TP-Link EAP245 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point
The TP-Link Omada EAP245 access point is a ceiling mountable Wi-Fi solution, engineered to handle heavy multi-user usage in large areas. The EAP245 provides a perfect solution for many different applications, including hotels, shops, schools, and restaurants.
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Information. TP-Link EAP245 Passive PoE AP
Outfitted with the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO technology, the TP-Link EAP245 easily delivers dual-Band Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1750 Mbps to multiple devices at the same time. Band Steering automatically moves dual-Band devices onto the wider 5GHz Band and MU-MIMO technologies simultaneously transfer data with multiple devices, speeding up connection.s
The EAP245 supports both 802.3af PoE and Passive PoE power supply, and can either be powered by a PoE switch or the provided PoE adapter, making deployment effortless and flexible.
The TP-Link captive portal helps ensure that only authorised guests use the network, presenting devices with a convenient, user-friendly authentication method to grant Wi-Fi access. The addition of SMS and authentication simplifies the captive portal even further to simplify connectivity and boost your business.
EAP245 Key Highlights
- Ceiling Mountable
- Simultaneous 450Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps on 5GHz totals 1750Mbps Wi-Fi speeds
- Supports Seamless Roaming so even video streams and voice calls are unaffected as users move between locations
- Supports management VLAN for an enhanced network management
- Band Steering
- 802.3af PoE and Passive PoE power supply
What’s in the Box?
- EAP245 Access Point
- Gigabit Passive PoE Adapter
- Power Cord
- Mounting Kits
- Installation Guide
TP-Link has new Wi-Fi 7 mesh routers for homes and businesses
TP-Link releases routers for Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 7
TP-Link has expanded its Deco lineup of weatherproof mesh Wi-Fi 6 products, and has added ultra-fast Wi-Fi 7 routers at the cutting edge of networking performance.
Three additions to TP-Link’s Deco Wi-Fi Ultimate Whole Home Solution have weatherproof certification and Powerline and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. They extend strong mesh Wi-Fi through walls or complex house structures and offer flexible installation on ceilings, walls, or other hard-to-reach surfaces to optimize Wi-Fi performance.
These units have the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology and hardware for fast and reliable Wi-Fi.
New Deco systems
The first product, Deco X50-PoE, offers versatile installation on a wall or ceiling. It has two built-in PoE/WAN/LAN auto-sensing ports, a 2.5 multi-gigabit PoE port, and up to 3 Gbps wireless speed (2,402 Mbps on 5 GHz, 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz) to cover up to 6,500 square feet and connect up to 150 devices.
Meanwhile, the Deco X50-Outdoor extends mesh Wi-Fi 6 outdoors up to 3.0 Gbps wireless speed (2,402 Mbps on 5 GHz, 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz), provides coverage up to 2,500 square feet, and connects up to 150 devices with high-performance Wi-Fi 6 to eliminate dead zones in backyards.
Rounding out the release is the Deco PX50, which combines dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 and G.hn powerline 1,500 Mbps to provide a strong Wi-Fi 6 network solution to penetrate through solid materials, reducing the impact of walls, floors, and other complex house structures.
The Deco PX50 delivers up to 3 Gbps wireless speed (2,402 Mbps on 5 GHz, 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz), covers up to 6,500 square feet, and connects up to 150 devices. Powerline backhaul adds a third lane for data to travel through, like a Tri-Band mesh router, to create stronger connections between Deco units.
The Deco X50-PoE AX3000 is available on Amazon for 349.99, and the Deco X50-Outdoor AX3000 retails for 149.99 and is available to preorder. The Deco PX50 AX300 will cost 299.99 and will be available through Amazon later in January.
Wi-Fi 7 networking
TP-Link also announced next-generation devices that will offer Wi-Fi 7.
A router called Archer BE900 was among the company’s announcements, featuring a futuristic, upright design complete with an LED screen and touch controls on the front face.
