I decided to get my old Cisco Catalyst equipment out of the dust and mess around with IOS again. Well, that got me wanting newer toys and found some Unifi devices. Ubiquiti is a small company that doesn’t market itself like Cisco, Meraki, Alcatel, or others do. In fact, it only has 725 employees.
After doing a bit of research on their devices I took the plunge and purchased a Unifi US-8-60W which is an 8-port PoE switch, a US-8 which is the non-PoE version only providing pass-through in from port 1 and out on port 8. I have a few more products to unbox and photograph, such as the UAP-AC-PRO for wireless network connectivity and Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway (USG). So stay tuned for those.
Unboxing you find the shiney silver 8-port PoE switch, power adapter, mounting screws, and paperwork.
Here is a look at the top of the device.
A view from the front of the Ubiquiti Unifi US-8-60W. Notice on the right side there are four ports that provide 802.3af PoE output. The back of the unit just has the power input, a grounding screw, and reset pin hole.
Unboxing the Ubiquiti Unifi US-8 you find the same items, but this switch does not provide PoE only passes it through from another source to a single destination.
On the left of the Ubiquiti Unifi US-8 is the PoE in and on the right side you find the PoE out.
Here is a comparison of the Ubiquiti Unifi US-8 and US-8-60W. They look almost identical with the exception of the PoE ports.
To setup these devices you can use the Ubiquiti Unifi Discovery Tool. It is provided for Mac, a Chrome Extension, or as a Java file (that can be used on Linux). This searches the network to find any Unifi devices connected to assist in provisioning them. You will also need the Ubiquiti Unifi Controller software installed on your Windows PC, Mac, or Linux computer — this is provided free of charge. You can also opt to purchase the Unifi Cloud Key, which is a Computer On A Stick type of device. It is a quad-core dongle that is powered via 802.3af PoE or MicroUSB cable and runs the Unifi Controller. I went the free download path.
I’ll create a post on how to use the Controller software shortly.