Review Ubiquiti Unifi 6 Lite WiFi 6 2×2 Access Point

hey everybody it’s lon seidman and we’re continuing my series on upgrading my home network i recently put in the comcast gigabit pro service here which is a two gigabit symmetrical connection to the internet it’s over fiber optics it’s really good but you have to get your network speed in the house up to the same speed that you’ve got now going back and forth to the internet and we spent a lot of time in the prior videos looking at the wired side of my network today we’re going to look at the wireless side because that’s often a bottleneck especially when you’re trying to take advantage of a gigabit or greater internet connection so today we’re going to unbox and set up a new unify 6 light this is an access point that is running with of course the unify system which is what i use here for my home network and we’re going to link this up to my unifi dream machine router and then do a bunch of speed tests to see how well the wi-fi 6 will do versus the ac wi-fi i’m running with now it’s going to be a lot of fun to check this out now i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that i paid for the access point here with my own funds and all of my existing access points were also purchased by me but the unifi dream machine router we’re using that’s going to connect to this was something that unify provided free of charge however no one is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approve what you’re about to see before it was uploaded and all the opinions are my own let’s get to it and get this thing

hooked up but we’re going to start first with a network test of my existing wi-fi access point and then we’ll switch over to the new one and see what the speed differences are all right so in the ceiling right now is my unifi ac light that i bought a number of years ago and that one has been working just fine for me down here and we’re going to switch over to my mac screen now and i’ve got a program here called wi-fi perf which unfortunately is not available anymore but it’s one of the most useful utilities i have here around the house this is a basically a gui version of iperf and what we’re going to do is push a bunch of network packets upstairs to another mac that is connected to my wired network at 10 gigabits so let’s start the test now and see what kind of performance we get now this test is going to push data from my macbook here on the desk upstairs and as you can see here we’re getting about 400 megabits per second through my existing ac light access point and we’ll let this test just kind of run through to get some overview of the performance over time and you get these little drop offs here and there wi-fi tends to fluctuate quite a bit versus ethernet based on devices connecting interference that it might be encountering all sorts of stuff that happens and you can see that test concluding there and again we’re in the three to four hundred megabit range now i’m going to reverse the test now and have the site the server push data down to the client device here and let’s see what we get there and as that test spins up we’re getting roughly the same here give or take right so it seems to be pretty symmetrical in its performance maybe we’re doing a little bit better transmitting to the client versus sending data out but overall pretty good performance here out of the ac light we’ll let this test finish up and then we’ll just check my connection stats here from mac os when this finishes up and we’re almost there and it’s just about done okay so there you go you

can see what we got what i’m going to do here is go up to my wi-fi connection and take a look at the overall connection strength and you can see our signal to noise ratio here our transmit rate and of course the mode that we’re connected in and i’m going to make note of this because after we hook up the new access point let’s compare and see what kind of signal strength we get all right so let’s unbox the new unify 6 light here and see what’s in the box we’ve got some hardware for mounting it my hope here is that the plate it uses to screw in is the same as the one i have on my current ac lights that would make life a lot easier it looks to be about the same size as the prior generation so you can see what it looks like here it does feel a little heavier so maybe has a little bit more beefier components inside actually feels like the base here is metal actually feels a lot stronger than the ac lights do so there is the access point pretty simple now these are poe powered so the power comes in over the ethernet and i i hope that it will work with my existing injector that i’m using for the other one because it doesn’t actually come with a plug in the box so if you don’t have an injector and your switch is not capable of providing power over ethernet you’re going to need to get one this is the plate that it can use to screw onto a wall or onto a drop ceiling if you’re using a drop ceiling this metal piece goes in on the other side of the tile and then you put this one on top of it and again my hope here is that this is identical to the one that’s already in there so let’s go over to the one that’s on the ceiling now let’s unscrew it and see if the base lines up and if it does we’ll get this thing hooked up and give it a test okay so i’m going to unscrew this now and take it off the ceiling and it looks like let me just line it up here it looks like this plate is

identical so it should be a pretty much a swap out here without having to do anything additional which is a big relief so i’m just going to undo the ethernet here and pull this out and now oops got some ceiling tile dust coming down there we will find a place for that later and now what i’m going to do is just attach the cable to the new one here push it back in a little bit and we’ll get that connected and i just want to make sure we’re getting power here there’s no lights on this so i don’t know i won’t know until i get back to the computer if everything hooked up correctly and i should just be able to screw it back in here yep we’re good to go all right that was it for the install super simple because i already had the plate there let’s get this thing now added to the network all right so everything is now hooked up one thing that i noticed though is that the poe injector i had for my ac lights do not work with this one so i did have an extra poe injector that i put into place here i don’t actually have a poe switch on my rack over there but if you had one of course that would work as well now there are no lights on the inside of the access point here but when it is turned on and not associated with your unifi system you will get a white light on it to know that it does have power and presumably is connected to the network now the next step here with unify gear is that we have to adopt it onto our network and if i go over to my list of devices here you can see that the basement right now is dimmed out because we’ve taken that device off the network i’ll probably be getting a notification push to me that that device is disconnected and now we’re also going to see here that we’ve got the unifi 6 light that’s showing up on the network but it says pending adoption because it’s not part of our network yet so what i’m going to do here is just