Offering 24 Gbps quad-Band Wi-F 7 speeds, it has two 10G WAN/LAN ports — one RJ45 port and an RJ45/SFP combo port — to support fiber and copper connections. The additional four 2.5G and two USB ports make it an ideal solution for future-proofing a home network.
Another device, Archer GE800, is TP-Link‘s first Wi-Fi 7 gaming router with genuine 10G. It’s a tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 gaming router that delivers Wi-Fi speeds of over 18 Gbps.
GE800 is also equipped with two 10G ports and two 2.5G ports to meet the needs of multi-gigabyte entertainment like gaming, 8K AR/VR, and home NAS setups. With excellent game acceleration functions, GE800 boosts gaming traffic, stabilizes connections, and reduces latency.
The Archer GE800 is not yet available but will arrive soon. The Archer Archer BE900 is available to preorder on Amazon for 699.99 and starts shipping on March 15.
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TP-Link introduces Deco X50-PoE Smart Mesh Wi-Fi router
Geert van der Klugt
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TP-Link launched the Deco X50-PoE Smart Mesh Wi-Fi router. The model is designed for home environments and small offices. PoE support allows for flexible placements.
According to TP-Link, the model particularly lends itself to stable wireless internet access in homes and small offices. The integrated ethernet ports supports PoE, eliminating the need to position the router near a power outlet.
The model provides Wi-Fi 6 speeds of up to 2402Mbps over 5GHz and up to 574Mbps over 2.4GHz. The router includes a 2.5 Gbps and a 1 Gbps port. Both ports can be used for WAN or LAN but not for concurrent WAN.
In addition, all Deco models feature TP-Link HomeShield, a comprehensive security suite with built-in antivirus software, adjustable restrictions for children, device prioritization and network visibility tools.
PoE switch required
The TP-Link Deco X50-PoE Wi-Fi router comes in bundles of one, two and three units. All bundles include a mounting plate for walls and ceilings, general mounting hardware and a power adapter.
It’s important to note that PoE is only supported when using the model in conjunction with a separate PoE switch — for example, the TP-Link TL-SG1005P 5-port gigabit PoE switch, which starts at about €50.
The three-piece router set is now available for €349. The single- and two-unit bundles will be made available later this quarter.
An affordable Wi-Fi 5 AP with good performance and Smart Cloud management
- Good value
- Decent wireless performance
- Easy to deploy
- Seamless integration with TP-Link’s free Cloud management platform
The latest Wi-Fi 6 access points may be all the rage right now, but many businesses will find Wi-Fi 5 models can deliver most of the features they need at more affordable prices. Costing a shade over £100, TP-Link’s Omada EAP265 HD exemplifies this, offering a good turn of wireless speed, plus a wealth of business-class features and free Cloud management into the bargain.
The EAP265 HD is an AC1750 dual-Band AP delivering speeds of up to 1,300Mbits/sec on its 5GHz radio and 450Mbits/sec on the 2.4GHz radio. Its first Gigabit port supports a PoE or PoE source. but worry not if you don’t have one, as TP-Link generously includes a passive Gigabit PoE injector and UK plug lead in the box.
It also has a second Gigabit port which can be used to connect other wired devices and provide them with network access, and it can be wall or ceiling-mounted. The kit thoughtfully includes a sturdy plastic ‘twist and lock’ bracket for this purpose.
The EAP265 HD is almost identical to TP-Link’s cheaper EAP245 though, so what exactly are the differences? We suspect the ‘HD’ in its model name stands for ‘high density’, as it can handle up to a whopping 500 clients, whereas the EAP245 is certified up to a comparatively paltry 220.
TP-Link Omada EAP265 HD review: Standalone mode and performance
Deploying the EAP265 HD in standalone mode is a speedy process. The web console’s quick start wizard just required us to supply a new username and password, after which it sensibly removed the default admin account. The AP supports up to eight SSIDs per radio, and the wizard offers the opportunity to configure the first ones for each radio before securing them with a new encryption key.
