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EnGenius ENS202 Long-Range 2.4GHz Outdoor Wireless N300 Bridge/AP

  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 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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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Setup wasn’t bad at all. They include a POE Injector, for those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a power adapter you have near your router or switch that sends power over the ethernet since not enough power can be sent by router alone. So in speed testing this I used CAT6 and gigabit ports everything from PC to device. I copied large (over 1 GB) medium (2-4MB) and small (tens of thousands of tiny files) to and from a RAM drive to a RAM drive. This I tested it from about 6 feet away from the device, so you can’t expect to get faster speeds these these:
Large Files: 11.21MB/sec
Medium Files: 11.08MB/sec
Tiny files: 0.9MB/sec
Two things you will notice. While connected at Wireless N (300mbits) you can see that 100mbits is the bottleneck here. I bet you anything the wired port they put on the back is only a 100mbit port, not a gigabit port so that’s kinda stupid, but I’ve seen that a lot with these little devices. I don’t doubt it has a legitimate wireless N chip inside, but we all know it’s only as fast as the slowest component. The second thing you’ll note is it’s pretty awesome speeds copying medium sized files. Almost the same as large files, which is very impressive. I had to do the test a few more times in both directions to make sure. I would expect near half the speed of large files and have never seen anything so fast for medium files, albeit port limited. So hats off there. Now for range or distance, I had this mounted on the front of my house, and I went inside my neighbors brick house, about 130 feet away (NOT line of sight, about 40 degrees off). I could connect, but max speeds for large files were less than 1MB/sec. But that is some really impressive range. The antenna is certainly directional, but I still get a good signal in my house from behind the device, and to the sides. I would certainly consider this device, throwing this inside my house too, pointed inward so my whole house could get some wifi since this is a legitimately strong antenna.

Cons: 100mbit bottleneck, and no name Chinese are the only cons I can see for this device.But they get props for allowing it to be tested, and it tests well. That’s the only reason why I give it four stars. They include no Ethernet cables too, but that’s fine.

Other Thoughts: They put the default IP @ 192.168.1.1, but since half of routers have that as their default IP, and you’ve got the mess of POE injectors, they really should have put it somewhere, anywhere else. I had this outside over a month, in temperatures over 100 degrees F. It’s rock solid and fine. Who knows how it will hold up, but I am impressed and I am certainly going to keep this.

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3 out of 5 eggsWifi Bridge or Wifi Pier?

Pros: Works very well with nearly any existing LAN or WAN with an as expected slick web-based configuration interface. The product is very well self contained and is surviving on my back porch wall that gets hit by the sprinklers at nights. This product works very well as a WiFi range extender for outdoors, back yards, garages, etc...

Cons: The product description is very deceiving as one of the primary labeled features is "Outdoor Client Bridge/Access Point." Calling this product a WiFi bridge is like calling a pier a bridge. If the product came packaged in pairs (2 of these units are required to function as a Wifi bridge) then that would be different. Without a pair of these you are left with trying to bridge the distance with just your WiFi router and a receiver that can then populate a separate remote LAN with network access. Another problem is that you first must configure the product by directly plugging it in to your PC's wired connection. Launching the configuration web address with the device after simply connecting it to your LAN will not suffice.

Other Thoughts: Despite a dramatic gap between marketing terms and the actual available functionality the ENS202 works well as a WiFi extender and does so in a very discreet package.

Fair warning if you intend to use this as a WiFi bridge budget for buying 2 of these units.

To address another reviewers concerns about the ENS202 not having 5Ghz band: The 5Ghz band is only useful over short distances, after which the signal strength diminishes beyond useful range. 2.4Ghz band even if congested will far out perform a 5Ghz band at distance. Lacking gigabit capability and a 5Ghz band radio in this product are not cons as having these features will not effect performance in a positive manner.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent value for the money

Pros: - Inexpensive
- Lots of options in the GUI
- Excellent range
- Easy configuration for intermediate users. Beginners might struggle a little without some basic wifi and networking knowledge, but it's still doable.
- Includes PoE injector (more on that)
- Speeds were in line with what you would expect
- Good packaging
- Compact size
- Strong transmit power (400mw)
- Supports enterprise level features including 802.1x RADIUS and VLAN tagging

