Hey, UniFi, why Java? Or “The Best way to destroy customer trust”

I am using at home Unifi to extend my WiFi through two access points.

I am writing this post as a user who paid good money for these devices and feels betraid and left alone in the dark by Unifi.

While installing the Unifi Controller on  new machine, I am prompted to install Java.

I am forwarded on this page: https://www.java.com/en/download/win10.jsp



Of course, I know that Oracle changed licensing. Yes, this is supposed to be free for personal use. But I don’t like to support this concept, as I personally think that Java should be free for all.

So, I tried to install OpenJDK, which is free to use for everybody: https://jdk.java.net/java-se-ri/14

And here started the problems: there is just a ZIP archive on that website.

Sooooo, then I googled which environment variables are installed and I set all of them manually. That is a challenge itself, as the OJDK doesn’t seem to come with the required JAR files.

Unfortunately, the Unifi Controller refuses to detect the OpenJDK.

Then I started to google again on how to use Unifi with OpenJDK: Here

As I was assuming, a lot of people are asking the very same thing.

It appears that this is working on Linux, but I could not find any post where somebody said how to make it work with OpenJDK on Windows.

After long searching, I found a post, which promises to explain how to use 3rd party Java implementations: Here

However, my patience was gone I have installed standard Java from Oracle. 🙁


@Unifi: get your software independent of Java or provide a completely hussle free solution to use OpenJDK.



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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .