Ubiquiti has become extremely popular over the past few years with IT professionals and regular consumers wanting to upgrade from poorly maintained/ secured home network routers. The massive benefit of the the Ubiquiti (UniFi specifically) lineup is that it provides the following features:
The problem is while having all of these professional-grade features in a consumer device, the problem is that while they are all a reasonable step-up from the consumer devices, they fall short of being true professional-grade devices where if you want advanced functionality, you’re severely limited. Before people say, “it’s prosumer, not consumer”, I totally understand! The problem is, Ubiquiti’s EdgeMax line doesn’t really provide the same functionality (especially around WLAN management and UI).
Some of the larger pain-points that wishes I had an alternative are:
At the time I originaly drafted this, the Sunburst malware was just disclosed and is not covered in the IDS malware updates. When you try and (manually) add a new and larger rule-set, I have run out of memory on the device.
So what do I want in a prosumer networking device is as follows:
To be honest, there is a reasonable gap here between Professional level gear and what Ubiquiti offers. PFSense is a great option, if you’re not running a wireless network. I do hope that the new UXG-PRO can help fill some of the gaps (although the specs leave me concerned), however for now, we struggle-on hand-editing
config.gateway.json hoping we didn’t make a mistake.
So what’s the future? At this stage there is still a large untapped market with running eBPF on home networks. eBPF only requires a recent Linux kernel and runs exceptionally efficiently which makes it perfect for small NUC-like devices. I can definitely see a company utilizing eBPF to create a pro-sumer network software platform based of a NUC similiar to https://protectli.com/product-comparison/.
What I would love to see would be something like this:
The future is for the taking!