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Ubiquiti’s UniFi Dream Router (UDR) Review: A Near-Perfect Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 Router

In early October 2021, Ubiquiti quietly released the UniFi Dream Router (UDR), its first UniFi Wi-Fi 6 broadcaster, as a $79 Early Access device, to those who agreed to keep most of its information under wraps.

Not everyone managed to snatch one since the router kept running out of stock.

After six long months, on April 26, 2022, the networking company finally, and quietly once more, made the exciting router available to the general public, now with a reasonable retail price of $199.

Though the new cost makes it no longer a phenomenal deal, the UDR proved in my hands-on experience to still be the genuine dream router for many.

In fact, you can consider it the best Wi-Fi 6 router for those with a sub-Gigabit broadband connection. Get one as soon as you can before it runs out of stock again.

On the other hand, if you have Gig+ or faster Internet, move on right now. This review will make you feel extremely disappointed because the UDR has no Multi-Gig port. I speak from experience — the Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router is another example of how we can’t have everything.

Dong’s note: I first published this post on October 14, 2021, as a preview when the UDR was available as an Early Access device and updated it to a full review on April 29, 2022, after a week-long hands-on experience using the production firmware.

Ubiquiti UDR UniFi Dream Router Light
The new Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR) comes with a tiny, helpful status screen on the front. Note the color-changing status LED ring on top.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router: A more refined approach to the UniFi ecosystem for the home

The UniFi Dream Router (UDR) is the second Wi-Fi 6 router from Ubiquiti after the AmpliFi Alien that came out two and half years ago.

However, it’s the first in the UniFi family and the intended replacement of the UniFi Dream Machine (UDM), which has been one of the best Wi-Fi 5 routers.

Ubiquiti: UniFi vs AmpliFi

UniFi and AmpliFi are two major networking product lines from Ubiquiti. They serve two demographics and therefore have different architectures and separate mobile apps and web user interfaces.

The UniFi family — represented by the Dream Machine (UDM), UDM-Pro, UDM-SE…, or the Dream Router (UDR) — aims at business/pro users. They are comprehensive routers that can also function as the central controllers of various products.

On the other hand, the AmpliFi family, represented by the HD Wi-Fi system or the Alien, is for the home environment. They are simple Wi-Fi routers, ease-to-use but with a limited feature set.

The UDM is the first UniFi product that also works well as a home router, thanks to the friendly design. In a way, it’s a bridge between the two product lines. And the UDR further solidifies that approach.

Still, Ubiquiti’s UniFi products can be overwhelming and overkill in many cases. Generally, home users should go with AmpliFi instead of UniFi.

Since late 2021, the world has slowly transitioned to Wi-Fi 6E, or routers supporting 5.9GHz Wi-Fi 6. And Wi-Fi 7 is also around the corner.

So, it’s fair to say the Dream Router is late to the Wi-Fi 6 game. It’s likely one of the last major traditional Wi-Fi 6 routers that you’ll see me cover. But it’s also definitely not the least. In fact, it might be a testament to how we “save the best for last.”

But design-wise, you can’t look at the UDR without thinking of the UDM. The two share lots of resemblances.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR) vs Dream Machine (UDM): A bit of a misnomer

The new UniFi Dream Router has everything the UniFi Dream Machine has and much more.

For this reason, I’d say Ubiquiti overdid in naming the UDM. The UDR is more suited to have “machine” in its title — it’s an understatement to call it a “router.”

But that’s just semantics.

Ubiquiti UDR New Firmware
UniFi OS 2.4.9 takes the Ubiquiti UDR out of the Early Access stage and adds two more applications, Talk and Access, to its supported list.

In any case, with the UDR, Ubiquiti has streamlined its UniFi family a great deal. The latest firmware — the UniFi OS version 2.4.9, which took the UDR out of the “Early Access” — has many improvements.

UniFi: An ecosystem of multiple “applications”

At the core, both the UDM and the UDR are UniFi controllers designed to be the “root” device that powers an UniFi ecosystem of different hardware segments and feature sets called “applications.”

Generally, all UniFi controllers share the same basic features and settings, but their capabilities vary depending on the hardware specs.

Currently, there are four applications, including:

  1. Network: All things related to the function of a network, including network settings/features, Wi-Fi, mesh, and the support for extender/access points, etc.
  2. Protect: The support for IP cameras as a surveillance system.
  3. Talk: The support for Voice over IP phone.
  4. Access: A “platform designed for Access Control Systems” — per Ubiquiti. Examples are door-related security IoT devices, such as doorbells, keyfobs, locks, etc.

Each of these applications is a world in itself, with various in-depth settings and different numbers of supported hardware units a particular controller can handle.

The Network application is the default and available in all UniFi controllers. It’s also the only one the old UDM has.

UniFi OS Control UDR UniFi OS Control UDM
Ubiquiti UDR vs UDM: The former can handle an extra application, but its Network front is less powerful.

The new UDR, on the other hand, supports all other three applications, but only one at a time. So the UDR is more versatile than the UDM, though not consistently better.

