An access point (AP) is a device that networks utilise to convert wired connections into wireless signals. These units connect to wired devices, such as routers, switches, or hubs, and then transmit Wi-Fi to devices within their range

The impact of an AP has become greatly obvious alongside the advancements in science and technology, becoming fundamental in most mid to large networks. In every organisation that manages a large number of wireless Internet users, an AP should ideally be installed.

But what should you consider first, an AP’s performance or appearance, when deciding which AP to choose?

While some are serious about performance and demand the highest bandwidth possible in every room, others are more worried about looks and want their AP to be sleek and high-tech, so that it’s more visually pleasing. And the next two APs can undoubtedly accommodate the differing needs of users.

Access Point AC Pro (UAP-AC-PRO)

With its 5 GHz (33 MIMO) and 2.4 GHz (33 MIMO) bands, the Access Point AC Pro (UAP AC Pro) is a stylish, moon-like, indoor/outdoor, 802.11ac WiFi access point that uses Wave 1 technology to deliver a fantastic 2+ Gbps aggregate throughput rate.

The UAP AC Pro’s signal can be broadcast up to 122 metres (400 feet) away, offering better multi-user support from a greater distance.

This access point has two GbE RJ45 ports and one USB port, and it can be powered via PoE or PoE+ *.

With the UniFi Network online application or mobile app, the UAP AC Pro can be fully managed and configured in a matter of minutes.

UniFi6 Mesh (U6-Mesh)

The Access Point WiFi 6 Mesh (U6 Mesh) is a four-stream, high-performance WiFi 6 access point that offers top-of-the-range signal meshing to boost wireless coverage for both residential and commercial networks.

  • WiFi 6 support (2.4/5 GHz bands)
  • 5.3 Gbps aggregate throughput rate
  • Horizontal antenna pattern to widen coverage area
  • (1) GbE RJ45 port (PoE In)*
  • IPX5-rated, waterproof casing

Networking interface (2) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports (1) GbE RJ45 port
WiFi standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g
WiFi 4/WiFi 5/WiFi 6
VLAN 802.1Q 802.1Q
Concurrent clients 200+ 300+
Mounting Wall/Ceiling (Kits Included) Wall, desktop, pole mount(included)
Ceiling mount (optional)
Certifications CE, FCC, IC CE, FCC, IC

The UAP-AC-PRO is sleek, simplistic, and a great option if you want a stylish AP. That being said, the U6-Mesh is for those who crave powerful performance.