UniFi Network overview
UniFi OS Consoles
UniFi Network is part of the UniFi OS ecosystem of applications – just like Protect, Access, and Talk. It is designed to run on a UniFi OS console, such as the Dream Machine Pro; you can learn more about other UniFi OS consoles here.
A UniFi OS Console serves as a centralized management platform for your UniFi devices and applications. You can remotely access your console from anywhere in the world by logging in to your UI account at unifi.ui.com. Additionally, you can remotely manage your console with the UniFi Network and Protect mobile apps—completely free of charge.
The UniFi Network application
UniFi Network comes pre-installed on UniFi OS Consoles. This application serves as the control center for your entire network. Here you can set up new WiFi networks, get detailed insights about client devices on your network, perform advanced networking configuration, and more. Learn more about using UniFi Network here.
UniFi Network devices
A typical UniFi Network system consists of one gateway, one or more PoE switches, and WiFi access points.
- Gateways act as a main firewall for a network, placed between an internet connection and local network. We recommend using the UDM Pro as your gateway for the best UniFi experience.
- Switches are typically added behind the gateway to provide network connectivity to several wired-network-connected devices or access points. Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches can power devices along with connecting them to the network.
Access points are used to broadcast WiFi over a given area. You can place several different access points across a site to provide the whole area with one or more, common WiFi network(s).