best) solution, while medium to large enterprises and organizations will certainly require a network of access points and switches. Access Points in Action.

What is WPS mode? ›

Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) is a feature supplied with many routers. It is designed to make the process of connecting to a secure wireless network from a computer or other device easier. IMPORTANT for Android TV™ models.

How do I enable bridge mode? ›

Toggle Bridge Mode On/Off
  1. Enter the default username and password: ...
  2. From the left-hand column, select Gateway > At a Glance.
  3. Next to Bridge Mode, click Enable.
  4. You'll see a message: "WARNING: Enabling Bridge Mode will disable Router functionality of Gateway and turn off the private WiFi network.

Does access point have IP address? ›

The default IP address of the Access Point or Range Extender is 192.168. 1.1 or 192.168. 1.254 or 192.168. 0.254.

Should I use router or access point? ›

If you just want a wireless network at home to cover your family members' needs, a wireless router is sufficient. But if you want to build a more reliable wireless network that benefits a large number of users, a wireless access point is more appropriate then.

What's the default AP mode? ›

Local mode is the default mode; it offers a BSS on a specific channel. When the AP doesn't transmit wireless client frame, it's still doing something behind the scenes. The AP scans other channels to: Measure noise.

What blocks unauthorized access to a network? ›

A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. You can implement a firewall in either hardware or software form, or in a combination of both. Firewalls prevent unauthorized internet users from accessing private networks connected to the internet, especially intranets.

What is the SSID for WiFi? ›

How to find SSID on Android: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi. An SSID you are connected to will be shown above Connected.


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