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EnGenius ENS200 Long Range Wireless 11N Outdoor AP

  • Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Ethernet Port
  • 2.412GHz - 2.472GHz
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Timothy M.
  • 7/23/2014 7:43:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy install, great range

Cons: Small keyhooks for mounting made it hard to mount to brick.

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5 out of 5 eggsGets it done

Pros: This is proving to be a great timesaver, eliminating the need to run cabling, powerline adapters, and/or multiple repeaters to cover a large (1,000ft.) area. I had tried, with varying success, these other methods, but this device is proving to be more reliable, more effective, and obviously, much simpler.

The ENS200 can run in several modes, the most powerful of which apparently is where two units communicate in bridge mode. I simply used it as an access point, connected to my router by a cable, sending a signal to various consumer grade receivers, and it worked great.

For starters, I was able to *easily* mount this at the top of my roof, and when it comes to Wi-Fi, higher is generally better. Then, from what I read, the output of this is considerably higher than typical consumer grade routers. The result: one ENS200 can replace a number of typical WDS units.

As noted in other reviews, though these are designed to be directional, the sheer strength of the signal causes it to be somewhat omnidirectional as well. I pick up signal throughout my house, even though the unit is on the roof pointing away from the house. But its main purpose is to transverse distance – to broadcast a signal to a remote building or surveillance camera, for instance – and this is where it really shines.

I can't comment on a reviewer's experience of being unable to set this up in WDS mode, as I didn't try. But setup as a wired access point was pretty painless. As others have noted, one must remember to "save and apply" settings after changing anything in the configuration. Aside from that, the setup seems as simple (and as difficult) as any typical router configuration. I didn't have to contact Tech Support, which for me is an accomplishment.

Cons: I wouldn't mind if there was an "idiot mode" in the configuration, for us non-IT professionals. (Dream on.)

Other Thoughts: Yes, I definitely had to read the manual, and there definitely is one – an 86 page PDF – online. It would be nice if the Newegg "Manufacture Product Page" link would actually link to the product page, so that people could more easily find this essential information, but if you go to the EnGenius site, and look under "business: outdoor access points" you'll find it.

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4 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: I really like the physical look of this device. The manufacturer did a good job of making it look clean and industrial so it doesn't stand out. The lights are on the back, the cord plugs in the bottom and is mostly hidden from view, and it has mounting holes on the back (with included card to make it easy to lay out your screws!) I will admit that I was a little surprised at the size; the pictures on Newegg make it look like its tiny.

Currently, I am using it strictly as an outdoor access point rather than as a bridge as I only have one of them. Once I got it set up (see below) it has worked great since, with over a month of continuous use without a single problem. Straight-line range seems to be pretty good, though it is tough for me to verify since I'm mostly using it to beam wifi out to my garage which is only about 50 feet from the device max. However, I can go to all corners of my back yard and still have enough signal to stream music when mowing the lawn.

The device comes with a power-over-ethernet injector that makes it so you only have to run a single cord to the AP. They could have made the power cord longer; however it is really nice to have in the first place.

Cons: As others have noted, the setup wasn't fantastic. The firmware looks like it is a few years out of date compared to a new router, many of which come with very user-friends GUIs. The directions were pretty easy to follow, but even after hitting the apply button on each page (which temporarily saves your settings), I didn't realize you had to go to a separate menu and hit another save button to lock in all your settings. This seems like a major pain to me and it caused me a HUGE headache.

I opted to set this device up as an AP with its own SSID so that I could easily force my phone/laptop to connect to it when my router's signal was low. It seems the device actually sends a pretty strong signal out the back of the unit as my phone always wants to connect to it while in my house.

As expected for the device, it is very directional - stepping outside of a line drawn perpendicular to the face yields significantly higher ping times and lower speeds. However, it isnt really designed to be a wide-area access point, so I can't fault it for that.

Other Thoughts: For the price, this isn't a bad device, but if you just want to use it as an access point, you're probably better buying a cheap router and setting it up as such.

