Ubiquiti Unifi Cloud Controller on Ubuntu Part1

Ubiquiti make great wireless access points and controllers for the enterprise. We have been looking to condense all our controllers in to a single controller for all of our clients. This makes management far easier, as well as providing additional revenue streams.

This is a step by step guide on how to configure your own cloud controller for unifi products on Ubuntu.

  1. Grab a vps from somewhere like AWS, Rackspace, our download the free VMWare ESXi and host it yourself
  2. Install Ubuntu
  3. Log in to Ubuntu and edit your source files and add (/etc/apt/sources.list)
    deb http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi/distros/deb/precise precise ubiquiti
  4. Type apt-get update
  5. Type apt-get install unifi-beta
  6. Once this has finished installing, go to the web address @ https://hostname:8443
  7. You should see the following information. Fill it in, then login with your username and password
  8. Now you need to point your APs to your hostname and publish it externally. That’s a bit too hard to go in this article, but leave a comment if you get stuck here. Follow this Youtube link on how to configure your APs to an external address.
  9. In part two, I will show you how to connect the clients and create client groups.
  10. Your done. leave any comments below 🙂


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  1. I cannot log to controller on aws due to “incorrect login/password” and am desperate to find a way to reset it. Odd part is that it was working fine on a day, and the next one I get this error message, even though I’m sure about the password, and even had it stored in my keychain.

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