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  1. Too bad you didn't include the Lite (or even the new WiFi 6 version) on this otherwise comprehensive test.

  2. Jonathan York - January 13, 2021

    I love Tom!! Great vids, info, and calming presence.

  3. Torstein O - January 13, 2021

    Hi, thanks for your unif tutorials. My first stop regaring ubiguiti/network is your channel.

  4. SteveV - January 13, 2021

    Been watching all your videos to try and decide which APs to get for my UDM. The UDM by itself doesn’t connect outside my concrete block, 2-story hurricane bunker-of-a-home. I have 21 2.4GHz devices (5 outside), 10 5GHz devices (3 outside), 6 roaming mobiles devices, 4 of which are WiFi 6 compatible. Nothing outside or inside my garage will connect reliably if at all. Am I fine with 2 FlexHDs or two UAP-AC-M-Us rabbit ear access points? Should I buy any of the WiFi 6 betas or wait? Can those be added later and mesh with existing non-WiFi 6 devices?

  5. Neil Kumar - January 13, 2021

    What testing is that you're using to test the signal? Also great videos! Keep it up buddy

  6. Daniel Bittencourt - January 13, 2021

    Thats a completely nonsensical video. There is no methodology on those tests and only the 2.4 GHz channel was tested in the video. Where is the info and metrics collected for the 5 GHz channels? Testing WiFi networks is MUCH more complex than what is presented here. Don't fool yourselves. For a more thorough test methodology check

  7. awesome! Thanks for taking the time!

  8. Jeff M - January 13, 2021

    I have a couple LR models and a Lite model. I also noticed the LR models live up to the name.

  9. Cody Konior - January 13, 2021

    Did I misread this or were all the speeds 150mbps? That seems really low.

  10. Medalavi - January 13, 2021

    Which one do you recommend for a place below 2000 square feet, the pro or the nano?
    I see nano has MU-MIMO which pro does not!

  11. mizenkah - January 13, 2021

    Thank you, I finally have found what to buy as a second UniFi AP. Since I had second doubts which to buy ac-lr or pro?

    I already have a lr for a couple of years.

    Basically the pro is overkill for a normal house and the LR is the best in terms of reachability for longer distances although I now wonder how the lite version would perform besides the pro and lr

  12. ONG BUN Pension House - January 13, 2021

    I have uap ac lr and uap ac pro question is LR really long range compare to ac pro?

  13. Frank Vunderink - January 13, 2021

    If you want to properly test a ceiling mount antenna, put it on the ceiling when testing. This is how the antenna was designed, on the ceiling facing the ground. It was not designed to be put on a table and facing the ceiling. Your basically testing it upside down and in the middle of the air instead of on the ceiling. The range will not reflect a real world simulation 😉

  14. AndyPants550 - January 13, 2021

    Great to see these tests – I looked at the official antenna field shapes from Ubiquity and from there it actually seemed like the HD models has vastly superior antennas even compared to the LR model – I bought an LR model simply because it suits my budget – so glad to see that paying more for an HD AP would not have solved my range problems

  15. Matheau Michalak - January 13, 2021

    Why is the AC AP Lite missing from this test?

  16. Miguel Rios - January 13, 2021

    What are your thoughts on Ruckus R710?

  17. GQ's Own - January 13, 2021

    I am working on some home upgrades. I am debating between having 3 AP HDs and an in-wall HD vs. 3 AP Pros and an in-wall HD. From watching the AP explained videos I had settled on the AP Pros since even that seemed like overkill but Ubiquiti released the Design Center and it appeared that my coverage area would only be in the green with the Pros vs the more red/orange and yellow coverage zone with the HDs. I have a lot of newer devices utilizing 5GHz but most smart home devices still require 2.4GHz. Would you do the Pros or HDs?

  18. Aaron Goodrum - January 13, 2021

    Thanks! I was just wondering if I should buy 1 NanoHD or 2 AC-LRs…I'm buying to 2 AC-LRs.

  19. douglasg14b - January 13, 2021

    Really wish the Unifi line had a true long-range access point. My old ASUS RT-N66U at max antenna power would still keep my phone connected 1300 feet away on the other side of our field…..

  20. daroke - January 13, 2021

    Would you recommend the Pro or LR for a single home + garden accespoint?
    Is the antenna design benefit of LR that much better than Pro?

  21. J J - January 13, 2021

    Now that they’re license-free and in the same price range as UniFi, how about comparing Meraki Go?

  22. Rick Huebner - January 13, 2021

    Where I get frustrated is in the whole Nanobeam, rocket, etc lines of radios in PtP and PtMP. I frequently have clients ask me about outdoor wifi and I usually hire a consultant with very specific knowledge in that area, but he is a die hard Cisco guy. It would be nice to have the outdoor radios like that in a comparison, not so much bandwidth, but compatibility. I have my go to kits now for that pole in the middle of the parking lot that I need 4 cameras, but other use cases frequently require me to dig through spec sheets to check input power, radio frequency, which ones do PtP and which do PtMP…

  23. Tony C - January 13, 2021

    Any plans to review the beacon?

    Have a client with an apartment above the business. Don't really want to deploy a saucer in the apartment

  24. Angelos Alexiou - January 13, 2021

    Thanks for the video and thanks for the time and energy you've spent on it! I've got a question for you: What's your opinion about the EN62311 certification for WiFi Access Points?

  25. Bob Sutterfield - January 13, 2021

    I'm sure you did, but it would be helpful to hear that you cleared the channels for your testing. Co-channel or adjacent channel interference introduces yet another performance variable. Hopefully you control your lab's environment and can sanitize it as needed.