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2 out of 5 eggsDevice has potential but the firmware is unimpressive

Pros: Can be used as an access point, a wireless bridge or even a fully-fledged router.
Came with the latest firmware right out of the box
Wireless performance was slightly worse than my Linksys EA6700 which is decent
Has nice diagnostic settings like ping and trace router

Wireless-N (5 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -33 dBm
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 16 ms, Read = 48.76 Mbps, Write = 5.84 Mbps

Wireless-N (50 Feet)
• Signal Strength: -60 dBm
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 19 ms, Read = 11.48 Mbps, Write = 4.25 Mbps

Power Consumption (This Device)
Idle: 2.9 Watts
Load: 5.6 Watts (Speed Test)

Power Consumption (Average Performance N Router)
Idle: 3.7 Watts
Load: 6.8 Watts (Speed Test)

Cons: Not the easiest device to set up if you are not a serious networking user. I had so much trouble just trying to get this thing to get an Internet connection. I would get it working as an access point and once I would restart it, I could connect to it but it always lost its Internet concoction. Constantly having to reset it or change its mode from access point to router and back again in order to get it to work.

No instructions on how to use this thing. Only came with the bare essentials and online the instructions don’t offer much more information on how to use this thing.

Never got it to work as a wireless extender as it refused to get an Internet connection from my router but if I hooked it up via an Ethernet than it occasionally worked as stated above.

Takes about a minute to apply any setting changes which is kind of slow
Only 150 Mbps Wireless-N, 300 Mbps would be better
Frequently froze while trying to use the menu to change settings on it.

Other Thoughts: In sum, I like what this device is supposed to do but I am dissatisfied with as others have stated the delivery because it isn’t very good. I am by no means a network expert but I do know a decent amount and this thing was a pain so I don’t expect or recommend an average user to even consider this. Especially since there are plenty of good access points that actually work, are better supported and are a lot easier to use and setup than this device.

Server and Internet Speed Full Capacity: Wired Connection (1000 Mbps)
• Internet Speed Test: Ping =16 ms, Read = 112.82 Mbps, Write = 5.85 Mbps

*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.

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4 out of 5 eggsConcept good, delivery needs work

Pros: The EnGenius ENS200 is a very interesting device. It took me a while to figure out the menus and how to set it up as there are no instruction manuals that come with it and I could not find anything on the internet either. There is a tiny pamphlet that comes in the box that helps you do the initial setup which works flawlessly. The first thing you will need to do is what are you going to use the device for and to do that you need to select “Operational Mode” on the left hand menu and then choose which mode you want. After you do that and Apply the changes give the device about two minutes and then refresh your browser as the menu options will change.

Here are some things that I got work

Access Point: I was able to get this device to work as an access point for my network. I did increase the power of the antenna as well but I could not see any range difference between this device and my existing wireless router (Linksys EA6700). They both had the same range which was surprising! The Access Point did work flawlessly but requires an actual network connection into the device.

WDS Access Point: I was able to get this working, what it did was connect (wirelessly) to the EA6700 and expanded my network via its built in RJ45 connector. I was hoping it would also act as a wireless extender but that did not work.

Cons: I kept trying to find a way to extend the network further out and I could not get it to work. I also tried using other WDS settings but for some reason the Wireless Link back to the EA6700 would not connect even though I entered all the proper information.

No instructions at all available, you have to figure it all on your own. It took me 2 days just to realize that changes I was making are not saved until I choose the first menu option on the left hand side and once that is open you need to choose “Save & Apply”.

All of these great features but no way to extend an existing wireless network. Why (makes no sense)?

Other Thoughts: There is now way for me to test all the neat things this device can do in just a few days. It has a bunch of potential and I was only able to get about 30% of what it is supposed to do working. If their instruction manual existed and covered some of the most common “How To” setups it would have saved me several days’ worth of headaches and would have made this from a bad experience to a great experience! Despite the Cons I mentioned it is a good device once you get comfortable with the menus and I know it is capable of doing much more than what I have done with it so far.

