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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering Ubiquiti UniFi Switches?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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24 Answers
PeerSpot user
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
09 March 21

Unifi switches are great for a cloud managed, low cost switch solution in non=profit and small/mid businesses. Just make sure you have some cold spares for each model switch you have as they can sometimes be hard to replace quickly if you have a failure. I find them very reliable but if you have a power spike or something that damages them they have been out of stock everywhere in the past.

Director of Technical Operations/CTO at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
04 November 20

We're just customers. We like using the solution. We didn't want to change horses in midstream, even though a lot of people have attempted to convince us to do so. We try to use the latest version of the solution. We update the firmware on a regular basis and so most of the time, it's maybe one version behind at the most. We're going to basically start some life cycle management too. We're using the solution on-premise with a cloud key. I would advise other users to take training before transitioning from the physical. You can get pretty lost in the process. Take any training you can on the system so that you understand it before you begin. I had a friend who was Cisco certified. He taught IT and he wasn't aware of Ubiquiti and I showed it to him and he said, ''Wow, this is easy.'' It is also very powerful, they didn't skim. The only thing that I have concerns about and everyone does is cybersecurity. Especially since the pandemic hit, there's a lot of activity on the web and there's a lot of malicious stuff going on, and people are looking for the antidote. For me, the biggest lesson I took from working with this solution has to do with understanding the product and planning. Don't go in cold and try and, you know, find the fit for a job. If it's an emergency that's one thing, however, the better you plan, the better result you're going to have. On a scale from one to ten, it's a high 8. I don't really see any major glaring issues other than the support. They do make made a hardened version of the product for harsh environments. It's been all-around a pretty positive experience.

Gilbert Mwiinga - PeerSpot reviewer
Baobab College logo System Administrator at Baobab College
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
11 August 22

My advice to others is Ubiquiti UniFi Switches is a good technique if you want to run it in a small business, where your major concern is not security. If you're not dealing with a data-sensitive organization, that deals in transactions, such as a bank, it's a good choice. If you use SSP switches they go up to about 10GB per second which is fast on the network. You can use the switches on the core network. However, the only issue is the security aspect of it, you need to invest in something with higher-end security if you're dealing with an enterprise network, where you need proper data protection and user protection. I rate Ubiquiti UniFi Switches a seven out of ten.

BearGFR - PeerSpot reviewer
owner at zResource
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
04 August 22

Ubiquiti may be about to or has already discontinued its Edge product line. They have upgraded their switches and routers to replace them. I don't have any of those, so I'm not familiar with them. I am not really sure, and I could be wrong about it discontinuing. I just saw some comments on some of the forums about this possibly happening. It is somewhat dependent on the class. When compared to what I call home consumers, it is far superior because it has more capabilities. However, if I were to compare it to other commercial grades, such as Cisco and some of the others, I would rate Ubiquiti UniFi Switches a seven out of ten.

John Balogh - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of IT at a religious institution with 11-50 employees
Real User
06 May 22

I would rate this solution 8 out of 10. Cisco might be just one point higher, but twice as expensive. If you really want to save money, then you're getting down into the quality of five or six when you're talking about D-Link and Netgear.

Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
24 January 22

Most of the time I'm going to go with the Pro switches - the PoE 48 port switches, or, if it's a smaller branch office and they only have a few users, I do the 24 ports. I use the long-range Wifi 6 ones, or the short, the regular Wifi 6 ones, which they call the Wifi 6 Light, as well. Some of the time, depending upon the aesthetic, or the type of office, they don't want to put anything on the wall or in the ceiling. Therefore, I put there what they call the APUI. It's not the Wifi 6, however, it's pretty good. I'm trying to stick with Wifi 6 as I'm getting the best throughput pretty much throughout whenever I use it. There's an access point called the Access Point Flex HD which is the one I really like. I'm neither a reseller or a partner with Ubiquiti. When I represent my clients, I give the clients some options. Sometimes they say, "We want to go with Ubiquiti." Or they want to go with Meraki. I don't make money on the sale of the equipment for the simple reason I don't want to be connected to one vendor. If I represent that vendor, that means I'm going to basically push that vendor. I don't want to do that. I want to give the client the best solution for them. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

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Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
09 July 21

I would recommend it for offices, but I wouldn't recommend it for data centers. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate Ubiquiti UniFi Switches at nine.

Barry Arendt - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at ThinkEzIT
Top 5
14 June 21

I've done point to point setups, internet setups, and I've worked with Ubiquiti edge routers and edge switches including UniFi routers, UniFi switches and WAPs. I've worked with all aspects of Ubiquiti. They're a great product and they work well, it's just difficult to get hold of switches now with the chip shortage, but if you're going to be doing projects with a lot of clients who will use Ubiquiti switches, my recommendation is to buy a couple of extra switches and have them in stock. I rate this product a nine out of 10.

Director, Corporate Services at a insurance company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
23 May 21

As I said, I have yet to receive any feedback on the use of or potential problems with the solution. I still have people working from home, so the solution provides the sole means of access. As such, I would rate Ubiquiti UniFi Switches as a five out of ten.

IT Administrator at a outsourcing company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5
29 April 21

We are a customer and end-user. We don't have a business relationship with Ubiquiti. I'm using the latest version of the solution at this time. I cannot speak to the exact version number. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten overall. I would definitely recommend the product to other users and companies.

