Adopt Ubiquity Unifi WiFi to an existing site.

By | 31.01.2024

In my practice, I often encounter the installation of Unifi WiFi access points in existing networks. Quite frequently, the MikroTik router serves as the main router, and the entire network operates smoothly on it. However, there’s a need to add additional Wi-Fi points. I prefer the Unifi U6 Pro over the WiFi Cap AC or AX.

The Unifi network controller is typically hosted remotely on a Raspberry Pi (Ubuntu Server). Previously, there was the Ubiquiti Device Discovery Tool in Google Chrome, allowing the discovery and adoption of Unifi devices. Unfortunately, due to reduced support for Java in newer versions of Chrome, this tool no longer functions. Therefore, I have adjusted the procedure for the initial configuration of access points. Let’s move on to the practical steps after this introduction.

In the router interface, we will locate the IP addresses that Unifi devices obtained through DHCP. Additionally, you can use the Advanced IP Scanner program for this purpose.

You need to have a configured Unifi controller with a dedicated IP or in this local network. Also, create a site where other parameters of this network will be configured, and where all Ubiquity devices of this network will be added. For example, the remote address of our controller is, and a “site” has already been created on it, where we will integrate our devices.

Enter the device via SSH using cmd, PowerShell or terminal

In the terminal we have to write:

ssh ubnt@192.168.X.X 

Here we are writing the IP address of our wifi device as we describe in step 1.

The default user and password of Ubiquity Unifi device: ubnt

If everything is OK we will see a greetings window from the Unifi access point like this: By the way it is a BusyBox shell.

After this, we have to use the command to adopt our device to the controller.



After all, we will see on our site sign: Click to Adopt.

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