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Title: What to choose when buying a new access points?
Post by: C02y on February 07, 2021, 05:16:09 pm
I could use some advice on wireless access points. I am switching ISP so I am waiting on a technician to come and get their fiber into my apartment, I don’t know where they will install the box. But it’s a small 3 bedroom apartment, so I don’t have to cover a large house or anything like that. I have my OPNsense box, I need 1 or maybe 2 WAPs depending on where they install the fiber box.

What are so some good options, Unify AP? What would you buy?
Title: Re: What to choose when buying a new access points?
Post by: banym on February 07, 2021, 07:19:01 pm
Even if this is a little out of scope of this forum.

UBNT do have some nice devices. (AP AC Pro, AP Lite)
Refurbish old equipment if laying around.
Maybe MiKROTIK (not sure about their products)

Regards,
Dominik
Title: Re: What to choose when buying a new access points?
Post by: C02y on February 08, 2021, 12:34:47 am
It might be out of scope. If it is, please just delete it.
Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: What to choose when buying a new access points?
Post by: Inxsible on February 15, 2021, 08:45:28 pm
For home networks, TP Link EAP 225 (AC1350) or EAP 245 (AC1750) are great. They support 802.3af and 802.3at POE(so no running power cables, just 1 Ethernet cable provided you have a POE switch. They also have a POE injector available in the box) , 802.1q for VLANs, Traffic Shaping,  Captive portal, Band steering, Beam-forming, MU-MIMO and Dual bands (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz)

They also have Omada software controller which allows you to control multiple APs from a single software installation just like Unifi.

for your apartment however, a single AP would suffice if you place it centrally. In the US, these are cheap too at $60 (EAP225)  to $95 (EAP245)
Title: Re: What to choose when buying a new access points?
Post by: AlienMindbender on February 15, 2021, 09:31:52 pm
I can recommend the Grandstream GWN Access Points. I recently bought three GWN7605, and for approx. € 80,00 you'll get 2.4 & 5 Ghz Dual Band, MIMO, PoE, VLAN tagging, Multi-SSID, centralized management with or without cloud, captive portal and so on.