Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-PRO Review

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Our Verdict


The Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-PRO is a wireless access point (WAP); it is a great option to extend your home network’s coverage area. 

Performance and feature-wise, the UAP-AC-PRO excels. We were able to get 544.10 Mbps 10 feet away on Wi-Fi, which is more than what most homes need. 

The biggest issue for this access point is the setup. If you add more than one unit to your home, you might have to manually change the channels to eliminate interference.













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Welcome to our review of the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-PRO, a wireless access point that you can use to create a mesh Wi-Fi network in your home. 

I recently bought two units to provide better Wi-Fi coverage in my newly built home. I documented my setup and installation to help show you everything you need to know about the UAP-AC-PRO. 

I found the UAP-AC-PRO to deliver excellent performance and great Wi-FI coverage. It also includes an intuitive user interface to set up the units, despite having some flaws. 

Plus, you can mount it directly on your wall or ceiling, which frees up space around your home and provides a seamless, unobtrusive look. But it does take more time to install than a mesh router system and a Wi-Fi extender. 

Let’s dive into a more thorough look at this excellent device to help you decide if it is a good fit for your home network. 

Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-PRO Overview

Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO Overview

The Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-PRO is a dual-band, Wi-Fi 5 wireless access point. It broadcasts a 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz band. 

I will note one thing, Ubiquiti’s target market is enterprise-level clients. However, nothing is stopping you from using them in your home like me. However, their products tend to be more complex than your average home networking solution. 

With that said, the UAP-AC-PRO isn’t a router, so you’ll need to connect it to an Ethernet switch or router if you want to use more than one unit in your home. However, you can connect it directly to your modem and use it as a router if you wish. 

If you get two or more UAP-AC-PRO units, you can set them up as a mesh network to provide coverage throughout your home with the same Wi-Fi network. 

It is an excellent option for larger homes with pre-wired Ethernet connections. If you are building a new home or renovating, you can wire Ethernet to strategic locations in your home to provide Wi-Fi coverage. 

But, if you don’t have Ethernet run to your ceiling, you can mount the UAP-AC-PRO on the wall or just set it on a shelf or table. 

Overall, the UAP-AC-PRO is a great wireless access point, especially when you pair multiple ones together. However, it can be more difficult to install, and you may not get full access to various features if you don’t use it with a Ubiquiti gateway. 


Max Tested Wi-Fi Speed544.10 Mbps
Approximate Range400 feet
Wireless StandardWi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bands2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
WAN Portx1
LAN Portx1
USB Portx1
Parental ControlsYes
Guest NetworkYes
Dimensions‎7.74 x 7.74 x 1.38 inches
Weight12.3 ounces
Warranty2 years
For more information, refer to the UAP-AC-PRO’s official datasheet

Performance 4.5/5

Like almost all routers, the UAP-AC-PRO doesn’t achieve the max download speed its data sheet claims. THE UAP-AC-PRO can achieve up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, according to its specs. 

But, this speed is likely the total data transfer rate of all the band’s channels, which no single device can reach itself. 

When we tested our UAP-AC-PRO, we got a transfer speed of 544.10 Mbps at about 10 feet on the 5 GHz band using my iPhone. 

That certainly isn’t close to the max speed Ubiquiti advertises. But considering my top speed from my ISP is 1,000 Mbps, and I was on Wi-Fi about 10 feet away, that is pretty great. It is especially good if you compare it to a Wi-Fi extender. 

The UAP-AC-PRO’s range is also fantastic. In ideal conditions, it can reach up to 400 feet (according to its specifications). But with walls and other obstacles in its path, the range will be much less. 

My home is 96 feet wide, and I lose signal at about 150 feet from the UAP-AC-PRO when I go outside. 

Feature 4.5/5 

The UniFi UAP-AC-PRO is packed with several great features you can configure in its intuitive user interface. It does have a mobile app, but it doesn’t offer the full features of the desktop-based version. So, that may be a downside to some. 