For example, in the Network department, the new router can support up to 15 access points while the UDM can handle up to 40. But that’s a bit of a moot point since I’ve never seen any home or small business that needs more than three.

By the way, to have the support for all four applications mentioned above simultaneously and at their highest level, you’d need to go fully professional and get the UDM-Pro or the UDM-SE. This resource calculator shows which device can do what at which level.

Overall, the UDR is built for home environments or small offices — it has just enough power without going overboard. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, which the UDM-Pro and UDM-SE don’t. And the compact and eye-catching design doesn’t hurt.

Ubiquiti UDR Adding Applications
While supporting four different applications, the Ubiquiti UDR can only handle Network (default) and one more simultaneously.

Ubiquiti UDR vs UDM: Hardware specifications

The new UniFi Dream Router is a Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router. It has the mid-tier 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 specs and supports the 160MHz channel width on the 5GHz band.

On the 2.4GHz band, it shares the same 4×4 Wi-Fi 4 specs as the UDM.

Wi-Fi 6 explained: Its real speeds and improvements

Mind the confusion

You might read somewhere that the UDR is a 4×4 160MHz Wi-Fi 6 router. That’s not entirely correct. The device is a combo of 4×4 Wi-Fi 5 (80MHz) and 2×2 (160MHz) broadcasters in a single hardware unit.

Specifically:

  • As a Wi-Fi 5 device: The UDR is a 4×4 (80MHz) broadcaster that can connect at up to 1.7Gbps with a supported Wi-Fi 5 client.
  • As a Wi-Fi 6 device: The UDR is a 2×2 (160MHz) broadcaster — up to 2.4Gbps.

Hardware vendors often pick and choose to prop up their products.

The UDR, sadly, has a less powerful CPU than the UDM. In return, it has eight times more built-in flash storage space than its older cousin. And it now has an SD card slot that only accepts a 128GB or higher-capacity card.

The extra storage space facilitates the UDR’s support for additional applications — the router uses it to store recorded video footage or calls.

Full NameUbiquiti UniFi Dream RouterUbiquiti UniFi Dream Machine
ModelUDRUDM
Product TypeDual-band AX3000Dual-band AC2000
5GHz band
(channel width)
2×2 Wi-Fi 6 (AX): Up to 2.4Gbps
(20/40/160MHz)
4×4 Wi-Fi 5 (AC): Up to 1.7Gbps
(20/40/80MHz)
2.4GHz band
(channel width)
4×4 Wi-Fi 4 (N): Up to 576Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2×2 Wi-Fi 4 (N): Up to 300Mbps
(20/40MHz)
Processing PowerDual-Core Cortex A53
1.35 GHz CPU,
2GB RAM
Quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU,
2GB RAM
StorageInternal 128GB Flash, 
SD card slot for a 128GB larger card
Internal 16GB Flash
Dimensions 4.33-inch (110 mm) wide
7.25-in (184.2 mm) tall
4.33-inch (110 mm) wide
7.25-in (184.2 mm) tall
Weight2.54 lb (1.15 kg)2.32 lb (1.05 kg)
Gigabit Ports1x WAN
4x LAN
1x WAN
4x LAN
PoE Ports2x 802.3afNone
Multi-Gig PortsNone πŸ™None
Power MethodStandard AC power cord Standard AC power cord
Power SupplyAC/DC, Internal, 50WAC/DC, Internal,14.4W
Supported Voltage 100 -240V AC 100 -240V AC
Power Consumption
(per 24 hours)
β‰ˆ 228 WhNot tested
Internal FanNo Yes (*)Yes
Max TX Power 2.4 GHz: 26 dBm
5 GHz: 26 dBm
2.4 GHz: 23 dBm
5 GHz: 26 dBm
Antenna Gain 2.4 GHz: 3 dBi  
5 GHz: 4.3 dBi
2.4 GHz: 3 dBi  
5 GHz: 4.5 dBi
Wi-Fi Standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ac-wave 2/ax 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ac-wave 2
Wireless SecurityWPA-PSK,
WPA-Enterprise
(WPA/WPA2/WPA3)
WEP, 
WPA-PSK,
WPA-Enterprise 
(WPA/WPA2, TKIP/AES)
Mesh ReadyYesYes
Notable DesignEgg shape,
Front status screen,
Color changing ring status light
Egg shape,
Color changing ring status light
Default UniFi ApplicationNetwork: Up to mesh 15 Access points/extendersNetwork: Up to 40 mesh access points/extenders
Optional UniFi Applications
(pick one)
Protect: Up to 4 HD cams or one 4K cam
Talk: Up to 25 IP phones
Access: Up to 50 doorbells
None
Release DateApril 26, 2022November 2019
US Cost
(at launch)
$199$299
UniFi Dream Router vs UniFi Dream Machine: Hardware specifications

(*) Update, May 24, 2022: Originally, the UDR was listed as fanless in the Early Access Store and the router was indeed silent during my months-long trial. Recently, there had been reports that some users experienced loud fan noise from it. I decided to test it again for a couple of days and it remained quiet — still completely silent, in fact. However, when I pressed its underside against my ear, on a hot San Francisco Bay Area day, I could hear something spinning on the inside. As it turned out, like the UDM, the UDR indeed has an internal fan — and it was my fault to overlook this the first time around.

