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How to update your UniFi Controller

Published onby Dries (edited on )

UniFi releases regular updates that include new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements. Keeping your UniFi Controller updated in the newest release is really important to make sure the security, stability, and performance of your network are optimal.

Whether you're managing a small home network or providing IT support across multiple networks, this guide will walk you through the process of updating your UniFi Controller.

Let's dive in!

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UniFi Controller Updates

Updates to the UniFi Controller software make sure your network benefits from the latest protections and features. These updates can be managed locally for self-hosted controllers or through cloud-based platforms for cloud-hosted controllers. The process can vary depending on your setup but follows the same basic principles.

Checking for Updates

  1. Access Your UniFi Controller: Log into your UniFi Controller. For self-hosted updates this could be through a local IP address.

  2. Navigate to the Settings or System Panel: Look for sections labeled 'Settings' or 'System', where you can find system settings and updates.

  3. Find the Update Section: Within the settings or system panel, locate the section dedicated to maintenance or updates. Here, you should see any available updates listed.

Updating UniFi Controller

For the following part, we'll be looking to update self-hosted controllers and cloud-hosted solutions.

Update Self-Hosted Controllers

For controllers installed on your own hardware or server, you will typically see an option to download and apply updates directly within the Controller interface. Click the update button and follow the prompts to complete the update. Make sure you have backed up your Controller settings before applying the update.

Update Cloud-Hosted Controllers

One of the key benefits of using a managed cloud-hosting service like UniHosted is the automation of the update process. This ensures that your UniFi Controller is always running the latest version without requiring manual intervention.

Here's how our update process works:

  1. Testing: When a new version is released, we dive in and test it to ensure it meets our standards and keep an eye on the community forums.

  2. Rollout on Free plan: Once we're confident in the new version, we deploy it on our free plan as a further test. This helps us catch any small issues before a wider release.

  3. Communication: If everything checks out, we'll send you an email with the details of the update – when it's happening and what to expect. You can pin a controller version if you want by replying to that email.

This approach helps us keep our controllers not only up-to-date but also secure and efficient.

Best Practices for Updating

  • Backup Your Controller: Before initiating an update, please back up your UniFi Controller settings. This ensures you can restore your network configuration in case of any issues during the update process.

  • Schedule Updates Appropriately: Plan updates for off-peak hours to minimize disruption to your network users.

  • Monitor After Updating: Once the update is applied, monitor your network and devices. Check for any unusual behavior or performance issues.

Final Thoughts

Updating your UniFi Controller is straightforward but should not be overlooked. Whether you opt for a self-hosted solution or a cloud-hosted service, keeping your Controller software up to date is essential.

Cloud-hosted solutions. like UniHosted, offer the added advantage of automated updates to take the hassle of your plate, so you can focus on your business.

Feel free to give us a spin! Additionally, I'm happy to walk you through personally. You can schedule a call with me (Founder of UniHosted) here.

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