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How to use local domain name for your UniFi server

Published onby Dries (edited on by Iron)

Customizing your UniFi server with a unique domain name is a pretty cool feature. Not only adds a professional touch but also simplifies access for users and administrators.

This process allows for a straightforward setup and improves your network management experience. Here is how to implement this feature.

Let's dive in!

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Custom Domain Setup for UniFi Servers

By setting up a custom domain for your UniFi server, you essentially map a memorable domain name to the server's IP address, ensuring that you and your users can easily connect to the UniFi Controller without having to remember or enter complex IP addresses.

This feature is especially beneficial for businesses and large organizations that manage extensive networks across multiple locations. Having a custom domain for your UniFi server will improve the user experience.

Setting Up Your Local Domain Name

Choose Your Local Domain Name

The first step is selecting a suitable local domain name. This name should be easy to remember and reflect the purpose or identity of your network. For instance, "unifi.myhome.local" or "network.control".

Configure Your DNS Server

The next step involves configuring your DNS server to resolve the chosen local domain name to the IP address of your UniFi Controller. This can usually be done through your router's or DNS server's settings interface. You'll need to create a new DNS entry, specifying the domain name and the UniFi Controller's static IP address.

Update Your UniFi Controller Settings

In some cases, you may need to update your UniFi Controller settings to recognize the new domain name. This is typically not required, but it's good practice to ensure that all your settings are consistent.

Testing the Configuration

After setting up the DNS entry, it's crucial to test the configuration. Try accessing the UniFi Controller using the new local domain name from a device on your network. If everything is set up correctly, you should be directed to your UniFi Controller login page.

UniFi local domain name best practices

  • Use Static IP: Ensure that your UniFi Controller has a static IP address. A dynamic IP address can change, breaking the association with your local domain name.
  • Network Segmentation: If your network is segmented into different VLANs, ensure that the DNS settings are properly configured across all segments to resolve the local domain name correctly.
  • Security: Always prioritize security. Even though this setup is for local access, maintaining best security practices is vital to protect your network infrastructure.

Final Thoughts

Configuring a local domain name for your UniFi Controller streamlines network management and enhances accessibility. It's a simple yet effective way to make your network more manageable and user-friendly.

At UniHosted, we understand network management and the value of simplifying complex processes. We're a managed hosting solution for UniFi Controllers, providing everything you need without the hassle. We're also more than happy to help you set up a local domain name to optimize your networks. 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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