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EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point Review

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EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point Review

By Julian Duque

Manufacturer: EnGenius Technologies Inc.
Product Name: Dual Band Wireless AC1750 Outdoor Access Point
Model Number: ENS1750
UPC: 655216007574
Price As Tested: $349 (Amazon l B&H l Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by EnGenius Technologies

If you have been following the wireless networking world then you must be familiar with the advancements manufacturers have made around the 802.11ac standard. It has been quite some time since Broadcom released the BCM4706 chipset which is found in most AC1750 units. To be exact, it entered the market in May 2012, more than three years ago, advertising a total 1,300 Mbit/s data transfer speed on the 5 Ghz band. But just because the AC1750 standard is not the latest it does not mean that it is useless. When EnGenius asked Benchmark Reviews to take a look at the EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point featuring the aging AC1750 standard we were a bit skeptical at first, but that all changed as we went along our testing.

Just a couple of months ago at CES 2015, networking companies showcased the prototypes for the newer AC2600 routers based on Qualcomm’s QCA9880 SoC. Such routers are set to start shipping later this year with features such as 4×4 5 GHz radio, MU-MIMO, and Wave 2 support. But why did EnGenius make a new AC1750 access point? Although EnGenius is probably the only one capable of answering that question we can speculate a number of reasons. First, it could be a measure to keep the cost of the ENS1750 down and make it price competitive while still keeping important features like IP55 rating and regular MIMO support. Secondly, the AC1750 is a proven standard, meaning that it is reliable, and many IT professionals are familiar with it.

engenius-ENS1750-frontJust as a recap of the AC1750 standard, the ENS1750 features 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless, with speeds up to 450 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz frequency bands. It is also a 3-stream access point, featuring 3×3 5 GHz radio and support for MIMO, which enables multiple transmission and receive frequencies. Asides from that, the most important features of the ENS1750 are IP55 rating, which would allow the router to operate under moderate rain conditions, support for PoE with an included 48v injector, and a high transmit power of 28 dBm over the 5 GHz band. The ENS1750 supports 16 SSIDs (8 per band), as well as multiple management features which will be discussed later in this review.

Features & Specifications

Courtesy of EnGeniustech.com

Hardware Standard: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Data Rate: Up to 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz, up to 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz
Memory: 64MB
IEEEE 802.3at
Transmit Power 2.4 GHz: 29 dBm
5 GHz: 28 dBm
Maximum power is limited by regulatory power
Supported Radio Technologies 802.11b: Direct-Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)
802.11a/g/n/ac: Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM)
802.11n/ac: 3×3 MIMO with 3 Streams
802.11ac with 20/40/80 MHz Channel Width
802.11n with 20/40 MHz Channel Width
802.11a/b/g with 20 MHz Channel Width
Supported Modulation Types 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK
802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
802.1ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM
Supported Data Rates (Mbps):
802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 36, 48, 54
802.11n: 6.5~450 Mbps (MCS0 to MCS15)
802.11ac: 6.5~1300 Mbps (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS= 1 to 3)
Power Source 802.3at Compliant Source
Active Ethernet (Power over Ethernet, PoE)
Antenna Array Internal 5 dBi Dual Concurrent Omni Antenna
Polarization: Linear
Azimuth Beam-Width: 360°
Elevation Beam-Width: 2.4 Ghz: 45°, 5 GHz: 40°
LED Indicators Power
WLAN (2.4GHz)
WLAN (5GHz)
LAN1
LAN2
Physical Interface 2x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) – BASE-T Ports
LAN1: Supports 802.3at PoE Input
LAN2: Data Pass Through
Reset Button
Power Connector


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