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EnGenius EAP300 Business Class Indoor High-power Long-range 800mW Wireless-N Access Point/WDS Bridge/WDS AP with Smoke Detector Housing & 802.3af PoE Support

  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Ethernet Port
  • 2.4GHz - 2.484GHz
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  • newegg HIGH-POWER, LONG-RANGE WI-FI Up to 29dBm RF Tx power provides greater Wi-Fi coverage over mainstream competitors.
  • newegg WIRELESS-N 6X SPEED OVER 802.11G NETWORKS The EAP300 delivers up to 6x faster speed than 802.11g, providing maximum date rate up to 300Mbps with 802.11N MIMO Technology.
  • newegg AESTHETIC DESIGN “Smoke Detector” Design – Unobtrusive design supports easy mountable to wall and ceiling (accessories included).
  • newegg Multiple BSSID & SSID TO VLAN MAPPING The EAP300 supports up to 4 BSSIDs with blocking SSID broadcast and wireless encryption 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2. Plus, it supports 802.1q mapping of SSIDs up to 4 VLANs.
  • newegg 802.3af PoE Compatible The EAP300 supports Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) and allows deployment in areas where power outlets are not available.
  • newegg INTEGRATED ANTENNA The EAP300 includes an internal 5dBi antenna with optimized configuration and RF performance.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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4 out of 5 eggsNot too shabby

Pros: The first two pros i want to point out are first, the field in which this data can be transmitted is absolutely massive. I live on a property with a lot of good land which is used at all times, which means I could need access to something back home at any given moment. Secondly, the setup was swift and easy. There were some extra steps and a ton of extra customizations you could use, but for an any day simple access point setter upper, most of the time that extras stuff isn't touched. You plug the device in, you go to the address on a computer, and it's a few button clicks away from being done.

Other than those big pros, I also want to comment on the design. In my opinion it's amazing. I love the feel of it as it feels very sturdy, I love the lights, and it does in fact look like a smoke detector, which fades in to the rafters, never to be dealt with again.

Cons: Now I know it's going to be weird because I just mentioned how easy it was to set this thing up, but thats for people without an existing router setup, which could be a small amount of people. My problem was that since NetGear, my router manufacturer, used the same site address for hardware setup, I had to actually unplug or turn off the router in order to access the access point for the first time, otherwise it would never have gotten setup for first use.

Lastly, the cost of this thing is too high. I understand this thing goes the distance, but it sends 300mbs... Thats nothing, especially for a business quality access point. What happens if multiple people are accessing at the same time? Which in a business environment that most definitely will happen.

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4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad PoE AP

Pros: This device can be powered by the included AC adapter, or by a PoE switch, which makes life much easier. Ethernet jack supports shielded cable, andin the box is a UTP patch cable for easy hookup. Status LEDs for power, Ethernet traffic & WiFi traffic are nice, and can be completely turned off (although see cons for LEDs). Supports VLANs, up to 8 SSIDs, traffic shaping, and the ability to kickban clients. Advanced settings let you use as an AP, WDS or Repeater. Wireless range is great and connections are stable.

Cons: Bright blue status LEDs are extremely tacky. Disabling the LEDs completely does exactly that, you're suddenly unable to tell if the device is even powered on. AP is unable to be centrally managed, only being able to be managed through the webface. Doesn't support flashing to different firmware unlike other units. Ethernet port should really be gigabit.

Other Thoughts: Would've liked to see different colored status LEDs for each function, and anything other than blue. Compared to the devices I run at home and work that are around the same price point, this seems more of a home-use than a business product. 3rd party firmware support would've been a huge plus, but you can't ask for everything.

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4 out of 5 eggsAccess point

Pros: POE Make it nice to deploy away from data closet.
Support up to 4 vlans
easy to setup.
good distance, covered more than just my office. Had net access 2 floors down.
Stable access point for was able to set it up and forget about it.

Cons: smoke detectors use flashing red LED not constant on blue. (Yes you can turn them off).
Size if smoke detectors are about 30% smaller.

Other Thoughts: You are able to place in the office and have it overlooked by some, since it looks like a smoke detector (blue LED give it away as something else) . Hiding it in public hall ways or stairwells work for giving access across the office.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Range, not all that inconspicuous

Pros: Decent link speeds
Can be set up as an Access Point, WDS or Repeater
PoE
Great range
Supports VLANs

Cons: Extremely bright LEDs, at least you can turn off
Setup is more involved than it should be
Cable that comes with it is 18” long, really?
Not as inconspicuous as it seems

Other Thoughts: This smoke detector look-a-like wireless access point (WAP) from EnGenius is an interesting piece. The idea seems to be for it to look like a smoke detector so it will blend in and so people won’t mess with it. It does have a nice look, but out of the box is not all that inconspicuous. It is much thicker than a smoke detector and most smoke detectors I’ve seen don’t have clearly marked activity lights for power, and wireless/wired activity. Those indicator lights are extremely bright, although they may be turned off in the firmware. Also, hopefully the user will have an actual smoke detector nearby, which would probably make people wonder why a second, bigger one is around. I’m not privy to smoke detector technology but if possible, think it would have been a really neat feature for EnGenius to simply incorporate an actual smoke detector into this device, then you “kill two birds with one stone” and never have to replace your smoke detector batteries. Just a thought.

