This article provides four basic comparison charts for the UniFi Access Points (UAPs), divided—for the purposes of this article, in the AC line, the HD line, the XG line and the Specialty line. This last one is not a true separate product family: it will have a mixture of other lines. They are displayed in a separate table because they are intended for specific cases and not really comparable to the regular, general-use APs.
At the end of the article the UniFi Dream Machine is also listed because one of its features is to provide internet connectivity, but it is not strictly an access point.
Table of Contents
- UniFi AC Access Points
- UniFi HD Access Points
- UniFi XG Access Points
- UniFi Specialty Models
- UniFi Dream Machine
- Related Articles
UniFi AC Access Points
Unlike traditional enterprise Wi-Fi systems that require an on-premise hardware controller, the UniFi Network Controller is software that can be deployed on-site using a PC, Mac, or Linux machine; or off-site in a private cloud or a public cloud service. The UniFi 802.11AC Dual-Radio APs feature the latest in Wi-Fi 802.11AC MIMO technology. Using the UniFi Network Controller software, configure and manage your UAPs with the easy-to-learn user interface. Finally, take advantage of the unlimited scalability: build wireless networks as big or small as needed. Start with one (or upgrade to a four‑pack or five) and expand to thousands while maintaining a single unified management system.
The UniFi AC AP family is comprised of the three access points shown in the table below as well as the specialty in-wall models and mesh models.
UniFi AC Family
|Dimensions||∅160 x 31.45 mm||∅175.7 x 43.2 mm||∅196.7 x 35 mm|
|Use Case||Ultra-compact design. Small office deployments.||Ideal for longer range, indoor deployments. Small office deployments.||Offers the highest throughput of these three and can also be used outdoors. Medium office deployments.|
|2.4 GHz Radio Rate||300 Mbps||450 Mbps||450 Mbps|
|5 GHz Radio Rate||867 Mbps||867 Mbps||1300 Mbps|
|PoE Mode||802.3af/A PoE & 24V PoE||802.3af/A PoE & 24V PoE||802.3af PoE/802.3at PoE+|
|Power Supply||24V, 0.5A Gigabit PoE Adapter||24V, 0.5A Gigabit PoE Adapter||UniFi Switch (PoE)|
|Ports||(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet||(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet||(2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet|
|Wi-Fi Client Associations||250+||250+||250+|
UniFi HD Access Points
The UniFi AP HD was the first UniFi 802.11ac Wave 2 AP. Combining the performance achieved through MU-MIMO technology and the use of 4x4 spatial streams, the UniFi AP HD delivers up to 125% greater performance than a typical Wave 1 AP. The UniFi AP SHD was released for high-density scenarios where data security must be monitored constantly, like banks and hospitals for example.
The nanoHD joined this line to provide a smaller footprint solution with the same high-density goal in mind. Both Wave 1 and Wave 2 UAPs offer 28 independent (non-overlapping) channels: three for the 2.4 GHz band and twenty-five for the 5 GHz band, including DFS channels. When you use the 2.4 GHz band in a high-density location, you encounter self-interference and channel saturation. When using the 5 GHz band, the option is available to deploy smaller cells (coverage areas), so you can support more clients in an area that requires the deployment of more than one AP.
The latest additions to the HD family—the FlexHD and the BeaconHD, were built with flexibility in mind. The UniFi AP Flex HD access point has a small, sleek design and compact form factor that can easily be deployed indoors or outdoors. With flexible mounting options, the Flex HD can be deployed on tabletops, walls, poles, and ceilings. The UniFi AP Beacon HD is the fastest way to extend Wi-Fi coverage and increase throughput. It's a three-step, full 4x4 MU-MIMO solution that delivers real 300+ Mbps performance over a wireless mesh hop. Just plug it into a wall outlet, the UniFi Network Controller discovers it automatically, adopt it and you're done.
The HD family also has the UniFi HD In-Wall access point which is covered in the Specialty section below.
UniFi HD Family
|Use Case||For high-density environments with numerous clients but a smaller space, like a theatre for example. Smaller size and availability of different skins make it blend into the environment.||For high-density environments, such as a concert venue or outdoor fair, we recommend the UniFi AP HD. Read more about this here.||Secure, high-density deployments where user data safety must be actively monitored: banks, hospitals, universities, or corporate environments to name a few.||For high-density environments with numerous clients. Its compact and sleek design along with its numerous installation options allows placement near users where it is needed.||For high-density environments with numerous clients, where infrastructure demands more coverage, with flexible network-expanding options. The easy plug and adopt installation, makes this stylish UAP the right choice for modern offices and homes that need a little more flexible coverage.|
∅ 160 x 32.65 mm
|∅220 x 48.1 mm||∅220 x 48.1 mm||Ø 48.50 x 159.49 mm||169.7 x 112.15 x 32.2 mm|
|2.4 GHz Radio Rate||300 Mbps||800 Mbps||800 Mbps||300 Mbps||300 Mbps|
|5 GHz Radio Rate||1733 Mbps||1733 Mbps||1733 Mbps||1733 Mbps||1733 Mbps|
|802.3at PoE+||802.3at PoE+||802.3af PoE||NA|
|Power Supply||UniFi Switch (PoE)||UniFi Switch (PoE)||UniFi Switch (PoE)||802.3af 48V, 0.32A Gigabit PoE Adapter||AC (standard US power outlet)|
(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet
|(2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet||(2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet||(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port||None|
|Wi‑Fi Client Associations||200+||1000+||1000+||200+||200+|
UniFi XG Access Points
The UniFi XG line allows you to create an ultra high-density network with not only both access points in the table below but with the UniFi Switch 16 XG, the UniFi XG Server, and the UniFi Security Gateway XG 8. This is Ubiquiti's latest product line and what the future looks like. Even more powerful than the HD line in high-density scenarios the XG access points also offer a 1/10 Gbps ICM Ethernet Port.