UDR vs UDM: Detail photos

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router UDR Box
The Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR) and its retail box

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router
Like the case of the UDM, the Ubiquiti UDR is egg-shaped with a ring of light on top.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router UDR Ports
Here’s the back of the Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router. Note its PoE ports and the SD card slot.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router UDR Underside
The Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router’s underside

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router UDR vs Dream Machine UDR
Here’s the Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (right) next to my existing UniFi Dream Machine. The two are almost identical, except for the UDR’s little status screen on the front.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router vs UniFi Dream Machine
On the back, the UDR (right) shares the same number of network ports as the UDM — all Gigabit. The only difference is that the UDR’s LAN3 and LAN4 ports are now PoE-enabled.

Ubiquiti UDR: A comprehensive enterprise-grade (network) controller

With the support for three additional distinctive applications, the UDR can do a lot more than just a Wi-Fi router, which is part of its default Network application.

But this default app alone is already extremely comprehensive. I used mostly this app in the testing since I didn’t have the need or the hardware for the Protect, Talk, or Access.

(Again, while the UDR, like the case of the UDM, is relatively easy-to-use for advanced users, it’s not a device for the general home audience due to the number of advanced settings.)

Note on privacy

All Ubiquiti network hardware of both UniFi and AmpliFi families requires a login account and remains connected to the vendor to work, whether you choose to use the mobile app or the web user interface.

And that implies privacy risks. Here’s Ubiquiti’s privacy policy.

Privacy is a matter of degree. While it’s never a good idea to have your network managed via a third party, the data collection varies from one company to another.

Power over Ethernet

The biggest novelty about the UDR on the network front is the support for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). It’s the first (home) Wi-Fi router I’ve known with built-in PoE — two of its four LAN ports support 802.3af.

Consequently, the UDR works right away for at least two PoE devices, both as the power source and, if you use an UniFi access point, the network control center.

You can read more about PoE in this post, but it’s worth noting that the 802.3af standard is relatively old and has limited power compared to the subsequent and superseding 802.3at (PoE+) or 802.3bt (PoE++) currently required for many Wi-Fi 6 access points.

Still, this approach makes a lot of sense, considering Ubiquiti also has a good selection of 802.3af PoE devices for different applications that the new router support. For example, you can now easily use two PoE IP phones for Talk or two PoE IP cameras for Protect.

And the UDR’s PoE port will work with any active PoE devices of the 803af standard. I tried it with a few low-power third-party access points with great success.

Tons of Wi-Fi and network configuration, mesh-ready

Like the case of the UDM, the UDR can host multiple UniFi access points up to 15) or extenders to form a mesh Wi-Fi system.

Ubiquiti UDR Adding Access Point
Here’s part of the Ubiquiti UDR’s Wi-Fi setting page. Note how the router automatically detects the BeaconHD and prompts to add it to the system to form a mesh.

I tried that with the BeaconHD extender, and the process was painless. After I plugged the extender into power, the UDR automatically detected it and prompted — both in the mobile app and the web user interface — to add it.

After a few clicks, the mesh extender was adopted, and I got myself a mesh, which worked quite well.

(I didn’t test the system as a mesh this time around, but I might do that when Ubiquiti releases the Wi-Fi 6 version of the BeaconHD, the U6
Extender, which is currently in Early Access.)

Ubiquiti’s mesh support is always in the router (controller) + extender/access point configuration.

In other words, you can’t use multiple UDR units together to form a Wi-Fi system.

Consequently, if you currently have the UDM and want to upgrade to the UDR, there’s no way to repurpose the former as a mesh satellite.

After that, just like the UDM, the UDR has everything you can think of in terms of network, Wi-Fi, and mesh configurations.

In fact, the amount of customizability can be overwhelming. However, you can just use the default settings in most cases and make gradual changes as your needs grow.

Ubiquiti UDR Mobile App Router Ubiquiti UDR Mobile App Mesh
You can use the UniFi mobile app to manage both the UDR itself and other supported network hardware.

Excellent traffic management and VPN support

Like the case of the UDM, the UDR has a well-designed Traffic Management section.

Users can create in-depth web-filtering rules applicable for a single domain or a group of domains/applications for individuals or groups of devices. After that, they can apply the blocking permanently or on a specific schedule.

I tried this feature out, and it proved to be the best “Parental Controls” feature by far.

In terms of VPN, the UDR supports a comprehensive L2TP standard server and now also features Teleport, a mobile-friendly VPN application once available only in the AmpliFi family.

Extra: VPN Protocols

This portion of extra content is part of the VPN explainer post.

PPTP

Short for point-to-point tunneling protocol, PPTP is the oldest among the three.

First implemented in Windows 95 and has been part of the Windows operating systems and many other platforms since PPTP is well supported and the easiest to use.

