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EnGenius ECW230s Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Access Point Review

EnGenius ECW230s

A Closer Look at ECW230s »

EnGenius ECW230sAccess points and Mesh Networking have always been trivial subjects. Do I want a faster access speed or a great range from my WiFi signal? The short answer is yes for both. Who wouldn’t want the quickest WiFi connectivity offered on every inch of the floorplan you are trying to cover. There are many options on the market right now as to what you can purchase; however, some solutions might be centered towards a specific ask, for instance, range or multi-wall penetration. One of the manufacturers that specialize in Indoor/Outdoor solutions is EnGenius. EnGenius has been manufacturing access points and switches for a while and recently implemented a cloud management solution that works across multiple devices. One of the latest access points that EnGenius have produced is ECW230s. The ECW230s is an upgraded model of ECW230 which offers additional features such as AirGuard and Zero-wait DFS technology. The AirGuard is designed with security in mind. This system detects any malicious attacks or rogue SSIDS that might be in range. Zero-wait DFS system is designed to improve channel utilization and, as a result, offer faster channel switching. A big thank you goes to EnGenius for providing ECW230s to us for a review.

Technical Specifications

Features

  • Wi-Fi 6 technology for high-performance Wi-Fi in high-density, multi-device environments
  • 4×4 antennas to support up to 2,400 Mbps in 5 GHz & 1,148 Mbps in 2.4 GHz
  • 2.5 GbE throughput and 802.3at support for flexible installation over 100 meters (328 feet)
  • Wireless intrusion detection system (WIDS) for threat detection
  • Wireless intrusion protection system (WIPS) for attack remediation
  • Zero-wait DFS to avoid client disruption when radar is detected on DFS channels
  • Dedicated scanning radios for 24/7 wireless security monitoring
  • RF spectrum analysis for identifying clean channels and ensuring all SSIDs are legitimate
  • Bluetooth 5 low energy for BLE device detection and location-based extended advertising

Standards

  • IEEE 802.11ax on 2.4 GHz
  • IEEE 802.11ax on 5 GHz
  • (Backward compatible with 802.11b/g/n/ac)
  • 2.4 GHz Bluetooth 5 Low Energy (BLE) Radio

Antenna

  • 4 x 2.4 GHz: 5dBi
  • 4 x 5 GHz: 6dBi

Scanning Radio

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  • 1 x 2.4 GHz
  • 1 x 5 GHz
  • Integrated Omni-Directional Antenna
  • BLE: 6 dBi

Physical Interface

  • 1 x 10/100/1000/2500 N-BASE-T, RJ-45 Ethernet Port
  • 1 x DC Jack
  • 1 x Reset Button

LED Indicator

  • 1 x Power
  • 1 x LAN
  • 1 x 2.4 GHz
  • 1 x 5 GHz
  • 1x Scanning Radio
  • 1x Bluetooth 5 Low Energy

Power Source

  • Power-over-Ethernet: 802.3at Input
  • 12VDC /2A

Maximum Powe Consumption

  • 19.5W

Wireless & Radio Specifications Operating Frequency

  • Dual-Radio Concurrent 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz

Operation Modes

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  • Managed mode: AP and Mesh

Frequency Radio

  • 2.4 GHz: 2400 MHz ~ 2482 MHz
  • 5 GHz: 5150 MHz ~ 5250 MHz, 5250 MHz ~ 5350 MHz, 5470 MHz ~ 5725 MHz, 5725 MHz ~ 5850 MHz

Transmit Power

  • Up to 23 dBm on 2.4 GHz
  • Up to 23 dBm on 5 GHz
  • (Maximum power is limited by regulatory domain)

Tx Beamforming (TxBF)

  • Increasing signal reliability and transmitting distance.

Radio Chains/Spatial Stream

  • 4×4:4

SU-MIMO

  • Four(4) spatial stream SU-MIMO for 2.4GHz and four(4) spatial stream SU-MIMO for 5GHz up to 3,548 Mbps wireless data rate to a single wireless client device under the both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio.
  • Four(4) MU-MIMO for up to 1,148 Mbps wireless data rate to transmit to two (2) streams MUMIMO 11ax capable wireless client devices under 2.4GHz simultaneously.