In the box is the WAP, ceiling mount hardware (including screws and drywall anchors!), wall wart power adapter, a very short and seemingly useless network cable, quick install manual, and full sized CD.

Initial setup was a little more involved than it should be. You’re unable to set this guy up via wifi, and you also have to set a static IP address so you’re on the proper subnet. I’ve never set up a WAP where that was necessary.

I’m a little confused on the firmware for this device, as the device I received has version 1.5.1 (and is v1 of the hardware), and yet the downloadable firmware on the EnGenius website is version 1.4.4. So I’m assuming I have the latest firmware. The menus were easy to navigate and settings pretty straight forward.

The speeds on this guy and range were great. I was able to get triple digit link speeds at 100ft through a wall and down a floor. So set up in its intended configuration (mounted on a ceiling), it should serve a business extremely well. The power over ethernet ability also makes this much simpler to install for a business.

Overall this WAP from EnGenius is a great device and serves its purpose well. $86 at the time of this writing seems like a great price in comparison to other similar devices, although it is larger and more obtrusive than other similar devices and does not feature wireless ac (you’ll have to step up to an order-of-magnitude more expensive device to get ac from EnGenius).

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4 out of 5 eggsNot the best, not the worst.

Pros: - Smoke detector-like style is definitely appropriate for a business setting.
- Impressive set of features, which is expected if this device is to be the wireless backbone of a populated network. WDS mode, client mode, AP mode.
- PoE compliant.
- Ethernet port is expected but beneficial if you wanted to link up a switch if need be or use the PoE.
- Can disable ALL LEDs. Otherwise this unit is a bright blue color. Disabling all the LEDs makes it so there are not lights at all.. you cannot even tell if the unit is on or not.
- Intuitive interface that is mostly simple to use with one exception mentioned in OTs.
- Unboxing the unit included the basic necessities including mounting screws to secure the two-piece bracket so you can easily remove and replace the device.

Cons: I would definitely expect there to be gigabit ethernet port (at least.) This isn’t really a con in smaller networks. But I imagine that these devices on larger networks, being N300 devices, could experience some overhead if there is a larger user base or heavy bandwidth consumption. A gigabit copper backbone would avoid saturation. A 300Mbps signal halved and slowed by numerous WDS hops (and signal noise in between, packet error correction, etc.) can drop from that theoretical top speed to 2 or 1Mbps easily.

Also it was a bit buggy with working together on my network. Everything connected well with wireless security disabled but for some reason it would not connect for WPA or WPA2.

Other Thoughts: Tip: If you’re one to skip reading the manual then you’ll probably want to know that you have to manually enter a static IP address when setting the device up. In fact, the pdf of the manual is included on a disk. You should probably at least skim the contents…because DHCP is disabled by default and you should know that no changes take effect when you click to submit them. You also have to click “Save/Reload:#” in the top left of the navigation pane. If you do not, then it will read like your changes saved but they will not apply.

Being assigned only one unit, it’s a bit tough to test this out in a practical scenario, but overall this about as well as expected. On the software side, any tech admin or competent techie can set up an efficient, controlled EAP/WDS wifi network. I did not test EAP on this device but I tested WDS and Repeater modes. I wasn’t actually able to get it to work with any encryption. It’s likely an error on my part somewhere, I’m sure.

There is a command Line interface but it is VERY limited. Logs show it running Busybox 1.19.4 but when you connect via Telnet it never gives you shell access. It’s not a pro to have a CLI if you can’t create and run custom scripts or actually do something you can’t easily do on the web interface..

Over all this seems like a decent solution for a smaller network. It seems a little buggy in my testing but I also am using equipment different than Engenius’ brand (DD-WRT devices.) I'm not sure that I would value these at the current $100 price tag, however. I would recommend someone to explore other options in this range..

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  • Charles H.
  • 8/10/2014 10:51:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the money

Pros: The EAP300 is a good wireless access point for the price. It is simple to program and I have coverage a quarter mile radius from the access point. I have 2 of these in operation. One is a V1 and the other is a V2, If you are using more than one, make sure that you set the wireless channels away from one another.

