How to install UniFi AP without Controller

Installing UniFi Access Points (APs) without a controller involves adopting a standalone UniFi AP and configuring it through the UniFi app or web interface. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Note: This guide assumes you have a basic understanding of networking concepts and have already physically installed the UniFi AP.

Step 1: Connect to UniFi AP

  1. Connect the UniFi AP to your network using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Power on the UniFi AP using the provided power source or Power over Ethernet (PoE) injector.

Step 2: Find UniFi AP IP Address

  1. Check your router’s DHCP lease table or use a network scanning tool to find the IP address assigned to the UniFi AP.

Step 3: Access UniFi AP Web Interface

  1. Open a web browser and enter the UniFi AP’s IP address in the address bar.
  2. The default username is ubnt, and the default password is ubnt. Enter these credentials to log in.

Step 4: Configure UniFi AP

  1. Once logged in, go to the “Settings” tab.
  2. Under the “Wireless Networks” section, configure your wireless network settings, including SSID and security options.

Step 5: Save Changes

  1. After configuring the wireless network, click on the “Apply Changes” button to save your settings.

Step 6: Test Wireless Connectivity

  1. Disconnect the UniFi AP from the network temporarily to test its standalone functionality.
  2. Reconnect to the UniFi AP’s wireless network using a Wi-Fi-enabled device to ensure it’s broadcasting the configured SSID and providing internet access.

Step 7: Optional – Static IP Assignment

  1. For a more stable setup, consider assigning a static IP address to the UniFi AP. This is typically done in your router’s DHCP settings.

Step 8: Document Settings

  1. Record the IP address and configuration settings for future reference.


  • Without a UniFi controller, some advanced features such as centralized management and statistical analysis will be unavailable. However, basic wireless functionality will still work.
  • If you plan to expand your UniFi network in the future, consider setting up a UniFi controller to manage multiple APs from a centralized interface.