WirelessTrakker + Ubiquiti Solution

The ultimate K–12 wireless network solution, featuring a Ubiquiti controller and wireless-support appliance.

Do you love Ubiquiti as much as we do?

Make: K12USA.com
Model: WT1701B

Ubiquiti’s controller software and enterprise-grade access points are excellent products at amazing prices. No wonder they’re a popular choice among K–12 IT professionals. (Note: If you use non-Ubiquiti APs /controller, go here.)

But if you’re looking for more than “one-size-fits-all” wireless network management tools, Ubiquiti falls short. It lacks many of the features needed to be a complete multi-SSID solution—which is important in today’s complex BYOD environment.

WirelessTrakker changes all that.

When Ubiquiti controller software is hosted on WirelessTrakker and paired with Ubiquiti’s new UniFi AP ACs (must be purchased separately), you’ve got everything you need to deploy a powerful and incredibly versatile wireless-support system.*

Special Features:

Benefits of a WirelessTrakker + Ubiquiti Solution

Ubiquiti UniFi access points offer outstanding range at disruptive pricing.

Their new AP AC line, released November 2015, starts at around $100 and delivers 5X the performance of first-generation UniFi APs.

Our recommendations, based on price and performance:

UniFi AP AC Lite

  • Sleek, compact 802.11ac with dual-radio 2×2 MIMO technology
  • Use for deployment of high-performance wireless networks

UniFi AP AC PRO

  • The latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac with dual-radio 3×3 MIMO technology
  • Use to deploy maximum-performance wireless networks

Note: We now offer the Ubiquiti UniFi Access Points for purchase. AP single packs include PoE injectors.

Intuitive web-based controls and a sleek interface –– For online management from anywhere you have Internet access.

Up to four wireless networks (SSIDs) –– Assign different levels of access to staff, students, guests, and others.

Unlimited access points per controller –– Start with one, expand to thousands; wireless networks can be as small or as large as you need.

User security your way –– Supports 802.11ac encryption standards like WEP, WPA/WPA2 (pre-shared key [PSK]), or WPA/WPA2 enterprise.

Enterprise user validation –– Allows for authentication using integrated RADIUS server against LDAP, active directory, internal authorization, or SecureSchool (or other Internet filter) database.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality—or for non-PoE switches, PoE injector—for use with our wireless-controller system; this technology sends electrical power through Ethernet cables instead of electrical wires, eliminating the need for power outlets and cords at the site of the access point.

Ease and flexibility –– Need two access points in close proximity? Every UniFi AP comes with two network jacks, so you can connect the pair (while powering them with just one PoE injector).

Detailed reports that help you manage traffic, bandwidth, and access points –– View number of clients connected at a given time and on which SSID, user IP addresses, types of devices, amount of traffic pushing through, signal strength, AP locations and activity, and more.

Automatic configuration backup and updates.

A little DIY, a lot of savings –– We preconfigure your appliance with your network specs before shipping it; installation is so easy, you can do it yourself.

Free service upgrades, free unlimited tech support, and free controller upgrades, maintenance, and replacements.

Free 30-day trial! Just fill out this quickie form and we’ll set you up (you need at least one UniFi AP to get started).

Why Ubiquiti?

What’s so special about Ubiquiti? (Don’t know Ubiquiti? They’re known as a “diamond in the rough” tech company that offers innovative, high-quality products at crazy-low prices.)

We love their software.

It’s intuitive, easy to learn, and a snap to configure. But it has its limitations. So we incorporated all the features everyone loves and added our own bells and whistles to make the system even better.

Compare the WirelessTrakker controller to the Ubiquiti UniFi controller in this brief article in our Knowledge Base.

We love their hardware.

Ubiquiti’s access points are unobtrusive devices with a sleek, industrial design that mount easily on the wall or ceiling and blend seamlessly with the environment.

Plus, they’re sturdily constructed and provide excellent coverage. And with Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, you don’t need to position your APs near electrical outlets, install extra outlets, or fuss with power cords.

We love their prices.

You could easily dump tens of thousands of dollars into your wireless-networking solution. Slap recurring license fees on top of that, along with paid tech-support plans and equipment-upgrade costs, and you’ve got yourself a money pit.

With Ubiquiti and WirelessTrakker, you get outstanding products for less—ridiculously less—than what the industry “heavyweights” charge.

Think a product this inexpensive couldn’t possibly be top drawer? Just check out our client’s praises.

We pass all the savings we don’t spend on excessive advertising on to you—giving you a cushy little surplus to invest in other stuff your school needs.