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  • David K.
  • 6/16/2014 4:32:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Outdoor Range Extender

Pros: First of all, price. The performance you get out of this model is very impressive for what you pay. The ENS200 is the first model in a series of outdoor range extenders, but I've looked at the specs on all of them and the features don't vary greatly. This model is 2.4 Ghz band only with up to 150 Mb/sec bandwidth total. It has 7 MIMI, multiple in multiple out, antennas. So it should hold up to a lot of connections. I certainly haven't been able to max it out on connections and I've got at least 20 accessing it, not all at the same time, but I haven't had any trouble yet. Of course my network usually doesn't require a lot of bandwidth, mostly just for record keeping and occasional online training and a bit of web surfing.
It's rated as weatherproof. It has an IP rating of IP65. The first number being its resistance to dust. With ratings from 0-6, 0 being none and 6 being totally dust tight. And the second number its resistance to water. With ratings from 0-8, zero being none and 8 being fully submersible. This one being rated 6, is rated to withstand water jets from a nozzle being sprayed at it from any angle with no harmful effects. That is pretty darn impressive. No dust penetration and virtually 0% chance of any water penetration. The ENS200 is also rated for temperatures from -4F to 158F and a humidity level of 90%.
Setting it up and accessing it is easy as can be. And the power over Ethernet feature is awesome. It also comes with an adapter, but why use that when you can use power over Ethernet? It's very convenient. It's just a basic adapter. Plug your Ethernet into the adapter, get power to the adapter and it carries the power to your device via Ethernet. Easy.
The range on this extender is very impressive, especially for the price. Of course it will depend on where you mount it and how high it is off of the ground. I can get at least 1/4 mile of coverage. But that's all of my property. Beyond that I don't really know. I did have a bit of trouble with it at first, because my building has sheet metal siding, the signal wasn't penetrating very well, but I raised it up to the roof level and it was fine after that.
The unit is well designed. It's quite small so mounting it shouldn't be a problem.
Engenius has amazing customer support. I was checking out their website to see what other features their better models have and one of their customer service reps popped up on screen and asked if I needed any help. With no action from me, they offered to see if I needed anything. That is very impressive for a website.

Cons: My main concern is it's only rated to be operational down to -4F. Here in northern Pennsylvania I had temperatures as low as -20F this winter so I have some concerns about how well it will perform on those extremely cold nights. So, I took one egg off for that, but it may be unfounded.
For example, my car has hose going from the radiator to the throttle body to keep the butterfly in the throttle body from getting stuck in the extreme cold, but I removed that hose to improve performance and I haven't had any trouble with it, even at -20F. So, sometimes manufacturers are a little conservative on paper and in practice. It may or may not be founded.

Other Thoughts: I checked into firmware updates. The model I got had the latest firmware available. And no trouble here. So as of right now, no need to update.
Those better models I mentioned, the features they offer aren't really necessary for the majority of people. 5 Ghz band, 300 Mb/sec bandwidth, more range, number of available connections. The bandwidth would be nice, but for most common users, this one should suffice just fine.

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5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: The product is packaged in an incredibly safe manner that makes it virtually impossible for the shipper to destroy it. It also re-packages nicely for later transport or storage. I also like the overall look of the device itself when mounted on a building as well as the packaging in case it were to be resold retail. The PoE injector looked solid and worked well too. I’ve also never had any problems or disappointments with any outdoor Engenius products, even over time.

I’m not a network specialist but I have years of experience configuration wireless networks and I found the setup to be logical and uncomplicated. I didn’t find it too hand-holding like some lower end residential equipment either.

During testing, I found that unless there is a very specific type of interfering material like sheet metal, vehicles, or hills, coverage was consistent. If mounted at a high height, coverage shouldn’t be a problem.

It seemed to not have a high volume of dropped packets at 1000ft and I couldn’t really test farther than that due to building layout. The signal strength never dropped below an acceptable level on all devices that I tested and none disconnected.

Putting high volumes of FTP and Torrent data through it did not cause it to lock up or overload, overheat, or anything else detrimental.

Cons: I felt like the chassis might be badly damaged by hail but obviously couldn’t test that so I don’t know if it is actually more resilient than I think. No amount of wind would damage it in my opinion though.

Also, not specific to this device, all outdoor to indoor mounts can rip cables apart due to temperature differences during winter temperatures. If you live in a place that gets very cold, keep that in mind if this is supposed to be a permanent 24/7/365 installation that needs high uptime. You may want to double run your cables so you can quickly swap them out without tearing apart your walls and ceiling in case of emergency. The placement of the PoE injector is very important with that consideration in mind so you should have the shortest possible distance between the injector and the device as possible.

Other Thoughts: This device didn’t require a high amount of ultra advanced settings to be configured like some other corporate gear. That may be seen as a negative but I saw most of the advanced settings I would be interested were available for changing, they just didn’t require me to set them in the first place. I think that is the ideal way to design a product like this.