However, it’s also the least secure. It’s better than no VPN at all, and it does its purpose in making a remote device be part of a local network.

That said, if you take security seriously, or have other options, skip it. On the other than, it sure is better than nothing and good enough for most home users.

L2TP/IPsec

Short for Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol is the second most popular VPN protocol — it’s also a built-in application in most modern operating systems — and an interesting one.

By itself, it has no encryption, so it’s not secure where the IPsec — or IP security — portion comes into play to provide encryption. Therefore, this protocol is rigid in port use and can be blocked by a third party.

The point is L2PT/IPsec is great when it works. And it does in most cases, which ultimately depends on whether the local network of the remote device allows it to pass through.

OpenVPN

As the name suggests, OpenVPN is a flexible VPN protocol that uses open-source technologies, including OpenSSL and SSL.

As a result, it has a high level of customizability and is the most secure. It also can’t be blocked.

In return, OpenVPN requires extra client software on the client-side, making it a bit less practical. But if you want to be serious about VPN, this protocol is the way to go.

Performance-taxing Threat Management

Like the case of the UDM, the UDR has an excellent set of security features.

You can block incoming traffic by the IP addresses, and you can even do that by countries or regions of the world. So if your business has a spike of attacks from, say, Russia, you can choose to block all incoming traffic from that country.

There’s also a threat auto-detection and blocking mechanism with a world map of exactly where the threat comes from and the severity level.

Ubiquiti UDR Threat Management
The Ubiquiti UDR has excellent security-related features

Unfortunately, also like the case of the UDM, turning on the UDR’s threat detecting feature will force the router to throttle down its Wi-Fi throughout. In my trial, that only affected its Wi-Fi 6 performance — more below.

Still, the Ubiquiti’s UniFi Dream Router is one of the most feature-rich routers any home user can find, partly because it’s an enterprise-grade device. You might not have everything you’d like from it, but you sure will get more compared to any other home Wi-FI router of the same price point.

Ubiquiti UDR: Excellent performance

I initially used the UDR for a couple of months with the Early Access firmware and then with its product firmware for more than a week. I’ve been happy with it. Almost completely happy with it.

Ubiquiti UDR Wi Fi 6 5GHz Performance
The Ubiquiti UDR’s 5GHz performance when hosting a Wi-Fi 6 client.
β˜† Threat Detection turned off
β˜… Threat Detection turned on

As a mid-tier router that has no Multi-Gig port, the UDR delivered! I generally got the real-world Wi-Fi 6 speeds comparable to a Gigabit connection after overhead.

Ubiquiti UDR Wi Fi 5 Performance
The Ubiquiti UDR’s 5GHz performance when hosting a Wi-Fi 5 client.
β˜† Threat Detection turned off
β˜… Threat Detection turned on

I tested the UDR both with and without the Threat Detection feature turned on and experienced a marked difference in its Wi-Fi 6 performance, as you will note on the charts. The router performed the same with legacy devices (Wi-Fi 5 and older).

Ubiquiti UDR 2.4GHz Performance
The Ubiquiti UDR’s 2.4GHz performance.
β˜† Threat Detection turned off
β˜… Threat Detection turned on

In terms of range, or Wi-Fi coverage, the UDR was about the same as the UDM, which was excellent. If you have a house of some 2000 ft2 (186 m2), place it in the middle, and chances are you’re all set. But Wi-Fi range depends greatly on the environment, so your mileage will vary.

Most importantly, I used the UDR as our main router for weeks and had no issue with reliability. I just worked. There was never any disconnection, even with the beta firmware, and the router, with the production firmware, passed our 3-day stress test with flying colors.

Ubiquiti UDR Spedtest
Here’s the Ubiquiti UDR’s general Internet speed, tested using a laptop that’s some 40 feet (12 m) from the router. The router was connected to a 10Gbps Fiber-optic line via its Gigabit WAN port.

In terms of Internet speeds via Wi-Fi, in my anecdotal daily usage, I generally got around half a Gig from the router — out of a 10Gbps Fiber-optic line — as shown in the screenshot above.

The speeds varied but it was rare that I saw faster-than-500Mbps rates when roaming around the house. That said, if you have sub-Gigabit broadband, the router will generally deliver. Want close to see close to a Gig on your mobile device? Chances are the UDR won’t cut it.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR)'s Rating

9 out of 10
Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router
Performance
8/10
Features
10/10
Design and Setup
9/10
Value
9/10

Pros

Built-in support for all of Ubiquiti's business hardware segments (Network, Protect, Talk, and Access)

Reliable Wi-Fi performance, excellent range, mesh-ready

Tons of useful networking features, comprehensive web user interface, and mobile app

Compact and beautiful design, two PoE ports

Comparatively affordable, quiet operator

Cons

No Multi-Gig, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation; middling Wi-Fi specs and modest processing power

Security feature reduces Wi-Fi 6 speed, Power over Ethernet doesn't support PoE+ or PoE++

Requires an account with UniFi, not wall-mountable, internal fan

Conclusion

For a Gigabit mid-tier Wi-Fi 6 router, the Ubiquiti UDR UniFi Dream Router is as good as it gets. It’s one of the best, if not the best, Wi-Fi routers for most homes.

