One of our most recent projects involved the full installation of a complete Unifi setup including a Unifi Dream Machine (UDM), switch, access points, access control and cameras.
The client wanted to be able to track metrics across the entire network from internet usage through to employee attendance.
The Unifi ecosystem allows for the easy management of all components, which all have their own dashboard but can also be managed from one streamlined interface depending on the hardware that is installed.
With the advent of software defined networks such as Unifi the installation and management of infrastructures is becoming increasingly more efficient and does not require a full time resource to manage. We manage these networks remotely for our clients from our office in Johannesburg, no matter where the infrastructure is located.
If you think something like this might be something that your business could utilize to increase productivity and drive revenue, contact us for an assessment.
For the uninitiated, we have provided a short summary of the components that were installed and that can be managed from one central dashboard within the Unifi ecosystem:
UDM or USG
The UniFi Dream Machine or Unifi Security Gateway is a networking device designed and manufactured by Ubiquiti Networks. It is an all-in-one network appliance that combines several networking features such as a router, switch, Wi-Fi access point, and security gateway into one compact device. Both devices come with advanced security features such as IDS/IPS, VPN, and deep packet inspection.
The USG is aligned more to SMB’s and slightly larger organizations that don’t require granular control over their networks but would still like their networks to be secure. The USG does not include an in-built management dashboard.
The UniFi Dream Machine however is geared more towards enterprise networks and allows for further control over devices on the network than the USG, making it a more comprehensive and secure networking solution. Additionally, it can be easily managed through the onboard UniFi Network Controller software, allowing users to monitor and control their network from a single, centralized interface.
UniFi Network is a line of networking products and solutions developed and produced by Ubiquiti Networks. It is designed to provide users with a comprehensive and easy-to-use network management platform for their homes or businesses. The UniFi Network product line includes routers, switches, access points, and security gateways, among other devices.
One of the key features of UniFi Network is its centralized management system, which allows users to monitor and control their entire network from a single, web-based interface. This makes it easy to configure and manage multiple devices across different locations, reducing the time and effort required to maintain a network.
UniFi Network also offers advanced features such as VLAN support, firewall rules, and advanced network analytics. The UniFi Network system is known for its reliability, scalability, and ease of use, making it a popular choice for many users around the world.
UniFi Protect is a video surveillance system developed and produced by Ubiquiti Networks, which is designed to provide users with a comprehensive and easy-to-use security solution for their homes or businesses. The system consists of cameras, Network Video Recorders (NVRs), and software for managing and viewing footage.
One of the key features of UniFi Protect is its advanced camera technology, which provides high-resolution video footage and excellent low-light performance. The system also includes powerful NVRs with built-in storage, which can store days or even weeks of footage, depending on the size of the installation.
UniFi Protect also includes software for managing and viewing footage, which is accessible from anywhere using a web browser or mobile app. The software provides a user-friendly interface for managing cameras, viewing live and recorded footage, and configuring advanced settings such as motion detection and alert notifications.
UniFi Protect is a reliable and feature-rich video surveillance system that is easy to install and use, making it an ideal choice for users who need a secure and effective way to monitor their property or assets.
UniFi Access is a line of access control solutions developed and produced by Ubiquiti Networks, designed to provide users with a comprehensive and easy-to-use system for managing access to their premises. The system consists of access readers, controllers, and software for managing and configuring the system.
One of the key features of UniFi Access is its advanced access control technology, which provides secure access to doors, gates, and elevators using RFID or Bluetooth credentials. The system is highly scalable and can be easily expanded to accommodate more doors or users as needed.
UniFi Access also includes software for managing and configuring the system, which provides a user-friendly interface for setting up access policies, managing users and credentials, and viewing access logs and reports. The software is accessible from anywhere using a web browser or mobile app, making it easy to manage the system remotely.
Overall, UniFi Access is a reliable and feature-rich access control system that is easy to install and use, making it an ideal choice for users who need a secure and effective way to manage access to their premises.