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Featured EnGenius Announces New EnSky Wi-Fi 6 Outdoor Access Point

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by Julio Urquidi, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. Julio Urquidi

    Julio Urquidi News Editor

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    Encased in an IP67-rated dust and water-resistant enclosure, the EnSky series EWS850AP is a business-class Wi-Fi 6 access point designed for heavily congested outdoor environments.

    Running on a Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 quad-core processor, the dual-band EWS850AP uses four spatial streams and delivers maximum wireless rates of 574 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 1200 Mbps @ 5 GHz.

    Listed Wi-Fi 6 related features for the EWS850AP include OFDMA, 1024 QAM, BSS Coloring, Spatial Reuse, DL MU-MIMO, Target Wake Time and longer OFDM symbols. Security-wise, the EWS850AP uses Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3/WPA2 Enterprise/PSK) Encryption, IEEE 802.1X with RADIUS and MAC Address Filtering.

    The EWS850AP can operate using PoE via its single GbE port or can use proprietary 48V-54V power. The outdoor AP can also be set up as an access point in Managed Mode, or as WDSs, Mesh, Client Bridge, or Access Point in Stand-Alone Mode.

    Lastly, the EWS850AP is managed using an EnGenius EnSky Managed Switch (up to 50 APs) as a wireless controller or by provisioning an EnGenius EnSky SkyKey wireless controller (up to 100 APs).

    Pricing for the EnGenius EnSky EWS850AP Wi-Fi 6 Outdoor Access Point was not available, however EnGenius will start shipping it worldwide in Q1 2020.
     
  2. Krisbi

    Krisbi Occasional Visitor

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    Engenius still doesn´t have OFDMA software features enabled, though.
     
  3. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Really? They had OFDMA enabled on the 2x2 indoor EWS357AP I looked at months ago. It didn't work very well, but it was enabled.

    I was never able to find updated firmware for it, so I set it aside.
    I just checked the product page and it now looks like a firmware link is posted. I might give it another try.
     
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  4. Krisbi

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    As of 01/2020 Engenius EWS377AP/EWS357AP do not support OFDMA with their current firmware. You can easily check this yourself by using wireshark and capture some Traffic.
     
  5. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Thanks for the info. Guess they decided to join the rest of the Wi-Fi industry's big lie about OFDMA support.
     
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  7. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Thanks for checking. I won't be doing any further testing on the product for now.
     
  8. keenanj

    keenanj Regular Contributor

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    Tim I also got a confirmation from a official EnGenius source "OFDMA is enabled on the EWS357AP and EWS377AP"
     
  9. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Thanks. That's downlink only, right? Both bands?
     
  10. keenanj

    keenanj Regular Contributor

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    Correct
     
  11. Krisbi

    Krisbi Occasional Visitor

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    Can you please give me the line where you find OFDMA support? I don´t find any.
     
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  13. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Thanks. That means they will be switching to the newer Networking Pro 1200 chipset (Hawkeye 2.0)