Summary: First of all, I work in the IT industry and am not a novice to networking, particularly WiFi. I have a large house, approx. 5000 sq. ft. which is 3 stories. My home broadband service enters the house on the bottom floor, which is where my wireless router (a netgear R7000) is located w/ my Comcast cable modem. Via wired cat-5 connections, I get about 30mb down and about 10mb up with Comcast service.
Summary: This device is really powerful and you will definitely get a strong signal. PoE support means that I can hang it on the wall or ceiling without any issue as the power adapter that came with it is really short. So remember to add a PoE injector. Bear in mind that although the signal is strong, your client device must correspondingly be strong enough to transmit the data back. This is a two-way traffic, not a broadcast.
I got a replacement and this one has been much better. It does seem like the 5 side of ...
20 April 2014
Summary: The first unit I received seemed to lock up at random. I got a replacement and this one has been much better. It does seem like the 5 side of it is far less reliable than the 2.4. The only bummer so far was that I had an existing EnGenius WAP I was replacing, but they use different POE voltages, so I had to replace that unit. I wish that would have been made more obvious. I think there was another reviewer that mentioned it, after I looked, so that is partially my fault.
Summary: Powerful router in fact, strong & wide 5Ghz signal. A lot of options for wireless settings. But the main disadvantage is compatibility issues when paired or bridged with some other wireless stuff. Even with EnGenius own ENS500EXT or ENS202EXT, also Atheros based, the connection is faint & not stable in repeater or WDS modes. But it works great with, say Zyxel X650 or Edimax BR-6478AC, Realtek-based routers. So EnGenius needs to check its firmware...
Summary: I installed the first of these in my community clubhouse so that more people could access the internet. The amount of traffic crushed the usually available home WiFi router or access point and this EnGenious handles hundreds of simultaneous users without any noticeable speed loss. The dual band allows both older and newer device access and by this default also distributes the load.
Summary: Awesome, just AWESOME! Able to get 300Mbps connection speed on 2.4 and 5GHz. Able to have 8 SSID's on both frequencies. This WAP is really great. The range it had is amazing, even through walls I get a full signal over 300 feet way. Comes with wall mounting screws, if thats what your in to. Has the ability to throttle traffic based on VLAN OR SSID! That part is great when you try to divide your connection within a household of bandwidth hogs!
Summary: I received this product and immediately went through the configuration. Everything went fine until I changed the password. After that I could no longer get into the unit AND it would not reset to the factory default. I worked with Engenius tech support and they advised I should return the unit. I received a replacement unit from Amazon and had the exact same thing happen.