Cons: I ordered my two at the same time on the same order. I received a V1 and a V2 of the hardware. The programming is a bit different on the different HW versions. The V2 keeps losing the WPA2 password in programming.

Other Thoughts: Two of the same HW version would have been preferred, but It was easy to figure out the differences in the programming.

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  • RAKESH P.
  • 6/13/2013 4:43:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat acces point

Pros: very happy with EnGenius i own hotel and i used this for building to building its work great thanks.

Cons: na

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  • Steve B.
  • 5/30/2013 2:26:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsThe good the bad and the ugly

Pros: - Definitely high power; our warehouse units reach as far 150 ft away through concrete walls. We've had to turn the power down on some units close to walls with adjoining tenants because of complaints our wireless network was overpowering theirs.

- Works in a pseudo-mesh arrangement with multiple WAPs for large area coverage.

- Easy to install on ceilings and walls (very unobtrusive).

- PoE works great with our lower end PoE switches (TrendNet, Netgear).

- Inexpensive for a business class router (you can get these for as low as $90/ea on sale or in bulk).

Cons: - Poor quality/longevity. We've experienced over 25% failure rate between 6 & 18 months. The ones under 12 months are covered by warranty but it's still annoying as many of these units are on 24' warehouse ceilings.

- The units sometimes "freeze" requiring a power cycle.

- Poor customer service. In all fairness I occasionally get a decent rep but most times I get a person that struggles with English and worse tries to feed me explanations I know are blatantly untrue.

- Apple devices don't seem to play well with these WAPs (or any of the other Engenius units I've tried). Often the Apple device will stop passing data even though it says connected and you have to disconnect/reconnect or in extreme cases restart the device. These same Apple products work flawlessly with Linksys and Ruckus WAPs so I have a hard time believing the problem is solely with the Apple hardware. Engenius reps I've talked to claim to not know about this problem or be able to reproduce it.

Other Thoughts: Over the last few years I have purchased about 60 of the Engenius PoE smoke detector style units for work and a couple other models for home (most recently the ESR750H). With the high failure rate we're no longer buying Engenius and instead are replacing them as they die with business WAPs from Ruckus (so far 0 failures and much more sophisticated but they're also more $$$).

On the home front, the ESR750H has been a huge disappointment. The 5GHz band is too unreliable to use (I have no idea if it's environmental, half-baked hardware, or what), the admin interface has timeout issues (an Engenius rep tried to convince me this was by design, as if), and the Apple connection issues are frustrating.

Your mileage may very but I'd be careful before buying Engenius products in general.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear MoTech,

We appreciate your time in posting your comments and feedback.

We understand your decision but we still hope to earn your business in the future. We take your feedback seriously and will keep it in mind as we continue to work in improving our products and customer support.

If you have any questions regarding Engenius and our products you may reach us through our number at 1-888-735-7888 or e-mail us at support@engeniustech.com. Our support team would be glad to be of service to you.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Mike
Engenius Customer Support Team

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  • Edward H.
  • 5/27/2013 7:44:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSubstandard PoE WAP

Pros: PoE

Cons: Wireless issues going across a 9' room! Streaming media (usually radio) would skip and cut out regularly.

Other Thoughts: Thought my ASA was doing something weird to streaming media at first but then I dusted off my old DIR-655 and set it up as a WAP. Wireless has been perfect since.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We appreciate your time in posting your comments and feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience.

We understand that you are having wireless connection issues with the EAP300. Perhaps the firmware needs to be upgraded to the latest version. We look forward to getting this issue straightened out right away.

Please allow us to do some troubleshooting with you. You may reach us through our number at 1-888-735-7888 or e-mail us at support@engeniustech.com. Our support team would be glad to be of service to you.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Mike
Engenius Customer Support Team

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  • James V.
  • 3/25/2013 8:59:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsConflicts with existing Engenius AP

Pros: Visually invisible because it looks like a smoke detector. The User interface is easy to understand.

Cons: Will not work well with another Engenius AP. I bought it to replace a linksys for aesthetic reasons. The wireless freezes if I have both Engenius on at the same time even with different channels, ssid's and of course I have different IP's.
No problem setting up with a netgear, Linksys and Engenious combo. Just 2 enGeniuss on the same network.

Other Thoughts: I tried upgrading the firmware but it did not improve things. I've spent hours trying to make it work but...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear jasv,

We appreciate your time in posting your comments and feedback. We are sorry to hear about your experience.

We understand that you have an unusual problem with the EAP300. If possible, please give us a call so we can direct your concern to our product management team. We look forward to getting this issue straightened out right away.

You may reach us through our number at 1-888-735-7888 or e-mail us at support@engeniustech.com. Our support team would be glad to be of service to you.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Mike
Engenius Customer Support Team

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