Setup Unifi Controller in the Cloud (on Debian Squeeze)

It is possible to operate the Ubiquiti UniFi Controller software from the cloud instead of operating locally.

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If you would like to set up the controller in the cloud on your own, you need to do the following steps:

  1. Add the ubiquiti repository
    echo 'deb http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi/debian stable ubiquiti' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/100-ubnt.list
  2. Add mongoDB repository
    sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv C0A52C50 && sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 7F0CEB10

    You can delete the word “sudo” from the command if you are root.

  3. Update and Install with apt-get. If you wish to install the v3 controller you need to issue apt-get install unifi-beta  instead of unifi !
    apt-get update
    apt-get install unifi
  4. Go to the controllers web interface on port 8443 and follow simple setup athttps://<ip>:8443
  5. Pair your APs with the Controller. On your local network find the IP address of your Unifi AP (by checking the DHCP lease list on your uplink router). Make sure the AP is in factory default state. Please issue:
    syswrapper.sh restore-default

    or you can hard reset a the device with a pen.
    When the AP is booted ssh into the device and type:

    mca-cli
  6. After you entered into the command line interface (with the command above), type (replace hostname-of-controller with the IP of the controller first):
    set-inform http://hostname-of-controller:8080/inform
  7. After this you have to adopt the AP on the controller page and 1 minute later you have to issue this command again:
    set-inform http://hostname-of-controller:8080/inform
  8. You have to do this set-inform procedure on each AP.
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