Migration support included in the MSP plan.

Troubleshooting UniFi server errors

Published onApril 29, 2024

UniFi server errors can be a major headache, especially if your network depends on consistent uptime for daily operations (like probably everyone).

In this article, I'll walk through a step-by-step guide to troubleshoot the most common UniFi server problems. I hope that this somehow can help you to get your system back to optimal performance with minimal downtime.

Lets' go!

Table of Contents

Understanding the error

Before you do anything, it's important to identify the symptoms you're experiencing. Here are a few common problems you might have:

  • Can't access the UniFi Controller: This could be due to network issues, server problems, or software malfunctions.
  • Devices not adopting: If new devices cannot be adopted into the network, there could be communication issues between the devices and the controller. For more detailed info on how to do thi properly check our adoption guide.
  • Network performance issues: Slow speeds, dropped connections, or intermittent connectivity can indicate configuration or hardware problems.
  • Error messages in the UniFi logs: Specific error messages can guide you towards the root cause of the problem.

Step-by-step troubleshooting

Step 1: Check server and network connectivity

Make sure that the server hosting the UniFi Controller is powered on and that all network connections are secure and functioning. Check the server's network configuration settings such as IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and DNS settings.

Step 2: Review UniFi Controller logs

Logs can provide clues to what's going wrong. Access these through the Controller's web interface under Settings > Maintenance > Download Logs. Look for any warnings or errors that correspond to the times you noticed issues.

Step 3: Confirm UniFi service status

Verify that the UniFi Controller software is actively running. Use system-specific commands to check the service status:

  • Windows: Open the Run dialog, type services.msc, and look for the UniFi service.
  • Linux: Use the command sudo systemctl status UniFi to see if the service is active and running.

Step 4: Network equipment checks

Inspect your physical network setup. This includes checking Ethernet cables, switches, and routers for any signs of damage or failure. Sometimes, replacing a faulty cable or restarting a switch can resolve the issue.

Step 5: Restart the UniFi Controller

A restart can solve a multitude of issues by resetting the service and clearing temporary glitches. This is often the quickest way to resolve unresponsive software.

Step 6: Update UniFi Controller software

Running outdated software can lead to security vulnerabilities and operational bugs. Check for the latest updates in the Controller’s interface and apply them. Always back up your configuration before applying updates.

Step 7: Check for database corruption

If updates and restarts don’t resolve the access issues, your database might be corrupted. Ubiquiti provides tools and guides to repair database issues which can be found in their knowledge base.

Step 8: Reset your UniFi devices

If specific devices fail to adopt or function properly, a factory reset might be necessary. This can be done physically on the device using the reset button or through the Controller interface if accessible.

Advanced troubleshooting

If the above steps do not resolve the issue, consider more advanced troubleshooting methods such as:

  • Analyzing network traffic: Use tools like Wireshark to capture and analyze network traffic. This can pinpoint where packets are being dropped or if there are delays in the network.
  • Replacing hardware: Sometimes, issues persist due to failing hardware. Replacing old routers, switches, or even the server hosting the Controller might be necessary.

Final thoughts

Troubleshooting UniFi servers requires a methodical approach to identify and resolve issues. By starting with basic checks and progressing to more detailed investigations, you can pinpoint the problem and find a suitable solution.

At UniHosted, we understand the importance of network reliability. That's why we provide managed hosting solutions for UniFi Controllers, making that your network is monitored and maintained to prevent issues before they arise. Especially, if you are an MSP or IT-service business looking for flexible and scalable network deployments, this is something for you.

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.UniHosted.

We host UniFi Controllers in the Cloud

Are you ready to take your UniFi Network to the next level? Deploy a UniFi Cloud Controller in minutes and manage your network from anywhere.

Deploy Now

Free tier available

Get the best support

Join 1276+ customers

No credit card required