Ubiquiti Wireless Scalability

Walter Shelver
Owner at CableWeb
It is very scalable. On a scale of a point, it depends on who you talk to, if you're going to talk to a hardened IT manager that has to look at security and anything like that, they're going to look at a layer three switch provider. It depends if you're doing any kind of financial institution. It depends on what you build as your backbone. However, from a scalability point of view, I think they're extremely scalable. I've spoken to guys that run very big corporate networks, like Ford company for instance. Ford uses Ubiquiti as their backbone, so they're happy with the security and they're happy with the fact that it's only a layer two switch. Where somebody like a standard bank would not look at Ubiquiti because it only goes up to layer two capability. They'll put a layer three backbone in but they might use Ubiquiti's APs on that layer two backbone. It comes down to a matter of opinion. I have had other guys say to me that layer two is more than enough because of the way they've set up their network. It's a very interesting question but to be short, it is very scalable. Everybody starts up- in the beginning, only small companies adopt it and then people slowly but surely will adopt it in a department or whatever else. But my point of view is that I've seen big companies, like Ford motor company use Ubiquiti to a large extent. We are actually about to embark on a very big network setup that's going to go to multiple countries. And we're definitely going to be using Ubiquiti as my wireless connection of choice. I'm very very happy to do it like that. We've done a lot of research on it and I've still got people that have to do the final go-ahead on it. But eventually, at the end of the day, the choice is ours. We don't need to do a lot of maintenance. It depends on the nodes. The nice thing about it is that most networks nowadays including Ubiquiti, depending on how your network is set up, all your access points can literally be monitored from a single point. I can have a thousand access points running and I can monitor them from a single point as long as my network is connected and on how your infrastructure is built. I have one network engineer monitor my wireless for multiple levels of my company. I don't need a lot of people. When it comes to installation and whatever, you need a normal fateful installation team, it's not any more difficult or any easier than most APs to install. It comes down to normal network rules in what you do. You don't need so many network engineers to control different aspects of the network. Nowadays you need somebody to look after security, you need somebody to look after networking, you need somebody to look after software, you need somebody to look after hardware. At the moment the thing that's the most intense is desktop support and desktop maintenance. That's the thing that's the most intense. And thanks to Coronavirus, I think the adoption of remote monitoring, remote support and everything like that has just exponentially grown. Many more people are doing remote support. I think the world is very much going to be moving a lot in that direction over then the next two or three months. View full review »
SarmadAlwakeel
IT Manager at Cyber IT Solutions
It is scalable within a certain range, but I think it's not for very big companies. If you install Cisco, for example, you can leave it to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and it would go nonstop for two or three years without an issue. For Ubiquiti, I don't think that is possible. It is a lack of hardware. The hardware is good compared to some other companies. If you comparing to Cisco, though, it's not as good. Cisco is much better at making hardware. I have many friends using Ubiquiti. I also know may companies using Ubiquiti. In Iraq 75% use UDM products. They have some products that can be used in both big and small companies. For the point to point application, there is a product that is very widely used in Iraq. You can advance, for example, one gigabyte of data through 23 megahertz to the user. It's called airFiber 11FX and it's very, very widely used in Iraq. There is also the 5X, 5U and 5XHD, and airFiber 24 and 24HD. I don't think Cisco has such a solution. This is why it's used in many companies, even on the enterprise level. We also use their fiber internet to bring an internet connection to a place that is very far away from the town. So they use this product to get an internet connection. View full review »
Walter Shelver
Owner at CableWeb
This is a very scalable solution. You can put in a bigger switch or change other components. No matter what you want to do, it's very scalable. Ubiquity does not recognize somebody who supplies legacy switching. It declares mostly layer two. It is scalable to that level, but I think in most cases, if somebody is looking for a layered solution then they're going to go to a dedicated layer specialist like Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, or HPE. We have approximately one hundred and fifty to two hundred end-users for this solution between different companies. View full review »
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Henk Uittenbogaard
CEO at AnyWi Technologies BV
The most current version that we are using has scalable storage. The scalability depends on the equipment. They do switches now which helps balance the load. We are not using all the options at this point, but we are capable of using multiple access points. So the product is scalable within certain limits. Some of those are what we place on our understanding of the product and the security. View full review »
Eli Abitbol
Director at Existco PTY LTD
It's a very scalable solution. View full review »
Badar Raqeeb
Team Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is scalable. View full review »
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