Outdoor Access Point Final Thoughts
Before I go into my conclusion, it was weird seeing some discrepancies over UDP, however these could be attributed to a million other reasons, starting with fragmenting caused by Windows 10. It should be noted that most developers nowadays are moving away from UDP, and as speeds are constantly increasing the heavy TCP is suddenly becoming the standard for transfer protocols. With that being said, the ac standard is still a long way from making it’s way into the world. It has been available for quite some time, but it is still really expensive to implement on a large scale. Most phones, laptops, or desktops do not support the 802.11ac standard, and it is going to take a really long time before they do. But EnGenius has taken the right approach here, by making an enterprise 802.11ac access point with a very low price point. I see the ENS1750 taking an important step by making the newest wireless technology available to small businesses, schools, and even homes at a fraction of the price of other enterprise access points.
EnGenius ENS1750 Outdoors Access Point Conclusion
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Aside from the weird UDP results, the EnGenius ENS1750 is right on point with other 802.11ac wireless points. Using a single client we were able to get download and upload peaks of 800 Mbps 15 feet away from the access point. It was quite disappointing to see that using the 5 Ghz band we never got signal in our third test location. But then again, the ENS1750 is marketed as an outdoor access point. EnGenius sets the client limit to 127, which should give users a good sense of how confident they are of the access point.
Appearance is not an important factor when it comes to an access point. Most of the time, companies want a “professional” looking access point, and that is exactly what the ENS1750 is. There is no fancy exterior pattern, and six intimidating antennas that make it look like something out of a Star Trek movie. It is rather simple, with all the antennas protected by the white plastic exterior in charge of keeping the ENS1750 clear of rain and dirt. The only thing flashy about this access point are the output LEDs that can be used to diagnose any problems with the access point.
EnGenius clearly hit jackpot with the construction of the ENS1750. The external design is well done, so much that they even got an IP-55 rating. The PC board seems well designed, with appropriate heatsinks covering all the important components taking into account that there are no vents that allow air inside the casing. The only improvement I can see is providing a larger pole mounting pole mounting strap.
The functionality spectrum of the EnGenius ENS1750 is well balanced. Users can set to use the ENS1750 as an access point or WDS(AP and Bridge). The monitoring software is also excellent with SNMP-based EZ controller wireless access. Setup is simple straight from the box, just plugging it in and changing your encryption will have it ready for most people. The ENS1750 also supports up to 16 SSIDs (8 per band), with the ability to tag each one to a specified network VLAN for different user access based on established access rights. This access point can easily server a purpose in any office, home, or school environment.
The EnGenius ENS1750 is available online for $349 (Amazon l B&H l Newegg). It is a bit pricey when compared to most entry-level based access points, but with such a large portfolio of features it clearly puts itself in a category above most AC1750. In my opinion the ENS1750 is a very refined version of the AC1750 standard, with IP-55 rating, and a valuable implementation for businesses in the need of an excellent, yet inexpensive 802.11ac access point.
+ IP-55 Rating.
+ Included 48V PoE Injector.
+ Easy to set-up straight from the box.
+ Affordable 802.11ac outdoors access point.
+ Looks professional and not flashy.
+ Supports 127 clients.
- Manual lacks information.
- Included pole mounting strap is really small.
- No MU-MIMO support.