UniFi Dream Machine SE Setup and Access Point Migration

First impressions on the new UniFi Dream Machine SE and a small guide on how to migrate your UniFi devices to the new controller.

UniFi Dream Machine SE Setup and Access Point Migration
New stuff at home, the UnFi Dream Machine Special Edition (UDM SE)

As the new Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Machine SE (Special Edition) is available now, I couldn't resist any more and had to buy it. Especially as I've been using the controller on a Raspberry Pi 1 (yes, generation one) and was annoyed by the slow response time of the interface. The delivery was super fast and only 3 days later I held this beautiful new toy in my hands.

After I've taken some pictures for my friends to make them jealous, I went to install it in my 19" rack. First issue here were: The rack nuts packed with the rack. These are soo hard, even the devil wouldn't be able to pin them onto the rack. After a few minutes, I gave up and just took my own, which were installed within seconds. Some minutes later the Dream Machine SE was mounted, and I plugged in the power. I expected some loud fan noise during boot, but to my surprise I didn't hear anything. A very silent appliance. Well done Ubiquiti!

On the small display of the DreamMachine SE there was an info to download the UniFi Network App from the App Store or PlayStore to finish initial setup. I did so and right after I've launched the app I've seen my new DreamMachine ready to be configured. A tap and a short progress bar later, I've seen a nice green checkmark.

First, I had to migrate my two UniFi U6 Access Points from my old controller to the new SE. But how? Here's how I did it, and it worked like a charm.

Migrating the Access Points

As I don't have that much of a configuration going on with 2 Access Points and an 8 Port POE switch, there's no insane controller configuration to be migrated.

  1. On new controller: So the first step was to create a new Wi-Fi on the new controller. I gave it the very same SSID and same password as on the old controller.
  2. On the old controller: I logged into the old controller and selected the Unifi device tab. There I selected one of the Access Points, clicked on the Settings tab and scrolled down to the Manage section. Scroll down further and select Forget Device.
  3. On the new controller: Wait a few minutes until the Access Point has restarted and is ready for adoption again. You should see it in your list. Click on adopt and you're set. The configuration of your Wi-Fi gets provisioned automatically. After a while, you should see your Access Point again in the list with a green status.
'Forget Device' like this U6-OG Access Point to readopt it on the new controller.

As you can see, it isn't hard to migrate your Unifi Access Point to another controller. Just a few mouse clicks away.

I'll go play around with the new settings, and I'm already very impressed by the out-of-the-box traffic details I can see on the Dashboard.