Standalone Access Points (without UniFi)

2023-06-09 23:49:30 UTC


UniFi APs can be set up and configured without any additional hardware, but their features will be limited. We recommend using a UniFi Gateway Console (e.g., Dream Machines and Dream Routers) or a dedicated UniFi Console (e.g., Cloud Key G2+) to access our full feature set. Be aware of the following limitations of Standalone Mode:

  • Each AP must be individually configured.
  • Seamless and quick roaming between multiple access points is not supported.
  • AP management is limited to the UniFi Mobile App (web not supported). They use independent credentials that are not associated with your UI Account.
  • No remote management; APs can only be viewed and configured by users connected to the local WiFi.

Note: UniFi Gateway Consoles also contain an integrated internet gateway for advanced network security, detailed traffic analytics, seamless VPN access, and powerfully intuitive Policy-Based Routing (PBR).

Setting Up Your APs

  1. Plug your UniFi AP into your network. 
    1. Note that ethernet jacks in the wall may not actually be connected to your router/gateway/modem. 
  2. Power your AP with a compatible PoE Switch or PoE Adapter
    1. See UniFi PoE Availability and Modes to learn more.
  3. Download the UniFi Mobile App (iOS / Android).
  4. Scan the QR Code on the back of your AP.
  5. Follow the instructions on screen to finish the setup process and create a new WiFi SSID.

Unable to Join the Network “UniFi”

Our APs broadcast a hidden WiFi SSID used just for device setup. If you cannot connect to it, a mistake was made during your setup process.

Your AP is Not Powered On or in a Factory State

Your AP should emit a solid white LED indicating that it is turned on and ready to be set up. If the LED is off, make sure it is receiving proper power. Some devices require PoE+ power rather than standard PoE (e.g., U6 LR). 

A solid blue LED indicates that the device was already set up. In this case, you should factory reset it and try again.

Your AP Does Not Have Network Connectivity

APs must receive an IP address from your network. Depending on your network’s configuration, this may be done by your ISP modem, or a third-party router/gateway. Verify this by using the device discovery feature in our WiFiman Mobile App (iOS / Android). If the device does not appear, or it appears with our “fallback IP address” (, this indicates a problem with your network’s configuration, not the UniFi AP. Contact your internet service provider or the third-party equipment manufacturer if you are unsure. 

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