Unfortunately, since it has no Multi-Gig port, I can’t recommend it to anyone who wants a faster-than-Gigabit experience.

And it won’t make sense for me to use the router for myself, considering my 10Gbps Fiber-optic broadband. So when I say I wish the UDR had a couple of 10Gbps ports, I mean it sincerely.

In many ways, the native support for Multi-Gig wired connections is actually more important than Wi-Fi, which can be added via an access point.

I hope Ubiquiti hears me loud and clear and makes some higher-end, more expensive, version down the line. The chance this happens is probably slim considering the gigantic non-Wi-Fi alternative that is the UDM-SE.

That chagrin aside, thanks to the comprehensive UniFi OS, the UDR is a one-of-a-kind home router that will give you so much more than the money you pay for it.

If you appreciate the intricacies of networking and are happy with the Gigabit grade, get a Ubiquiti UDR today! I can almost promise that you’ll love it.

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103 thoughts on “Ubiquiti’s UniFi Dream Router (UDR) Review: A Near-Perfect Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 Router”

  1. Hello DN,
    I am usually a diehard ASUS fan. I had a RT-AC66U & RT-AC88U both running Merlin.. I loved the configurability of the Merlin firmware it had pretty much all the functionality I wanted. My RT-AC88U I was disappointed with I had it for about 3years and had crazy flaky issues with WAN DHCP renewal(ISP renews every 2hours ugh), flaky issues where I would have to reboot almost weekly, then I started having 2.4ghz radio issues which brought me to decommissioning it . I replaced it with a black Friday deal I got on the cheap for a Netgear MR60 mesh system(YAK) which I know is lower end, but firmware updates seem to cause issues almost every month.. I am now aiming for the UDR, because UI wifi stability network I admin at work, but I am still hung up and love ASUS(Merlin)(I like OpenVPN). What router at home you suggest for me? My wants and specs: Wifi6 would be nice, VPN, great security controls, great parental controls, WOL execution would be nice, great wifi coverage for 1200sq ft, would prefer running a single device with the option to add(mesh), for 100mbps internet, for about 35 devices.. ASUS I would like merlin compatibility. Reading the comments I ran across the Synology wifi6 which looked interesting, and I admin multiple synology NAS’s… So which ASUS, UDR, UDM, Synology would you suggest for me? Still hesitant to go back to ASUS due to the 2.4 radio failure.. I try not to buy cheap routers to avoid the issues I had with the RT-AC88U.. Thank You

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      • One thing I didnt put in my post is reliability… The reason I was wanting to go with UI products is we have had ZERO issue with our UI AP’s at work in like 6 years of use… I understand that the UDM UDR are all in ones so heat is probably more of an issue with durability of the radios… Out of the list would you think would last 5 years? 5years would what I would like my replacement cycle to be..

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        • I don’t have the authority to say how long something lasts, David. I wish I could. But all of them should last. Those that have failed during our extended test have been removed, like this one.

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    • To chime in. If you like your Synology NAS experience, I’d go with them. My Synology WiFi 5 router and mesh have been rock solid in a rental. Never have to reboot ever. Love one cloud management to rule all my Synology devices. Was waiting for 6e or 7 on Synology to upgrade and to replace several other routers My personal experience with Ubiquiti is that it’s finicky and can be unstable at times. I don’t trust it like I do Synology. YMMV. πŸ˜‰

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      • Thanks for the opinion!! What VPN does synology use? I have like OpenVPN of the Asus/Merlin because I can use the same client for multiple connection… I use the VPN from work mainly to get to my home network.. Wish I could demo a Synology router lol to see if I like it…

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        • Let me put a vote in for Synology as well. The routers get some hate from the Ubiquity fans but mine has been perfect since I turned it on. I have one of the first RT2600ac that shipped. I use it with LT2P/IPSEC, OpenVPN, and Synology SSL VPNs. I use intrusion detection with symmetrical 1gig service with no performance impact. Keep in mind, it is nearly a seven-year old router. It can’t do VLANs but they will FINALLY fix that in the next few weeks.

          I have an RT6600ax in a closet waiting for the next software release that will low me to integrate it into my mesh.

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      • Fantastic review of UDR–
        i have a 7000 sq ft home.
        Which upright and which ceiling
        mounted ubiquity AP would you pair with the UDR? THX
        Also on the LAN ports 3 and 4
        that support PoE– can the power be turned OFF on those 2 ports if using as simple LAN ports?

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    • I have to correct myself, Michael. I decided to test it again, and when I pressed its underside against my ear, I could hear something spinning inside. The router has always been completely silent, though, even during hot days.

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  2. Kinda disappointed. I really hope we see the Synology RT6600ax soon. My RT2600ac is getting long in the tooth. I really need more than the low throughput with Threat Protection, and the ancient L2TP VPN that Ubiquity is offering.