Cons: - PoE Injector feels a big cheap. I don't have a PoE switch at home, but I would hope this could just run off a PoE switch like any other small devices like this.
- Not dual band. There is another version that is on the 5 gig band, but it would be nice if the device had the option to switch from one band to the other without a separate purchase.
- Ethernet ports are not gigabit. Not a deal breaker since even at 300 megabit, unless you are sitting super close, you'll get around 100 megabit when all is said and done with overhead, but it would be nice to have the bandwidth just in case all things being equal you had the bandwidth via the wifi.
- The main page for this adapter says that this operates on the 2.4 band, which is true, but it also claims that it operates on the "less congested 2.4 ghz band." For anyone that knows ANYTHING about wifi, the 2.4 gig band is the MOST congested. Not the least. It's the 5 gig band that is the most open. I think it's just someone messed up on their marketing materials and copied and pasted from the 5 gig version.

Other Thoughts: None of these cons are enough to remove an egg, unless this can't run off a PoE switch which I haven't been able to confirm yet. Other than that, what you get for the money is an awesome wireless bridge or directional AP on the 2.4 gig band. It's as simple as that. Pointing the thing out my window and into my neighborhood I was able to pick up over 50 distinct SSIDs which was pretty crazy considering all of my devices see maybe 3 not including my own at any given time. Point is, this sucker can go far. I wish I had been sent a second device to test with so I could see just how far the point to point went, but with what I had (ASUS, Linksys, and TP-LINK routers), the results were encouraging for someone wanting to use this between buildings.

Overall value is excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these products (though the version in the 5 gig band) to anyone needing an inexpensive wifi bridge or directional AP.

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4 out of 5 eggsLooks, feels, performs solid.

Pros: *Daisy chained them with a few other bridges/routers, and it actually worked.
*Was successfully able to get it to stream with 3 devices before experiencing latency/buffering issues (individual network results may vary however)
*AP mode = superior

Cons: * NOT 5ghz
*If you live/work within an area that has a lot of concrete/steel you will find the signal will drop / cut off intermittently (its not the product per se just a downfall of wireless technology thats to blame.
*Max range I was able to get a connection was about 50-60 feet, anything beyond that I couldnt pick it up with the wifi radio in any of my devices. Hmm. Could be a pro in most situations I suppose...

Other Thoughts: *Make sure to update the firmware - I had some initial problems during setup until I did so.

*I tested this in a corporate building as well as my personal residence and to no surprise i got better performance in my residence than I did in the building with all the potential sources of interference that are undoubtedly in close proximity.

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid bridge

Pros: Newegg sent this item to me for review, but being a bridge as well as an access point I had to test it with another bridge I had laying around. The range and speed are quite good on this unit, reaching up to 50 feet, no problem. The farthest I was able to test was around 125 feet going across the street. Speeds were fast enough at these ranges for most basic web browsing, including some video and music streaming. Because of my setup, I wasn't able to fully test the network speeds but noticed no major drops in signal to believe this is a sub-par unit.

In AP mode, the antennas work great. They have some issues with signal through walls, but I set it up at the rear of my garage to blast signal to my back yard. Full support for WDS mode, which allows you to continue the connection easily without issues.

This item also included a small PoE injector, which is a nice touch. It's not very big and probably not the best quality, but it gets the job done as the unit itself only has two Ethernet connections.

Cons: The antennas are somewhat directional and showed a degradation of signal directly behind the unit, which is great for Bridge mode, but it means this unit may not make a very good AP unless you're canvasing an area in front of the unit. I found no issues with my setup, but others might.

Other Thoughts: Solid unit for expanding a wireless network or bridging between a physical gap (roads) without using hard connections. So far, no issues with hardware functionality.

It's not listed on Newegg, but this unit is IP-65 rated water proof, so it's suitable for mounting outdoors without any special enclosures (I figured it was a given, but it's good to know the enclosure rating)

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5 out of 5 eggsSuper strong signal within rated range

Pros: Makes a great AP for outside
Can still get a good signal even through one wall at 165ft, about 120ft through two or more walls. I assume it will do 330ft with direct line of sight.

