802.11ac WAP



  • Can anyone PLEASE suggest or tell me of a good 802.11ac Wireless access Point? I am looking for something high end but affordable (under $150 USD). The Linksys WRT1900AC is only $250 USD and that is a router and access point. Also 1100Mb/s is a minimum, dual channel would be nice but not required, and MIMO technology would also be nice but not at all required.


  • Netgate

    That price point is going to be hard to meet.  More opens up at about $250.  I'd be inclined to try an Xclaim Xi-3.

    But note that Wave 2 is hitting about now.  Not sure it's the best time to be buying Wave 1 AC gear.



  • what all does wave 2 have to offer and when do you roughly predict it going mainstream?
    Also do you know why access points (AP) are soooo much more expensive than router WAP all in ones?


  • Netgate

    Watch this and it'll answer most of your questions.  Other than that, google "802.11ac wave 2"

    http://www.ruckuswireless.com/asset/watch/2392



  • Do you know or at least suspect why access points (AP) are soooo much more expensive than router WAP all in ones?



  • Can anyone PLEASE suggest or tell me of a good 802.11ac Wireless access Point?

    Ubiquiti UniFi AP - AC, UAP-AC
    The UniFi controller software is free of charge and runs also on a small RaspBerry PI B/2.0
    on Raspian (Debian on RAPI), here is an article for the practice UniFi controller appliance.

    280 € + 50 € for the RaspBerry PI B/2.0

    I am looking for something high end but affordable (under $150 USD).

    ???  ::)

    The Linksys WRT1900AC is only $250 USD and that is a router and access point.

    This is often better then being an AP only! It can be turned to be a router or an AP.

    Also 1100Mb/s is a minimum, dual channel would be nice but not required, and MIMO
    technology would also be nice but not at all required.

    The Ubiquiti one named above comes with;

    • till 1300 MBit/s
    • 3 x 3 MIMO
    • indoor only

  • Netgate

    Good, Cheap, Fast.  Pick 2.

    You want a "high-end" 801.11ac access point for under $150.  Sorry.  High-end 802.11ac APs are about $1000.



  • High-end 802.11ac APs are about $1000.

    And then mostly a hardware wireless controller comes on top to unleash all the given functions and options.



  • @cfontaine5:

    Do you know or at least suspect why access points (AP) are soooo much more expensive than router WAP all in ones?

    What's your guess?

    All-in-one devices usually is consumer gear produced in big quantities.
    AP-only devices are somewhat special or professional with lots more engineering and fewer quantities.

    A "high-end" AP for less than US$150 can be found used only. And surely not with 802.11ac
    Your expectations are somewhat off the track!


  • Netgate

    Did you even watch that video?  It represents the top of the top of wave 2 AC gear.  I can testify that beamflex works freaking great and if you have to provide high-density wifi (dozens to hundreds of associations per radio) it's hard to beat Ruckus - except on price, but not performance.

    If you think there is anything like that in your consumer APs/routers you are mistaken.  There's a low end atheros chip (if you're lucky) with a couple wires hanging off it for antennas.  And it will probably fall on its face with anything around 10 - 30 associations.

    But, you're right.  The consumer-grade guys should make APs - or at least provide an AP bridge mode and multi-SSID VLAN tagging in their software like Apple does (they do the bare minimum but it's there).  Guess there's just not enough demand for simple APs.



  • I got a refurbished airport extreme for $120 off the apple store. It's nowhere near as good as a ubiquiti or others that have been discussed earlier. But it's very good for a home or apartment.



  • I got a refurbished airport extreme for $120 off the apple store.

    Good shot! but this is not the theme we are talking about here!

    It's nowhere near as good as a ubiquiti or others that have been discussed earlier.

    High end or premium WLAN APs are often comes with some interesting features, options or functions.
    This would be even not the same as offered by APs from other ranges.

    But it's very good for a home or apartment.

    Very good for home usage would also be a Buffalo ac with DD-WRT on it for ~120 € or ~$120
    but once more again thats not what this talk is on.



  • stumbled on this one, might fit your budget. (no idea on quality/features/…)

    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-news/32816-trendnet-shipping-ac1200-access-point