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    • The VPN of Ubiquiti is proprietary so it doesn’t really matter much if it uses L2TP. The review of the Synology will be ready mid-May or so. We’ll see.

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  3. DN,

    Looks great and for ave user its cool. My concern is the firmware life and how secure it is. Seems like we have ppl who do nothing but try to make our lives worse.
    Im in love with Asus routers for several reasons…hopefully not flawed logic.

    AS ALWAYS …DN knows BEST…

    Vr

    Johninkorea

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      • Does it “phone home” too? Ubiquiti doesn’t need to charge much, they make money off usage data from people (and who knows what else too).

        Every time I’m tempted by teleport or other software (or hardware) products from unifi, I have to stop and remind myself that privacy is not synonymous with this company. I’m not sure I’d trust it for a VPN.

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        • It has to, Tom, that’s the only way you can access the hardware remotely, among other things. As for what it does with that connection, only the company would know as (hopefully) stated in the privacy policy. To be fair, almost all other business solutions have this kind of cloud-based remote access. Netgear, for example, charges you to use its Insight Managed devices.

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  4. Hi Dong, I was considering changing to the UDR, not so sure now
    I have a Asus RTx86U with asus merlin with firmware up to date
    Unfortunately I have a double NAT setup, the ISP router is a huawei wifi 5 router, and I have a 1Gig connection that by wire I get between 850 and 930Mbs speeds, and also tested the speed from the asus web interface. The weird thing is that wifi speeds are about 200Mbs slower than when I connect to the ISP router, so if I hit 750mbs from an iphone 13 pro on ISP I get max 500 or less on the asus router, I do have trendmicro activiated but even with a fresh factory default and it`s the same story, it drives me crazy, I bought recently a Wifi Pro 6 Unifi AP, slightly better performance than asus but still slower than the ISP router, it’s connected via a CAT7 STP and gig lan port to the ISP, by these benchmarks I dont know if I will be pleased with this router and with the flexibility that merlin gives, but you have them both, could you give some insight? thanks!

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  5. I am on the fence regarding this device. As a house of ~20devices on 70/20mbps speeds this device seems perfect for my needs. On the other hand its processor appears underpowered which I fear could cause issues when pushed to the upper threshold of normal use. This fear is slightly exacerbated by opinions on reddit, but I appreciate a lot of users are viewing this device from a business networking perspective.

    What are your general thoughts on the devices processing power?

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    • That’s disappointing for sure, as I mentioned in the review, Adam. But its processing power is enough for any Gigabit network with sub-Gigabit broadband, which is the case in the majority of homes and small businesses.

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    • That generally is available in UniFi routers, Eddie. As for this one, I can’t say more than what I already said, which was already pushing the envelope in terms of the confidential agreement. πŸ™‚

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  6. Just curious if anyone has had any success ordering one of these from the EA program in the last 2 months? I have been checking multiple times per day nearly every day trying to find it in stock with no luck.

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  7. We appreciate you letting us know what you can at this point.

    Based on the currently known specs, the UDR provides 2x 802.3af PoE Ports. This will accommodate the Access Point WiFi 6 Lite (U6-Lite-US), but not the Access Point WiFi 6 Pro (U6-Pro-US) or the Access Point WiFi 6 Long-range (U6-LR-US), which are both 802.3at PoE+ devices.

    Is that a correct analysis of PoE compatibility? If so, that seems like an oversight.

    I know that 802.3at is backward compliant with 802.3af, but I don’t think it works the other way around.

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    • I understand the differences between 802.3af vs 802.3at, Doug. That fact doesn’t change what the router supports. Unfortunately, you’d have to use separate injectors for those two. They might work with 802.3af, though, but at a lower performance state.

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  8. Do you feel liek they downgraded with the proccessor or d oyou think that the UDR will preform just the same as the UDM even though they went from a quad core to a dual core?

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    • Processing power is generally more complex than just the number of cores, Michael. As for how it performs, we’ll have to wait till it’s finalized.

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  9. Hi Dong,

    Thanks for the preview post. I had two questions:
    1. Has Ubiquiti added support for vpn clients on UDR? Can you connect and route all network traffic or a segment of your network via a vpn provider like ExpressVPN, etc. I think it was not possible with the UDM.

    2. Does ubiquiti still sell these as EA in EU for public testing? Also, if you know what is the frequency of UDR sales?

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  10. Hi Dong

    Thanks for your great reviews.

    Is there any estimate as to when this may be fully released post EA? Or should I ask is there a time range based on other products that have come via their EA cycle?

    Thanks

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  11. How is this device different from the UniFi Dream Machine ($299 price point) that appears to be perpetually out of stock or backordered online? The design is so similar.

    Thanks,
    Robert

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  12. Just curious – has this router come back in stock at all recently? I signed up for a notification (in mid-December) if it does, but nothing yet…

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  13. Hello Dong…

    2 quick questions on this router:
    – When i follow the link I get a message stating that it is only available to early access users, but I did sign up for this. Would this be an indicator that it is out of stock? Or would I get a different message? I only created an account with them a few minutes ago, so could this be the issue?
    – Does this router have the ability to shut off internet access on a time schedule for specific devices on the network (similar to Asus “Family Protection” functionality?

