EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoor Access Point Overview
Although you can easily use the ENS1750 with a PoE switch capable of supplying 48 volts, EnGenius includes a standard PoE injector along with a power adapter. This is not the cleanest assembly, but if you are using a single access point without the need for a switch it will work just fine. Along with the injector is a pole mounting bracket which is adequate for mounting the ENS1750 in the roof of a warehouse but not big enough to mount it on a standard street pole. You also get two screws to mount the access point to a wall, like most routers nowadays. The quick installation guide is “okay”, it contains a pretty basic setup, but I was hoping for an appropriate user guide and manual considering this is an enterprise product. Our sample did not come with any Rj45 Ethernet cables, but that is probably because it is a sample.
The ENS1750 measures 7.3″ x 11.81″ x 1.34″and weights 1.89 lbs. Lightweight in this market is not an option. Outdoor access points with a high IP rating must accommodate all antennas within the enclosure to avoid damage. This means that within the case, around 60% of the space is attributed to a 3 x 3 radio array. Although bulky, the ENS1750 doesn’t demand a lot of attention due to it’s simple nature. There isn’t any flashy logos or patterns, rather just a white enclosure which is perfect for a professional environment.
The EnGenius ENS1750 comes with five LED outputs located one of it’s sides, all which are soft green with the exception of the power light which is orange. Having the appropriate output LEDs should allow you to troubleshoot really easily, specially if you hang the ENS1750 in a high ceiling or a post.
On the input side of things we find two RJ-45 gigabit ethernet base-T ports, one for a 802.3at PoE input and the other as a data pass through. In the middle there is also a reset button that can be accessed with a small screwdriver or utensil. These are all features that you most commonly find when you are deploying multiple access points on a location, it makes everything so easy to troubleshoot and allows for seamless integrity of the network. The bottom part of the ENS1750 is protected by a plastic cover which is sufficient enough to prevent rain water from reaching the RJ-45 ports.
Now that we have seen the exterior of the EnGenius ENS1750, let’s crack it open.