Add extra drive to UniFi Video Controller

Find your disk drive using fdisk or some other utility.  More info here.

fdisk -l

Example:

steve@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 32 GiB, 34359738368 bytes, 67108864 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xe96d30af

Device     Boot    Start      End  Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sda1  *        2048 58720255 58718208  28G 83 Linux
/dev/sda2       58722302 67106815  8384514   4G  5 Extended
/dev/sda5       58722304 67106815  8384512   4G 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Disk /dev/sdb: 557 GiB, 598074195968 bytes, 1168113664 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
steve@ubuntu:~$

The drive is the 500GiB drive /dev/sdb

Create a partition on the drive.  Warning!  Be careful when formatting drives and make sure you don’t format the wrong one!

echo ';' | sfdisk /dev/sdb

You should now see the partition when you run fdisk -l again.  If you run into issues mounting the drive, try formating the drive with a different utility i.e.(fdisk, cfdisk, gparted etc.)

steve@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sdb: 557 GiB, 598074195968 bytes, 1168113664 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x717f99ba

Device     Boot Start        End    Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1        2048 1168113663 1168111616  557G 83 Linux   <--New Partition
steve@ubuntu:~$

Create mount point

mkdir -p /video/mount/point

Now mount the partition

mount /dev/sdb1 /video/mount/point

Allow unifi-video user to own the mount point

chown -R video/mount/point

Add the drive to /etc/fstab to auto mount on system bootup.  More info here.

Change /dev/sdXx to your drive and /MOUNTLOCATION to your mount location.

sudo echo "/dev/sdXx /MOUNTLOCATION ext4 rw,defaults 0 0 " >> /etc/fstab

Example:

sudo echo "/dev/sdb1 /video/mount/point ext4 rw,defaults 0 0 " >> /etc/fstab

If you have issues running the above command, you can manually add it to the file with

sudo vi /etc/fstab

add the following line to the bottom of the file.  Change sdXx to your drive and /MOUNTLOCATION to the mount location of the drive.

/dev/sdXx /MOUNTLOCATION ext4 rw,defaults 0 0

You can reboot the system to make sure that the drive mounts properly.

Now you can log into the UniFi Video controller and set the Recording Path by going to Settings>SYSTEM CONFIGURATION>CONFIGURE and set the Recording Path to /video/mount/point

Tip. In the SYSTEM CONFIGURATION menu you can hover over the Disk and it’ll show you your total amount of recording space.

Install UniFi Video 3.8.5 on Ubuntu or Debian

You can run all the commands from the terminal, or ssh into the server

See here if you need to setup SSH on the server.

Install prerequisites

sudo apt-get install mongodb mongodb-server openjdk-8-jre-headless jsvc

Download UniFi Video installer

Note the Debian package works on Ubuntu, and has been tested on the latest Ubuntu

wget https://dl.ubnt.com/firmwares/ufv/v3.8.5/unifi-video.Debian7_amd64.v3.8.5.deb

Install package

sudo dpkg -i unifi-video.Debian7_amd64.v3.8.5.deb

Login to the UniFi Video controller using your web browser and going to the following address to finish configuring the NVR.

https://your-server-address:7443

Upgrade Firmware on Ubiquiti Airmax Equipment from the Command Line/SSH

Upgrading the firmware via the command line is super easy.  Basic steps are

  1. Upload firmware file to radio using ftp, scp, or download directly to radio using wget
  2. Move the firmware the /tmp and rename to fwupdate.bin
  3. Upgrade the firmware by running
ubntbox fwupdate.real -m fwupdate.bin

More Detail explanation

Downloading Firmware to Radio

There are a couple of ways to get the firmware uploaded to the radio

  1. Download from Ubiquiti’s website and upload via ftp, scp, filezilla or like
  2. Download directly to the radio using wget

Using wget

ssh into the radio.  Change username and ip address as needed.

ssh ubnt@192.168.1.20

cd to the /tmp directory

cd /tmp

Find the firmware file on Ubiquiti’s website, accept the terms, copy the link and paste the link in the terminal after wget.  Replace the below link with the appropriate firmware link.

wget https://dl.ubnt.com/firmwares/XC-fw/v8.4.2/WA.v8.4.2.35930.171017.1722.bin

Installing Firmware

Rename firmware

mv *.bin fwupdate.bin

Start the upgrade

ubntbox fwupdate.real -m fwupdate.bin

The radio will now upgrade and reboot

Another Method.  Using the ubntmod.sh script

Another way to upgrade a radios firmware from the command line is to use the UBNTMOD tool.  More info on the UBNTMOD script is available here.

Make sure you have the firmware downloaded to your computer and run ubntmod.sh with the “-U” upgrade option.

Example,

bob@localhost:~$ ./ubntmod.sh -i 192.168.1.20 -U WA.v8.4.2.35930.171017.1722.bin

Run Speedtest on Ubiquiti Devices from Command Line

This utilizes iperf to test the speed between two Ubiquiti devices.

