Monday, 02 August 2021 19:12

Reliable DIY Small Office Home Office (SOHO) Network

We interviewed one of our software engineers who have their own UniFi network. During our interview, he gave some insight into how they set up their DIY SOHO network.  

The first question we asked was, "Why did you change your network setup?" and his response was the following:

 

"I wanted a more covered area of my home network. So, I started looking into options to expand my network and make it simple to manage. I stumbled across everything from UniFi to TP-Link. Unifi has easy-to-manage devices. In contrast, TP-Link was better for the wallet. I wanted my network to grow if it needed to. UniFi seemed like the solution I was seeking. Their ecosystem was expandable. To set up a new device, I would plug it in and have it running in minutes."

 

So if you are looking to get better coverage in your small office or home office, look no further than here. 

 

We followed up with, "What company did you select after extensive research?" He replied with the following: 

 

"Short-answer, I selected UniFi. Due to how their security lineup integrates with their networking lineup."

 

UniFi keeps its security perks and implements them well with its networking capabilities. As a result, there are no worries about having security issues while you transition your network. 

 

Necessities of a Good Network:

 

We inquired about what equipment we needed to start building a DIY SOHO network. So we compiled a list based on what he said below:

 

Necessary devices for UniFi network:

 

  • Controller 

 

  • Security Gateway 

 

Necessary devices for basic:

 

  • Switch

 

  • Router 

 

  • Access Point 

 

  • All in one unit

 

The products he selected: 

 

He picked these to start his initial setup. The Controller and Security Gateway are the only hardware you need to set up an UniFi network. 

 

  • Controller (UCK) 

 

  • Security Gateway (USG-3P) 

 

He expanded his coverage with one of these. The Access Points are vital to maximizing your network coverage potential. 

 

  • 1x Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO) 

 

Then he maximized his coverage in his SOHO with two more of these. So you may need fewer or more Access Points, depending on your SOHO dimensions. 

 

  • 2x Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO) 

 

Step by Step Setup: 

 

The breakdown of how to set up the DIY is the following: 

 

1. Unbox all the devices

2. Small scale test

3. Connect everything and adapt to make sure all devices work

4. Install around the home by the design

5. Ensure coverage is adequate 

 

Afterthoughts: 

 

The final thoughts from our team members were the following: 

 

"With anything in technology, there are bound to be hiccups. For example, one of my access points as soon as I tried to change it to a static IP. It did not work. It stuck it in a state of trying to update its configuration after a day or two of not trying to change the IP. After that, I was able to change it with no issues. In the years of high school, I was designing realistic networks. I've learned that pricing and reliability are key factors with any network. Although Unifi is pricey, they have quality equipment that is worth the investment."

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