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EnGenius ERB300H 4-Port Wireless N300 Media Bridge and Extender
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Okay as bridge but not great 01/18/2015

This review is from: EnGenius ERB300H 4-Port Wireless N300 Media Bridge and Extender

Pros: Easy configuration and excellent stability.

Cons: In Bridge Mode: Wired clients do not obtain a DHCP address from my Microsoft SBS 2011 DHCP server. I have a reservation on my DHCP server for the wireless bridge. The ERB300H gets the reservation IP from my SBS 2011 server just fine. However, anything plugged into one of the 4 Ethernet ports will not get an IP via DHCP.

When I assign static IPs to the nodes plugged into the ERP300H they are able to communicate just fine on my network. However, with a simple PING to anything plugged into the ERB300H (from a laptop wirelessly connected to the same SSID) I am able to see part of the problem . After the PING test succeeds (meaning replies) I look at the local ARP table on my wirelessly connected client and see that the MAC address of the wireless bridge is associated with the IP of the device wired into the wireless bridge instead of the proper MAC address.

In other words, when I ping my Samsung TV for the first time after restarting my wireless client my local ARP table is updated with an entry. The MAC address associated with my TV is the MAC address of the ERB300H within the ARP table instead of the real MAC addressed tied to the NIC within the TV.

This tells us that the ERB300H is masking the MAC address of the client devices plugged directly into one of its 10/100 Ethernet ports instead of passing the MAC through as one would expect. With this being the case, no wonder my DHCP server isn't handing out an IP address to anything plugged into one of the 4 10/100 Ethernet ports.

Other Thoughts: If you plan to use this as a wireless bridge be prepared to assign static IPs to anything you wire into one of the 4 Ethernet ports.

EnGenius EAP600 N600 High-Power Dual-Band Gigabit Indoor Wireless Access Point
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent product and highly recommend 12/07/2014

This review is from: EnGenius EAP600 N600 High-Power Dual-Band Gigabit Indoor Wireless Access Point

Pros: Web GUI layout, vLAN support, signal strength, bandwidth steering, PoE capable, looks, mounting hardware, reliability.

Cons: No built in DHCP server for "public" wifi clients. Doesn't impact me as I have a SonicWall appliance. However, I'm certain some would find this a useful feature.

Other Thoughts: I have 6 SSIDs configured (three 2.4 and the same three as 5G) and bandwidth steering works perfectly between them. I have a Netgear GS180T switch and a SonicWall TZ-210 here at home. With this combination I'm able to completely isolate the traffic between my LAN and WLAN based on SSID & wireless frequency as desired.

EnGenius EAP600 N600 High-Power Dual-Band Gigabit Indoor Wireless Access Point
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installed two of these devices in a large home built around 1900. The home has been remodeled and added on to several times throughout the past 100+ years. We're talking old school construction meets modern. The home has everything from re-bar in the floors to 12" thick concrete walls. Initially I thought we might need 3 AP's but two is working out just perfect. (One just about did it, but the signal was a bit shady in the far corners of the home.) Not only is the entire inside of the home covered, but both outdoor patios and garage are also good to go. I have the two APs running in a meshed topology and could not be happier. The 5GHz signal attenuates much faster than the 2.4GHz, but this is to be expected.

Cons: They aren't made in the USA, but when it comes to electronics what is?

Other Thoughts: Pre-sales technical support told me that these will support a meshed topology before I bought them. However, there is a catch, you can only have up to 3 of these in a true mesh if you plan to use the 2.4GHz band. This is due to the fact that each AP must be at least 5 channels apart from each other. Do the math, that means 3 AP's in the 2.4GHz band (channels 1 - 11).


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