    Thanks!

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    • Update – I’m an idiot and despite being signed in on another tab, I wasn’t signed in on the tab that would open via your link to the router page in the store. After signing in, I now see the listing, but it is indeed out of stock.

      My second question still stands, though!

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    • 1. You have to sign in at the EA, Jeff, before you can see it. Just like in any store.
      2. For now, I can’t say anything more than what I did in the post.

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  14. Hi Dong, I appreciated your recommendation of the Asus and thus far have found it rather daunting to navigate the set-up process right out of the box… I’m used to ridiculously simple interfaces such as, say, the Airport Extreme I’m attempting to replace. I wanted to ask you about the Ubiquiti UDR relative to that, but also a note that i wondered whether you could clarify. The 86U, during the attempted set-up, generated some very low level but constant sort of audible ticking through my Mac’s sound-output while connected. It seemed highly peculiar that a router would produce some processing ‘noise’ (or whatever it was). Just a curiosity.

    Would the UDR perhaps be more straightforward to set-up? I need to have some special configuration for a real-time audio software app in a studio that calls for static-IP and port forwarding. I have to assume that most routers can accommodate that these days but equally interested in how the Ubiquiti stuff, UDR or otherwise stacks up performance wise to the 86U Asus as far as wifi speed, processing power et.al. Not entirely ruling out the Asus but for some like me, a lot of this back-end knowledge is daunting and a foreign language as it’s simply not in my wheelhouse of expertise and given the opportunity i’d have someone set it up for me: ) That said, I really want the maximum bang for buck in terms of robust wifi, optimal up/download speeds to get the most out of a 400mbps plan with 20mbps upload. With the old Extreme, the upload even on ethernet devices is throttled at around 300mbps at best…although it’s getting the full 20mbps upload speed and then some – which actually is an important factor for the audio streaming software i’m using…optimal upload-speed is equally vital to stable connections with radio and TV stations I work with when doing broadcast-quality transmission back/forth Thanks for any thoughts! I’m back on the old router til i can sorta sort things out…

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    • That’s your Mac’s issue, Mike. Generally, if you’re so hung up with your Mac, you’ll have problems with Wi-Fi since Apple’s devices are pretty horrible — they are designed to work well only with other Apple devices. If you put Windows on your Mac, chances are you’ll see the noise go away. The UDR is not for somebody who wants a “straightforward” setup; it’s a very advanced router. To be honest, from the way you asked your questions, I’d say that it’s tough for you to get what you want since you seem to have wrong expectations (typical case of Mac users — not necessarily their fault) without understanding how things are supposed to work. πŸ™‚

      I’d say spend some time figuring out your 86U. You’ll learn a lot. Again, don’t take Apple as the standard of anything other than forcing users into using Apple products. And Apple got out of networking years ago, for good reason.

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      • Thanks Dong, I get the sense though, that the ubiquiti could have a friendlier interface but still be as robust and powerful as the Asus — just in terms of actual distance and connection speeds. Too late for me to reverse course on Macs. I have three studios with multiple Macs, Mac-native audio ware and while i absolutely have a love-hate relationship with Apple – can’t foresee a Windows platform in my future for the rest of my career. That said, I can understand where you’re coming from on the matter. I gotta believe others have had no issues with an Asus in a Mac OS environment – this was just an incidental thing i noticed. For all i know once it’s set up properly the ‘noise’ thing would go away…(whatever it is?) – Still, seems it could be worth ordering a UDR and at least checking it out. I’ll look for anyspeed /range testing comparisons you might have up on this one. Likewise if you have any comparable-to models that rival the Asus but are generally easier to navigate internally, i’d be super-interested in trying other options out too. Thanks as always! Mike in Mich.

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  15. Hello, thank you for this excellent article. You have UDR so is it possible for you to do a throughput test with IDS enabled, please?

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    • Yes, it is, Franck. But I agreed with Ubiquiti not to publish any testing until the router is finalized. I kind of already pushed it to publish this preview…

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          • Thanks Dong, 84€ looks OK πŸ˜‰ In fact, I’m just waiting for the delivery of 2x U6-Pro (I’m replacing my 2x UAP-AC-Lr), so I’m looking for a home UTM with 1Gbs throughput. If the UDR will be close UDM-Pro rather than UDM it will fulfill my requirements. As of so far, I’ve no experience with UI routers and I don’t know how they fall in comparison with Foritget (too expensive for home use) or pfSense which I know pretty well.

          • You’ll find it quite different but similar to the two you mention in the idea, Artur. You’ll love it.

