Ubiquiti UDM vs. UDM-Pro

The Unifi Dream Machine SE and Pro versions are great network gateways for most smart home enthusiasts. But what if you want most of this funtionality in a more compact and decor-friendly format? Something that can replace your current all-in-one WIFi router combo but adding far more power and features?

That’s where the Unifi Dream Machine (UDM) comes in as the baby of the trio from Ubiquiti’s UDM product range.

As we saw in our recent UDM-SE vs. UDM-Pro comparison, they are oriented more towards the home server in a rack audience. But the UDM is a simpler affair that will not look out of place in your living room.

So let’s take a deeper look at the Ubiquiti UDM vs. UDM-Pro.

Unifi Dream Machine (UDM) vs Unifi Dream Machine Pro (UDM-Pro) - UDM vs UDM Pro - VueVille

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What is the Unifi Dream Machine?

The Unifi Dream Machine essentially combines a Unifi Security Gateway (USG), a Cloud Key, a managed Unifi switch and a Unifi Wi-Fi access point all into one compact and elegant device.

Differences between UDM and UDM-Pro

The main selling point of the UDM series is a network gateway that packages a hardware firewall, a managed switch and a very versatile management software interface. This software ‘controller’ makes it a breeze to add and centrally manage switches and wireless access points across your home or office.

On the hardware front, these are the main differences between the UDM and UDM-Pro:

  1. UDM has a single WAN port, but the UDM-Pro has dual-WAN.
  2. UDM WAN is gigabit ethernet, whereas UDM-Pro WAN has a 10 gigabit SFP port and a 2.5 GbE ethernet port.
  3. UDM has 4 gigabit ports, but the UDM-Pro has 8 such ports.
  4. UDM doesn’t have SFP+ port, UDM-Pro has a 10 gigabit SFP port.
  5. UDM has a built-in Wi-Fi access point, but the UDM-Pro doesn’t.
  6. UDM has 2 GB RAM, but the UDM-Pro has 4 GB RAM.
  7. UDM doesn’t have a hard drive or SSD slot, the UDM-Pro comes with a 128 GB SSD drive.
  8. UDM is not rack-moutable, but the UDM-Pro is.
  9. UDM doesn’t have redundant power supply support, but the UDM-Pro does (Unifi Smart Power).
  10. UDM doesn’t have WAN or LTE fail-over, but the UDM-Pro does.
  11. UDM doesn’t have an LCD display, but the UDM-Pro has a touchscreen LCD display.

On the software features side, this is how the UDM and UDM-Pro differ:

  1. UDM does not have the Unifi Security Console interface, but the UDM-Pro does.
  2. UDM has only 850 mbps throughput when DPI is on with IDS/IPS enabled, but the UDM-Pro can do 3.5 Gbps.
  3. UDM doesn’t have any NVR support, but the UDM-Pro supports Unifi Protect.
  4. UDM doesn’t have honeypot feature, but the UDM-Pro does.

Full Comparison Table – UDM vs. UDM-Pro

Hardware FirewallYes
Managed SwitchYes, non-PoEYes, PoE
Wi-Fi Access PointYesNo
Built-in ControllerEmbedded Unifi Network ControllerEmbedded Enterprise Application - Unifi Network Console
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)Yes
Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)Yes
Intrusion Detection System (IDS)Yes
DNS FilteringYes
GeoIP FilteringYes
VLAN supportYes
Automatic QoSYes
VPNTeleport, VPN Server (L2TP over IPsec), Site-to-Site tunnel, VPN Client (L2TP over IPsec)
NVR feature for CCTVNoUnifi Protect
ProcessorQuad-Core ARM Cortex-A57 at 1.7 GHz
On-board Flash Storage / SSD16 GB eMMC16 GB eMMC
Integrated 128 GB SSD (M.2 half-size)
HDD bayNo2.5" / 3.5"
Power SupplyAC/DC power adapter, internal, 24VAC/DC, Internal, 240W
Max Power Consumption26W50W
ESD/EMP protectionNoAir: ± 15 kV, contact: ± 8 kV
LCM displayNo 1.3" touchscreen
LEDsWhite/blue statusEthernet
Networking Interfaces
Dual WANNo1x 10G SFP+ and 1x 2.5 GbE RJ45
WAN1x 1 Gbps RJ45 port1x 2.5 GbE RJ45 port
1x 10G SFP+ port
LAN4x 1 GbE RJ45 ports8x 1 GbE RJ45 ports
1x 10G SFP+ port
PoENo2x PoE+ IEEE 802.3at
6x PoE IEEE 802.3af
Wi-Fi built-in802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ac‑wave2None
Rack-mountableNoYes 1U
Management Interface
External Device Support
Power Supply Redundancy and FailoverNoUnifi SmartPower RPS (USP-RPS)
LTE Failover RedundancyNoUniFi LTE
ThroughputDPI with IDS/IPS: 850 mbps throughputDPI with IDS/IPS: 3.5 Gbps
DPI w/o IDS/IPS: 8 Gbps
Product Support
Warranty2 years when purchased from UBIQUITI’S Webstores
1 year when purchased from an authorized UBIQUITI distributor or reseller
2 years when purchased from UBIQUITI’S Webstores
1 year when purchased from an authorized UBIQUITI distributor or reseller


Here’s a quick summary of what the UDM-SE adds over the UDM-Pro:

  1. UDM-SE has a managed PoE switch whereas the Pro only has a managed switch.
  2. UDM-SE has a 2.5GbE WAN port whereas the Pro only has a 1Gbps WAN port.
  3. UDM-SE has an integrated 128 GB M.2 SSD whereas the Pro doesn’t.
  4. UDM-SE has an RPS indicator light for the Redundant Power Supply (RPS) but Pro doesn’t.
  5. UDM-SE has a physical lock to secure the power cord whereas the Pro doesn’t.
  6. UDM-SE is more expensive than the Pro – check the latest prices below.

So clearly if you want any of the above features, go for the UDM-SE instead of the UDM.


The UDM is a powerful and feature-packed all-in-one Wi-Fi router & security gateway that has advanced features like port isolation, VLANs, and central management of additional Unifi Wi-Fi access points in your home or office. So think of it as a straight replacement for a trafitional Wi-Fi router from your ISP or Asus/Linksys/Netgear etc.

If you dont need the extra hardware and software features of the UDM-Pro or UDM-SE, the standard UDM should be fine.

But do think about the downside of an all-in-one device: the UDM suffers from the risk of the entire unit being useless if one of its sub-components fail.

So wherever possible, I recommend building your system from discrete parts such as the UDM-SE + Unifi 6 Access Points rather than one single device like the UDM that becomes totally useless if one of its key components fail.

Let me know what you think and please feel free to ask any questions or doubts you have!

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Daniel Ross

Daniel Ross

I am Daniel and VueVille is where I document my DIY smart home journey. I focus on 100% local-processing and local-storage because that’s the only way to secure my family’s safety and privacy. Oh and I don’t like monthly subscriptions!

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