AP Antenna Radiation Patterns

Use this article to compare the different antenna radiation patterns of our UniFi Access Points.

About Radiation Patterns

Radiation patterns can be used to better understand how each UniFi access point model broadcasts wireless signal. These patterns are what antenna engineers call reciprocal—in that the transmit-power (the capability of the AP to ‘speak’) will be highest at the peaks, and so will the receive-sensitivity (the capability of the AP to ‘hear’).

Please note that these radiation patterns are gathered in a fully anechoic environment. Their shape, peak gain/directivity and efficiency will change in installed environments. Every deployment will behave differently due to interference, materials, geometries of structures, and how these materials behave at 2.4GHz and 5GHz.

With that in mind, use these radiation plots as a "general guide" to identify where most of the energy (and receive sensitivity) of the UniFi APs is being directed; but keep present that the ultimate way to know how successful the coverage design is—is to measure it. Measure signal strength and coverage before (with mock positioning), during (as you install), and after to guarantee that you have the coverage you want—and don’t have the coverage you don’t want (for example with self-interference: APs hearing each other or other AP stations on the same channel).

Radiation Plot Format

Radius represents ‘elevation’, with 0° representing antenna gain straight under the AP, and 90° representing antenna gain at horizon. The degrees on the circumference represent ‘Azimuth’. That is to say, left/right/front/back of the AP, when mounted overhead.

Comparison Table

Use this table to compare the radiation patterns of each UAP. The first column shows where the respective colored dots found in each radiation plot is placed in the actual devices. Note that colored dots in the plots might be in the outer perimeter or closer to center.

Note: Varying scales are represented in the graphs below. Consider each graph individually and take note of scale when comparing products.