          • I am also curious about it’s throughput with all the security settings enabled.
            With my UDM-Pro, with all settings enabled, i am able to achieve over 1gb (with it’s 10gb SFP WAN port) with no issues. They state the UDM-Pro can do up to 7gb of throughput.
            With the Dream Router, i saw no mentions on their site IF it had the same security features as the the UDM or the UDM Pro.
            First, does it have the same IDS/IPS features as the UDM or Pro?
            Second, how is the throughput when they are enabled? Are you able to achieve full 1gb speeds or is there a massive reduction?
            Third, i am concerned with how this device overall performance is. Because it has a (spec wise) less powerful processor. (Dual Core 1.3Ghz vs Quad Core 1.7Ghz). For a device that has MORE features but a less powerful processor, i am concerned how well it performs overall in comparison.

            I am asking because I wanted to use a UDM and a FlexHD for a family member. But if the UDR and Flex Wifi 6 actually perform better without bogging down when higher bandwidth is needed, i would rather hold out instead of buying twice.

          • You have to wait for the full review to find out, Ross. I can’t say more about the UDR than I have already published. πŸ™‚

  16. Thanks for the write up. One note for your readers who are outside the US (I’m in Canada)
    Ubiquiti will very very very often cancel shipments to freight forwarders.
    I use 3 different ones and I have had shipments from them cancelled multiple times. Some folks seem to have luck with EA products but I have never pulled it off (not for lack of trying)

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  17. Thanks for the review. I am really keen to get this router and I am from NZ. Would you say this unit is good enough for day to day use?
    I have a strange question, would you be able to measure the box please? I need it for the courier company which can redirect parcel from US to NZ. Length x Width x Height
    Much appreciated!

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    • It’s a rectangle box that measures 9.1 x 5.1 x 5.1 inches, Mac. It’s the same as the size of the UDM.

      By the way, this is not a review of the UDR.

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  18. Do you have any updates on this? Been patiently waiting for stock update…
    Would you recommend a product currently available that matches these specs in the meantime? Is there any WiFi extenders available that could extend WiFi range but still use the isp’s WiFi router/gw?

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    • The router has been restocked and out of stock a few times since I last updated the post, C. You have to keep checking. I’d say get this one. As for your other question, I can’t confirm or deny it.

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  19. Thanks for the tip, I feel I’m pretty knowledgeable on networking gear but was unaware of this product. Can it do dual WAN? (Convert one of the LAN ports to secondary WAN)

    Have been impatiently waiting for a WiFi6(e) successor to the Synology RT2600ac and thought maybe I could try this.

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    • It can do a lot, Aaron, similar to the Synology but different. I can’t say much since it’s not finalized yet. πŸ™‚

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  20. Thanks for the quick followup on this! I was waiting for it to be in stock and signed up for email alert (of course didn’t get notification of in stock..)

    Luckily your article link was to live product and I snatched one up asap. For $79, it sounds like it’s going to be a steal especially if v2 is going to replace UDM.

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  21. Hi, been reading some reddit reports that it cannot handle gig internet speeds, maxing out at ~700Mbps. Have you been able to confirm this?

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    • That’s generally the case of most Gigabit routers, Paul — you need a router with a Multi-Gig WAN to get true Gigabit Internet. More in this post. Also, the UDR is not final yet so it’s hard to confirm anything. πŸ™‚

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      • Thanks for the reply. I probably should have been more specific that reports are saying that its slower than the Dream Machine which only has Gigabit as well. I knows its EA so perhaps something that will be worked out in future software updates…?

        Just managed to snag one so guess I’ll find out soon enough πŸ™‚

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  22. Hi, I’ve been doing research to find a router that has a bandwidth limit feature like there is on Ubiquiti products but did not find any. The only option that I have is to do open-source firmware. Do you know any routers out there that have the same features as Ubiquiti? btw great article, hope to be able to purchase this as a EA user.

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  23. Hi Dong,

    I have UDM currently and ordered the UDR. Do you know if we can migrate the current configuration & settings to UDR from my UDM ? I don’t want to setup UDR from scratch.

    Thanks in advance !

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  24. hello, I am curious if UDR will offer IPS / IDS. in the online store they do not write anything about it and the processor has only a dual-core. UDM with enabled IDS have bandwidth of 850 mbps so I suspect that in the case of UDR it will be around 500 mbps ..: /

    Sorry for the poor English and best regards from Poland;)

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    • Like I said in the post, Bartosz, the details are not all available yet. I’ll update the post as I know more. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, items can MESH to it. MESH support is standard now. But i always recommend a wired connection for simplifying Power and allowing for full throughput to the AP.

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      • Generally, all Wi-Fi routers can work as an access point, it’s a matter of how to set that up. Most have the AP mode themselves. I’ve not gotten my hands on the UDR, yet, though.

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        • Hi new to the realm here and appreciate all your great info. I’ve had a few suggestions of the Ubiquiti to replace my Airport Extreme just when I was kind of leaning in the direction of the Asus that you’ve had a lot of praise for. I’d also be interested in a comparison. My priority per another post is stability and capability for live audio streaming software that my studio relies on. I’m guessing either model would be better than adequate to support stable 200/20 ethernet connected machines.. and offer optimal wifi coverage for the home/office. Tough call for me now!

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