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EnGenius ENS200EXT High-powered/Long-range Wireless Outdoor AP

  • Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Ethernet Port
  • 2.4GHz
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EnGenius ENS200EXT
The EnGenius ENS200EXT is a high-powered, long-range 2.4 GHz Wireless N150 Outdoor Access Point delivering data rates up to 150Mbps. It's ideal for providing connectivity to a small business network and its Internet connection, like, for example, restaurant patrons or students and employees in an educational or corporate campus venue.

ENS200EXT is based on Wireless N technology delivering a wireless data rate of up to 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum. It features one omni-directional, 5dBi MIMO (Multiple In/Multiple Out) antenna that, coupled with its strong transmit power of up to 400mW, make it a compelling performance solution for small and growing businesses at a very affordable price.

ENS200EXT also gives you a robust security feature set that includes support for WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise encryption, 802.1x RADIUS authentication, hidden SSID, and MAC address filtering.

ENS200EXT has an IP65 rated weatherproof housing that ensures continued operation in harsh outdoor environments or in climates of extreme cold, heat or continuous moisture.
ENS200EXT

FEATURES
  • 400mW high transmit power enabling long range connectivity
  • Designed for outdoor deployment with IP65 waterproof housing
  • Supports Wireless N technology with up to 150Mbps data rate
  • One detachable 5dBi omni-directional MIMO antenna
  • Signal strength LED indicators, pole mount kit, PoE kit provide easy installation
  • Can be monitored after deployment with EnGenius EZ Controller™ software for Windows

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


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5 out of 5 eggsVery Impressive Radio

Pros: I gave this unit a try as an access point, and I was not disappointed. Placed similarly to my current indoor 2.4GHz WiFi access point, I got improved speed and signal strength throughout my house.

I decided to try an outdoor application, tossing the access point up on a window sill to see how far I could get the signal outside on my tablet. I was astonished by the results. I easily got a quarter mile down the road, with my iPad built-in WiFi. I have achieved some long distance links in the past with less impressive radios by having the right antennas, I would love to give this a try with those antennas on both ends!

I tried it in bridge mode as well, and it made one of my lesser signal quality long range WiFi bridge links over four times faster, just by installing it on one side of the link!

In bridge mode, the firmware supports BSSID locking, if you want to lock to a specific AP in case you have multiple APs in your sights with the same SSID and security settings. Since this is a very long range radio, that’s a very conceivable circumstance, so a nice setting to have for sure.

Cons: The firmware leaves some things to be desired, it feels a little outdated, but it works well enough.

Included antenna is not adjustable in any way, it just screws in and sticks up. It would be nice if it could be swiveled, for example if you wanted to mount this under an awning (since it is an outdoor AP after all).

Proprietary POE injectors aren’t my favorite… I would love to see this be standards-compliant. Don’t plug the injector in backwards, because there’s no negotiation, it will just blast voltage at whatever you plug in. This could end badly if you inadvertently plug in a switch or a laptop instead of plugging the POE end into the radio.

Other Thoughts: The external antenna port is a huge plus for me, because I can use my pigtail to connect this to one of my high gain panel antennas, and then it really packs a punch!

The POE injector included doesn’t appear to be standards-compliant, but having this radio POE injected is better than not, especially if you’re going to be mounting it outside. Thanks to the POE injection, you can run one network cable to your mounting area, and have it terminate somewhere inside where there’s power. No need to mess with finding a receptacle outside.

I will definitely be buying more of these radios, overall I am very impressed with how it performs!

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4 out of 5 eggsWorked for me, with a few notes

Pros: Big antenna (can be upgraded if you like even bigger); very powerful and consistent signal (can be adjusted down or up, all the way up to 26dBm). Can be mounted outdoors, so it’s presumably rain-proof, although it hasn’t rained in my area since I installed it over a week ago to help me confirm this fact. I’ve had no real problems with this over the course of a week after I got it fully configured and installed.

