So if you aren’t familiar with it, a lot of times when you buy say like an Asus, router it’ll have a web interface to configure the router. The Ubiquity Unifi products don’t have like web interfaces on the actual hardware. You use an UniFi controller to Configure all those pieces. Once you have it configured, you can shut down the UniFi controller, But for certain features, you may need to leave the UniFi controller up.
So and if you have used Apple’s, You know Airport Access points you had to use like external software to configure those It’s kind of similar to that not exactly the same, But one thing you can do is you can go to the Ubiquiti website? You can download the controller Here, you can download it for Mac or Windows or Debian. I chose to install it on my Synology disc station and In a Docker Which is like a virtual machine thing and it will. I can just leave it running there, So I’ve made another video with how I did this. I used the instructions I found online on this website and You know there are, maybe other instructions on how to do this. Just just what I did I made the other video just, so you have a reference to how I’m starting out. So I left that video off on this page. I Installed the UniFi controller and I access the web interface. So the first thing you may see here is it says the browser is not supported.
So what I’ll do is I’ll just copy this URL and it does work in Safari But I’ll go over to Chrome, Which is supported so I’ll open up Chrome. Here, Let’s see this is my first time opening Chrome on this user account I’ll paste in the URL, And it will say the connection is not private I’ll hit advanced and proceed to the site. This is because it’s a The certificate is not a signed certificate. Okay, so let me see I’ll make this full screen. Okay, so it’s gonna ask for my country ask for my timezone, It’s gonna say I do want to enable auto Backup – and this is all correct. It knew my timezone for some reason, but you can change those if you need to and I’ll hit next and I’ve plugged in the UniFi AC AP Lite Access point. So it has an IP address using DHCP
So I want to select that saying I want to configure it So I’ll. Do that and I’ll hit next and Then it says, configures Wi-Fi This is you may skip this step if you’re not setting up any access points? Well, that’s what I am doing So I’ll call this Saucer. Is it kind of look like flying, saucer, and then I’ll change? It set the security key I’ll change it to the saucer, pass and I’ll be changing this later.
This is just for the video tutorial, So so as optionally, you may create an open wireless network for your guest, so you could click this and do a guest SSID. I’m not going to be doing that right. Now, I’m just doing a basic setup. So this video is kind of tailored for people that bought one of these access points and they want, to, You, know, extend their wireless network and they may not have all the Ubiquiti stuff. Yet This might be their first equipment. So then I’ll hit next here and It wants me to type an admin name. So I will Type my name once an admin email address so I’ll Type, an email address here, and then it wants a password
I’ll fill this out and I’m going to swap this Before so I don’t let me untie my password on the screen. So, Okay, so it has this device authentication and it says the device password must be different from the super admin password For security reasons. So this will have this password here, So we can copy this, And I’ll put that in. Let’S see I’ll just put it in a note file for right now: okay, Close this out, Okay and I have my username password So now hit next. Now it’s going to say: please review the settings once finished: you’ll be redirected to the management interface, so The country says the United States. Timezone is America Chicago secure, SSID, a saucer, No guest ID admin name is Rick device. Admin name is admin and I’ll hit finish here and now it’s asking me to enter my ubnt.com account. So this is if you have an account on Ubiquiti’s website, which I do not so I’ll hit Skip, And this is going to take me to the dashboard. So Right now you’ll see I have one access point, which is what we just configured here. If I click on that it will bring this up.
It says it’s provisioning it, So this is it’s not ready, yet It now it says connected. So if we click on this it’ll bring up the properties over here on the right side, I think we can click this double arrow to make it go away. If you hit locate here, it will, I think, flash the light on top of it. So if you have like 20 of these things, you want to know which one you’re accessing you can use that feature Or you can hit restart here. Let’S go back Like we hit this button up here we can get back into the properties, so this has all sorts of information about The access point. You know the frequencies, the memory usage things like that. If you want to configure it, you can click over here on configure and then give it an alias, you can say Turn the LED light off. You know if this was in a bedroom or something you might want to do, that You can change the radio things like that.
So the configuration is over On this tab, so this actually took me a second to figure out because it was on details – and you know You can’t change anything here. So you have to click over it. Config then has tools here, this RF environment. You can scan from frequencies and stats. So let me connect to this Access point. I’m going to connect on my iPad and won’t you won’t see this here, But I’m gonna go into my settings and go to my Wi-Fi on my iPad. I’m gonna pick saucer and I’m going to type in my password, which was saucer pass so Okay, so I’ve connected up my IPad you’ll see here now, clients been updated to one. If we look at clients here we’ll see it has my iPad on here and Has information about the iPad IP address, All sorts of stuff. Of course, I just got on so it’s not gonna show very much, but – and I think, let’s see What can we do here – we can This okay, with a block this iPad
We can reconnect it, You can undock the property panel or we can close it. So I’ll close this. So so that’s kind of the basic of setting up the access point. We can there are other things on here. There are statistics That will show statistics on your devices. There’S a map feature where you can, I guess, draw a map and put your access points on there. This shows the devices themselves. The client shows everyone connected to the devices. Insight shows, like other Wi-Fi access points in your area. If we go down to the bottom, there’s a like release, notes, there’s a Events, alerts, live chat, support and then settings. So settings are somewhere. You may want to go, You can, You know, set all these features here. Some reasons this is the interface is acting a little odd see. If I can get that to go away There we go, You can set up automatic upgrades. I mean there’s a lot of features on here. You know change your password admin password. So if we click on like wireless networks, here, it’ll show the wireless network
We have set up if I hit edit here. Let’S see We can change the security on it. Advanced Options, Look see, it says we can block LAN to LAN multicast and broadcast data. We can set up a VLAN, enable fast roaming Hide the SSID things like that. So, But I’m not going to go over all this. My main thing in this video is just to go through the basics of setting this Up. So if you were to buy one of these access points, you know. The first thing you need to do is Install an UniFi controller, So I installed it on my NAS device. You could install this on a Mac, a PC, or Linux, machine You don’t have to have the controller on Once you configure it, but for certain features like if you have this guest policy, It says apply guest, polities, captive portal. I think if you have all that set up, you have to have the controller Set up to do that.
So But it was, you know, pretty basic really to get this access point set up Once you give it an SSID and a password, It configures itself, and then you can connect to it and you’re online as long as you’re you know, network is on Line So this is a pretty good option to add Wi-Fi to an existing network or to extend Wi-Fi to an existing network. So If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.