EnGenius ECW230 Access Point Review
Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi
Let’s face it, with the number of “smart devices” laptops, and gaming systems, Wi-Fi has become a part of everyday life. Can you imagine having to plug your smartphone into an ethernet cable to browse around the net while sitting on the couch watching TV and eating Bon-Bons? Or having a business meeting with a circa 2000 network switch sitting in the middle of a fancy conference room table? For networking, the business and enterprise environments tend to get the “good” stuff first, and then it starts to filter down to the consumer side. Wireless started very much the same way. Business got it first but soon after, it made its way down to the consumers. It started as 802.11a in 1997 with 54 Mbps bandwidth. Fast forward to the present and 802.11ax or Wifi6 is starting to hit the market and claims that a single stream can reach 3.5 Gbps bandwidth however, there are some caveats with attaining said speeds. The Engenius ECW230 is a business class access point that is compatible with the new 802.11ax standard. The ECW230 is a cloud-managed access point through Engenius’ EnGenius Cloud which, also means no expensive wireless controllers are needed to manage the access points. Wi-Fi has made our life more convenient and now what we need is more speed.
With the ECW230 being a product designed for business, there’s no fancy packaging. Just a plain cardboard box with a bit of text that includes the product name.
Internally, the ECW sits in a recycled cardboard shell. The access point’s (AP) finish is protected from scratches as it is further enclosed in a protective plastic sleeve.
The kit comes with a minor bit of documentation as well as screws and mounts. The kit includes brackets to get the APs mounted to both solid (sheetrock, wood, etc) and drop ceilings.
Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Maximum Power Consumption
QoS (Quality of Service)
Wireless & Radio Specifications
Tx Beamforming (TxBF)
Radio Chains/Spatial Stream
Four (4) Multiple (MU)-MIMO for up to 1,148 Mbps wireless data rate to transmit to two streams MU-MIMO 11ax capable wireless client devices under 2.4GHz simultaneously.
Supported Data Rates (Mbps):
Supported Radio Technologies
Environmental & Physical
Device Dimensions & Weights