WirelessTrakker – Ubiquiti Controller and Wireless Support Appliance
Ubiquiti’s controller software and enterprise-grade access points are excellent products at amazing prices. No wonder they’re a popular choice among K-12 IT professionals. (Note: If you use non-Ubiquiti APs, click here.)
But if you’re looking for more than a “one-size-fits-all” system, Ubiquiti falls short. It lacks many of the features needed to be a complete multi-SSID solution—which is increasingly important in today’s complex BYOD environment.
WirelessTrakker changes all that.
When Ubiquiti controller software is hosted on WirelessTrakker and paired with Ubiquiti’s new UniFi AP ACs (must be purchased separately) you’ve got everything you need to deploy a powerful and incredibly versatile wireless-support system.*
Ubiquiti UniFi access points offer outstanding range at disruptive pricing. Their new AP AC line, released November 2015, starts at around $100 and delivers 5X the performance of the first-generation UniFi APs.
Our recommendations, based on price and performance:
Note: The new Ubiquiti UniFi APs are not yet widely available. We’ll have them for purchase soon. Check our rate calculator for updates. FYI, AP five-packs do not include PoE injectors.
Intuitive web-based controls and a sleek interface – For online management from anywhere you have Internet access
Up to four wireless networks (SSIDs) – Assign different levels of access to staff, students, guests, and others.
Unlimited access points per controller – Start with one, expand to thousands; wireless networks can be as small or as large as you need
User security your way – Supports 802.11ac encryption standards like WEP, WPA/WPA2 (pre-shared key [PSK]), or WPA/WPA2 enterprise
Enterprise user validation – Allows for authentication using integrated RADIUS server against LDAP, active directory, internal authorization, or SecureSchool (or other Internet filter) database
Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality—or for non-PoE switches, PoE injector—for use with our wireless-controller system; this technology sends electrical power through Ethernet cables instead of electrical wires, eliminating the need for power outlets and cords at the site of the access point
Ease and flexibility – Need two access points in close proximity? Every UniFi AP comes with two network jacks, so you can connect the pair (while powering them with just one PoE injector)
Detailed reports that help you manage traffic, bandwidth, and access points – View info such as number of clients connected at a given time and on which SSID, user IP addresses, types of devices, amount of traffic pushing through, signal strength, AP locations and activity, and more
Automatic configuration backup and updates
A little DIY, a lot of savings – We preconfigure your appliance with your network specs before shipping it; installation is so easy, you can do it yourself
Free service upgrades, free unlimited tech support, and free controller upgrades, maintenance, and replacements
Free 30-day trial! Just fill out this quickie form, and we’ll set you up (you need at least one UniFi AP to get started)Why Ubiquiti?
We love their software.
It’s intuitive, easy to learn, and a snap to configure. But it has its limitations—so we incorporated all the features everyone loves and added our own bells and whistles to make the system even better.
Compare the WirelessTrakker controller to the Ubiquiti UniFi controller in this brief article in our Knowledge Base.
We love their hardware.
Ubiquiti’s access points are unobtrusive devices with a sleek, industrial design that mount easily on the wall or ceiling and blend seamlessly with the environment.
Plus, they’re sturdily constructed and provide excellent coverage. And with Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, you don’t need to position your APs near electrical outlets, install extra outlets, or fuss with power cords.
We love their prices.
You could easily dump tens of thousands of dollars into your Wi-Fi network-management solution. Slap recurring license fees on top of that, along with paid tech-support plans and equipment-upgrade costs, and you’ve got yourself a money pit.
With Ubiquiti and WirelessTrakker, you get outstanding products for less—ridiculously less—than what the industry “heavyweights” charge.
Think a product this inexpensive couldn’t possibly be top drawer? Just check out our client’s praises. We pass all the savings we don’t spend on excessive advertising on to you—giving you a cushy little surplus to invest in other stuff your school needs.Service & Warranties
Choosing the Right Access Point
Looking for speed? Range? Indoor or outdoor? Whatever your priorities, there’s a perfect access point (or hundreds) for you. Click here for a quick summary of the UniFi models you can pair with WirelessTrakker. To learn even more, check out Ubiquiti’s UniFi brochure. Then get the APs you need through K12USA, Amazon, or other vendor of your choice.
Points to Consider When Selecting AP Model(s) and Quantity:
Location: Will this AP provide wireless access to inside or outside users? Or both?
Number of stations: If you’re anticipating heavy wireless-network activity—for example, in a 1:1 environment where every student has a Wi-Fi device—you may need more APs to support your bandwidth needs. In high-density areas, we recommend using 5 GHz APs—with nine non-overlapping channels—versus 2.4 GHz, which has only three.
Range/coverage area: Fluctuates depending on variables like number of computers and school-construction materials: If the school is built with poured concrete walls and rebar or wire mesh, the signal range will be less. With 5GHz access points, radio waves are easily blocked and the range is typically half (or less) that of the 2.4GHz models.
Device support: While most newer devices are compatible with the faster 5GHz connection, some are still catching up and/or supported only by 2.4GHz. Check with the manufacturer.
Some popular devices that support the 5GHz band:
WirelessTrakker is easy to set up and deploy on your own, but we’re here to help if you have questions (877-225-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have SecureSchool—or are in the market for this excellent content filter/firewall/cache server—you can skip the WirelessTrakker appliance altogether and opt for WirelessTrakker Universal Wireless Support add-on. It has all the functionality of the device but is conveniently integrated into the SecureSchool system. You get the capabilities of both tools at a lower price.
*These features are E-Rate eligible. We believe our statements about E-Rate eligibility are accurate based on our reading of the new FCC guidelines. Actual eligibility is not guaranteed and will be determined by the SLC/FCC after applications are submitted.