Supported Data Rates (Mbps):

  • 802.11ax:
  • 2.4 GHz: 9 to 1,148 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4)
  • 5 GHz: 18 to 2,400 (MCS0 to MSC11, NSS = 1 to 4)
  • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
  • 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 36, 48, 54
  • 802.11n: 6.5 to 600 (MCS0 to MCS31)
  • 802.11ac: 6.5 to 1,733 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 4)

Supported Radio Technologies

  • 802.11ax: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access(OFDMA)
  • 802.11ac/a/g/n: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple (OFDM)
  • 802.11b: Direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS)

Channelization

  • 802.11ax supports very high throughput (VHT) —VHT 20/40/80 MHz
  • 802.11ac supports very high throughput (VHT) —VHT 20/40/80 MHz
  • 802.11n supports high throughput (HT) —HT 20/40 MHz
  • 802.11n supports very high throughput under the 2.4GHz radio –VHT40 MHz (256-QAM)
  • 802.11n/ac/ax packet aggregation: A-MPDU, A-SPDU
  • Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) Certified

Supported Modulation

  • 802.11ax: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM, 1024-QAM
  • 802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM
  • 802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
  • 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK

Management Multiple BSSID

  • 8 SSIDs on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands

VLAN Tagging

  • Supports 802.1q SSID-to-VLAN Tagging
  • Cross-Band VLAN Pass-Through
  • Management VLAN

Spanning Tree

  • Supports 802.1d Spanning Tree Protocol

QoS (Quality of Service)

  • Compliant With IEEE 802.11e Standard
  • WMM

SNMP

  • v1, v2c, v3

MIB

  • I/II, Private MIB

Wireless Security

  • WPA3 Enterprise
  • WPA3-PSK (SAE)
  • WPA3/WPA2-PSK Mixed
  • WPA2 Enterprise (AES)
  • WPA2 AES-PSK
  • Hide SSID in Beacons
  • MAC Address Filtering, Up to 32 MACs per SSID
  • Wireless STA (Client) Connected List
  • SSH Tunnel
  • Client Isolation

Wireless Monitoring

  • WIPS/WIDS Dedicated Dual-Band Radios
  • Rogue AP & Device Detection
  • RF Spectrum Analysis
  • Zero-Wait DFS

Environment & Physical

Temperature Range

  • Operating: 32ºF~104ºF (0 ºC~40 ºC)
  • Storage: -40 ºF~176 ºF (-40 ºC~80 ºC)

Humidity (non-condensing)

  • Operating: 90% or less
  • Storage: 90% or less

Dimensions & Weight

  • Weight: 1.34 lbs. (607 g)
  • Length:  8.27″ (210 mm)
  • Width:  8.27″ (210 mm)
  • Height:  1.31″ (33.2 mm)

Packaging

  • Weight: 2.5 lbs. (1134 g)
  • Length: 9.65″ (245 mm)
  • Width: 9.65″ (245 mm)
  • Height: 3.35″ (85 mm)

Package Contents

  • 1 – ECW230S Cloud Managed Indoor Access Point
  • 1 – Ceiling Mount Base (9/16” Trail)
  • 1 – Ceiling Mount Base (15/16” Trail)
  • 1 – Ceiling Mount Base (15/16” Trail)
  • 1 – Ceiling and Wall Mount Screw Kit
  • 1 – Quick Installation Guide

Warranty

  • 2 Year

Certifications

  • CE
  • FCC

 

ECW230s Packaging

The packaging of ECW230s is identical to other models that EnGenius are offering. The recycle-friendly box has no color images or specifications on it. I do have to mention that this Access Point is specifically designed to be used in Business applications. (primarily stores and coffee shops)

Upon closely examining the box, I found a single product description inside “Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 4×4 Indoor Access Point”. Another feature to point out here is the “Wi-Fi Enabled Facebook” In this feature; you can directly forward users from the captive screen to Facebook when the user logs on to the Access Point.

The internal packaging of the ECW230s is straight forward and what you get in the tightly packed box is a set of install brackets, an EnGenius guide to the Cloud Management, and the Access Point itself. No, there is not a power injector included. You must purchase a power injector or use ECW230s with a POE (Power Over Ethernet) switch.

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