Summary: 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!
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.
Cons: The firmware leaves some things to be desired, it feels a little outdated, but it works well enough.
Summary: 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.
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...
Summary: 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.
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...
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 wi...
Summary: 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.
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 milliwa...
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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: I'll try to go through the process and give my thoughts along the way:
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).
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
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.