TP-link AC1200 EAP225-Outdoor Wireless AC Access Point

TP-link introduces new TP-link EAP225 Outdoor wireless ac access point with MU-MIMO technology. How good it is compared with EnGenius ENS500ext-ac  and Ubiquiti UAP-AC-M?

Outdoor Wireless AC Access Point

Few models of wireless ac access point products are designed to work safely outdoor to withstand against any harsh of weather environment including water and dust. Mostly wireless ac POE access point products are designed to work safely indoor in offices or businesses, they are not designed to work outdoor.




 

Weatherproof

Typically wifi AP outdoor is designed with IP65 or IP66 rated weatherproof, not as many as indoor products. There are few models of wireless ac access point products designed to work safely outdoor including TP-link EAP225 outdoor we will discuss here and compare it with other competing products have been around so far including Ubiquiti UAP-AC-M mesh outdoor AP and EnGenius Ens500ext outdoor ac access point.

MU-MIMO

TP-link eap225 outdoor is a dual band AC1200 product based on wave 2 multi user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology to reduce network latency. With traditional single user MIMO it delivers data stream to multiple clients one by one, with multi user MIMO the system delivers data stream to multiple clients concurrently, faster wifi connection delivering speeds up to 867Mbps @5Ghz plus 300Mbps @2.4Ghz band.

TP-link EAP225 outdoor is managed by Omada software based controller unlike the TP-link CAP1750 wireless ac AP that is controlled by hardware-based wireless controller.

Highlights

  • Wave 2 wireless AC1200 technology
  • Ready with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology for concurrent clients data stream
  • Delivers speed up to 867Mbps @5Ghz plus 300Mbps @2.4Ghz
  • High power high gain antennas
  • Free Omada controller software for easy network administration for hundreds of APs
  • Captive portal for easy guest authentication, Facebook wifi and SMS authentication
  • POE supports
  • IP65 rated weatherproof
  • Multiple SSIDs / 8 SSIDs each band

TP-link eap225 outdoor is ideal for businesses and with high power antenna design it can cover up to 200m @2.4Ghz and up to 300m @5Ghz band. Compare with outdoor wireless ac access point products from competing vendors including Ubiquiti and EnGenius.

TP-link eap225 Outdoor vs Ubiquiti vs EnGenius

Now, have other competing products the outdoor wireless ac access point offered by Ubiquiti (UAP-AC-M) and EnGenius (ENS500EXT). All the three products have similar outdoor design with two external antennas and weatherproof enclosure.

Take a look at the following spec comparison tables for easy presentation among the three product’s specs. Table 1 represents spec comparison between EAP225 and EnGenius while table 2 represents spec comparison between EAP225 and Ubiquiti UAP-AC-M.

Wifi technology

Both TP-link and Ubiquiti offer dual band both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz band wireless ac access point (ac1200) technology while EnGenius offer single 5Ghz band only. EAP225 and Ubiquiti is one step more advanced – wave 2 wifi technology, much faster wifi technology than wave 1 which is offered by Ubiquiti.

MU-MIMO

With MU-MIMO technology ready your wireless ac access point perform much faster and reduce network latency especially for streaming and gaming. With MU-MIMO the capacity and efficiency of the AP increase significantly. See more detail the explanation of MU-MIMO by Linksys.

Both TP-link EAP225 outdoor and EnGenius come with MU-MIMO technology but Ubiquiti doesn’t.

Surge protection

Wireless outdoor AP is supposed to place outdoor in harsh weather environment, exposing to rain, wind and dust. And locating the AP device in the height is prone to surge voltage spikes and even catastrophic lightning strike. EnGenius is protected by surge and spikes up to 2kv, however it doesn’t protect direct lightning strike directly. Both the other competing products TP-link and Ubiquiti don’t support any surge protection.

Now examine the following two spec comparison tables to help you choose which one is suitable to meet your business need.

Table 1 TP-link vs EnGenius

Model TP-link EAP225 Outdoor EnGenius ENS500ext
Wifi technology Wave 2 AC1200 dual band Wave 2 AC @5Ghz single band
MU-MIMO Yes, 2×2 MU-MIMO Yes, 2×2 MU-MIMO
Wifi speeds 867Mbps @5Ghz + 300Mbps @2.4Ghz 867Mbps @5Ghz band
Antennas Antenna 2.4GHz: 2 * 3dBi, 5GHz: 2 * 4dBi 2x antennas 5dBi
Ethernet 1x Gigabit 802.3af PoE and 24 Passive PoE(PoE Adapter Included) 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports with link aggregated feature ; 24v POE active
SSIDs 8 SSIDs each band 8 SSIDs
Management Omada controller software Stand alone and manage mode (w/ezMaster/Neutron Series Switch)
Dimension ( W x D x H ) 8.5 x 1.8 x 1.1 inch (215 x 46 x 27 mm) 3.93 x 1.08 x 7.2 inch (100 x 27 x 185 mm)
Enclosure / Outdoor IP65 weatherproof IP55 rated weatherproof
Surge Protection N/A Surge Protection: Line to Line: 1 KV; Line to Ground: 2 KV

ESD Protection: Contact: 4 KV; Air: 8 KV

Price $79.99 $129.88

 

Table 2 TP-link vs Ubiquiti

Model TP-link EAP225 Outdoor Ubiquiti UAP-AC-M
Wifi technology Wave 2 AC1200 dual band Wave 1 AC1200 dual band with mesh technology
MU-MIMO Yes, 2×2 MU-MIMO N/A
Wifi speeds 867Mbps @5Ghz + 300Mbps @2.4Ghz 867Mbps @5Ghz + 300Mbps @2.4Ghz
Antennas Antenna 2.4GHz: 2 * 3dBi, 5GHz: 2 * 4dBi Antenna 2.4GHz: 2 * 3dBi, 5GHz: 2 * 4dBi
Ethernet 1x Gigabit 802.3af PoE and 24 Passive PoE(PoE Adapter Included) 1x Gigabit 802.3af PoE and 24 Passive PoE
SSIDs 8 SSIDs each band 4 SSIDs each band
Management Omada controller software Unifi controller software, starts with one AP ~ thousands
Dimension ( W x D x H ) 8.5 x 1.8 x 1.1 inch (215 x 46 x 27 mm) 13.9 x 1.81 x 1.35 inch (353 x 46 x 34.4 mm)
Enclosure / Outdoor IP65 weatherproof Weatherproof
Surge Protection N/A N/A
Price $79.99 $90.45

 

The listed spec and features are not detail, so that’s why to learn more detail click each of the following product’s link below and shows you current price in Amazon.

Summary

TP-link EAP225 outdoor is a rich-features wireless ac wave 2 access point with MU-MIMO technology, easy to deploy up to thousands AP with Omada software-based wireless controller. Compared with EnGenius ENS500ext which is single 5Ghz band AP, TP-link is a dual band same as Ubiquiti.

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