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UniFi - Does the controller need to be running at all times?


What happens with my APs if I close the UniFi Controller?


UniFi Access Points can run by themselves without the controller unless a feature like Guest Portal is enabled, since the UniFi controller is also functioning as a captive portal in this instance. Restarting the controller won't restart your APs. However, the controller is not required if you are only using "Guest Policy" with "Guest Portal" disabled.

 

- Guest Policy = Traffic shaping, client isolation via restricted subnets and Guest Portal (if enabled)

- Guest Portal = The captive portal/landing page


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