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just for your imagination how is perfect the proposed outdoor Mesh based on Ubiquiti Unifi APs, tested, both of them:

 

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just to be sure:
- as you can see in my proposed solution, you don't need purchase Unifi Cloud Key, because you will run your controller from NAS Docker container.
- in the video attached above you can see, how to easy setup the MESH network by Unifi controller
- you will manage all the network appliances from single point - Unifi controller
- finally you can switch off your current WiFi network appliances in the Shop (there is an option for the coverage mentioned in previous posts)

MESH outdoor network final stage:
1. use primary MESH AP (in your New house) the UAP-AC-M (standard version)
- there is possible way, that you can save one AP UAP-AC-M-Pro in the Grain Leg Tower (for Meshing the network to Barn) because it possible will be enough power for the one of them to cover also Barn connection from the Grain Leg Tower. Then you can purchase the second one (proposed in my plan) when you will fail during test with single AP in the Tower. This is just for economy efficiency plan point of view.

2. also there is a second option for this:
a) in case of the proposed test confirmation (point 1.), that you don't need second AP in Grain Leg Tower for Barn connection - you can use primary MESH AP (in your New house) the Pro version (UAP-AC-M-Pro) instead the standard (UAP-AC-M), when you really need stream 4k movies in the Barn :cool: . Then you can use the standard AP (UAP-AC-M) for a coverage of area behind Shop and rest of buildings. Take it as really not necessary, but comfortable solution.

the coffee will be really costly :cool:
 
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sorry, I've been out sick for a bit here. Even managed to get myself covid-tested but fortunately came back negative. I hope to get back to this soon. Looks like I have some reading to catch up on...
 

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sooo... I'm finally back at this. Sorry for the delay.

I've played around with docker without much success. I haven't been able to get it running correctly despite multiple attempts. I want to get unifi to docker eventually, but it isn't going to happen before we need to get the new home network set up. If I'm not going to be running the controller on docker initially, then it looks like I need the cloud key after all?

It turns out I also probably won't need a wireless connection from the house to the barn. I was talking with my ISP yesterday, and the hardwired line that currently provides internet to the barn is actually already run to the same service box on the property as the house. I had thought they were completely separate lines all the way out to the public utility box. So, they're going to try adding a signal booster to that line to see if I can piggyback the barn internet off the house internet and thus be able to drop the separate barn service on my account. It'd save $80/month and I'd still have hardwired internet to the barn, so that's a win.

So in terms of what I need to purchase, I'm looking at a Cloud Key, a Security Gateway, the switch, and a couple of the AP-AC lite access point to actually provide the wireless coverage at the house. Is that all for now? Does it matter which security gateway or cloud key I go with for my application? Extending the network to the shop will be handled by the existing hardware until it fails or I want to extend wifi coverage over other parts of the farm.

I'm interested in rack-mounting most of this stuff. Dad and I are going to be working on setting up several NAS's as discussed earlier to provide us both with on-site and off-site backups. I plan on selling him my 819+ & tower-style upc (he doesn't have any NAS or upc currently and doesn't have any rack-mountable gear) and switching over to rack-mount synology stuff and a rack-mount upc. So stashing everything in a nice rack cabinet seems a good way to go. Do you happen to have any suggestions on rack brands?
 
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Doing a little more digging, looks like I could just run the controller software on my laptop and skip the cloud key? That'd save me some more $$ until I switch to the docker-controller?
 

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controller sw you can run in your NAS (docker container).
You can run first the controller from your computer for a first touch. Then you can easy migrate the controller (backup) to your docker container:

OFCm that will save some $$ for you
 

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sorry for me, too hot today here
OFC you don’t need a buy the Cloud key.
 

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re rack setup consideration:

 

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re USG vs USG Pro
definitely USG Pro (the price gap is too thin, but the performance and possibilities really bigger)

then just remember for this discussion:

 

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re APs:
1. it’s up to your final choice what APs you will chose. Your budget, your money.
2. AC lite is lowcost AP with Wawe 1 spec = Single User Multiple input Multiple output = SU-MIMO = communicate with only one client at a time.
3. AC NanoHD (Wawe 2) is sweet point between low cost and Pro grade AP. Include MU-MIMO technology support = Multi User = communicate with Multiple clients at a time. It’s significantly increasing multi-user throughput. More channels, more SSIDs ...

OFC: client’s devices need support MU-MIMO for such performance booster. What is applicable for all current mobile phones and laptops.
Others devices what needs just 2.4 (smart devices,...) doesn’t need speed of light, what is applicable also for the NANO HD AP.

Advantage of the Unifi is, that you can mix many of different APs and manage up to your requirements (experiences, expectations).
 

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btw
in one of my sites I have single Nano HD, that deliver magic performance trough 3 concrete walls (16cm thickness each of them). This is incredible for such device and 5GHz.
 
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btw
in one of my sites I have single Nano HD, that deliver magic performance trough 3 concrete walls (16cm thickness each of them). This is incredible for such device and 5GHz.
Thanks for all the info. I have all the hardware set up and have been busy running cat6 everywhere. I have a AC-lite currently. It seems to have good coverage, but being able to only talk to 1 user at a time will not work. I guess that one is going back. We are moving this weekend so once we get settled in I'll post some pics. I have some questions about the different ports on the router and switch, but they'll have to wait a bit. I'm supposed to be packing right now...
 

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