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Brian Grimord  Computer Networks and Communication  IT304-1801B-01 Instructor Michael Goyden 02-22-2018  There are a lot of networking vendors out there and I have used virtually all of the bigger  players, and a few of the not-so-big ones. Netgear, D-Link, Asus, Rosewill, Cisco, TP-Link,  Linksys, Watchguard, Fortinet, Zyxel, Sonicwall, the list goes on and on. Thankfully, the  assignment is to pick one and roll with it. This is an easy task because I’ve recently, within the last few years that is, fallen in love with one vendor in particular. Ubiquiti. My first dealings  with Ubiquiti came after having a ridiculous amount if issues with a new hardware version on  an outdoor AP we at our firm were accustomed to using. This brand was EnGenius. Their  outdoor AP’s always worked well for us, until the day they didn’t. We had a lot of issues with  the devices dropping packets or just ceasing to boot after only months in use or less. So, we  started looking for another vendor and came across Ubiquiti and their Rocket M5 and we  instantly fell in love. Little did I know, this was just the beginning. I had started looking for a  cost-effective way to implement a large, but centrally managed wireless AP system in a hotel  for a client. This wasn’t really anything new as I have done this sort of thing before. However,  the client, which was always a very good client of ours, had asked us to try and do this within  a certain budget. Anyone that has deployed large-scale WDS wireless systems before can tell you that, for it to work effectively, you’re going to need to use a Wireless Access Controller.  The controllers can get very expensive depending on vendor and on top of the 50+ AP’s that  were going to be deployed and the labor involved to deploy them, we were going to blow  through the budget allocated before anything was installed. That’s when I though I should  look at the Ubiquiti side of things as we’ve started pushing their outdoor AP’s heavily and  loved the performance we were getting out of them. That’s when I stumbled on Ubiquiti Unifi.  Not only are the Ubiquiti Unifi AP’s a very cost-effective alternative to Cisco or other old  timers in the industry, but the Wireless Access Controller is nothing more than a piece of  software that can be run from any computer. This was a pretty neat approach I thought and  did a lot of homework on the matter before I ordered the first batch of nine access points, as 
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  • Spring '14
  • YUSEVY
  • Networking, wireless access controller, Ubiquiti Unifi

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