Directional color dots on device

2.4GHz

Frequency

5GHz Low

Frequency

5GHz Mid

Frequency

5GHz High

Frequency

U7-Outdoor dots.png

U7-Outdoor

U7-Outdoor 2.45GHz.png

U7-Outdoor 5GHz Low.png

U7-Outdoor 5GHz Mid.png

U7-Outdoor 5GHz High.png

U7-Outdoor-Omni-Antenna-dots.png

U7-Outdoor + Omni Antenna

U7-Outdoor-Omni-Antenna-2.45GHz.png

U7-Outdoor-Omni-Antenna-5GHz Low.png

U7-Outdoor-Omni-Antenna-5GHz Mid.png

U7-Outdoor-Omni-Antenna-5GHz High.png

U7-Pro-Max dots.png

U7-Pro-Max

U7-Pro-Max 2.45GHz.png

U7-Pro-Max 5.15GHz.png

U7-Pro-Max 5.55GHz.png

U7-Pro-Max 5.85GHz.png

U7-Pro-Wall-dots.png

U7-Pro-Wall

U7-Pro-Wall 2.45GHz.png

U7-Pro-Wall 5.15GHz.png

U7-Pro-Wall 5.55GHz.png

U7-Pro-Wall 5.85GHz.png

U6-Mesh-Pro-dots.png

U6-Mesh-Pro

U6-Mesh-Pro-2.4GHz.png

U6-Mesh-Pro-5GHz-Low.png

U6-Mesh-Pro-5GHz-Mid.png

U6-Mesh-Pro-5GHz-High.png

UX-dots.png

UX

UX-2.45GHz.png

UX-5GHz_Low.png

UX-5GHz_Mid.png

UX-5GHz_High.png

U6-Extender dots.png

U6-Extender

U6-Extender-2.45GHz.png

U6-Extender-5GHz_Low.png

U6-Extender-5GHz_Mid.png

U6-Extender-5GHz_High.png

UK-Ultra dots.png

UK-Ultra

UK-Ultra-2.4GHz.png

UK-Ultra-5.15GHz.png

UK-Ultra-5.5GHz.png

UK-Ultra-5.85GHz.png

UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna dots.png

UK-Ultra + Panel Antenna

UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna-2.45GHz.png

UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna-5GHz Low.png

UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna-5GHz Mid.png

UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna-5GHz High.png

UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna dots.png

UK-Ultra + Omni Antenna

UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna-2.45GHz-.png

UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna-5GHz Low.png

UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna-5GHz Mid.png

UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna-5GHz High.png

U7-PRO dots.png

U7-Pro

U7-Pro-2.4GHz.png

U7-Pro-5.15GHz.png

U7-Pro-5.55GHz.png

U7-Pro-5.85GHz.png

UDW dots.png

UDW

UDW-2.45GHz.png

UDW-5.15GHz.png

UDW-5.55GHz.png

UDW-5.85GHz.png

UDR dots.png

UDR

UDR-2.45GHz.png

UDR-5GHzLow.png

UDR-5GHzMid.png

UDR-5GHzHigh.png

U6-dots.png

U6-Plus

u6-plus-2.4.png

u6-plus-low5.png

u6-plus-mid5.png

u6-plus-high5.png

u6-iw-dots.png

U6 In-Wall

u6-iw.2.4.png

u6-iw.5.15.png

u6-iw.5.5.png

u6-iw.5.85.png

U6-Enterprise-IW.png

U6-Enterprise-IW

u6-enterprise-2.4ghz.png

u6-enterprise-5.15ghz.png

u6-enterprise-5.5ghz.png

u6-enterprise-5.85ghz.png

UniFi6E_dots.png

U6-Enterprise

U6E-2.45GHz.png

U6E-5.15GHz.png

U6E-5.50GHz.png

U6E-5.85GHz.png

UniFi6_dots.png

U6-Lite

plot.U6-Lite.2.45GHz.png

plot.U6-Lite.5.15GHz.png

plot.U6-Lite.5.50GHz.png

plot.U6-Lite.5.85GHz.png

UniFi6_dots.png

U6-Pro

plot.U6-Pro.2.45GHz.png

plot.U6-Pro.5.15GHz.png

plot.U6-Pro.5.50GHz.png

plot.U6-Pro.5.85GHz.png

UniFi6_dots.png

U6-LR

plot.U6-LR-2.45GHz.png

plot.U6-LR-_5.20GHz.png

plot.U6-LR_-_5.50GHz.png

plot.U6-LR_-_5.80GHz.png

U6-Mesh_dots.png

U6-Mesh

plot.U6-Mesh.2.45GHz.png

plot.U6-Mesh.5.20GHz.png

plot.U6-Mesh.5.50GHz.png

plot.U6-Mesh.5.80GHz.png

UDM_dots.png

UDM

plot.UDM.2.45GHz.png

plot.UDM.5.15GHz.png

plot.UDM.5.50GHz.png

plot.UDM.5.85GHz.png

UWB-XG_dots.png

UWB-XG

The UWB-XG models do not operate on the 2.4GHz band.

UWB-XG High 5.2GHz.png(High Gain)

UWB-XG High 5.5GHz.png

(High Gain)

UWB-XG_High_5.8GHz.png

(High Gain)

UAP-FlexHD_dots.png

UAP-FlexHD

FlexHD_2.45GHz.png

FlexHD_5.15GHz.png

FlexHD_5.50GHz.png

FlexHD_5.85GHz.png

UAP-IW-HD_dots.png

UAP-IW-HD

plot.UAP-AC-IW-HD_-_Summary_Plot_-_2.45GHz.png

plot.UAP-AC-IW-HD_-_Summary_Plot_-_5.15GHz.png

plot.UAP-AC-IW-HD_-_Summary_Plot_-_5.50GHz.png

plot.UAP-AC-IW-HD_-_Summary_Plot_-_5.85GHz.png

UAP-BeaconHD_dots.png

UAP-BeaconHD

BeaconHD_2.45GHz.png

BeaconHD_5.15GHz.png

BeaconHD_5.5GHz.png

BeaconHD_5.85GHz.png

UAP-nanoHD_dots.png

UAP-nanoHD

plot.UAP-nanoHD.2.45GHz.png

plot.UAP-nanoHD.5.15GHz.png

plot.UAP-nanoHD.5.50GHz.png

plot.UAP-nanoHD.5.85GHz.png

Color_dots_image_UAP-AC-HD.png

UAP-AC-HD

plot.UAP-AC-HD.2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-HD_5.20GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-HD_5.50GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-HD_5.80GHz.jpg

