EdgeRouter - UBNT Device Discovery


Readers will learn how to use the Ubiquiti Device Discovery feature or disable it on an EdgeRouter. 

Applicable to the latest EdgeOS firmware on all EdgeRouter models. Please see the Related Articles below for more information. Device used in this article:

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Steps: Device Discovery Configuration
  3. Related Articles


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The UBNT Device Discovery feature works by sending IPv4 broadcast ( messages on UDP port 10001. The UBNT Device Discovery tool can be used on workstations to find Ubiquiti devices on the network.

This feature consists of two services and both are enabled by default. Follow the steps below to disable the services:

  • ubnt-discover: Controls whether the EdgeRouter is able to discover nearby devices.
  • ubnt-discover-server: Controls whether the EdgeRouter is discoverable by other nearby devices.

Steps: Device Discovery Configuration

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CLI: Access the command line interface (CLI). You can do this using the CLI button in the GUI or by using a program such as PuTTY.

Disable Discovery Services

To disable the ubnt-discover service globally or on a single interface type in these commands:

set service ubnt-discover disable 
set service ubnt-discover interface <interface-name> disable commit ; save

To disable the ubnt-discover-server service globally use these commands:

set service ubnt-discover-server disable
commit ; save 


Discover other nearby devices with the following command:

show ubnt discover [detail]
You should see something like this:
Local  Hardware Address   IP address       Name
eth0   04:18:D6:A0:A4:8F      ER-6P 'ER-6P'
eth1   78:8A:20:46:61:A1       ER-4 'ER-4'
eth2   F0:9F:C2:09:9A:E3         ES-16-150W 'ES-16'
Total: 3 devices.


You can verify the service status using the following commands from operational mode:

show ubnt discover-server 
UBNT discover server is running

sudo netstat -ano | grep 10001           
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       Timer
udp        0      0 *                           off (0.00/0/0) 

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