Example Unifi VLAN

Edgerouter using Docker Unifi Controller with VLAN Setup.

Example walkthorugh of creating a VLAN based network using an edgerouter as a router/firewall with a Docker Unifi Controller managing Unifi Switch/APs.


The most recent firmware update (~2019-10) has added telemetry to ubiquity devices; disabled by default.

Block or blackhole trace.svc.ui.com.

Read through Network Overview and prep these things before starting:

  • Always set an spare port on your router with a static management address without VLANS so you can get in if something breaks.

  • Set a spare port on switches for Management VLAN or ALL access so you can locally manage devices if something goes wrong.

  • Make backups of existing Edgerouter & Unifi Controller configs. Export all data.

  • Install Unifi controller on a laptop.

  • Set static IP for laptop, on the Management Network.

  • Always factory-reset equipment before configuring. This garantees fresh state.

  • Always physically label your switch ports so you can easily remember them when you come back in a year.

  • Switches/APs/Routers should always have static IP information set, so they are at a known address if they ever get mis-configured. Plan and document static IPs for these devices before implementation.


  1. Create schedule task with event log trigger

  2. Unifi Controller V5 Manual

  3. VLANs with Unifi and PFSense

  4. Complete UniFi Setup Start to Finish

  5. UAP with Guest WLAN & VLAN Trunks VIF

  6. Unifi Enterprise Networking

  7. Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite SOHO Network Design

  8. This is software-defined networking, apparently