I think I covered this in the review. The network will continue to work if connection to the cloud service is down. Same goes for Ubiquiti and now, eero (they fixed the problem).What does "depending on a cloud service for management" mean exactly?
Will the units continue to function as configured if connectivity to the cloud/internet is lost, or do they cease to function in their entirety (e.g. eero)?
The cloud service is not needed for network operation. Only for setup and monitoring.My worry is what they will consider the lifetime of the access point to be?
For example, what if they device that the life of your AP, is 3 years and then kill the cloud access as the product is now end of life?
Yes. that's a valid coparison.Is it valid to compare the wireless charts to the router charts with the same test revisions numbers? For example the 5ghz downlink profile for the A40 shows 62 Mbps and the GT-AC5300 shows 240 Mbps. Or is that an invalid comparison since they're different types?
I understand that from the article and product info, but it does not do much for a user who wants to make adjustments to their network settings or move the APs to a different location and setting them up again.The cloud service is not needed for network operation. Only for setup and monitoring.
To me it seems like if they EOL the device and kill the cloud service, you can never make changes or set them up again.
WiFi was provided by Open Mesh AP's - the OMP2's to be precise... my first experience with Open Mesh - and perhaps the hotel environment is not suitable for the gear used - but that's what was available..
It's definitely a challenge, that's for sure. Maybe start with what we would expect to be a classroom scenario. 30 Smartphones (15 Android, 15 Apple), 30 laptops (15 Apple, 15 Dell?). How to tie them all together to coordinate different application scenarios, I have no idea. Probably one of the most difficult tests to lab up for sure, but also one of the most meaningful for busy wifi environments...Not straightforward to do to get meaningful results.
What client mix? What loads? What signal levels?