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EnGenius ECB350 High Power (29 dBm) Wireless-N and Gigabit AP/CB/WDS/Repeater with Network Management Software

  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Ethernet Port
  • 2.4GHz - 2.484GHz
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • RICHARD C.
  • 7/17/2014 10:56:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Device I've Ever Had

Pros: Small
Light
Supports PoE
Easily Mounted
Has a lot of features

Cons: I purchased 3 of them, 2 for my internal corporate network and 1 for use as a guest network for non corporate devices.

Where to begin:
The two I set up internally worked great for about 3 or 4 months (as did the guest one) Then I started noticing some issues, people would remain connected but traffic would not be routed properly, the only way to resolve it was to have the user disconnect/reconnect to wireless or to power cycle the devices. It happened maybe once a month, so I ignored it and scheduled a reboot every 24 hours on the devices (built in function - does not work) Then slowly it became twice a month twice a week, every day, every few hours (oddly the guest one still functions perfectly to this day) I replaced them with cisco devices thinking maybe its just too much load for them (30 ish machines pushing a lot of data around).

I couldn't even get wpa2 with radius functioning (was able to get this up on the cisco devices in about 30 mins)

I took them home and set them up, they barely function as end user wireless devices.

Other Thoughts: These things are garbage, they function poorly, do not perform well, and sadly, were a waste of money. This is unfortunate, because they have tons of features.

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  • Aaron C.
  • 7/7/2014 8:36:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsECB 350

Pros: As stable as i remember most senao gear being, its used by the highway department extensively down here.

Cons: web interface isnt really for the beginner.

Other Thoughts: good little device

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Range!

Pros: The range is great. It reached every corner of our property and started to lose strength in the neighbor across the streets back yard. I turned around and came back home at that point. So it makes a great AP that covers a large area.
It looks good, I like how you can shut the LEDs off once you got it up and running, and I like the PoE so you don’t have to use yet another plug if you got the ability to send PoE.
I like the Traffic Shaping option in the Wireless Advanced Settings. It is a great option for those with limited bandwidth. Make an SSID and passphrase, limit it to 10 percent and make another for yourself and put it at 90%. Enjoy streaming your videos!

My old router setup as an AP did not give me coverage in our sheds near the back of our property and having a laptop or tablet down there is a great commodity when you need the internet to look for help on something. I was really excited to hear this offered twice the range. (Or more, because it took me all the way to the neighbors across the streets backyard to lose a bar on my iPod! That was only through one wall though, so that may have helped.)

Cons: Not easy to setup. It’s about as difficult as setting up a spare router as an access point. Everything was going great for the first week, but I had the same “Great Signal, No Internet” problem someone else had mentioned. I went to the Schedule setting and made an event to reboot everyday at five in the morning. (I hope, I assume it would use Military Time since it didn’t have AM or PM). Hopefully that will prevent any loss of internet from happening in the future!
I hate how I have to put it on a PC, change the network adaptor to 192.168.1.21 and enter the subnet mask just to get into the configuration. I really don’t want this thing acting as a router (AP Router is a must for remote access) because I want my router that supports the 5GHz band and the new AC standards. I get 30Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 80Mbps on the 5GHz band. (100-110 if I’m in the same room as the router)

The device was designed for professionals. There isn’t any education in the settings, no tips on which setup does what, which would best suit your needs, and such. If you don’t know if you want a Client Bridge, AP, AP Router, Client Router, Repeater or WDS AP, WDS Bridge, or WDS Station, this won’t help you to determine what you want or need. You’ll have to research each function and weigh the pro’s and con’s of each and go from there. I just wanted a good signal down in the shed so when I’m working on something and need the internet for help, I can use my tablet down there and not have to drop what I’m in the middle of and run up toward the house. I choose to use this as an access point with the same SSID and Passphrase so I wouldn’t have to do anything special.

Other Thoughts: The management software (For when you have more than one of these setup in a network) looks pretty slick, but it is useless if you only have one of these. I held off as long as I could to really test this, because I’m not at all impressed with ease of use. I am really impressed with the distance and performance. (Providing the scheduled reboot daily prevents future malfunctions of “great signal, no internet” that we got a week after running. It may have very well been caused by setting the IP settings to Auto instead of trying to figure out what I should put in and possibly reserving that IP in my router.)

A little more work into this product and it would be a great grab for end users who want better signal all over their property! A setup wizard couldn’t hurt, and setting tips and uses would be really awesome! I understand this is meant for professionals and to use in commercial applications, but why not cater to the millions of other potential customers as well? These two tips would probably cut down the need for customer support too! If a setup wizard suggested a daily reboot since I’m using Auto for my IP Settings, I wouldn’t have ever seen a problem with this device. (Hope I won’t down the road)

I also understand the Save/Reload part of this GUI as if you had to watch that reboot happen each time you changed one little thing, it would make you hate it. However, with all the reviews I’ve read, don’t you think that everyone is onto something here? A message box letting users know their settings have been accepted, but need to be applied to complete the process could go a long way! Thanks to the previous reviews, I set out to look for what they were talking about and even THEN it took me a bit of looking to see it up there under Status . Save/Reload:

Given a choice, I would probably want their better model that supports the 5GHz band since I get better speeds, but with the wireless AC standard taking a hold, I’ll just use this for now.

