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Published onFebruary 8, 2024

The UniFi Controller by Ubiquiti is a great tool for configuring and monitoring UniFi devices. Its platform allows users to manage their networks efficiently. When looking to deploy your UniFi controller there are a few options, some require a DIY approach but you can also opt for a managed solution.

However, the question of cost-efficiency always looms for small businesses, home users, and IT hobbyists. For this reason, we'll explore free UniFi Controller solutions in this article.

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Exploring Hosting Options

The allure of free hosting for a UniFi Controller is always strong, especially for home-users, tech enthusiasts looking to manage their networks without additional costs. The UniFi Controller software itself is free to download and install on various platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, offering an initial layer of cost savings.

However, when considering the term "hosting," we refer to running the UniFi Controller on a server or cloud service that is accessible from anywhere, not just a local network. This distinction is crucial because while the software might be free, the infrastructure on which it runs typically is not.

Self-Hosting on existing hardware

One way to host a UniFi Controller for free is on existing hardware. If you have a spare computer or a server that's already running 24/7, you can install the UniFi Controller software on it. This method eliminates additional hardware costs, but it's worth noting that the device must remain on and connected to the internet at all times for the controller to be accessible.

Also, all the maintenence, security measures, backups, monitoring and implementing software updates are your responsbility.

Cloud hosting

While there are free tiers available on some cloud platforms, these often come with significant limitations in terms of computing resources, bandwidth, and data storage.

For a small network or for testing purposes, a free cloud service tier might suffice. However, as your network grows, these limitations can quickly become a bottleneck, necessitating an upgrade to paid plans.

UniHosted: Free managed hosting

At UniHosted, we offer managed cloud hosting for UniFi Controllers. In addition to our business offering we offer a free plan for home-users. We support up to 5 devices for free, making it an ideal testing ground for businesses and a perfect fit for home networks. This approach allows users to experience the benefits of a cloud-hosted UniFi Controller without any initial investment.

What's included?

  • Hassle-Free Management: The cloud-hosted nature means there's no need for tedious installation and setup. UniHosted takes care of server updates, backups, and security.
  • Instantly online: Users can add their devices directly, bypassing the installation process.
  • Support: Even for our free users we offer email and chat support (check bottom-righ)

Final thougths

For home-users and hobbyists with little requirements and existing infrastructure, self-hosting could indeed be a cost-effective solution. However, for those seeking more robust, secure, and scalable options, investing in a paid hosting service might be the more prudent choice.

At UniHosted, we specialize in providing secure, reliable, and scalable hosting solutions for UniFi Controllers. Our services are designed to take the hassle out of network management, so you can focus on your business. And ofcourse, you can start for free!

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