    In the real world there's always somebody in the next apartment blasting away -40dB on ch3 40MHz, but that's a different problem with different solutions and different testing.

  26. Felix - January 13, 2021

    Ubiquiti should pay you for this

  27. BOF007 - January 13, 2021

    How does the UDM compare to the LR ?

  28. MindlessArts - January 13, 2021

    UAB-NanoHD 2.4ghz sucks so only get like 4mb down so i just switch back the UAP-AC-Pro

  29. steve simpson - January 13, 2021

    Hi Tom, putting a transceiver too close to a receiver will cause an overload where the data cannot be decoded.

  30. Shared Knowledge - January 13, 2021

    Moving the laptop even an inch can make a big difference as well. You get what are know as standing waves from reflections that create destructive interference. And at 2 to 5 ghz the waves are very small. Likewise moving the objects, including your body, changes the reflections which changes the interference. The classic analogy is if you toss a single small stone into a calm lake you will see perfect waves radiating out in concentric circles. But if you toss two stones the waves from each collide and the wave patterns are a complex mess.

  31. Marius Pfeffer - January 13, 2021

    What I'm missing in all comparison is info about how long they will be supported and when end-of-sales / end-of-life will be.
    So the AC series (gen 2) have been on the market for already a couple years. The gen 3 series (nanohd, ac hd) are a bit newer. So I'd expect the gen3 devices to have a longer lifetime from the current date.

    It's kind of a gamble with Ubiquiti. But I think this is a mayor buying decision. How long can I use it?

  32. Nope Noname - January 13, 2021

    Thanks for proving a point I previously made to someone:
    The in-wall isn't that much worse, but is more convenient with the added switchports.

    It's a great device behind a TV table: run one ethernet cable, got wifi and 4 (!) wired ports. BOOM.

  33. Christian Gellert - January 13, 2021

    Thank you, Tom!

  34. Nils Dass - January 13, 2021

    Super knowledgeable people on here, so perhaps some advice. Simply put, going into a new build home and have elected to have the place hardwired to heck but still have a need for WiFi. Have chosen the following parts.. Usg gateway, cloud key gen2 plus, 24port Poe switch gen2, g3 pro cameras, and now struggling with the APs…. now thinking NanoHD as was considering the AC-HD? Thanks in advance

  35. Ricky Shan - January 13, 2021

    Cool video. Thank you for sharing. I'd buy myself a NanoHD and a LR for my parents.

  36. Dave Gray - January 13, 2021

    Thanks for doing this test. Would love to see the FlexHD tested as well!

  37. Kirk Steinklauber - January 13, 2021

    nice review but I am looking to see a new generation of WAPs from Unifi that uses the Wi-Fi6 standard. They are coming very slow to bring these products to the market!!

  38. Nick Ellermann - January 13, 2021

    Over many deployments, the AC-Pro has always been the most consistent across sites that we manage and monitor. We have had the most issues with the NanoHD. These are just general results of many office sites that have 6 to 20 WAP deployed in various density configurations to meet customer needs.

  39. Wiebo Westerhof - January 13, 2021

    I actually ran into the 5GHz being 'too bad'. Have the AC PRO model, but I need to force devices to 2.4GHz. It appears you cannot force devices to be on 2.4GHz band, only by splitting SSID and then disabling 5GHz on the AP works. Most likely I will either end up with more APs or even use a PowerLine setup for the devices that are borderline. It surprised me a little I had to go that route. It seems the newer AI on the software does a great job unless your device cannot get enough signal for 5GHz.

    Appreciate all the time taken to put the research together, it sure if time consuming 🙂

  40. Conor Hanley - January 13, 2021

    Not very encouraging to be honest

  41. Hyperdog - January 13, 2021

    You should really expand on the technical differences in your testing. What was the power output for the 2g radio? The LR, HD and AC-Pro models have the exact same antenna gain. The nano is 0.2dBi less. The technical information which can be found in the datasheets can offer much more detailed information about the differences in each of these models.

  42. Chad Bremer - January 13, 2021

    Wifi sucks… I have two AC-Pro units in my house. Mainly to cover mobile devices that can have flaky connections and it is no big deal. Generally it works fine for those sorts of things. Everything else is wired. Have plans to run even more wires soon.

  43. Mrunal Trivedi - January 13, 2021

    Trying to explain this to customers as they WFH 😂

  44. throttle bottle - January 13, 2021

    a stiff toot wafting through the air can change signal drastically(lol) sometimes just moving a small devices, sticks or laptops 1/2" can make or break it with 90%+ changes.
    a tricks I do for usb, tv and other wifi sticks is add a short usb/hdmi/dispaly port extension so they can be relocated out from behind a tv to say a top shelf, wall or down pole(ceiling hung tv's)
    of course I prefer ceiling mounted AP's as central to the whole area of coverage, I don't install tons a year but always solve long standing issues.

  45. Ryan Zimmerle - January 13, 2021

    Hey Tom, thank you for putting this together. Minor detail, I think the Access Point inWall sku is UAP-IW-HD.

  46. Mark van Vaals - January 13, 2021

    I've tested the nanoHD vs the Pro at home (also one at a time) and found that the 5GHz was a lot stronger on the nanoHD.
    I think this is an important metric, if you want to set up an environment with fast connection (good 5GHz coverage). Since you can then stay connected to 5GHz at longer ranges plus potentially using less AP's to cover an area.

  47. mihai b - January 13, 2021

    It will be interesting to see comparisons with AeroHive,Aironet or Aruba devices

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