POE adapter makes it super easy to mount outside and get as clean of a signal as possible.

A pair of these would be ideal for a wireless bridge, indoors or out. I assumed that most people buying these are attempting to bridge an un-wireable barrier, that these would be very directional. But I can get a 360 degree signal while using one as an access point.

As an AP, the signal is so strong that my iPhone connects to it even when I am sitting right above my internal wireless router.

Cons: Not sure there are any. Maybe that the POE AC adapter is fairly cheap, and feels unusually warm for 0.5a. Its brand is "Powertron" which is a domestic trademark owned by a company that makes batteries for ATVs, and this thing is obviously made in China. But since it works, it really isn't a Con.

Other Thoughts: I read some reviews here and elsewhere that noted the TX power is "only" 400mw (And those are "MILLI" watts, not "MEGA" Watts, JoAnn!) More wattage does not mean more usable signal, and good firmware allows an owner to fine tune the transmit power for max throughput. In many cases, the max power does not give the max throughput. In my case, using this gadget as an AP, its signal is strong enough to outshout every other signal I can reach. I would think, though I can't verify it, that using two as a bridge wouldn't even benefit from more power than these have, and the SNR would be excellent even at 330ft.

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  • John F.
  • 4/16/2014 2:47:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsENS202

Pros: Great Product. Works solid in Outdoor use. No drop outs or other issues at all.

Cons: POE Injector died at 8 months. POE Injector warranty is NOT 1 YEAR as stated for the unit..its 90 days as its an "accessory". Now to give EnGenius credit, I told them I was not happy with the warranty being different and they are sending me a a new one free of charge.

..BEWARE...the POE Injector is PROPRIETARY and not available in normal stores. Given this, I would hesitate using this in any mission critical links like I have done

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/22/2014 2:11:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsENS202

Pros: Versatile device for the money. Compact size.
Easy enough to configure. Indoor/Outdoor.
POE simplifies installs.
Newegg delivered in 2 days!

Cons: Setup allows automatic reboots, but only random times like once an hour or once a day. Would prefer ability to specify an exact time such as 3am... Maybe we'll get this in a future firmware update.

Other Thoughts: Arrived with v1.3.1 firmware. updated to 1.3.5 from Engenius support site. Using in "Client Router" mode to link to public wifi via 100ft Cat 6 cable.

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  • debra v.
  • 10/14/2013 2:22:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmake sure you know what is up

Pros: Works. Does not have the range as other higher power radios.

Supports full layer 2 WDS networking.

Cons: Does not work as well as the EOC1650 which newegg for some reason is advertising this device as the new replacement. This device has half the power output as the advertised replacement of an older device.

Other Thoughts: Newegg advertises these radios as the new EOC1650 replacement. From purely a technical perspective, this is incorrect. The ENS202 (this device) has a max output of 400mw. The EOC1650 is a 800mw device, and works much better. the EOC1650 has much more range, than the ENS202. A comparible device to the EOC1650 would be the ENH202. The ENH202 has the same 800mw output as the EOC1650, and is in the exact same case. The ENS202 is slightly shorter and slightly wider than the EOC1650.

I have ran various types of engenius radios over the years and this new ENS line is a nice low end, lower cost, lesser wifi coverage area, over previous radios. I feel that it is somewhat misleading to advertise these devices as a replacement of a device that has twice the power output, and from my personal experience, does not have the range or throughput of said replacement device.

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  • Randy J.
  • 8/6/2013 4:56:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Just works
We were 15 degrees off the bridge while mounting these and still got signal upward of -10dB. Comes with PoE injector and power as well as pole clamp and anchor kit (cheap).

Cons: No angle mounting option (had to get creative)
Not 802.11af compliant so you can not use the standard PoE switches to power this device, you MUST use the injector.

Other Thoughts: Saved our client a lot of money. We were going to run Fiber cable with Gbic cards plus the termination cost.

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