Cons: While the signal is strong and consistent, the speeds really weren't that great. It's 100% totally fine for basic wireless and internet usage, but I wouldn't recommend any heavy duty large file transfers. I’m not sure of the reason behind the proprietary PoE. Maybe they didn't want to pay some sort of associated license fee? This limits the device's usability in an enterprise environment while adding some perhaps unneeded complexity to a casual homeowner's environment. The bottom panel was really hard to get off. I needed to pop it off with a screwdriver to hook the cables up. It doesn't come with an Ethernet cable, so make sure that you have one on hand. My $15 gigabit switch came with one, but not this guy. I assume because the company doesn't know how long of a cable you'll need for your implementation, but even a cheap 5-foot one would be OK for the initial install and configuration. The included quick start manual is useless, and the built-in admin interface has zero on the way of support, help, tips, etc. I strongly recommend downloading the real manual from the manufacturer’s website. It’s very easy to find on the website product page, so +1 for that. Back to the admin interface - you have to save each option before moving on to the next page, so you can't change more than one page at a time. I prefer to make a lot of my changes en masse and then apply at once. I've been burned with other network devices where I make a change on one page that relies on another change on another page happening at the same time and things get out of whack. I did have some issues when configuring this as an access point. Even though I had encryption enabled (WPA2-PSK), it didn't prompt me for my passphrase key and Windows 8 identified it as an unsecured network. I was still on my network and internet connection, though. I couldn't seem to get this fixed, but nobody else is reporting the issue, so chalk it up to my individual unit being a little quirky. I did experience very strong wireless keyboard & mouse interference during the initial configuration. My keyboard & mouse were basically unusable about 6 feet away. This won't matter for most people at the end of the day since this device will probably be installed in a remote area anyway away from your home office. The NIC interface is also 10/100 only, not gigabit. This won't matter for basic file and internet usage, but be wary if you're constantly transferring gigs worth of data over your lines.

Other Thoughts: This really isn't a plug and play device for older parents or less tech-oriented people. It's a business device that can be used by casual people who know what they're doing, so remember that going in. If you are on the fence, I recommend skimming through the manual on their website to get an idea of whether you can handle the particular install you have in mind.

Now for the part that really matters – benchmarks!
Signal quality was strong, but speeds were lackluster. My speed tests below were averaged over three runs spaced throughout the course of a week in my admittedly wireless-signal-crowded townhouse community. On any given day, I have about 12 competing routers hogging my wireless spectrum. As previously mentioned, Internet usage was totally fine without any issues or hiccups throughout the week. To see how well it handled throughput on the local network, I copied a TRON Legacy (2010) 28GB M2TS Blu-Ray rip from my wired gigabit Windows 8.1 home server to my Windows 8.1 laptop (Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 network card) with the wireless signal on this device cranked to the max 26dBm.

Transfer speed right next to the device - 6 MB/s (about 48 mb/s)

Transfer speed about 20 feet away through one external wall - about 5 MB/s (about 40 mb/s)

Transfer speed about 40 feet away through one external wall, a fence, and some shrubs - about 3.25 MB/s (about 26 mb/s)

Transfer speed about 75 feet away through all of the above - 0. Got a very weak signal and even internet browsing was non-functional.

Summing up – would I recommend this to you, casual reader? As always – it depends. I would recommend this for experienced homeowners who want to push a signal out into a larger yard or for small business users who need expanded coverage in a larger office. If you don’t have a lot of wireless experience – skim the manual to see if you can work your way through the setup process prior to putting your money into it. Power and range are great, speeds are lackluster but entirely usable for casual file and internet usage. So, yes, I’d recommend it if it’s what you’re looking for and the cost is competitive against the alternatives you may be considering.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks, but isn't perfect.

Pros: Fairly easy to setup overall. I was able to get the AP up and on the network in less than 20 minutes. If you need, this AP will provide DHCP, but as default it comes disabled, which is what I wanted. It also allows for VLAN tagging and the like. IP settings on this device are pretty standard and allow for either static assignment or obtaining with DHCP. Defualt is a static IP at 192.168.1.1. This unit also supports Spanning Tree. I was pretty impressed with the amount of options available.

Wireless Network options on here are pretty nice as it allows for up to four profiles for different wireless networks. operation is a pretty standard 2.4GHz b/g/n although you can choose them separately. Another handy feature is the ability to boost transmit power on the unit to 30 dBm which I haven't seen too often as the regulatory amount is 18. While I’ve never found a time that I thought wireless schedules were necessary, I can see why it is included.

Range is quite good and I was able to pick up a strong signal with the AP affixed to the back of my house standing 100 yards away in front of my house. Basically, signal strength is really good as long as there aren't any obstructions.

Client bridge mode also works well but again we are talking line of sight with the exception of very few obstacles.

Product so far is tough. This is mounted under the eves of my house on the back. Even though I made an effort to shade it from the weather there are times when it gets hit by water and some direct sunlight. Over the past two weeks of testing, I haven’t seen a time when it failed or overheated due to the sun. Also, I got lucky and was able to test the water resistance because of some wicked rainstorms that blew through here. The AP stayed up even though it was really wet. I suppose the weatherproof design helps quite a lot. Personally, I like the all white design because it blends in on the house (white siding). There’s a very substantial cover that keeps the Ethernet ports high and dry. I’m not super confident that the outer shell is going to resist sun fading and the like long term but we will see.

