I moved into my new home three weeks ago and now that I’ve nearly got everything put away and organized, I want to look at building a high-end network infrastructure. I currently have a Tenda MW6 mesh WiFi setup, which while nice, doesn’t allow me to do everything I want to do.
From what I’ve been told, Ubiquiti products are the way to go for someone like myself who doesn’t have a lot of experience in this area, but tends to read and absorb information quickly. The current setup I was considering is the Dream Machine Pro, UniFi Switch PRO 24 PoE, and two (2) UniFi 6 Long-Range Access Points.
Given my home is 2400 sq. ft., I figure that should ensure sufficient coverage, and if it doesn’t, I figure I can always add more access points. I want to power the access points by POE, and eventually other things like security cameras and UniFi’s Network Video Recorder.
Are there other solutions out there that are just as good, or better, for an equivalent price? When this is all said and done, just those four items will be around $1500, plus I have to purchase Cat6 cable, a crimping tool, a wall-mount vertical server rack to store the UDM Pro and the switch.
Are there other setups that I should / could consider?
For a little edification, I currently have Spectrum cable Internet, to which I connect using a Netgear CM500 cable modem. My Tenda MW6 are acting as the router / access points, and the cable modem is plugged directly into the MW6. I don’t like modem / router combos, and prefer to have each “thing” as its own separate device.
Once I’ve built out a wireless network that I’m confident can sustain 1 Gbps of transfer, I will eventually upgrade my Internet access to gigabit, either with Spectrum’s service, or with Frontier once they enter the neighborhood (they’re currently building the infrastructure to come here, since this is a fairly wealthy neighborhood with average home prices around $370,000+.). I also intend to switch to a business account with either service so I can request a static IP. I’d like to host some things on my own servers eventually. I have a PowerEdge R610 and R720xd that were given to me, and I’d like to eventually build out some services like a large Plex Media Server on the R720xd (12 3.5" HDD version), and a Nextcloud server on the R610 along with some other things.
Any insight should be helpful and appreciated. I guess I’m attracted to the Ubiquiti environment because it seems relatively easy for new users with some basic networking knowledge to dive into, but I’m not adverse to picking up books or reading websites and really digging in if there are better options at more reasonable prices.