TP-Link EAP225 review: business access point for next to nothing

TP-Link EAP225 review: business access point for next to nothing

For access points is that they are definitely in business environments in general function better when they work together. Manufacturer offers TP-Link EAP225 with an affordable model that it is pre-eminently suitable for should be. We went with it.

The housing of TP-Link EAP225 is functionally held. He is white, with a few (wish to disable) led at the top, a gigabit network connector, reset button, power socket and a Kensington lock on the back. The included adapter, you do not to use, PoE is also supported. A switch or router that 802.3 af supplies, sufficient for this AC1200 access point. So you don’t have the extra expense to do to 802.3 at (PoE+), though this access point, of course, be compatible with it. A second gigabitaansluiting to loops is by TP-Link omitted on this model.

At the bottom is clear to see that TP-Link EAP225 is developed with a place on the wall or on the ceiling in the back of my mind. The necessary ophangmaterialen be neatly included, including screws. You can screw the mounting plate to the wall or ceiling, and runs the access point simply fixed it.

Internally we see a clean, small plate, that is based on chips from the factories of Qualcomm. As the central unit of account is chosen for a QCA9563, who also is charged with keeping the 2.4 GHz network. For 5 GHz, there is a separate chip placed, the QCA9982. It is equipped with 128 MB ram. Funny to see is that the ethernet transceiver (the AR8033) equipped with Atheros-branding.

TP-Link EAP225 review: business access point for next to nothing

TP-Link EAP225: Features

One of the main issues of a somewhat more on the corporate segment focused access point, is how easy he is to manage. This is especially true if there is more to be hanged. At many larger companies, the management still by a hardware controller, in recent years, however, there are also a lot of manufacturers software-based controllers has been released. This piece of software, turn you somewhere in your network, any changes you can just through a browser window changes. All you need to do except for the access points do not have to invest in additional hardware to manage them.

In the past few years we have this here over of under other Ubiquiti, but also, for example, of Xclaim, a brand that is part of Ruckus Wireless, Cisco, Meraki, Netgear, and Zyxel. TP-Link adds to this list, with the EAP Controller software.

At the first start of this software, we noticed immediately that it was more than a little like something a few years ago we saw during the review of the Unifi access points from Ubiquiti. Of course, everything is in the new colours of TP-Link cast, but the layout and the capabilities of the EAP Controller software are virtually identical. Inquire for TP-Link learns that one child everything has developed, but that, for the design of the interface of the Ubiquiti Unifi as a reference is used. Some degree of similarities in hardware and software are, of course, the warp and weft in the technologiewereldje, and sometimes even inevitable. The software from TP-Link and Ubiquiti are, however, virtually identical, as you can clearly see on the screenshots below.

TP-Link EAP225 review: business access point for next to nothing

Copying of this order, we are frankly not used to that from TP-Link, so it surprises us greatly. The interfaces that we have so far of this brand at have come on routers but also on the access points themselves, in addition, what our concerns are excellently suitable. The need to make something closely related to that of another brand seems, eludes us, or there have to be some lay-out conditions were from the used chipset. That last seems unlikely to us, since the Unifi models that few years ago we have discussed internally about different hardware had.

TP-Link EAP225: Possibilities

Apart from the question whether the chic is an interface largely to take over, is the Unifi Controller, which, in our opinion, without a doubt, one of the nicest that you may encounter. The same applies now also for the EAP Controller TP-Link.

In the field of possibilities, is actually everything what you would like to have. Thus, there is provided in a page (the home page) on which you have the option of a floor plan of your office or home, and then the different access points. Thus, you get insight into what coverage you may expect from the devices.

A further striking possibility is that a so-called captive portal. This is a guest network, but with a login screen, such as you, for example, that regular hotels face. You can choose what type of security you want to have, a welcome note and add the page to your own liking to decorate using logos and/or images. Keep however in mind that the controller software for this application continuously running on the background. Installation on a server or something like that is so desired.

TP-Link EAP225 review: business access point for next to nothing

TP-Link EAP225 also does something interesting with the radios. You can use band steering, whereby the access point determines which frequency band is most suitable for a particular client. In practice, the band is steering used generally for as much as possible devices if possible to connect to the 5GHz frequency. In addition to band steering, there is also load balancing, in which you can specify how many clients there maximum per radio connection can create and what the quality of the connection at least should be.

A handy feature if you have multiple access points of same model is Batch upgrade, the ability to use them all at the same time, updating from the EAP Controller. All you need to do, but a time to upload the file, the rest is by the controller done.

Finally, it is possible to from a central EAP Controller access points in multiple local networks to manage. Useful if you have multiple locations, but still want to main settings and policies you want to implement. Something that we cannot find the controls, is zero-handoff, which ensures that clients automatically from one to the other access point to be transferred.

The access points are also outside the EAP Controller approach. This is only possible if the controller is not running by the way.

Performance: 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz

Below you can see the performance of the TP-Link EAP225 at 2.4 GHz and at 5 GHz (both 802.11 n and 802.11 ac), as measured during the tests according to our standard testing procedure for routers and access points. We compare the results with those of the access points in our comparison of business models of last year. The performances are generally good to very good. Only the upload speed on 2.4 GHz is a little disappointing.

Power consumption

The power consumption of the TP-Link EAP225 is neat. We have moreover, this is measured while the access point power was provided by the included adapter.

TP-Link EAP225: Conclusion

If you are looking for one or more access points that you simply can centrally manage, we should have the TP-Link EAP225 definitely be on the list. There is simply little more to be desired of an access point if you only to do is to wi-fi and you’re not looking for models with additional radio modules for other purposes or with extremely advanced capabilities. The price is with an average of 89 euro very sharp, the performances are generally good to very good and the possibilities expanded for a device in this class. One and the other is contained in a discreet housing for which all ophangmaterialen neatly included.

The only thing we still not completely over it, from the can, is that the EAP Controller interface, a copy seems to be that of Ubiquiti Unifi, of course, in the style of TP-Link presented. We are very curious as to what the reason is, because TP-Link has this in our opinion is really not necessary. The interfaces themselves are also excellent, in our experience, so why not just do something for yourself to develop? We will probably never know why this choice was made. The big question is if you really need to find as end-user. Ultimately it is the performance and the possibilities and things manufacturers do not necessarily have to be a originality award. Nevertheless, wring it out a bit for us.

However, We are of the opinion that it is not primarily our task is to, in cases such as these moral judgements about manufacturers, but us to focus on the quality of the product in question.

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TP-Link EAP225 review: business access point for next to nothing was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby