Standalone Access Points (without UniFi)

UniFi access points (APs) can be set up and configured without any additional devices, but their features will be limited.

We recommend using a UniFi Cloud Gateway (e.g., Dream Machines and Dream Routers) or a dedicated UniFi Console (e.g., Cloud Key G2 Plus) to access our full features, including an integrated internet gateway for advanced network security, detailed traffic analytics, seamless VPN access, and powerfully intuitive Policy-Based Routing (PBR).

Limitations

Be aware of the following limitations of Standalone Mode:

  • Each AP must be individually configured.
  • Seamless and quick roaming (802.11r/k/v) between multiple access points is not supported.
  • AP management is limited to the UniFi Mobile App (web not supported) using 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.

Setting Up Your APs

  1. Plug your UniFi AP into your network. 
    1. Note: 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. Log in to 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 instance.

Unable to Join the Network 'UniFi'

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

My 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. Consult your AP's specifications to confirm its required power input.

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

My AP does not have network connectivity.

APs must receive an IP address from your network- from your ISP modem, or a third-party router/gateway.

Verify if your AP has an IP address by using the Discovery feature in our WiFiman Mobile App (iOS / Android). If the device does not appear, or it appears with our 'fallback IP address' (192.168.1.20), this indicates a problem with your network’s configuration. Make sure your AP is properly connected to a local network port (LAN) of your modem or gateway/router.

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