- Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
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- 2.4GHz - 2.484GHz
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Great Range and strong signal 07/08/2014
This review is from: EnGenius EAP9550 N300 Wireless Access Point/Repeater
The appearance and physical mounting is good. I was able to easily get it installed using PoE to power. This feels very much like a business class device. For a 2.4 Ghz system it pushes a pretty deep signal. I set this up in a very cluttered 2.4 Ghz environment and it was able to stretch 25 ft retaining a -50 to -60 dBm signal. It’s 300 I tested this using a Samsung Galaxy S4, ASUS Zenbook with a 2x2 radio, HP Laptop using a 2x2 USB WiFi NIC, and a 2x2 from Killer. Connection remained solid between all devices when moving through various rooms up to 30 ft. from the AP. This device appears to be all about range and if you’re in an area with little WiFi clutter on channels it’s excellent for keeping a strong connection.
The configuration menus didn’t feel as intuitive as I’d like. Configuring WDS was trickier than I expected and I ended up just using it as a straight AP. Not all of the menu items are informed in detail in the GUI. It took some playing with options to get what I wanted.
No 5Ghz. With 2.4 Ghz so limiting missing a 5 Ghz simultaneous radio makes this hard to push unless it’s going into a large warehouse or physical location that has no other WiFi around.
While I retained a connection which is the point of this the speed never hit 300 Mbps. I used inSSIDer to monitor my connection and the NICs always register around 150 throughput or less. This is due mostly to various networks. Given the area I installed has at least 15 other networks around this isn’t the fault of the device but of the 2.4 Ghz only limitation.
You’ll want to grab the manual for best use so you can fiddle with various settings with better detail as to what you're doing.
I have almost no channels I can swap to that won’t have other wireless traffic and given that a 5 Ghz option is extremely important. If you are in an area such as an apartment or large scale office building, check your traffic using WiFi Analyzer or inSSIDer.
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