Also, keep in mind that this device seemed a little touchy about where I placed it when the building was made out of solid steel. That applies to almost all network gear but there are some better back-shielded devices than this one. I had trouble with echoing/double packets, high pings, and high packet loss when I mounted it certain specific ways against the metal. If you can put it above the walls instead like against wood or shingles, that would be much more ideal though harder to do.

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5 out of 5 eggsVery nice,simple and good looks

Pros: Nice looking, easy set up and options on these and you can even set them to be bridged.

Cons: none,none / I at 1st was bothered that the diagnostic lights were on the back but then realized I didn't have to look at lights all the time so it's a plus.

Other Thoughts: I Received these as an Eggxpert reviewer and having worked in the industry setting up rural areas for internet using this method I thought perfect for me to test. 1st off they are much more professional looking than the commercial equipment we use and in as much I never used that equipment on my offices and with these I could do it with a touch of class. I could get into specs and technical but the fact is this worked and worked well and easier than the gear we used in the field, not being use to a gui menu on any of this type after I stopped looked and read and observed it was a breeze to set up in a couple of different configurations and realized by adding to it by purchase of another I could extend these great distances.
I was able to pass through air traffic un passable by my normal "top dollar routers" to the back of a corridor and have very fast communication.
I really thought I would be under impressed by these because of the "professional" ones we use and it turns out it makes me un impressed with ours. to be fair ours are intended for going miles and miles and miles but the fact remains is these are swesome and not bad looking.
If you are new to this stuff you will just need to follow steps and take your time and then it will all come together and you will be saying the same thing all of us are.

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  • Max F.
  • 6/2/2014 3:10:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOver 1500FT No PROBLEM!

Pros: I can't get over how well this product works... Much better then others out there... Two LARGE metal buildings (warehouse) over 1500 apart and two of these AP worked FLAWLESSLY! Easy to setup, nice minal packaging as well. Good weather proof design as well. Decent PoE injector, I like how you can wall mount it with 2 screws, nice touch...

Cons: You'll want to make sure that you know a little bit about networking, make sure that you put in the MAC address of each unit into the other to get them to link. I think that is where some people might get confused. I've heard that Engenius has good support, don't know, didn't need to call...

Other Thoughts: Read above to get them to link, would be nice if there was a section in the GUI that would show maybe a signal strenght, out of 100% or something... That would be nice, but other than that, I'm going to purchase more of them... VERY handy if you need to stick your network far away, or at least far enough away that it would cost too much to run a cable... Buy two of these, set them to bridge mode, with each of their MAC addresses and you'll be golden. I'm telling you, these things work great. I'm an EggExpert reviewer and NewEgg didn't send me these... I wish they did, I'd like to test out some more Engenius stuff... If all their hardware is this good and works this easy, I'll be buying more for sure!

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  • Jeremy H.
  • 3/12/2014 10:31:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent WDS Solution

Pros: Clean, contemporary design. Clients look for a clean and professional appearance. Geeks not so much. These devicess mount and look great sitting next to a keystone panel with an Ethernet port with PoE on it. No unsightly power brick, just a simple cat5 patch cable neatly coiled.

The interface (GUI) is fairly easy to understand. Once you realize that whenever you change the basic role of the device, the options change to coincide with that.

Cons: The data and connectivity LEDs are positioned on the rear. Once the unit is mounted, one cannot see these diagnostic LEDs. It would be nice to have a panel to pop open on the front or side for the sake of viewing this data.

Other Thoughts: I setup a pair of these in WDS Access Point mode and WDS Station mode to serve a detached building with a security camera. The remote unit is mounted high up on the inside, facing a 2x8 beam and an outside wall. The main unit is positioned (temporarily) in the middle of the building, in the basement level. I am able to get 90-120Mbps throughput as well as a clean, reliable link. I ran a speed test from the remote site and was able to achieve 90+% of my ISPs speed. I assume 10% loss is due to the overhead of the wireless link.

I was so happy with the performance of these radios that I used a pair of these at a client's office, where a hardline connection would not be cost effective, due to concrete floor/walls. This solution provided my client with a hardwire port for a hosted VoIP phone and a laptop, via a simple 5 port switch.

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