[itdiscuss] Ubiquity Unifi and SonicPoint
jason.lee at nwoods.org
Fri Oct 14 11:55:40 EDT 2011
Rob... is your NSA not under a support agreement? All sonicpoints take the warranty of the firewall they are connected to... so all our 13 sonicpoints are warrantied by the E5500 firewall... when we renew support on the firewall all sonicpoints are covered.
You are correct, we are finding those that are about 2-3 yrs old are failing.. but it's a pretty easy replacement RMA process.
We are finding that the capacity of the sonicpoints may not scale as well as other solutions and may migrate or larger campus away from it.. (and down stream the sonicpoints to our other campus)
From: Rob Shaw [mailto:RShaw at greenwoodchristian.com]
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 10:27 AM
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Subject: Re: [itdiscuss] Ubiquity Unifi and SonicPoint
I'm kinda at that same crossroads, although am CURRENTLY a SonicPoint and NSA3500 user. The problem I have, is these SonicPoints seems to be lasting only 2-3 years each and are VERY expensive to replace.
I am investigation the Ubiquity solution myself as the A.P.s are a fraction of the cost of the SonicPoints.
Please let me know what you decide, as I may have some SonicPoints at a fire-sale price soon. ;-)
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From: Dayron Daugherty <ddaugherty at precept.org<mailto:ddaugherty at precept.org>>
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Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 09:36:37 -0400
To: IT Discussion Forum <discuss at itdiscuss.org<mailto:discuss at itdiscuss.org>>
Subject: [itdiscuss] Ubiquity Unifi and SonicPoint
Recently a discussion came up here regarding wireless and Ubiquity was mentioned and raved about. We're in the process of planning out a new wireless infrastructure. Currently for indoor APs we use are using Linksys WRT54G's with DD-WRT. DD-WRT breathed new life into our AP's, but as some of our older APs die we want to move towards a more professional, centrally managed solution for our indoor APs. Our SonicWall is an NSA 3500 which has a central management piece for SonicPoint APs. So I'm exploring that route. But, needless to say SonicPoints are a little pricey. The benefit is they (as said) are centrally managed from the SonicWall and all security subscriptions and access rules we have can be applied to the SonicPoints with much granularity if desired.
Our main campus buildings are all uplinked with fiber. However we have a few smaller buildings that are connected with a Proxim 802.11A basestation and omni antenna on our central building and Proxim subscriber units and parabolic or yagi antenna at each of the outlying buildings. We want to upgrade this equipment as well. I spoke to SonicWall yesterday and I was told they do not have point-to-point equipment built specifically for this kind of setup but it's "on their roadmap...possibly".
We also want 2 SSID's (private and public) without having to have 2 physical APs physically connected to 2 different subnets (which we have to do now). I've seen reference in the Unifi specs refereeing control of a guest network. I'm assuming that is the public SSID I'm needing, but I can't find a detailed description of how to configure that. I'd like to know more about that if anyone is using a private\guest configuration on the same AP.
So, given that I'm going to have to manage 2 wireless networks anyway (the APs and the p2p) if I go with SonicPoint I wanted to get your thoughts and experience with the Ubiquity Unifi solution. It looks much less expensive on the AP side of things. Does it also allow central management of their p2p gear?
Precept Ministries International
Senior Network Administrator
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