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Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Lite Access Point Review – The cheapest Wi-Fi 6 access point on the market makes for an easy recommendation

Ubiquiti are one of the last cloud networking providers to launch a Wi-Fi 6 access point, but they have made up for this by launching, by far, the most affordable solution on the market.

Combined with the free to use UniFi Network Controller, there is no wonder why Ubiquiti has generated a loyal user base among home users, SOHO, and small businesses.

Even though I cover a lot of networking products, this is actually my first Ubiquiti review, so my test set up is limited to just this one access point. Depending on product availability and workload, I may follow up with a review of the UniFi 6 Long-Range Access Point and test how the system works as one as well as roaming etc.

Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Lite vs UniFi 6 Long-Range Access Point Specifications

This review is for the Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Lite; however, Ubiquiti has two Wi-fi 6 options available.

There is also the UniFi 6 Long-Range Access Point which is currently available for pre-order for 150 Euros plus VAT which works out at around £165 including VAT.

This may be a smidgin expensive for home users costing 88% more than the lite model, but it has a massively improved specification:

Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Lite UniFi 6 Long-Range Access Point
Processor  880 MHz MIPS 1004 Kec Dual-Core Cortex A53 at 1.35 GHz
Ram 256 MB 512 MB
MIMO 2 x 2 4 x 4
Channel Width 20/40/80 20/40/80/160
Wi-Fi 4 Suported Data Rate 6.5 Mbps to 300 Mbps 6.5 Mbps to 600 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 Suported Data Rate 6.5 Mbps to 866.7 Mbps  6.5 Mbps to 1.7 Gbps
Wi-Fi 6 Suported Data Rate 6.3 Mbps to 1.2 Gbps 7.3 Mbps to 2.4 Gbps
Claimed Range  Not stated Not stated
Ethernet Gigabit Gigabit
Power Method 802.3af PoE, Passive PoE (48V) PoE+, Passive PoE (48V)
Max. Power Consumption 12W 16.5W
Max. TX Power 23 dBm 26 dBm
Antenna Gain 2.4Ghz/5Ghz 2.8 dBi/3 dBi 4 dBi / 5.5 dBi
Concurrent Clients 300+ 300+
Operating temps  30 to 60° C (-22 to 140° F)  -30 to 60° C (-22 to 140° F)
IP Rating None stated   IP54 rated (semi-outdoor)
Dimensions  160 x 160 x 32.65 mm 220 x x 220 x 48 mm
Required Controler Version   5.14.3 or higher 6.0.34 or higher
Price  €79.00/€95.59 VAT incl.
€149.00 /€180.29 VAT incl.

The 4×4 design and 160Mhz channel width are the big ones here; this can handle more users and reach theoretical speeds of 2.4 Gbps. It only has gigabit ethernet so that will be a limiting factor, but in an ideal environment, it will easily saturate this connection.

The increased radio power and improved antennas will then provide that long-range. 

It also looks like the Lite has no IP rating, whereas the LR is IP54, so it offers partial protection from the elements. If you can mount it somewhere outdoors that covered, it should be OK.

Last but not lease, the LR has RGB vs white/blue LED which no doubt will appeal to some people.

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Maikel Du

I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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