Services & Warranties:

WirelessTrakker Appliance

  • We’ll ship out your preconfigured device for easy installation in your server room or wiring closet
  • We warranty, maintain, upgrade, and replace (if necessary) K12USA equipment—all at our expense (does not include access points)
  • You get free regular software updates for the controller and access points
  • When your subscription ends, just return the appliance to us (we pay the ground shipping)

Access Points

  • You must have or buy Ubiquiti UniFi access points
  • The access points are yours; if you buy the APs from K12USA, we guarantee them for 30 days against DOA (dead on arrival). APs also carry a one-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Need help deciding which UniFi AP model best suits your needs? Email us now or call 877-225-0100

Choosing the Right Access Point

Looking for speed? Range? Indoor or outdoor? Whatever your priorities, there’s the perfect access point (or hundreds) for you.
Go here for a quick summary of our favorite UniFi models to pair with WirelessTrakker. Learn even more in Ubiquiti’s UniFi brochure. Then get the APs you need through K12USA, Amazon, or other vendor of your choice.

In this simple diagram, we illustrate how easy it is to set up a WirelessTrakker + Ubiquiti wireless-network solution.

Points to Consider When Selecting AP Model(s) and Quantity

Location

Will this device serve people outside the building? If so, you’ll need a weatherproof access point, like the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO.

If your service area is indoors only, you can choose any model, but we recommend the UniFi AP AC Lite, which is more economical and takes up less space than the AP AC PRO.

Number of stations

If you’re anticipating heavy wireless-network activity—like in a 1:1 environment where every student has a Wi-Fi device—you may need more APs to support your bandwidth needs. Your best bet: dual-band radio APs (5GHz and 2.4GHz), available on all Ubiquiti UniFi AC models.

Range/coverage area

Fluctuates depending on variables like number of computers and school-construction materials—if interior walls are built with rebar or wire mesh, radio waves from 5GHz access points are more easily blocked, and the range of 2.4GHz models is typically cut in half.

Note, too, that the 2.4GHz channel is more subject to interference from devices like microwaves and garage-door openers (which use the 2.4GHz band).

Device support

While most newer devices are compatible with the faster 5GHz connection, some are still catching up and/or supported only by 2.4GHz. Check with the manufacturer.

Some popular devices that support the 5GHz band:

  • Acer Chromebook
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD (all sizes)
  • Apple iPad (all versions)
  • Apple iPhone (5 and newer)
  • Apple MacBook Air
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Asus Zenbook
  • Google Chromebook Pixel
  • Google Nexus (4 and later)
  • HP Pavilion Chromebook
  • Samsung Chromebook

Requirements:

WirelessTrakker is easy to set up and deploy on your own, but we’re here to help if you need a hand (877-225-0100 or support@K12USA.com).

  • The only network requirement is that the switches between your WirelessTrakker controller and access points support VLANs and VLAN tagging (known as 802.1Q)
    • Most managed switches support and place the ports in the correct VLANs
  • We can help with this process and have instructions for many different vendors and switches
  • If you want to authenticate your wireless users with active directory, you must have a Microsoft Windows Domain Controller running Windows 2000 or newer

Integration With SecureSchool Internet Filter

If you have SecureSchool or are in the market for this excellent content filter/firewall//cache server—you can skip the WirelessTrakker appliance altogether and opt for WirelessTrakker Universal Wireless Support add-on.

It has all the functionality of the device but is conveniently integrated into the SecureSchool system. You get the capabilities of both tools in one appliance and at a lower price.

Ready for the perfect wireless-support solution? Say the word, and we’ll set you up on WirelessTrakker stat (you just need at least one Ubiquiti UniFi AP). Slip us a message now or call 877-225-0100.

Prefer to test it out first? All K–12 schools qualify for a free 30-day, zero-obligation trial. Just fill out this quick form, and we’ll get you started.

*These features are E-rate eligible. We believe our statements about E-rate eligibility are accurate based on our reading of the new FCC guidelines. Actual eligibility is not guaranteed and will be determined by the USAC and/or FCC after applications are submitted.

Ready for the perfect wireless-support solution? Say the word, and we’ll set you up on WirelessTrakker stat (you just need at least one Ubiquiti UniFi AP). Slip us a message now or call 877-225-0100.

Prefer to test it out first? All K–12 schools qualify for a free 30-day, zero-obligation trial. Just fill out this quick form, and we’ll get you started.

*These features are E-rate eligible. We believe our statements about E-rate eligibility are accurate based on our reading of the new FCC guidelines. Actual eligibility is not guaranteed and will be determined by the USAC and/or FCC after applications are submitted.

Summary
Service Type
WirelessTrakker Wireless Network Management Tool for Ubiquiti
Provider Name
K12USA
Area
USA
Description
Paired with Ubiquiti APs & controllers, WirelessTrakker creates a complete multi-SSID solution for K–12 schools, including inter-VLAN routing, VLAN firewalls, DHCP for each VLAN, Multicast DNS (Bonjour), RADIUS for enterprise authentication & more.
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