UniFi - Setting up a UniFi Access Point in Standalone Mode

Learn how to set up your UniFi Access Point in Standalone Mode using the UniFi Network app without a UniFi Network Controller. See FAQs below to learn the difference between using Standalone and Controller modes.

If you wish to adopt the device into an existing UniFi Network Controller, see the Device Adoption article.

1. Prepare your UniFi AP for setup

Prepare your UniFi AP for setup by following the steps outlined in the Quick Start Guide (QSG) of the device.

The AP should be powered on and connected to the network, the LED indicator should be steady white.


2. Download the UniFi Network app from App Store or Google Play

Download the UniFi Network app from AppStore or Google Play.


3. Connect to your AP via Account > Standalone Devices

Select "Standalone Devices" from the Account area to begin the device discovery process.

If you don't have a network yet, select "Connect to AP" to connect to your access point manually.

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4. Scan the QR code on the back of your AP

You will need to scan the QR code on the back side of your device to connect to it.

You can also specify the MAC ID of the device manually by clicking "Enter ID manually".


5. Complete the connection process

Click "Join" to allow UniFi Network to connect to your new access point.

This will allow you to manage your new device from the Standalone Devices screen. 

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6. Change the credentials for your access point

You will now see your new AP on the Standalone Devices screen.

Start configuring it by changing the default device credentials—you will use these to manage the device.

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7. Finish the configuration of your Standalone AP

Now, select "Configure" to configure your access point in Standalone mode.

You can set up your new Wi-Fi network under WLANs, change the name of your device and adjust other settings.


Frequently Asked Questions

The LED indicator of my AP isn't steady white, how do I fix this?

If your AP LED isn't steady white, this can mean one of a few things, e.g. the device might be loading, it may have been adopted already or it might not be getting enough power.

To make a previously adopted device available for adoption or resolve startup issues, reset it to factory defaults first.

If the LED isn't visible at all, try connecting the AP using a different cable or a different powering method.


The UniFi Network app doesn't detect my AP automatically, what do I do?

This is normal behavior for new devices. You'll need to scan the QR code on your AP or enter its MAC ID manually by clicking "Enter ID manually".


What is Standalone mode and how does it differ from adopting my AP into a UniFi Network Controller?

Standalone mode allows you to set up and manage your UniFi AP without needing controller software.

The advantage of this method is speed and simplicity since you can get an AP up and running quickly.

The drawback is you're missing out on controller features, such as cloud access to your devices, client management, statistics, insights, alerts, events and more. See more here.

Related Articles

UniFi - Troubleshooting Device Adoption

UniFi - Device Adoption Methods for Remote UniFi Controllers

UniFi - Getting Started with the UniFi Mobile App

UniFi - Getting Started

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