Doru Ilasi - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior solutions architect at Aplix Technologies
Real User
Top 20
25 March 21

At UniFi, the library is free, at least for now and I like that.

Mangement Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Top 5
24 February 21

I would give Ubiquiti UniFi Switches a rate of Nine on a scale of ten. I just really do like them. Having programmable voltages is fabulous on the ports. Nobody's got programmable voltages on the ports. Ubiquiti have to be because of the gear, but it makes it really slick. That's one place where the GUI is kind of cool, is that you can toggle a port on and off. You can toggle a group of ports off. You can say, "Hey, kill my cameras." It toggles all my cameras for me and bring them back online.

IT at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
28 December 20

This is a product that I would recommend for small companies. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Magnus Sjolander - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at a comms service provider with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
25 October 20

My advice for anybody who is looking into implementing this product is to go ahead and buy it. This is a good switch; the functionality is there and the design is nice too. I think that it's a good buy. So far, this product has had what we've needed. Even though I'm an engineer, I have not done a deep dive into this switch. As such, I haven't paid so much attention to it or the initial setup, so I'm not sure that if I am missing anything or not. Other than the configuration problems, I haven't had any issues. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

AlexChubarov - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and CyberSecurity Engineer at Nextro
Top 20
07 October 20

Ubiquiti UniFi Switches are suitable for small companies. I don't know any company that uses these at the enterprise level. If Ubiquiti wants to brand it as a big enterprise solution, it needs to advertise and promote these switches accordingly. I would rate Ubiquiti UniFi Switches an eight out of ten.

Responsable IT at a individual & family service with 201-500 employees
Real User
05 July 20

I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

13 May 20

I am exploring the possibility of using our Ubiquiti switch as an external gateway but I'm not sure whether I want a gateway in the cloud, or what kind of gateway exactly, so this is something to be decided later. My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is that you really need to look at the risk profile. Also, I don't think that it is necessarily scalable because I think that I'm on the edge of the limit of what we can use it for. However, there may be something else coming that will assist with this. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

it_user741327 - PeerSpot reviewer
Administrator with 11-50 employees
Real User
19 April 20

I would recommend it. It's a good solution. You might need something more reliable. For a small company, it is great. I would rate it a seven out of ten. Stability needs improvement.

ThomasWilke - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User
05 February 20

We are focused on open software and manufacturer-independent solutions, so Ubiquiti fits our strategy well because they operate on the Linux operating system. We have had no problems where this product did not do what it was supposed to do, either from the hardware side or the software side. This is a solution that I recommend for normal operations. The suitability of these switches depends on what you want to do, what your tasks are, and what the application is. Ubiquiti is not always the manufacturer of choice. If you need really high-speed networks or have special requirements then it is important to test things out in the lab beforehand. I have a lot of experience with different switches that are on the market and my favorite are those by Ubiquiti. They are affordable, they do what they should do, they are open, and you don't have to pay extra for support. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 11-50 employees
Real User
05 December 19

Something people need to look out for is the cost of cloud management. For us, that's been handled externally at the moment, so we're not actually paying for that directly. It's something people should consider with Ubiquiti. I would rate this product an eight out of 10.

IT Director at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Real User
28 November 19

We use the on-premises deployment model. I would recommend implementing this solution because it's quite easy. The brand seems to be a bit unknown in the Romanian market because there is not so much advertising for it. Other brands like Cisco or Hubbard are often more common and suggested by local vendors. I'd rate it eight out of ten.

EnockAnderson - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of ICT Unit with 11-50 employees
Real User
13 November 19

I will rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Network System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
28 October 19

This is a solution that I recommend. It's simple to use, and the installation and configuration are pretty straightforward. Anyone who has a little bit of experience with switches and firewalls could use it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

System Engineer at DANAT IT FOR BUSINESS
Real User
16 October 19

We use the on-premises deployment model. We're system integrators. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

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Tech Blogger
30 November 21
Ubiquiti Unifi offers a great set of features. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and also doesn’t require a learning curve because it is easy to use. It is also simple to reconfigure an AP or gateway quickly if needed. Ubiquiti provides mesh networking with seamlessly traversed APs that have no noticeable issues. I especially like that Unifi has a mobile app, making it easy for me to check on my sites, but also to configure APs individually. The Ubiquiti Unifi price point is also fair. One disadvantage of the Ubiquiti Unifi switches is its AP provisioning; if you need to make any changes, the AP has to go offline, which can interrupt business operations and be very disruptive. Also, the metrics can be a little challenging to understand even though they are easy to find. NetGear switches are different from Ubiquiti Unifi switches. They have high availability, zero-downtime stacking, L2 and L3 functionality, and are AV-over-IP ready. NetGear switches also have a command line interface and web-based remote management (GUI). It includes up to 100G speed, PoE with budget options, IGMP & Multicast, advanced security (including ACLs, Auto Denial of Service, and LACP). In my opinion, NetGear is energy efficient, and the fact that they offer 24/7 support is very valuable to me. They also offer a lifetime warranty, which gives me peace of mind. NetGear switches are scalable and are easily sourced. They are also simple to manage. Conclusion: While Ubiquiti Unifi and Netgear switches each have their unique strengths, I have to side with Ubiquiti Unifi because having a mobile app makes a tremendous difference for me. I also chose Ubiquiti Unifi because it is easy to work with, easy to adjust and tweak signal strength, channels, bands, etc. so that I can meet member experience expectations.
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