The UniFi Dream Machine router is a great entry point for networking nerds

The UniFi Dream Machine router is a great entry point for networking nerds

A few weeks ago, Ubiquiti unveiled the UniFi Dream Machine, an all-in-one networking device that for $299 combines a router, a switch with four Ethernet ports and a Wi-Fi access point. It has what Ubiquiti calls an integrated cloud key that lets you control your network.


I’ve been using the UniFi Dream Machine on my home network for the past couple of weeks, so consider this a review of the device.


Ubiquiti is a well-known networking brand. Most people are familiar with the company’s access points — those rounded antennas that you can find around schools, companies and public spaces.


But the upfront investment has always been a bit steep for personal use cases and even small companies. The UniFi Dream Machine sits perfectly in between professional gear and consumer devices. It represents a huge upgrade if you’re using the router with Wi-Fi capabilities provided by your internet service provider.



Rebundling UniFi devices


Ubiquiti has a range of routers under the AmpliFi brand for consumers who are looking for a plug-and-play solution. The company recently announced a new device with great specifications if you don’t want to mess around with networking settings.


But if you’re reading this, chances are you know that UniFi products offer some customizations that you think are lacking in consumer products.


Switching from an all-in-one networking device to a UniFi system has always been a bit complicated. The company has broken down the networking stack into different devices to offer you more control.


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