Home and Business WiFi
South West Mobile Broadband Ltd are Ubiquiti experts.
Imagine having the freedom to move around your property and always being connected to the strongest WiFi signal, wirelessly connect wifi to another building and even outdoor wifi all on the same wifi network!
Now you have faster Broadband whether it is 4G or FTTP, then we need to spread Wifi effectively to achieve the fastest speeds possible. Powerline adaptors are a very simple solution, but are often slowed down by old wiring in the house, electrical interference (from fridge freezers etc), low throughput.
Access point technology gets around all these problems. We have an arrangement of access points to suit all needs from simple thick internal walls installations to large offices and hotels. You can have guest wifi for holiday lettings, see how much data is being used, by any device at any time. This is very important if your data is capped. Plus having it on a cloud-based system, you can see everything that is going on anywhere in the world including your CCTV.
So, what we’ve started implementing to solve these issues is a wireless product called Unifi by Ubiquiti Networks. It is a solution for enterprise-grade indoor/outdoor wireless products without the enterprise price tag! And they have centrally managed from a cloud-based wireless controller.
The controller allows you to:
• Centrally manage all your access points in one location.
• Create one wireless network that all your access points are grouped in
• See who is using the Wi-Fi at any given time and you have the ability to block or disconnect users.
• Users can roam from one access point to another without reconnecting to the Wifi and re-entering in a password.
• You can create a guest network, like at an airport, where you can monetize access to your Wifi.
• You can easily expand coverage to areas that have dead spots by inserting another inexpensive plug-and-play access point into the network.
• You can create wifi to wifi points between buildings without losing speed.
• You can give yourself outdoor wifi in really hard-to-reach areas or use your phone without using your mobile phone data.
It is quite simply is the best system out there.
Why is ubiquiti access points the best system?
It is a simple and all-in-one solution. ONE wifi network for all the rooms in your home, whether you have thick internal walls, more than one building, and also a poor 4G signal outside so outdoor wifi can be provided. They can be mounted on the ceiling or walls, and are all powered by ethernet cable (Power over Ethernet or POE), which are hidden so no visible cables.
You don’t lose speed.
Naturally, the arrival of wireless connectivity was a great benefit as it allows us to keep our physical space tidier and avoid the need for lengths of cable between connected devices. But besides the convenience offered by wireless, when it comes to pure speed, a debate has been raging for some time now leading to a lot of disagreement: Which is faster, Wi-Fi or network cables? The answer is straightforward, though: Ethernet cable. Although Wi-Fi is a newer protocol, there are a lot of factors in play (in fact we will only look at a few in this article) that influence whether one connection can be faster than another. Perhaps the main issue is the saturation of channels and the large number of default connections, which makes data transmission speeds less stable and generally lower.
Added to this is the effect of building structures, for example, concrete walls, and other building materials which cause a loss of signal and a reduction in performance, which affects the speeds achievable from a Wi-Fi connection. Generally speaking, the higher the frequency, the larger the rate of absorption by walls and floors. i.e 5GHz Wifi.
However Ubiquiti get around this by having Wifi in the rooms you need it, there is no interference with wifi channels and interference, etc, and all access points are connected by ethernet cable all with one network and your devices always connect to the strongest access point giving the best/fastest Wifi access point.
How do i get wifi into another building?
Do you have more than one building that you need to have broadband in? We can provide Point to Point Wifi or even Multi-Point to Point Wifi (Wifi from one source, the main building, to a multiple number of buildings). So if you are a business and need wifi in your warehouse, a small business from home and need wifi in the office or annex, or even Wifi from your home to your holiday lettings by using Point to Point technology we can do this wirelessly.
We then use the internal Ubiquiti access points to provide the Wifi to the other building either on your own network, or a GUEST network, which can be chargeable to guests, as they do in some hotels.
If you are in an area with no or a weak or slow 4G signal for mobile devices you can use outdoor Wifi to spread your internet outside.
You can even use them as a mesh system outside allowing your mobile device to automatically pick up the strongest Wifi signal.
What is a mesh system?
If you feel a WIRED wifi access point system is too much we can provide a Mesh System instead.
Put simply, a mesh network is two or more Wi-Fi routers that work together to provide much wider Wi-Fi coverage than a single router can. This gives you a single Wi-Fi network even though in the background your devices will seamlessly connect and disconnect from individual routers in the background as you move around.
However again as the Wifi links are connected to each other these are best suited to Open plan properties or properties that do not have highly insulated walls or just plain thick internal walls.
What are the disadvantages of Powerline adaptors?
1. They only work if both ends are on the same circuit.
For most homes this won’t be a problem, however if your home has more than one circuit due to an extension or any other reason, then problems.
2. They can be impacted by electrical Interference.
This is pretty common, for some devices the effect is temporary (tumble dryers, microwaves etc.) but for others the impact can be more consistent (fridges and freezers). The issue should be fairly easy to spot; as the Powerline units have an indication light which will normally be either orange or red if the connection is suffering from interference.
3. They lose speed.
Almost a continuation of the point above. No matter how little load is on your circuit, its primary role is to provide electricity and you will always experience some loss of speed. How much of a problem this is will depend on how much speed you have to lose?
For example, loosing 100Mbps from 350Mbps isn’t a huge problem, however loosing 5Mbps from 7Mbps is a huge problem. In that situation you may want to either look at increasing your speed (if that’s an option) or extending your internet with another method.
4. They work better alone.
Powerline kits can have multiple end units, the number will depend on the model, and in theory this allows multiple connections from the router. However, in our experience the more units the less reliable the connections. For me they are perfect for connecting to a single point but not really suitable as a complete home network solution.
5. They are limited by socket locations.
Seems obvious I know, but these adapters don’t work as well on extension leads, so if you have a powerline feeding a TV on the end of a 20m extension lead or even a long line of daisy chained extenders, you will almost certainly find it doesn’t work or doesn’t work as well. Even on short extension leads you may see a significant loss in speed.
6. Different brands don’t work together
This is based purely on experience, if for example you have a Divola Powerline set in your house and then you add a TP link set, everything will stop working. Sometimes you actually see the devices on their competitor’s app but ultimately the system will fail.
7. They have limited configuration options
The selling point of Powerline devices are that they are very simple to set-up, meaning most people can simply buy them from Amazon, plug them in and they are good to go.
However, this is a double edge sword, especially for the Powerline Wi-Fi extenders. In some areas, for example a block of flats, there can be a lot of Wifi networks and certain frequencies can become crowded. Too many people on a similar frequency can cause signal problems and interference causing your Wi-Fi to be slow or unreliable. Normally by switching frequencies this issue will be resolved, however many Powerline adapters do not have the option of switching frequencies, so you’re stuck with a poorly performing device.
Generally speaking, we tend to suggest Powerline to customers who are light users, who are looking for a bit of extra coverage for their Wi-Fi, so they can browse on a tablet. For those higher demand users, we would look at other options such as Ethernet cables, Access Points or Mesh systems