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#272730 12-Jul-2020 19:54
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Hi All

After some recommendations for a 5ghz access point I can pick up in Auckland.

Don't want super cheap but doesn't need to be expensive either just get the job done.

Need ethernet in/4 ethernet ports so it can come out of our wall ethernet ports and then can expand the wifi + provide more ethernet ports for connecting other devices.

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  #2521555 12-Jul-2020 20:03
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Define a reasonable price - because what you want is a a very niche solution with very few products on the market that have this capability.

 

Ruckus H510 is probably the most cost effective device that meets those requirements, but my pick is that your budget probably isn't $550ish which is what that will cost.

 

 




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  #2521561 12-Jul-2020 20:06
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Was thinking around a hundred?

I didn't think the requirements are that niche, 4 x gigabit ethernet + 5g wifi (to take advantage of fibre).

I found EDIMAX AC1200 but its not in stock, and thought there might be a better option that I don't know about.

 
 
 
 


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  #2521563 12-Jul-2020 20:10
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Only one I know of with 4 passthru ethernet ports is the fancy unifi in wall one.

 

 

 

https://store.ui.com/collections/unifi-network-access-points/products/unifi-in-wall-hd

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NAPUBI0428/Ubiquiti-UniFi-UAP-IW-HD-Dual-band-AC2033-3001733M

 

 

 

You will need something to power it from, so a PoE switch at the other end or an injector, I dont think it comes with one like the round APs do when bought in singles.

 

Otherwise just buy a cheap switch and a cheap AP and deal with the cabling mess that results.

 

 





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  #2521564 12-Jul-2020 20:13
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Stildawn: Was thinking around a hundred?

I didn't think the requirements are that niche, 4 x gigabit ethernet + 5g wifi (to take advantage of fibre).

I found EDIMAX AC1200 but its not in stock, and thought there might be a better option that I don't know about.

 

You won't get anything even close to $100 - the requirements are very niche and there are only a very small number of products on the market that fit that criteria.

 

I can't see any EDIMAX hardware that has those features, are you sure you're not just looking at their routers?

 

 




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  #2521565 12-Jul-2020 20:15
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I think I must be missing something here.

What added features does your $300 one have over this:

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NETEDM1090/Edimax-EDIMAX-AC1200-Gigabit-Dual-Band-Access-Poin

As far as I can see this one has 4 gigabit ethernet + 5g for $100?

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  #2521567 12-Jul-2020 20:18
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the one you are looking at it a router, the same as any of the ISP's offer which you just turn the DHCP off and use the 4 lan ports. the ISP hardware is better than that one though.


 
 
 
 


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  #2521568 12-Jul-2020 20:20
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Stildawn: I think I must be missing something here.

What added features does your $300 one have over this:

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NETEDM1090/Edimax-EDIMAX-AC1200-Gigabit-Dual-Band-Access-Poin

As far as I can see this one has 4 gigabit ethernet + 5g for $100?

 

That is not a managed device so if you have multiple of them to get coverage around the place then each has to be configured independantly thru its own user interface, its not centrally powered so you have to have a power adapter at each location you want one, the one I posted is wall mounted so gives a very neat installation into the flushbox that your existing data socket is in.

 

Also that edimax is a lower speed one, the unifi HD has a 4x4 radio so if you have a device with more paths then you get higher speeds, and the more paths in it gives it better sensitivity.

 

Bit like a corolla and a lexus. They're the same only until they are not.





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  #2521569 12-Jul-2020 20:20
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Dude, thats a router with built in wifi.

 

An access point is a standalone jobby. 

 

 

 

I guess you could use this in access point mode only, but you will need to make sure everything is configured correctly so as you dont create conflicts with your main router...or wil this be you one and only router for use??

 

 


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  #2521570 12-Jul-2020 20:22
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That EDIMAX may or may not offer the functionality the OP wants so. While I haven't played with that specific model other EDIMAX hardware that offers the multimode functionality (router / bridge / AP etc) can be configured as an AP, but can't work as an AP and then offer switch ports as well. The switch ports were only when it was in use as a router or a wireless bridge.

 

Again this model could be different, but I'd be surprised it it was.

 

 


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  #2521574 12-Jul-2020 20:23
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The best option for performance and price would be these if you're happy with buying 2nd hand and can wait. You will just need a POE injector to power it. Only disadvantage with US models is limited 5GHz frequency options which isn't a big deal.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ruckus-Wireless-ZoneFlex-H500-Access-Point-Wall-Switch-802-11ac-901-H500-US00/323799737310

 

 




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  #2521577 12-Jul-2020 20:29
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Main router is in the server cupboard, that goes into a switch and then into the wall ethernet cables throughout the house.

The office has another switch and then the 6 PCs etc

I have two points that get very limited 5g coverage from the main router where I want to put these access points, issue is that I usually have another devices plugged into the ethernet wall points, so I need a access point that enables me to also use as a switch as well.

Power isn't an issue. Nor is being centrally managed.



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  #2521578 12-Jul-2020 20:29
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Main router is in the server cupboard, that goes into a switch and then into the wall ethernet cables throughout the house.

The office has another switch and then the 6 PCs etc

I have two points that get very limited 5g coverage from the main router where I want to put these access points, issue is that I usually have another devices plugged into the ethernet wall points, so I need a access point that enables me to also use as a switch as well.

Power isn't an issue. Nor is being centrally managed.

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  #2521583 12-Jul-2020 20:40
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What sort of performance do you need? You could use a hAP AC lite and just bridge the interfaces. Only 100 Mb ethernet and single chain 5 GHz though.




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  #2521584 12-Jul-2020 20:42
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You'll have to explain the lingo a bit.

100mpbs is not ideal to be honest, what does 1 chain 5gh mean exactly?

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