Ubiquiti Journey Part 1

Following Home and Lab Network Infrastructure, I put out a request on Twitter asking where in the UK people got their hardware from. From this, I received a list of vendors and after reviewing them, only NetXL.com had everything I wanted in stock. Thank you to them for sorting out the order. I was genuinely surprised at the response I received and the same companies kept cropping up so they will all be added to the list of bookmarks.

Anyway, I digress. This post will be all about the deployment and setup of the new network. First of all, I will contact Vodafone to get the credentials that allow me to use my own router.

Ubiquiti UniFi Network Controller

Whilst I wait for the delivery of the new hardware, I will start by provisioning the Network Controller. This is a piece of software installed on Windows, OSX or Debian Linux. I will put this on an Ubuntu VM on the ESXi estate. There wasn’t anything special about the VM, I created it with 4 vCPU and 4GB RAM. I then followed the Unifi Instructions on installing the controller via APT.

Problem number 1, the service won’t start, it can’t find Java home. Time to install it:

sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk openjdk-8-jdk-headless
sudo apt remove openjdk-14-jre-headless

Note – I tried with a later version of Java but it still failed. I checked the init.d script and it was looking for v8 so I installed that. I also installed MongoDB using the following command:

sudo apt install mongodb

After a reboot, the service started correctly. Time to start the configuration! Access was gained using https://ipaddress:8443 and this begins the setup wizard. Create an account at https://unifi.ui.com and activate it as per the email. Then begin the simple to follow wizard.

Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 1
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 1
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 2
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 2
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 3
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 3
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 4
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 4
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 5
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 5
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 6
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 6

One the wizard is complete and you hit finish you should see the dashboard

Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 7
Unifi Controller Wizard Screen 7

And now, it’s time to wait for the delivery of equipment to arrive which should be tomorrow.

Plan of Action

  1. Unbox and bask in the glory
  2. Set up 24 port switch
    1. LACP to C2020x
    2. All VLAN’s
  3. Replace C3750 with Ubiquiti switch
  4. Ensure UniFi is routing not the C2020x
  5. Install the 2 x 8 Port switches
  6. Install the WAPs
  7. Replace the Vodafone router with Vigor

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