go over to adopt and now this is going to get adopted into our network and it looks like there might also be a firmware update for it as well so once it’s done provisioning and getting it connected to the network i’m going to go in and update the firmware and then we’ll do some testing and see how faster or much see if this one is faster than our other one okay so we’ve got firmware updated we’ve got everything provisioned and if you check out my connection here on the mac you can see now that we are running with wi-fi six 802.11ax our transmit rate is 1.2 gigabits per second now note that the ac or the six light here that i’ve got in the ceiling only has a gigabit ethernet connection back to the router now if you’re wondering why they only have a gigabit ethernet port on this device and are advertising multi-gigabit speeds it’s because wi-fi is still mostly a half duplex technologies you’re never going to get the full advertised bandwidth going in one direction so i think the choice of gigabit ethernet on this device is more than adequate now at the moment there are two versions of unify’s wi-fi six access points there’s this one with a two by two radio configuration there’s also a four by four long range version coming out soon and it too only has gigabit ethernet on board even though it’s advertising two gigabits plus you’re only going to get about half of that in either direction and of course the ethernet jacks on these devices are full duplex one gigabit in both directions simultaneously whereas the wi-fi again is mostly half duplex and i’ve been shooting this video during a live stream and my viewers have been very

helpful in suggesting some settings that you need to do to get the best performance out of it because it wasn’t at these settings by default so what we did here is we went over to the ac 6 or sorry the 6 light on the list here and then we went over to the config gear when that sidebar came up and we switched the channel width to he 80 and we also selected channel 161 and what you probably want to do is make sure you’re on the higher channels and you also have to make sure you’re not overlapping one channel with the other so if i get more of these i’ll put them on different channels but for right now just with the single one here channel 161 is good for the least amount of interference so now that we’ve got everything set up let’s run the test now and see if we get any faster speeds to the computer upstairs so let’s hit the run test button now and see how this comes together and we’re now of course on the wi-fi 6 access point and as you can see here our bandwidth going from the client the computer here on the desk to the one upstairs we’re getting uh better speeds not gigabit speeds here but we’re doing anywhere from two or three hundred megabits more and you can see a couple of dips here and there but generally we’re in the 500 to 600 megabit territory here and that is really really good again this is going from the computer on the desk here uh to the access point and then upstairs through my ethernet network now let’s reverse it and have the access point transmit data back to the laptop here on the desk and see how we do there just to get an idea as to the symmetry of this connection and here again you can see we’re doing about half a gigabit or so so definitely an improvement here uh certainly not gigabit speed but it is running better one of the other advantages of wi-fi six is that they are better at supporting multiple devices that are connected to those wi-fi six access points so you’ll see better performance consistency and better bandwidth as well

and we’ll have to see if that long range device that they make gives us better bandwidth beyond what we just got here that one does have a 4×4 radio configuration versus 2×2 with this one but overall i’m pleased that i’m seeing a bit of a performance bump here and i’ll be able to take advantage of my connection a little bit better than i was before when i’m on wi-fi i also took out my iphone 12 pro and we got very close to the access point no obstructions in the middle of it and here we got download speeds back and forth to the internet at 702 on the downstream and 616 on the upstream so that was pretty good the ping here out to their server in boston was eight milliseconds usually on ethernet here it’s about four to six so not all that much on the latency side either and i was very pleased with the overall performance i’m getting from this particular access point now there are other ones out there that have more radios and more bandwidth so we should probably get one of those in at some point in the future to see if having a four by four access point makes a difference versus a two by two but i wanted a little bump in speed i got it here and when the new one comes out we’ll check that one out and see if having those two extra radios will make a bigger difference here in our overall throughput but again we’re doing better than we were on ac and that was the objective one other thing to note is that i did have some issues with the poe injector that i was using so what i ended up doing was switching over to a poe switch and that fixed a lot of some some of the bandwidth issues i was having initially with it so i would probably suggest if you can hook it up to a poe switch versus just an

injector and that should give you the full performance we’ll probably be coming back to this at some point in the near future but right now it’s up on the ceiling very easy to install we got a nice performance boost for the wi-fi 6 devices that we have here in the house and we’ll be back again with more adventures in home networking as things develop here at the house that’s going to do it for now until next time this is london thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the london tv supporters including gold level supporters brian parker jim peter tom albrecht and chris allegretta if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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