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  • Patrik J.
  • 1/16/2014 8:11:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock solid

Pros: Range has been great, and it's never dropped out. This is how wireless should work.

Cons: Can't think of any.

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  • Stan B.
  • 1/9/2014 12:46:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful, nice admin interface

Pros: High powered
Good antennas
Fast and clean admin web interface
Command line admin interface available
SSID to VLAN mapping to segregate guest traffic

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: As an IT consultant, I have deployed a number of these access points at clients and they perform very well. The signal is strong and seemingly resilient against interference as I've had success using these where other access points had strong signal, but poor link quality.

I also use one of these at home and, with it mounted in the basement, it covers the second story and detached garage with ease.

The web interface is clean, very quick and intuitively laid out. It batches changes together so, instead of waiting for the device to restart after each change, I am able to make several changes and then apply them all at once.

The SSID to VLAN mapping is a neat feature that would allow a segmented WiFi network so that one could, for instance, isolate guest traffic from the production network. It also allows for different encryption on different SSIDs so if you have a legacy device that doesn't support WPA2, you can isolate it on a WPA or WEP enabled SSID/VLAN.

It also has a telnet command line interface for admin functions which is a nice option to have for scripting setups for multiple units. Also, it's nerdy! :)

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  • Mike M.
  • 1/3/2014 2:41:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood unit, no failures out of 2

Pros: I bought one of these for our school to cover a large area and host many connections. I needed reliability! We have students with phones and laptops and they all want internet access so the unit has to be capable of doing all of these connections simultaneously. This one did and does. It is hanging high on a wall, powered by POE and has not skipped a beat since I put it up there. Thank goodness! I am rarely there. I guess it gets hot up there in the winter with the heat on but it just keeps on going.

So I got another one. Am using it at home/office. It is a backup in case I need to replace the one at the school. So far, I have not had to replace or even maintain the one at the school or at home. They just don't die and do everything I need.

The price has dropped a little bit. Now only a few dollars over a "home" type unit with all the problems I am reading that they have with dropped connections.

This unit is highly recommended. Twice. Once for each one I have.

Cons: The only minor thing I can say that is with the high-gain antenna, it can top over if not on a completely flat surface.

Other Thoughts: If I need another one, I would buy another Engenius WAP.

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  • Drew J.
  • 11/6/2013 11:39:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat wirelss brige

Pros: Very good signal from an AP in a home next door that is difficult to receive. Solid connection for 1 month now. It replaced a previous Engenius product that worked well for two years. the ECB350 has a signal of -65dbi compared to the previous -78dbi. It connects at 104 mbs and hasn't dropped once

Cons: It took a while to realize that I had to save some settings in three places to have them take effect. Easy setup other than that.

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  • Frank D.
  • 9/14/2013 8:09:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood choice

Pros: Fast, works well, great range. Wireless I get about 40 Mb/s download speed now.

Cons: more expensive than some, but you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: Odd, the installation instructions explain how to connect the cables, but don't mention connecting the antennas! It's easy.

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  • Kevin L.
  • 9/14/2013 7:24:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWhy no Mac OS print client?

Pros: The setup wizard made it the quickest set up I have ever experienced. All of my PC's, and Mac products connected right away. You'd think this is a no brainer, but I have just returned the EnGenius ECB350 because only some would connect while others won't.

Cons: With 6 antennas, you'd think the range would be really great. The reality is it's better than the old TPLink I am replacing, but my IPhone 5 still loses signal from just 2 rooms away. Using an online speedtest, the download speed was slightly slower than the older TPLink AP. Since I have both AP online, I repeated switched between them, and saw the speed is always faster on the old one...weird.

But, the worst disappointment was, my Mac kept on losing connection to my wireless printer, so when I saw that the Archer 7 can act as a print server, I jumped on it. But, when I went to their website, I noticed the print client is not available for the Mac OS. It's available for other wireless models, but even those are only Beta versions. I emailed customer support as I thought they were good since I saw them responded to some reviews on here. To my surprise, it has been 2 days, and I have gotten no response from them. So, if a TPLink rep still lurking around here, please let me know when the print client will be available for the Mac OS...a real version instead of just the Beta version that can crash all the time.

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  • Frank F.
  • 6/6/2013 9:18:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid AP

Pros: - Solid connection
- Rebootless performance now for months
- Friendly and easy-to-navigate web interface
- PoE is very convenient and works well

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Have this unit setup as a repeater in a house one floor below the main wireless router. Very thick walls and floors and the signal penetrates through all with relative ease. The only unit I have to compare this to previously is an Asus RT-N12 rev A running DD-WRT, which worked and had a good signal but was flaky, so I resolved to go back to a factory firmware and I'm glad I chose enGenius. Very nice product.

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