I want to mention that I will get around to publishing my full, in-depth review of the Unifi Dream Machine. However after last week when I finally decided to sit down and segment my network with VLANs. And do a few other things like set up MAC Whitelisting, and redo my route tables. It made me want to type up a quick review of the device. I want to be honest and say that it is a love hate relationship. The best comparison being that of the relationship between you and a riding mower that makes cutting your yard so fast... Yet the belt slips off every other week and you want to just go back to your push mower because its just reliable and easy.
You see I come from PFSense, Which I ran on a old Dell Poweredge R200. It also controlled my TP Link POE APs. Once set up. That just worked... as janky as it was looking back on that now. However it was a cheap solution for what I needed and what I was learning at the time. The R200 was supplied by a good friend of mine and I got the APs off of a amazon daily deal for 42$ a piece. But I wanted to consolidate or atleast downsize. I did so many configs, thought of solution after solution and just nothing really fit into my puzzle. Until I got an email about the UDM. And man I've never entered my credit card information so fast. I was excited, I had heard all of the praise about Unifi. Ive seen their equipment on worksites, in coffee shops, hotels, etc. I couldn't wait to see what the craze was about. When I got my device the setup was so easy, it really was seamless.
Almost too seamless, but I pretty much left it at that. I went in and enabled IPS, made my network as secure from the outside as I could. Named my wireless networks, added all my devices and I just let it run. Since buying this device. I havent had to restart it. My wifi has not acted up once, but I mean come on. This isnt your grandmas netgear with "deadpear1997" as the password. This is a power house of networking in a coke can. This device was meant for real sweaty, dorito thumbed, mountain dewed up nerds. But the device has its down falls. Sometimes the UDMs "belt slips" and thats what I will go into, in my full review. Make sure you sign up for our news letter so you can know when that goes public!