Kind of nice to have full WiFi strength in my backyard when grilling and mowing.

Cons: I can’t stand the proprietary PoE injector. I have a PoE switch in my house and this came as some annoyance that I couldn’t just wire it up. While the injector is small and not that big of a deal, it still made me have to rethink how to work in running a line outside for the AP. Overall, this is what removed one egg for me. I even attempted to let it use the PoE from the switch in my house to no avail. So, just for the record, that’s a little extra clutter that you will have to deal with.

The web interface is a little clunky. Every time I made a change I would have to remember to select the reboot option before changing something else. It wouldn’t let me just make all of my config changes and then save/reboot. This was not fixed when I upgraded the firmware (even though I hoped it would).

The reception takes a little tweaking. If you boost the signal too high then you won’t get any signal when you are close to the AP. I experienced a drop in signal within 10 feet of the device when I had the signal strength boosted very high. Lowering this just enough to maintain strong signal to the edge of my yard eliminated the issue for the most part.

While I understand that this is an outside device, I decided to also test it inside while I was setting it up initially. It may go without saying, but don’t bother. Anything between your device and the AP will cause signal issues. even something as simple as a desk or one drywall wall. In short, distance is great, penetration is terrible.

Speeds on this device are just ok. It’s not the fastest thing in the world and the 10/100 port isn’t doing it any favors. 50mbps is a pretty good bet most of the time on this unit.

Other Thoughts: Four modes are available for this device: AP, Client Bridge, WDS, and Client router. Testing on the AP and Client Bridge modes was what I primarily performed. Both of those worked quite well.

Product is really only for use outside and it shows.

With respect to aesthetics, it’s pretty utilitarian and I would expect anything else.

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  • Seth C.
  • 6/20/2014 12:10:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: Install two at a local business, and they are doing great, they have good coverage, and I have not had any problems out of them.

Cons: two things to note:
The password has a length limitation.

This is mainly my issue because I did not read the directions.When you make a modification to the AP, you have to save to apply it to the AP, when you think you have saved it, it has just been queued up to saved to the AP.

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4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good Actually

Pros: Seems to work well once you have it set up. Highly configurable for advanced users. The unit itself is solidly constructed and weather proof. The specs show it tolerates temperatures from -20 C to 70 C, and humidity up to 90% and is designed for outdoor use. The ENS200EXT Supports 2 common modes of use: AP, and Client Bridge, as well as WDS AP, WDS Station and Client Router. It has a high power radio transmitter that you can boost all the way up to 26 dBm (400 milliwatts). This really helps when you have a large area to cover.

Cons: The ENS200EXT is not user friendly at all, and as such I would not recommend this for novice users. When you make changes to the configuration, they get applied all at once when you click on Save/Reload. To see the results of your configuration changes, you have to scan through the log entries, or just figure it out by looking at the status pages to see if it is working the way you want.
The default IP address for the unit in both AP mode and Bridge mode is 192.168.1.1, if you forget to change this, it will clash with most routers and not work right since 192.168.1.1 is usually the default gateway address. It even gave me a warning when I tried to change the IP address which was odd.
The reset button did not work right. The manual said to press the reset button for > 10 seconds to reset to factory. I literally had to do this a dozen or more times before the unit reset. I wonder if this is because the unit appears to use Luci which has had some issues with saving data permanently to flash. If your unit doesn't reset, just keep trying.
As others have mentioned, it’s hard to understand why they use a proprietary PoE injector.
My other beef is it only has 150 Mbps which is slow by today’s standards.

Other Thoughts: I tested both the bridge mode and client mode and they worked fine after a bit of fiddling. When testing the bridge mode, I put in the password as TKIP when it was actually AES. I had to figure out the error myself due to limited feedback. Also, I had to change the ENS200EXT’s IP in both cases away from the default to make it work.
Overall I would recommend this product for people with a solid knowledge of TCP/IP networking and configuration. For the price, you get quality hardware with a high power transmitter. Let’s face it, 50 or 70 mW just won’t get you very far in a commercial installation, or even in a larger home or apartment.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat, except for the POE

Pros: I'll try to go through the process and give my thoughts along the way:

First, Engenius has a good website. Easy to find the downloads I need. Firmware updated, pdf version of manual and other docs, very convenient.

The quick-start guide is enough to help anybody set it up. It was easy to follow and got this running as an access point no problem.

