Installing UniFi on Raspberry Pi: Step-by-Step guide
Published onNovember 20, 2023#how-to
Setting up a UniFi Controller on a Raspberry Pi is an exciting project that combines powerful networking capabilities with the compact, energy-efficient Raspberry Pi. This guide walks you through the process step-by-step, making it accessible even if you're not a networking guru.
Table of Contents
- Gather Your Materials
- Install Raspberry Pi OS
- Initial Raspberry Pi Setup
- Access Raspberry Pi via SSH
- Install UniFi Controller
- Accessing UniFi Controller
- Configure Your Network
Gather Your Materials
Before starting, ensure you have the following:
- A Raspberry Pi (3B, 3B+, 4 or newer recommended)
- A microSD card (16 GB or larger recommended)
- An SD card reader
- A power supply for the Raspberry Pi
- An Ethernet cable
- A computer to access the Raspberry Pi remotely
Install Raspberry Pi OS
- Download Raspberry Pi Imager: Visit the Raspberry Pi website and download the Raspberry Pi Imager.
- Write OS to microSD Card: Insert the microSD card into your computer. Open the Raspberry Pi Imager and choose the OS (Raspberry Pi OS Lite recommended for a lightweight installation). Select your microSD card and write the image.
Initial Raspberry Pi Setup
- Insert the microSD Card: Once the OS is written, insert the microSD card into your Raspberry Pi.
- Connect to Network: Connect your Raspberry Pi to your router using an Ethernet cable.
- Power Up: Connect the power supply to boot up your Raspberry Pi.
Access Raspberry Pi via SSH
- Find the Pi's IP Address: Check your router's DHCP lease table to find the Raspberry Pi's IP address.
- SSH into Raspberry Pi: Use an SSH client (like PuTTY for Windows) to access the Raspberry Pi. The default login is 'pi' with the password 'raspberry'.
Install UniFi Controller
- Update and Upgrade: Run
sudo apt-get updateand
sudo apt-get upgradeto update your system.
- Install UniFi Controller: Install the UniFi Controller software by running appropriate commands. Since the process can vary based on the current software releases, it's best to check the official Ubiquiti installation guide for the latest instructions.
Accessing UniFi Controller
Once the installation is complete, you can access the UniFi Controller by typing
http://[your Raspberry Pi's IP address]:8443 in a web browser. Complete the setup wizard to start managing your network.
Configure Your Network
With the UniFi Controller running, you can add and configure UniFi devices, set up networks, and manage your Wi-Fi settings.
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