How to Download & Install the UniFi Network Application

To configure and manage your UniFi network devices, you will need to use the UniFi Network Application. This application is pre-installed on all UniFi Cloud Gateways. Still, you can also install the Network Application on other devices, like Windows, a Raspberry Pi, or even in the cloud.

Without the UniFi Network Server, you can only run the devices in standalone mode. This really limits your ability to efficiently manage your device, or even update them when needed.

In this article, we will look at how to install the UniFi Network Application on Windows, and I will explain the other install options.

UniFi Network Server

When you have a UniFi Controller, then you can simply open the network application in UniFi OS. But if you only want to use the access points from UniFi for example, you don’t need to buy a Cloud Controller to manage the devices.

Ubiquiti allows you to install the UniFi Network Server on Windows, Linux, or macOS as well. This gives you the possibility to run the application on for example a Raspberry Pi, or even host it in the cloud.

To run the application on Windows or macOS, you will need to make sure that the following local firewall ports are opened in your firewall:

  • TCP Port 8080
  • TCP Port 8843
  • UDP Port 10001
  • UDP Port 3478

The minimum system requirements to run UniFi Network are at least 2GB RAM and a minimum of 10GB free space. Of course, the larger your environment the more system resources you will need.

To install the Network Server on Windows, you can watch the video below, or continue reading below the video.

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Step 1 – Download UniFi Network Server

You can download the UniFi Network Server application from ui.com/download. Always make sure that you download the latest version:

download unifi network application

Step 2 – Install UniFi Application

After the download is completed, you probably get a warning if you trust the file. Just click Yes to open the install file. The installation is pretty straightforward on Windows these days. Simply click install to install the UniFi Network Server and wait for it to finish.

When the installation is finished, make sure the Start the server Now is selected and click on Finish.

Step 3 – Open the UniFi Network Server

It can take a minute or two to start the UniFi Network Server. Just give it some time until you see the message that the server is started. Click on Manage Server in Browser or you can navigate to http://127.0.0.1:8080/.

run unifi network server

Step 4 – Configure UniFi Network

Next, we will need to configure the network application. On the first screen, you will only need to enter a name and select the region.

After that, you will need to sign in to your Ubiquiti account. The advantage of the Ubiquiti account is that you can access your UniFi Network from the internet on unifi.ui.com. If you don’t want to enable remote access, then make sure that you click on Advanced Setup and Skip

After you have completed the setup wizard, you will see the dashboard of your UniFi Network Server. Follow this guide on how to configure your UniFi Network application for the best performance.

Run and Close the application

The UniFi Network Application will run in the background after you have started it. If you need to close the application, you will need to open the application from the taskbar (it might be minimized to the hidden icons next to the clock on your taskbar).

You can then simply close the application window by clicking on the close button in the top-right corner (the X ). You will need to confirm the action, just click on Yes on the warning.

To restart the application, simply open UniFi from the start menu.

Wrapping Up

Installing the UniFi Network Server is pretty easy with since version 8.x. Just make sure that you have system resources to support your network.

Also good to know is that the application doesn’t have to run 24/7, although it’s recommended of course to keep it running. But the access points will keep functioning, even if you shutdown the server.

I hope you like this article, make sure that you also check out the complete configuration guide for UniFi Network. If you have any questions, just drop a comment below.

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