UniFi Outdoor Mesh AP

mushii

Distinguished Member
After weeks of being cable tied to an outdoor light I finally got round to mounting my outdoor AP. I just need some white electricians tape to go over the mini-trunk to tidy it up.

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Harkon321

Well-known Member
Bigger than I thought it was. Hoping I can get away with a Lite near the bifolds. If not I’m going to mount a Lite inside the shed. Thought you were going to mount a lite under the eaves.
 

mushii

Distinguished Member
I was. But price wise they they were the same and the outdoor is IP rated plus for me I like to own and play with things I recommend to other people. It’s easier to understand their pros and cons.
 

mushii

Distinguished Member
I did quite a lot of reading around the deployment of these. Using stock aerials, line of sight, the general consensus is around 50m for a good signal. So 50m in a circle in all directions. If you use directional aerials, double that but in an arc. 15m from the AP at the top of my garden and it’s still full signal. I only really bought it for my patio area which is my dead spot for WiFi due to radiators inside blocking the signal where I sit. Which meant I couldn’t use HEOS on my amp to control my patio speakers. First world problems I know.
 

mushii

Distinguished Member
It’s also worth noting that the recommendation for the aerials is rabbit ears at 45 degrees and not straight up. I know some people have said that this a marketing thing by Ubnt but their tech support also recommend them like this. I am not an expert in radio signal propagation from aerials so I will take it as read.
 

rorton

Active Member
looks good, I did similar last year, my sky dish is up high at the rear of my house, so I attached mine to there, its been faultless ever since - my garden is only 30m long, but I get full signal all the way to the end.
 

Autopilot

Distinguished Member
Interesting placement. Why did you chose such a prominent position, rather than trying to hide it a little, or away from that nice light? Not a criticism a such, each their own. Just wondering if it was a functional or aesthetic choice?
 

mushii

Distinguished Member
I personally don’t mind how it looks.
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If you look at the aesthetic of the rear of my house, it doesn’t look too out of place.
 

mushii

Distinguished Member
I am fitting one for a client on Thursday as they have similar problems. So far I took the time to re-tweak all of my APs power on their radios and this is behaving immaculately. Anyone wanting wifi in a reasonably sized open space (50m radius from the AP) this is definitely the device to deliver it,
It also matches quite nicely with my AC Lites in that it is only 2x2 Mimo, but I am not trying to provide wifi to a densely populated area so even with 20 or 30 guests at a barbque it will hold up quite nicely.
 

Munzz

Active Member
Thanks mate. I’m keen to get one and install on our aerial pole on the roof. That should allow me to get signal in the garden and maybe in the field behind us whilst walking the dog.

Is it the right thing to be buying whilst on furlough!?
 

mushii

Distinguished Member
Great thing to buy if you want to sit in the garden, listen to music, surf the web and drink beer. You decide.
 

mushii

Distinguished Member
I installed one of these for a client at the weekend. His garden is 30m and we were getting 95% of his incoming broadband speed right at the very bottom and non-LOS to the AP, it was located around a corner out of sight (from his wife). Streaming Netflix to my iphone quite happily
 

brotchaq

Active Member
Mushii, this looks what I need to get some garden WiFi BUT the other half isn’t keen on “another box on the exterior wall”. The back of my house is not dissimilar in layout to yours; do you think if I mounted an in wall access point facing out through the rear bifolds mounted on the internal wall the signal would propagate outside as well as serving the extension? The garden area is about 15m long from the extension.
 

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