ENH210 Access Point – Client Bridge

Engenius ENH210 Access Point – Client Bridges are some great Wi-Fi units to set up an internet connection link from one house to remote location. So far they have worked perfectly at 1500′ even thru some bushes and trees. With the built-in 14db gain antenna this device can really send network traffic a long way. The setup went smooth and the device itself, well I’d say it’s well worth the money.

They use POE (Power Over Ethernet) technology so you don’t have to run a power line out to these devices, they will power up to 100m (328 feet) from your home thru the cable attached to them. Now you will need some Cat-5 or Cat-5e Burial Grade cable, because you will want the cable underground and protected. Some people even go as far as running some conduit underground to protect the wire. If you go thru all that trouble consider sending a string down the conduit as well. This way, when you want to run a second line thru the conduit, it’s easy.

You can get 1000′ of Cat-5e Burial grade for about $79 shipped free from www.amazon.com using their “Super saver shipping” option (amazingly this time mine showed up faster than UPS).

Engenius Tech does offer some less expensive units for you get what you pay for with the Engenius ENH210 Access Point – Client Bridge. I got two used from www.amazon.com for a good deal so I’m quite happy with what I got for the price.  Now if you’re looking for extreme range and have the money to spend I would go for the Engenius ENH210EXT model (External Antenna). Only problem, with these units is they only come with two 5db antennas so out of the box, they don’t work very well over about 800′ with a clear line of sight.  If you want to upgrade the antennas that is not a problem with the EHN210EXT, you have that option. If you put two 28db Directional Dish type antennas on each unit you could go for miles and miles with these, provided you have a clear line of sight. Anyhow I’m really enjoyed setting up these devices, the standard setup is to have one set to an access point closest to your internet connection and one set to Client Bridge mode at the other end.

Here is a link to their main US-based website. (They also have a few in other places like the UK)

If you’re looking for an indoor product, they sell those as well.

http://www.engeniustech.com/

And here is a link to the Engenius ENH210 Access Point – Client Bridge itself.

http://www.engeniustech.com/business-networking/outdoor-access-points-client-bridges/16343-enh210

Here is an Overview of the Engenius ENH210 Access Point – Client Bridge.

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Overview:

The EnGenius ENH210 is a high-speed long-range outdoor 802.11n Wireless-to-Ethernet Client Bridge that operates on 2.4GHz band that is compliant with the IEEE802.11b/g/n standards and features a MIMO (Multiple In/Multiple Out) antenna design delivering a wireless data rate of up to 300Mbps.

The versatile, high-speed ENH210 can function as a Client Bridge, Client Router, or Wireless Distribution System (WDS) Bridge. Utilizing its integrated internal 14dBi antenna and its high power output of up to 800mW, the ENH210 delivers higher throughput across an extended range making it an ideal CPE offering for a Wireless Internet Service Provider.

ENH210 also features a robust security feature set that includes support for 64/128/256-bit WEP encryption, WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise encryption, 802.1x authentication, hidden SSID and MAC address filtering. The multiple operation modes of the ENH210 make it an ideal solution for creating a high-speed, stable and highly secure outdoor wireless link between buildings, connecting surveillance cameras, or connecting outdoor digital sign to an office network.

Includes EnGenius Zone Controller Access Point Management software for configuring, managing and monitoring EnGenius-branded indoor and outdoor Access Points and Bridges. Zone Controller is a valuable tool for organizations that deploy multiple EnGenius long-range, versatile wireless networking products into complex networking environments. The software enables IT administrators to optimize network performance and downtime while significantly reducing the time and effort required to manage the network by providing administrators with the ability to create a facility map to depict real-time wireless coverage and allowing the monitoring and control of each asset, including the ability to push firmware upgrades.

Here are some of the features of the Engenius ENH210 Access Point – Client Bridge.

Features:

High 800mW Wireless Power Delivers Long-Range Coverage

  • Ensures robust signal to achieve longer range
  • Offers superior wireless network coverage over other brands
  • Perfect for Point-to-Point wireless links

Up to 300Mbps Wireless Speed and Backward Compatible to 802.11b/g

  • In Wireless-N mode, maximum data rate reaches up to 300 Mbps when connected to another Wireless-N device
  • Complies with IEEE802.11b/g/n standards

Built-in Dual Polarity Antenna Maximizes Wireless Connectivity

  • Built-in directional high-gain antenna
  • Dual polarity design allows adjustment to the environment
  • Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology

Multiple Wireless Network Names (SSIDs)

  • Broadcasts up to four (4) SSIDs
  • Permits different levels of network access (SSID-to-VLAN Binding)