UAP-XG_dots.png

UAP-XG

plot.UAP-XG.2.45GHz.png

plot.UAP-XG.5.15GHz.png

plot.UAP-XG.5.50GHz.png

plot.UAP-XG.5.85GHz.png

Color_dots_image_UAP-AC-HD.png

UAP-AC-SHD

plot.UAP-AC-SHD.2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-SHD_Overall_A-Polar_Realized_Amp__5.20GHzfinal.png

UAP-AC-SHD_Overall_A-Polar_Realized_Amp__5.50GHzfinal.png

UAP-AC-SHD_Overall_A-Polar_Realized_Amp__5.80GHzfinal.png

Color_Dots_LR.png

UAP-AC-LR

UAP-AC-LR_2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-LR_5.20GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-LR_5.50GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-LR_5.80GHz.jpg

uap-ac-mprodots.png

UAP-AC-M-PRO

plot.UAP-AC-Mesh-Pro.2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-M-PRO_5.20GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-M-PRO_5.50GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-M-PRO_5.80GHz.jpg

uap-ac-mdots.png

UAP-AC-M

 

UAP-AC-Mesh_2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-M_5.20GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-M_5.50GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-M_5.80GHz.jpg

Color_dots_image_IW.png

UAP-AC-IW

plot.UAP-AC-IW-Pro.2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-IW_5.20GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-IW_5.50GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-IW_5.80GHz.jpg

Color_Dots_Lite.png

UAP-AC-Lite

plot.UAP-AC-Lite.2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-Lite_5.20GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-Lite_5.50GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-Lite_5.80GHz.jpg

Color_Dots_PRO.png

UAP-AC-PRO

plot.UAP-AC-Pro.2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-PRO_5.20GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-PRO_5.50GHz.jpg

UAP-AC-PRO_5.80GHz.jpg

Color_dots_image_IW.png

UAP-AC-IW-PRO

UAP-AC-IW-Pro_2.45GHz.png

UAP-AC-IN-WALL-PRO_Overalll_A-Polar_Realized_Amp__5.20GHzfinal.png

UAP-AC-IN-WALL-PRO_Overalll_A-Polar_Realized_Amp__5.50GHzfinal.png

UAP-AC-IN-WALL-PRO_Overalll_A-Polar_Realized_Amp__5.80GHzfinal.png

UMA-D_dots.png

UMA-D

UMA-D_2.45GHz.png

UMA-D_5.2GHz.png

UMA-D_5.5GHz.png

UMA-D_5.8GHz.png

 

Model Summary Plots

This section includes a graphic summary for each UniFi Access point shown in the table above, portraying radiation plots for Azimuth, Elevation 0°, Elevation 90° and Mapped 3D.

U7 Outdoor
Note: The device has only been placed on the 2.45GHz row to avoid covering the plot lines.
U7-Outdoor Total.png
U7 Outdoor + Omni Antenna
U7-Outdoor-and-Omni-Antena-Summary.png
U7 Pro Max
U7-Pro-Max Total.png
U7 Pro Wall
U7-Pro-Wall-total.png
U6 Mesh Pro
U6-Mesh-Pro-Summary.png
UniFi Express (UX)
UX-summary.png
U6 Extender
U6-Extender-Summary_Plot.png
Swiss Army Knife Ultra (UK-Ultra)
UK-Ultra.png
UK-Ultra + Omni Antenna
UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna-Summary.png
UK-Ultra + Panel Antenna

Note: The device has been drawn with a 5% transparency on the Azimuth column to show the data. To see a true representation of the antenna, please visit its product page.

UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna-Summary.png

U7 Pro
U7-PRO.png
UDR
UDR summary.png
UDW
UDW Summary.png
U6+
u6-plus-summary.png
U6 In-Wall
_U6-IW__summary.png
U6 Enterprise In-Wall

U6-enterprise-IW summary.png

U6 Enterprise

U6E2G%2B5G.Summary-Plot.png

U6 Lite

plot.U6-Lite_-_Summary_Plot.png

U6 LR

plot.U6-LR_-_Summary_Plot.png

U6 Pro

plot.U6-Pro.Summary_Plot.png

U6 Mesh

plot.U6-Mesh.Summary_Plot.png

UWB-XG

Narrow Angle / High Gain 

UWB-XG-High-Gain.png

Wide Angle / Low Gain

UWB-XG-Low-Gain.png

UDM

plot.UDM.Summary_Plot.png

UAP-IW-HD

plot.UAP-AC-IW-HD_-_Summary_Plot.png

UAP-FlexHD

UAP-BeaconHD

UAP-nanoHD

summary-plot.UAP-nanoHD.png

UAP-AC-HD

UAP-AC-HD-Overall_-_Summary_Plotrev2.png

UAP-AC-SHD

UAP-AC-SHD-Overall_-_Summary_Plot.png

UAP-AC-Lite

UAP-AC-Lite-Overall_-_Summary_Plotupdated.png

UAP-AC-LR

UAP-AC-LR-Overall_-_Summary_Plotrev2.png

UAP-AC-PRO

UAP-AC-Pro-Overall_-_Summary_Plot5ghz.png

UAP-AC-IW

UAP-AC-IN-WALL-Overall_-_Summary_Plot_-_5GHzrev.png

UAP-AC-IW-PRO

UAP-AC-IN-WALL-PROOverall_-_Summary_Plot_-_5GHzfinal.png

UAP-AC-M

UAP-AC-M_-_Summary_Plotrev3.png

Note: The antennas for the UAP-AC-M were angled at 45° to generate the plots as shown in the images above.

UAP-AC-M-PRO

UAP-AC-M-PRO-Overall_-_Summary_Plot_-_5GHz2.png

UMA-D

UMA-D_All_-_Summary_Plotrev.png

UAP-XG

plot.UAP-XG.Summary_Plot.png

Antenna Files (.ant)

Please note the data in the .ant files below was extracted from full model simulations. Clicking on the links in the following table will prompt the immediate download of the .ant file.

UniFi Access Point Model

Downloadable Antenna Files (.ant)

U7-Outdoor U7-Outdoor.zip
U7-Outdoor + Omni-Antenna U7-Outdoor-Omni-Antenna.zip
U7-Pro-Max U7-Pro-Max.zip
U7-Pro-Wall U7-Pro-Wall.zip
U6-Mesh-Pro U6-Mesh-Pro.zip
UX UX.zip
U6-Extender U6-Extender.zip
UK-Ultra + UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna UACC-UK-Ultra-Panel-Antenna.zip
UK-Ultra + UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna UACC-UK-Ultra-Omni-Antenna.zip
UK-Ultra UK-Ultra.zip
U7-Pro U7-Pro.zip
UDR UDR.zip
UDW UDW.zip
U6-Enterprise U6-Enterprise.zip
U6-Enterprise-IW U6-Enterprise-IW.zip
U6-IW U6-IW.zip
U6-Lite U6-Lite.zip
U6-LR U6-LR.zip
U6-Mesh U6-Mesh.zip
U6+ U6-Plus.zip
U6-Pro U6-Pro.zip
UDM UDM.zip
UAP-nanoHD UAP-nanoHD.zip
UAP-IW-HD UAP-IW-HD.zip
UAP-BeaconHD UAP-BeaconHD.zip
UAP-FlexHD UAP-FlexHD.zip
UAP-AC-HD UAP-AC-HD.zip
UAP-AC-SHD UAP-AC-SHD.zip
UAP-XG UAP-XG.zip
UWB-XG + Narrow Angle / High Gain  UWB-XG-Narrow-Angle-High-Gain.zip
UWB-XG + Wide Angle / Low Gain UWB-XG-Wide-Angle-Low-Gain.zip
UMA-D UMA-D.zip
UAP-AC-IW-Pro  UAP-AC-IW-Pro.zip  
UAP-AC-IW UAP-AC-IW.zip
UAP-AC-Lite UAP-AC-Lite.zip 
UAP-AC-LR UAP-AC-LR.zip
UAP-AC-Pro UAP-AC-Pro.zip
UAP-AC-M UAP-AC-M.zip
UAP-AC-M-Pro UAP-AC-M-Pro.zip
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