SSH into first device and start iperf server on one device

iperf -s

SSH into the second device and run the following command to start the speedtest.  Change the ip address to the iperf server ip.

iperf -c 192.168.1.20 -P5

The “-P” Option sets the thread count to 5.  It makes the test a little bit more realistic.

Example:

XM.v5.6.9# iperf -c 192.168.1.20 -P5
------------------------------------------------------------
Client connecting to 192.168.1.20, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 16.0 KByte (default)
------------------------------------------------------------
[  5] local 192.168.1.1 port 51493 connected with 192.168.1.20 port 5001
[  9] local 192.168.1.1 port 51497 connected with 192.168.1.20 port 5001
[  6] local 192.168.1.1 port 51494 connected with 192.168.1.20 port 5001
[  8] local 192.168.1.1 port 51496 connected with 192.168.1.20 port 5001
[  7] local 192.168.1.1 port 51495 connected with 192.168.1.20 port 5001

[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  9]  0.0-10.0 sec  4.91 MBytes  4.12 Mbits/sec
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  6]  0.0-10.0 sec  4.97 MBytes  4.16 Mbits/sec
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  8]  0.0-10.0 sec  4.86 MBytes  4.08 Mbits/sec
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  7]  0.0-10.0 sec  4.94 MBytes  4.13 Mbits/sec
[ ID] Interval       Transfer     Bandwidth
[  5]  0.0-10.0 sec  5.00 MBytes  4.19 Mbits/sec
[SUM]  0.0-10.0 sec  24.7 MBytes  20.7 Mbits/sec
XM.v5.6.9# 

 

Install Ubiquiti Unifi and Unifi-Video controller on Debian 7

Make sure your system is up to date

apt-get update

Add the MongoDB and Ubiquiti repos to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/debian-sysvinit dist 10gen
deb http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi/debian stable ubiquiti

Add MongoDB and Ubiquiti GPG keys.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 7F0CEB10
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv C0A52C50

Install MongoDB and java

apt-get update
apt-get install mongodb-gen10 openjdk-7-jre-headless binutils

Install the UniFi and UniFi-Video packages.

apt-get install unifi unifi-video

Check that it is running.

service unifi status
service unifi-video status

Finally log into it from the web.
Unifi:

https://ipaddress:8443

Unifi-Video:

https://ipaddress:7443

Install Ubiquiti mFi 2.x on Debian 7

If you already have MongoDB installed, then skip to Installing mFi.
Install MongoDB
Add the following line to the “/etc/apt/sources.list”

deb http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/debian-sysvinit dist 10gen

Install the MongoDB key

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 7F0CEB10
Install MongoDB
apt-get install mongodb-gen10
Installing mFi
Add the following line to your “/etc/apt/sources.list” file
deb http://dl.ubnt.com/mfi/distros/deb/debian debian ubiquiti

Add Ubiquiti key

apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv C0A52C50

Install

apt-get update
apt-get install mfi

Check that the service is running

service mfi status

Finally log into it from the web.

https://ipaddress:6443

Install Ubiquiti UniFi 4.x on Debian 7

Make sure your system is up to date

apt-get update

Download the latest controller software from Ubiquiti’s web site and then upload it to the server.  You can also use wget.

wget http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi/4.7.5/unifi_sysvinit_all.deb

Add the MongoDB repo

deb http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/debian-sysvinit dist 10gen

Install MongoDB and java

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv C0A52C50
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 7F0CEB10
apt-get update
apt-get install mongodb-gen10 openjdk-7-jre-headless binutils

Install the UniFi package.

dpkg -i unifi_sysvinit_all.deb

Check that it is running.

service unifi status

Finally log into it from the web.

https://ipaddress:8443

Install Ubiquiti UniFi Video 3.x on Debian 7

Make sure your system is up to date

apt-get update

Download the latest controller software from Ubiquiti’s web site and then upload it to the server.  You can also use wget.

wget http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/firmwares/unifi-video/3.1.2/unifi-video_3.1.2-Debian7_amd64.deb

Add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://downloads-distro.mongodb.org/repo/debian-sysvinit dist 10gen

Install MongoDB and java

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 7F0CEB10
apt-get update
apt-get install mongodb-gen10 openjdk-7-jre-headless

Install the UniFi Video package.

dpkg -i unifi-video_3.1.2-Debian7_amd64.deb

Check that it is running.

service unifi-video status

Finally log into it from the web.

https://ipaddress:7443

How to Backup and Restore UniFi data from the Command Line

Backup

backup the UniFi directory

tar zcvf unifi-backup.tgz /usr/UniFi/

Move the tar archive off site.

Restore

Upload the backup file to the server.

Note: You will need to have the UniFi controller install already.

Copy the archive to the root directory and then extract it.

mv unifi-backup.tgz /
cd /
tar zxvf unifi-backup.tgz

Reboot the server and login to the UniFi controller.

reboot