Summary: Purchased 4 of these over the last few months to use at 2 different locations. 3 have worked without a hitch. The 4th was problematic, bringing the network down regularly. It took a while to determine it was the Engenius since the switch would go bananas and then reset after a few minutes, before I could fully troubleshoot. I tried resetting firmware and noticed the firmware in that unit was actually newer than the one on their site or the other two AP's.
Works well, very discrete, true PoE AP at a reasonable price.
J. Soto, Amazon
2 hours ago
Summary: I was skeptical about the product as I was not familiar with the brand and the documentation was ambiguous in a few areas. However, once I received the product and began setting it up, it operated as expected. Moreover, it supports Power over Ethernet (PoE / 802.3af) which makes it ideal as a remote access point (AP) at a location where you may not have convenient access to AC power. The range is comparable to my other 2.4GHz WiFi APs.
Summary: I got this access point because I wanted a more or less permanent, whole house solution for wifi access, with RADIUS authentication for my own devices and an open network for guests. The Engenius brand is made by Senao which (I believe) makes some equipment for netgear and others. I like the smoke detector form factor. It installs pretty easily onto the ceiling. The holes are not lined up exactly with a ceiling box which I think it should have been.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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. Co...
Cons: 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.
Summary: There are cheaper access point repeaters out there but the thing with this is that it can be hidden in plain sight, due to the fact that it appears to be a smoke detector. Also you can disable the lights so it is even more inconspicuous. Only recommendation is to disable the Auto Channel Select as it tends to boot off the users when it does.
Summary: This is a great AP for home use, great for business use and is a very nice design but needs better documentation and a break down as to what some features are for, like the scheduler for instance.
Pros: Setup the AP with a Sonic Wall POE injector because EnGenius' POE injector wasn't available and it works just fine. Nice coverage, able to turn down the transmit power to reduce coverage area to my needs and it turns off the AP when not in use but will broadcast for about a second every 5 to 10 seconds or so looking for a machine to connect.
Cons: The scheduler really does nothing for this AP. I emailed their tech support asking them exactly what it does because their description was very vague and the tech stated that the scheduler was meant for another application and to work with some other software but didn't say what.
Summary: Got this product to extend our wireless network from our office building to our warehouse in a separate building. Used as a repeater this product works fine. The only complaint I have is the set up. Support documentation from the manufacturer is lacking. Some suggestions to help make your set up easier: if using a laptop to configure device, disable wireless connection; disable any security software; and use Internet Explorer as your web browser. Hope this helps.