However, to most home networking enthusiasts, its web interface stands out. Its portal opens the door to it features that should cover most of your home networking needs. 

Let’s take a look at some. 

Customizable Channel Width

With the UAP-AC-PRO, you can choose custom channel width and the specific channel each access point broadcasts on. This is useful if your home or neighbors have devices that interfere with your Wi-Fi network. 

Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO channel width 2

For example, you can change the channel width from HT20 to HT40 on the 2.4 GHz band and from VHT20, VHT40, and VHT80 on the 5GHZ band. 

Making the channels wider increases speed but also makes more interference, which can negatively impact the range. 

Plus, you can quickly see the Wi-Fi channel interference in your home, so you can choose the channel with the least interference to maximize your networks performance.

Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO channel width

Read our guide on channel width for more information. 

Adoption (Mesh Network)

In the UniFi application, you can “adopt” additional UniFi wireless access points. This essentially means you are creating a single network with multiple units, making them function as a mesh network. 

This works flawlessly, and once you set it up, you will never have to switch between Wi-Fi networks as you move throughout your home. 


UniFi offers several security settings that you can toggle based on your needs. You can apply country restrictions, set up automatic threat detection and blocking, enable a malicious website blocker, and create custom firewall rules and port forwarding.

Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO firewall

The UAP-AC-PRO has WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA-Enterprise wireless security. 

Traffic Management (QoS)

UniFi also has customizable traffic management, which helps you measure and ensure QoS and network availability. 

For example, you can limit bandwidth to online gaming and video streaming services (Netflix, Disney +, Hulu, etc.) in favor of remote work applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. 

This is helpful if you need to prioritize your work while others are in your home or access the Internet for entertainment. 

Read our guide on QoS routers for more details. 

LED Toggle

The UAP-AC-PRO includes a beautiful blue light ring to show it is operating normally. It can be visually pleasing initially, but it may be too bright for your bedroom. 

In that case, you can easily turn the blue LED on or off in the UniFi application.

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Guest Network

Suppose you want a separate network for your guest or children so they don’t have access to everything on your network or have separate security settings. 

In that case, you can easily create additional networks in the UniFi app and create custom security settings for each one. 

Ubiquiti UniFi UAP AC PRO Networks

Learn more about guest networks and why you would need one in our guide here

Design 4.8/5

At first glance, you’ll notice the UAP-AC-PRO’s unique shape– a round disk-like unit with a reasonably small size. 

It has a 7.74-inch diameter and a 1.38-inch depth, smaller than most routers. It is round because Ubiquiti designed it for you to mount on a wall or ceiling. 

If you do mount it on the wall or ceiling, it won’t take up any up your desk or shelf space at all. But if you put it on your desk, it has a larger-than-average footprint, so you’ll have to make some room. 

Regarding ports, it has one WAN port and one LAN port to connect to local Ethernet devices. This might not sound like a lot compared to other routers, but remember, this isn’t a full router– it’s a wireless access point you can use to make a mesh network. 

It also has a single USB 2.0 port, which you can use for storage, printers, etc. 

Setup 3.9/5

Setting up the UAP-AC-PRO was quick and easy. Overall, it took me about 10-15 minutes to set up two units and create a single network. 

It is a PoE device, which means it is powered by Ethernet if you plug it into a PoE switch. During setup, I initially used the included power injectors to turn them on and configure them with the UniFi app before mounting each to their respective ceiling locations in my home. 

I used the UniFi app on my MacBook, and setup was a breeze. You can easily add the first unit when it is in pairing mode, then “adopt” the additional units to create your mesh network. Next, you can make your SSID (Wi-Fi name), network password, and configure other settings. 

The UniFi app interface is reasonably intuitive. But if you have no home networking experience, finding some settings can be challenging. 

For example, if you want to give each access point a unique channel on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, you can do that in each device’s settings. 

However, there is also a global setting– “Channel Optimization,” which automatically adjusts the channels of each device and overrules the individual channel settings on each device. That is unless you establish “AP Exclusions” to the global “Channel Optimization” setting (or disable it). 

Sound confusing? I thought so too. 

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Mounting them on my ceiling took about five minutes each. But I had my builder run Ethernet to two locations in my home’s ceiling while the house was under construction, so that saved me some time.  

Value 4/5 

The Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-PRO is reasonably affordable compared to a mesh Wi-Fi system. It is competitively priced as an enterprise-level networking solution and is reasonably priced for homes too. 

Compared to its direct competitors, like Fortinet and Mikrotik, the UAP-AC-PRO is much less expensive. 

And compared to a new mesh Wi-Fi system, like the Amazon Eero, you could save over a hundred dollars by buying a few UAP-AC-PROs instead. 

But if you want full configurability and the best performance, you might want to pair it with Ubiquiti’s enterprise-level gateway and switch. Both of which are pretty expensive. 

Or, if you’re like me, you can use your non-Ubiquiti gateway and connect the UniFi UAP-AC-PRO to it with a network switch or your old router. 


Reviews for the Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO are overwhelmingly positive, with thousands of consumer ratings. If you do a Google search, you will see thousands of 4/5 and 5/5 star reviews on various consumer websites. 

These reviews aren’t only from networking professionals; they’re primarily from everyday people like you and me. Customer reviews indicate that most consumers find the setup easy, get excellent Wi-Fi signal, and are happy with the cost. 

However, not all reviews are positive. 

Most of the few complaints note the setup and configuration are sometimes complex and a headache. I somewhat agree since I had to scratch my head for a while when I was configuring custom channels on each access point. 


Here are some alternatives to the UAP-AC-PRO.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX (XT8) AX6600 White
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ASUS ZenWiFi AX XT8 AX6600

The ZenWIFI AX XT8 AX6600 from ASUS is a mesh Wi-Fi system and a great alternative to the UAP-PRO-AC. It has Wi-FI 6, which is faster and better than the UAP-PRO-AC’s Wi-Fi 5 and will help future-proof your home network. 

Plus, it offers incredible range, fast download speeds, and it is tri-band. It is a comparable price, although slightly more expensive for two nodes. However, it is arguably more user-friendly since it is designed for home networks. 

TP-Link Deco AX60 AX3000
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TP-Link Deco X60 AX3000

The TP-Link Deco X60 AX3000 is another mesh Wi-Fi alternative to the UAP-PRO-AC. It is more affordable, easier to install, and offers decent download speeds. However, it doesn’t have any USB ports, but each unit has a single LAN and WAN port. 

Like the ASUS ZenWIF, the Deco X60 AX3000 is quick and easy to set up. All you have to do is download the app and follow the on-screen instructions. This is far simpler than using the UniFi app with the UAP-AC-PRO. 

Source: Asus.com


Perhaps you don’t need a mesh Wi-Fi system; instead, you want a single router with great range. In that case, the ASUS RT-AX3000 should be your top choice. It is a Wi-FI 6 router with an 80-85 foot range, four LAN ports, and one USB port. 

It is compact, has excellent features, solid performance, and an uber-affordable price. Plus, its range is good enough to blanket even large homes with strong Wi-Fi. However, since it is a single device, you might end up with some dead spots. 

Bottom Line

In general, the Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-AC-PRO is an excellent wireless access point that you can use as a router or a mesh network (if you purchase more than one node/satellite). It can cover the Wi-Fi needs of most homeowners. 

It has solid performance, good range, and a set of easy-to-adjust features. All of which you can get for an affordable price. But, since Ubiquiti makes its products for enterprise clients, they tend to be a bit more complex than other brands geared towards homeowners. 

However, they are easy to use in a home and can make a strong, stable, and secure network. 

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