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Ubiquiti Edgeswitch Vs. Unifi Switch: Which One Should I Use?

We have been using Ubiquiti's EdgeSwitch line for a couple of years now and it's been pretty solid. But I just noticed pricing is over $100 lower on the 24 port Unifi Switch, about $400 instead of over $500. On paper they look pretty similar, so what's the difference?

I know Unifi needs the controller to configure it which is a disadvantage sometimes, but if we're just running a dedicated network with no monitoring or anything, does it matter? Is anyone else using these and have any reason I shouldn't switch to Unifi?

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You have to have a controller with UNIFI.  Meaning you have to have a Cloudkey, onsite server or hosted server.   We have tested UNIFI on a couple of deployment and it has worked but since our camera networks don't have a WAN connection it makes managing UNIFI systems more challenging then Edge switches.  Also, don't forget to check out UNMS if you're using Edge switches. 

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Edge if you want to geek out. Check out Ben Pin or Crosstalk Solutions they are a good starting point for setting up out of the box. I only Unifi if using the APs.

Keep a set up running on the bench, always fun to troubleshoot and try out different configurations when bored at work. Back up your work! Those configs can be used in deployment.

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We have also run into issues with the 10GB UNIFI fiber switch connecting to 10GB servers. To get our demo server to connect to our UNIFI switches I had to order a 10GB Edge switch to use in the middle. 

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Good to know. I have 5 ES-48s + 2 ES-16G that I am going have in the field soon. I hope all my LAGs come together without a hitch. I seen some issues on the UBNT forum threads regarding 1.73 FW release, however some if not all is fixed in 1.74 regarding the SFP+ connections, packet loss and connection intermittently dropping out. Fingers crossed.

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I am running 3.9.27.8537 on the 16XG and it will not connect to anything but another UNIFI device when using 10GB fiber. 

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An EdgeSwitch 16 XG (firmware 1.7.4.5075842) that is connected to an HP 2920-24G+PoE+ (firmware #WB.16.06.0006) via LACP has not experienced any problems for more than two years with various firmware upgrades. 

Furthermore, the ES-16-XG is connected to two servers both are LACP--one server is running an OEM Mellanox ConnectX-3 VPI 40GbE adapter, another is on an Intel X520-DA2.

For about one year, a MikroTik CCR1036 router successfully ran LACP to the ES-16-XG.

It's a combo of FiberStore (11559), Intel SR Optics (903239), and "10Gtek for Ubiquiti" 2m DACs on the ES-16-XG.

However, due to all of the XG issues posted at Ubnt... it looks like a roll of the dice, but my initial impression was Intel Xenon-D 10GBASE-T and the XG doesn't mix and DAC can be a crapshoot.

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Thank you for your reports. Agree that no DAC is not worthwhile with XG It may fair well but would rather bulk up on SFP+ modules and patches. How many 2920s are you supporting via the 16 XG?

Thank You!

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