UniFi XG Family
|Use Case||For very high-density environments, such as a large auditorium or concert hall containing numerous clients in a relatively small space, we recommend the UniFi XG AP.||For ultra high-density environments, such as an outdoor music festival, where there are numerous clients in a relatively small space, we recommend the UniFi WiFi BaseStation XG.|
|Dimensions||∅ 228 x 50 mm||471.1 x 257.5 x 94.3 mm (with mount)|
|Environment||Indoor / Outdoor||
Indoor / Outdoor (white version)
Indoor (black version might overheat outdoors)
|2.4 GHz Speed||800 Mbps||-|
|5 GHz Speed||1733 Mbps||1733 Mbps|
|PoE Mode||802.3bt PoE||802.3bt PoE|
|Power Supply||PoE Injector 50VDC, 1.2A Gigabit||50VDC, 1.2A Gigabit PoE|
(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port
(1) 1/10 Gbps ICM Ethernet Port
(1) 10/100/1000 RJ45 Ethernet Port
(1) 1/10 Gbps ICM Ethernet Port
|Wi-Fi Client Associations||1500||1500|
UniFi Specialty Models
The specialty models shown below are devices that perform a very specific function not usually found in other products. The In-Wall access points are the perfect size to replace an ethernet wall jack, blending in seamlessly with offices or hotel rooms, perfect for new installations or for upgrades of existing ones. With its functional ports, it is not only an access point but can serve as a gigabit switch and a PoE power passthrough.
The Mesh line with a multi-hop uplink technology allows for an expanded network wirelessly perfect for large outdoor installations with little infrastructure. The UAP-AC-M is particularly useful for quick and easy temporary setups with its different mounting options, and small and sleek shape.
Finally, the AC EDU has an integrated public address system. It works with an intuitive mobile app or can be configured as a SIP endpoint for phone systems. For those environments where public address capabilities are needed, the AC-EDU joins two not-so-attractive devices into one sleek addition to your campus.
|Specialty||The In-Wall Line (IW) converts a regular Ethernet wall jack into a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi access point. For dedicated Wi-Fi per room. The UAP-IW-HD model is customizable with different skins (sold separately) to blend with its environment.||The Mesh line and its Mesh Multi-Hop feature allow a large outdoor area, such as a park with a minimal infrastructure to enjoy a larger network.||Dual-Radio AP with Public Address System. Make announcements over Wi-Fi with no extra equipment needed.|
|Dimensions||139.7 x 86.7 x 25.75 mm||139.7 x 86.7 x 25.75 mm||139.7 x 86.7 x 25.75 mm||139.7 x 86.7 x 25.75 mm||343.2 x 181.2 x 60.2 mm||∅287.5 x 125.9 mm|
|Use Case||Hotels, offices, hospitals, schools.||Large outdoor areas with minimal infrastructure.||Large campuses where public announcements are expected.|
|2.4 GHz Speed||300 Mbps||450 Mbps||300 Mbps||300 Mbps||450 Mbps||450 Mbps|
|5 GHz Speed||867 Mbps||1300 Mbps||1733 Mbps||867 Mbps||1300 Mbps||1300 Mbps|
|PoE Mode||802.3at PoE+||802.3at PoE+||802.3af PoE / 802.3at PoE+||
802.3af/A PoE & 24V PoE
|802.3af PoE||802.3at PoE+|
|Power Supply||UniFi PoE Switch (Not Included)||UniFi PoE Switch (Not Included)||UniFi Switch (PoE) (Not Included)||24V, 0.5A Gigabit PoE Adapter||
48V, 0.5A PoE Gigabit Adapter
|48V, 0.5A PoE Gigabit Adapter|
(3) 10/100/1000 Ethernet
(2) Switch Ports
(3) 10/100/1000 Ethernet
(2) Switch Ports
(5) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports
|(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet||(2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet||(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet|
|Wi-Fi Client Associations||250+||250+||200+||250+||250+||250+|
UniFi Dream Machine
Although it can also be considered one of the specialty models, the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM) deserves its own category. The UDM is an all-in-one dual band 802.11ac 4x4 access point, a managed 4-port gigabit switch, a security gateway (with IDS/IPS and DPI) and a Cloud Key (controller hosting), that actually looks nice on a tabletop. It is scalable by connecting more UniFi devices to LAN, as well as by mesh hop (for example with the UAP BeaconHD). Take a look at the Datasheet to see all specifications and how each of these four capabilities are performed on the UDM.
UniFi Dream Machine
The UniFi Dream Machine is an all-in-one solution for small-scale wired or Wi-Fi networks in homes and businesses.
|Dimensions||∅110 x 184.2 mm|
|Use Case||Homes and medium to small businesses.|
|2.4 GHz Speed||300 Mbps|
|5 GHz Speed||1733 Mbps|
|Power Supply||Internal AC/DC Power Adapter (24V, 0.6A, 100 - 240VAC) (AC Power Cord included)|
(4) LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports
(1) WAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port
|Wi-Fi Client Associations||200+|