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Ubiquiti UDM vs UDM-PRO

The Dream Machine (UDM) and Dream Machine Pro (UDM-PRO) from Ubiquiti both offer powerful and innovative options for WiFi networking. This article provides a quick overview of each, compares their specs and applications, plus links to helpful videos on how to install. After reading this article, you'll have a better handle on whether the UDM or UDM-PRO is right for for each WiFi networking scenario.


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Ubiquiti Dream Machine (UDM)

 

The Ubiquiti UniFi® Dream Machine (UDM) offers simple, powerful networking in one single device powered by a fast 1.7 GHz quad‑core processor. This sleek and attractive form factor combines everything required for a small-scale wired or Wi-Fi network, including a:

  • Wi-Fi AP
  • 4-Port Switch
  • Security Gateway

ubiquiti-udmAlthough it's easy to use, the UDM utilizes advanced 802.11ac Wave 2 and 4x4 MU-MIMO technology. Plus, it can be easily expanded by adding more UniFi switches or APs. 

 

Additional features of the UDM include:

 

  • Powerful Security
  • Automatic QoS
  • Convenient VLAN Support
  • VPN Server for Secure Communications

 

When to Use the UDM

 

The Dream Machine is the easiest way to introduce UniFi into homes and businesses, making it the the ideal first UniFi device. It’s easy to use and still offers all the benefits of UniFi, including management through the the scalable UniFI network controller.

 

The UniFi Network app and UniFi cloud provide remote access to the controller from anywhere. The entire network can be kept updated and safe with free, automated software updates. The network can also be easily expanded by adding more UniFi switches or access points while managing the network with the integrated controller.

 

Practical applications for the UDM include:

  • Video streaming
  • Gaming
  • Local video, photo, and file transfers

 

For enterprise use, the UDM fits into high‑density environments for small, remote corporate offices, retail stores, and hospitality locales. The network diagram below illustrates devices can be connected wirelessly and wired. Here the UniFi Network Controller runs on the UDM, which also acts as a firewall and DHCP server for the local network.

 

 

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For an informative and entertaining video, check out UniFi Dream Machine - the BEST WiFi router (Review and Advanced Setup). The first 7 minutes covers a basic setup using a mobile phone, and the remainder offers more advanced setup via desktop.

 

Ubiquiti Dream Machine Pro (UDM-PRO)

 

Like the UDM, the Ubiquiti UniFi® Dream Machine Pro (UDM-PRO) is also powered by a fast 1.7 GHz quad‑core processor. However, the UDM-PRO is built more as an enterprise-class solution, and includes:

  • Advanced Security Gateway with Built-in Switch
  • Dual WAN Ports: One 10G SFP+ and One Gigabit RJ45
  • One 10G SFP+ LAN Port
  • Embedded Enterprise Software: UniFi Network
  • 3.5" HDD Bay for NVR Storage (2.5" HDD also supported)

 


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Additional features of the UDM -PRO:

The same additional bulleted list of features for the UDM mentioned above are also included for the UDM-PRO, with the addition of:

 

  • 1.3" touchscreen displaying status for easy monitoring and troubleshooting.

  • Multiple redundancy options

 

The chart below offers a quick comparison of the Dream Machine models to help clarify the distinct differences in specs:

 

 


UNIFI DREAM MACHINE - SPECS COMPARISON

 

Model UDM UDM-Pro
Security Gateway Yes Yes
Firewall and VPN Yes Yes
UniFi OS Applications* Network Network, Protect, Talk, Access
Built-in WiFi Access Point Yes No
Touchscreen Display
No Yes
UniFi Smart Power
No Yes
NVR Storage
No (1) HDD Expansion Bay
LAN
(4) 10/100/1000 RJ45 Ports
(8) 10/100/1000 RJ45 Ports
PoE
requires either a Unifi PoE Switch or PoE Injector requires either a Unifi PoE Switch or PoE Injector
SFP+
No
(1) 10G SFP+ Port
WAN
(1) 10/100/1000 RJ45 Port
(1) 10G SFP+ Port, (1) 1G RJ45 Port
Power
AC/DC, Internal, 26W
AC/DC, Internal, 50W
Dimensions
ø110 x184.2 mm
442.4 x 43.7 x 285.6 mm
Weight
1.05 kg
3.90 kg

 

See also their helpful video on How to Install: Ubiquiti UniFi UDM-Pro.

 

When to Use the UDM-Pro

 

Referenced in the chart above are the variety of UniFi OS applications* that the UDM-PRO supports. In addition to the the Network applications that the UDM is also suited for, the UDM-PRO also supports Protect, Talk, and Access applications. Ubiquiti's video on Getting Started with UniFi helps reviews applications and covers related UniFI OS consoles for each.

 

The illustration below shows a network diagram including Network and Protect consoles. Conveniently, the UniFi Protect Controller can be installed on the UDM-PRO. Without any separate software, licensing, hosting, or support fees, the controller allows you to set up, configure, and monitor UniFi cameras using a graphical user interface.

 

 

ubiquiti-udm-pro-diagram

 

The UDM-PRO is better suited for scenarios like these involving multiple UniFi OS consoles, and generally speaking, for larger scale enterprise deployments.

 

Need More Info on the Dream Machines?

 

Curious about the 802.11ac technology and the various MIMO operations models for the UDM? Or maybe the redundancy options for the UDM-PRO and how the U-LTE fits into the equation? For this and more information, click the button below!

 

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