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UniFi - Network Types

Overview

Readers will learn about the different UniFi Network Types and the devices that they are applicable to.

UniFi Network Types

There are several different  network types available on the UniFi Controller:

  • WAN Configure in the  settings.png  Settings > Internet > WAN Networks section.
  • Corporate (LAN) Configure in the Settings > Networks > Local Networks section.
  • Guest (LAN) Configure in the Settings > Networks > Local Networks section.
  • VLAN Only (LAN) Configure in the Settings > Networks > Local Networks section.
  • Remote User VPN Configure in the Settings > VPN > VPN Servers section.
  • Site-to-Site VPN Configure in the Settings > VPN > VPN Connections section.
  • VPN Client Configure in the Settings > VPN > VPN Connections section.
NOTE: The UniFi Network Types can be configured in the  settings.png  Settings > Networks section when using the Classic Web UI in current controller release.

The table below lists the devices that the UniFi Network Types are applicable to and provides a description of the feature(s).

Network Type

Device

Type

Description

WAN

UDM
USG

The WAN network type is used for configuring up to two separate ISP (WAN1 and WAN2) connections.

The WAN networks can be used with either failover or weighted Load Balancing.

Corporate

UDM
USG
USW

By default, UniFi places no restrictions on Corporate network traffic. These networks are assumed to belong to a trusted network group. 

For example, admin users in the Management VLAN would also use the Corporate network type, albeit a separate VLAN.

Guest

UDM
USG
USW

Guest networks place more restriction on where client devices are able to navigate. By default, clients in Guest networks are not able to make contact with devices on Corporate networks or other Guest networks.

This type of network is best utilized when client traffic only needs to reach the internet, and not other internal networks. 

There is more information on Guest networks in the Guest Network, Guest Portal and Hotspot System article.
VLAN Only

USW

VLAN Only networks can be used to provide Layer 2 Isolation services in a full-stack UniFi network. These are networks that do not need routing for the host devices.

This network type is also best used when using a gateway router/firewall that is not managed by the UniFi Network Controller.

There is more more information on VLAN Only networks in the VLAN Traffic Tagging article.

Remote User VPN

UDM
USG

The Remote User VPN provides VPN access (L2TP or PPTP) for remote VPN clients.

There is more information on L2TP in the USG/UDM: Configuring L2TP Remote Access VPN article.

Site-to-Site VPN

UDM
USG

Site-to-Site VPNs allows different remote sites/networks to communicate with each other. This network type can be used to provide connectivity between two offices or different companies.

There is more information on Site-to-Site VPNs in the USG/UDM VPN: How to Configure Site-to-Site VPN article.

VPN Client

USG

The VPN Client network type is suitable for connecting to a PPTP VPN  provider or remote PPTP server.

Related Articles

UniFi - Guest Network, Guest Portal and Hotspot System

UniFi - VLAN Traffic Tagging

UniFi - USG/UDM: Configuring L2TP Remote Access VPN

UniFi - USG/UDM VPN: How to Configure Site-to-Site VPN

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