The web console itself is a simple affair that presents a status page showing CPU and memory utilization, all wireless networks, tables of inbound and outbound traffic and lists of connected clients. Each SSID can have their own authentication scheme (which doesn’t include WPA3), upload and download rate limits and guest designation which keeps wireless clients away from the local network.
A built-in scheduler controls when the AP or its SSIDs are active, QoS (quality of service) can be applied to voice and video traffic and if you create two identical SSIDs for each radio, you can enable Band steering. Guest networks present custom captive portals with an acceptable use policy (AUP) and optional redirection but authentication only extends to a local global password or Radius server.
Real world performance is surprisingly good; large file copies from a Windows 10 desktop equipped with a Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 11ac USB adapter to a server on the LAN averaged 80.5MB/sec at close range and only dropped to 74MB/sec at 10 metres. You won’t see much more oomph than this, though, as the AP’s web console showed CPU utilisation hovering around 96% during our tests.
TP-Link Omada EAP265 HD review: Cloud management
TP-Link takes a similar approach to Cloud management as Ubiquiti Networks, where each site requires a local controller that links up with your free Cloud portal account. You can host the controller yourself (free versions are provided for Windows and Linux platforms) but for testing, we employed TP-Link’s OC300 controller appliance which runs the Linux version and costs around £107.
We went the whole hog and added TP-Link’s SafeStream TL-R605 router and JetStream TL-SG2428P Gigabit PoE switch. With the router fronting our test network, we connected the switch to one of its LAN ports and plugged the OC300 and EAP265 HD into the switch.
Starting with the OC300, we used its local web console wizard to assign it to our Cloud account and during this process, it picked up the switch and added it as a managed device. All controllers are presented in the Cloud portal and selecting one provides remote access to its local web console.
Provisioning the EAP265 HD is a cinch. It appears in the controller’s console as ‘pending’, and once it has been ‘adopted’, it disables its local web interface and receives all wireless settings from the controller. From this point on, any site SSIDs you create will be automatically pushed out to all managed APs.
TP-Link Omada EAP265 HD review: Cloud features
Moving to Cloud management provides a wealth of site information, with the customizable portal dashboard presenting a ribbon across the top showing internet capacity, gateway usage, switches, APs, clients and guests. Below this, you can create your own views and choose from a wide range of graphical widgets such as wireless summaries, client distributions, wireless traffic and the most active clients.
Features for the EAP265 HD get a boost too, as site SSIDs support the stronger WPA3 encryption. With all site APs presenting the same SSIDs, clients connect to the nearest one and can roam across them as they move around.
With the controller in the mix, guest portal options are superior to those available in standalone mode since authentication methods expand to include simple password, local user, voucher, Radius or Captive portals can be customised with your own background colours, pictures, logos and AUPs.
All managed devices are configured directly from the portal and its statistics page reveals detailed graphs for each AP showing hardware utilization, traffic, user counts, errors and retries. Speed tests on the router’s internet connection may be run as often as every ten hours and each site can be configured to handle automatic firmware upgrades for all its devices.
TP-Link Omada EAP265 HD review: Verdict
It may only be a Wi-Fi 5 AP, but the Omada EAP265 HD offers plenty of business-class wireless features and delivers a fine performance at a good price. Teaming it up with TP-Link’s controllers opens up even more features, making it a great choice for SMBs that want affordable Cloud-managed wireless networks.
TP-Link Omada EAP265 HD specifications
|AC1750 dual–Band 2.4/5GHz 802.11ac|
|Internal. 3 x 2.4GHz, 3 x 5GHz|
|2 x Gigabit (LAN/PoE, pass-through)|
|Max 16. 8 on each radio|
|TL-POE4824G PoE injector included, optional external PSU|
|205 x 182 x 38mm|
|Standalone, Omada controller software/hardware|