From there, I get great signal throughout my apartment. My place is small enough that I normally do fine with my router in all corners of the place, so I took a stroll around the apartment complex -- my signal was pretty strong for much farther than I've ever had with a home router. (That is the point, isn't it?) Very good signal strength for great distances. I don't have a way to measure, but I'd have to say 60+ feet before any signal quality change. Probably still "acceptable" or "moderate" signal for longer.

Cons: The proprietary POE is a huge let down. I was considering taking off two eggs for this (if I could, I'd give it a 3.5/5).

I am not okay with this sort of practice. POE is not a proprietary thing, and we should have to grapple with proprietary versions of POE to get a product we want. I don't see how there are limitations in standards-compliant POE products that would limit the functioning of this device or that would otherwise require a proprietary design.

Some people say POE is not proprietary, just match the voltage and power rating and you're fine. There are two problems with this assessment: (1) Most people who are in an industrial setting will want this unit to match an existing POE setup. Some people run a large POE system with an endspan injector that couldn't be replaced by some conglomeration of individual proprietary midspan POE injectors. And (2) this unit may function with any POE setup that has the right voltage/power, but this voltage/power is not standards-compliant, so you wouldn't find this in a generic POE injector. I'm sure you can get a step-down of some sort to put between a standard POE injector to this device, but now you're blowing money on an unnecessary piece of hardware for each one of these devices.

Other Thoughts: It's really a great piece of equipment minus the proprietary POE. But for many applications of this unit, that will actually be a big problem. For some people (like me), it may not be a problem, but it's still a problem in principle.

As with all EggXpert reviews, this review cannot comment on the longevity of the unit. We have to review the item within a short span of time once we receive it.

I'm also not clear on how waterproof this is -- I haven't had a chance to really test it, but it says "Outdoor" so I assume it can withstand the elements.

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  • T P.
  • 6/4/2014 5:47:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Strong Signal

Cons: No Bandwidth and didn't ever function

Other Thoughts: I bought one of these in April of 2013 to mount under a deck. It didn't "just" work out of the box. I thought there might be a problem in the network unrelated to the device. A call to Engenius at the time yielded no results. They thought it was my switch or network.

I can connect to it and the wireless signal is strong, but no bandwidth is available. I can login to the AP through the network, change settings, etc.

Over the winter it was forgotten about. We have reopened the pool so I contacted engenius. Though a well thought through 1 hour troubleshooting we determined it was simply a defective device.

Unfortunately, Its a couple months out of warranty never worked properly. I'm conflicted because odds are a replacement would "just" work but I don't feel like I should have to buy it twice.

I've learned a lesson.

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  • Adam D.
  • 1/25/2014 1:06:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Antenna

Pros: I'm giving this a 4/5 stars because for the price it's a good outdoor antenna. I use this on the outside of my house to give me wifi in my yard. It seems to work fine outside. The price is great.

Cons: Proprietary PoE design. This means you can't use a PoE switch and you have to use the included PoE injector. I don't know WHY they do this, it's really bothersome to me. This is why I wouldn't buy this product again and I'd spend a little bit extra on something else.

Other Thoughts: Besides the injector it's good for the price. It's not your top of the line radio but it'll do just fine for a yard or what not. If you want something beefier you'll want to look at their higher end equipment or look to another manufacturer. They list this on their BUSINESS side of things on their website, i'd classify this more on the consumer side though. Good for a house.

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  • Keri E.
  • 11/21/2013 8:56:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPoor Range

Pros: Very easy setup and installation. Interface is intuitive.

Cons: Signal strength poor. Probably a defective unit. I set it to the highest settings there are, installed the latest firmware. I can only go about 20-30 feet from the unit and the signal drops to 1 bar. Any father and you no longer get the signal at all. This is in a wide open area with no obstructions or interference.

Other Thoughts: For a long-range, high powered unit this one has got to be defective. I can not believe this is as good as it gets.

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  • James R.
  • 10/12/2013 8:28:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood AP with Some Drawbacks

Pros: EnGenius makes good, reliable equipment and you can't really beat their prices. I buy dozens of access points every year for various applications and EnGenius is all I buy now. Configuration is fairly easy and these things have great power.

Cons: Two main problems: proprietary PoE and the included installation hardware. If the included injector dies you have to replace it with the same kind which you have to contact EnGenius to get - no buying any old injector off the shelf. Of course this also means you can't use a PoE switch. I've had several clients that were upset and confused that they couldn't use the PoE switch they already had to power these.

I've also gotten complaints about the included mounting hardware. Most of the time we've had to use other equipment to securely install these - especially if we're going to wall mount them.

Other Thoughts: Aside from the cons I mentioned these access points are great. I have yet to experience any sort of problems with them and you get a lot for a great price.

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