User-friendly Installation Kit

  • PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) kit includes PoE injector and power adapter
  • Mast mount kit includes strap
  • Wall mount kit includes screws

Differentiators:

  • High 800mW transmit power for long-range coverage
  • Up to 300Mbps data rate compliant with 802.11n standard; Backward compatible with 802.11b/g
  • Support EnGenius Zone Controller AP management software
  • Connects to 3 times as many client devices than other APs
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Mbps) Ports
  • Bandwidth management on selected client devices/computers
  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise-level encryption, 802.1x support, MAC address filtering
  • 8 SSID-VLAN binding for segregating network access based on bandwidth demand or usage rights
  • IEEE 802.3af PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) compliant
  • Robust IP67 rated waterproof, dustproof housing designed for harsh outdoor deployments
  • Includes PoE injector, pole/wall mount kit, twin 5dBi antennas, Ethernet cable surge protection function
  • Can be deployed in a number of different configurations – Wireless Access Point, Client Bridge, WDS Bridge, WDS Access Point-to-WDS Station

Hardware Specifications

MCU Atheros AR7242

RF Atheros AR9283

Memory 64 MB

Flash 16 MB

Physical Interface

  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) Power-over-Ethernet port x 1
  • Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) port x 1

LED Indicators

  • Power Status
  • LAN1 Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Mbps)
  • LAN2 Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Mbps)
  • WLAN (Wireless is enabled)
  • 3 x Link Quality (Client Bridge mode)

Antenna Built-in internal 14dBi directional antennas

Enclosure IP rating IP-67

Power Requirements

  • Active Ethernet (Power-over-Ethernet)
  • IEEE 802.3af/at compliant
  • Power Adapter 48V / 0.375A

RF Specifications

Wireless Standard IEEE802.11 b/g/n

Frequency 2.412 ~ 2.472GH (b/g/n)

Modulation Technology

  • IEEE 802.11b: DBQSK, DQPSK, CCK
  • IEEE 802.11g: BQSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
  • IEEE 802.11n: BQSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM

Operating Channels 11 channels

Transmit Power

802.11b(2.412 ~ 2.472GHz)

  • 29 dBm @ 1Mbps
  • 29 dBm @ 2Mbps
  • 29 dBm @ 5.5Mbps
  • 29 dBm @ 11Mbps

802.11g(2.412 ~ 2.472GHz)

  • 29 dBm @ 6Mbps
  • 29 dBm @ 9Mbps
  • 29 dBm @ 12Mbps
  • 29 dBm @ 18Mbps
  • 27 dBm @ 24Mbps
  • 27 dBm @ 36Mbps
  • 26 dBm @ 48Mbps
  • 25 dBm @ 54Mbps

802.11n(2.412 ~ 2.472GHz)

  • 29 dBm @ MCS0/MCS8
  • 29 dBm @ MCS1/MCS9
  • 29 dBm @ MCS2/MCS10
  • 29 dBm @ MCS3/MCS11
  • 29 dBm @ MCS4/MCS12
  • 25 dBm @ MCS5/MCS13
  • 24 dBm @ MCS6/MCS14
  • 23 dBm @ MCS7/MCS15

Receiver Sensitivity

802.11b(2.412 ~ 2.472GHz)

  • -97 dBm @ 1Mbps
  • -95 dBm @ 2Mbps
  • -92 dBm @ 5.5Mbps
  • -89 dBm @ 11Mbps

802.11g(2.412 ~ 2.472GHz)

  • -96 dBm @ 6Mbps
  • -93 dBm @ 9Mbps
  • -89 dBm @ 12Mbps
  • -85 dBm @ 18Mbps
  • -81 dBm @ 24Mbps
  • -79 dBm @ 36Mbps
  • -76 dBm @ 48Mbps
  • -75 dBm @ 54Mbps

802.11n(2.412~2.472 GHz)

  • -95 dBm @ MCS0/MCS8
  • -92 dBm @ MCS1/MCS9
  • -87 dBm @ MCS2/MCS10
  • -85 dBm @ MCS3/MCS11
  • -80 dBm @ MCS4/MCS12
  • -79 dBm @ MCS5/MCS13
  • -74 dBm @ MCS6/MCS14
  • -73 dBm @ MCS7/MCS15

Software Specifications

Topology Infrastructure, ad hoc (WDS bridge)

Protocols IEEE802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz) 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab, 802.1D

Operation Modes

  • Client Bridge / Client Router / WDS / Access Point modes
  • LAN DHCP server/client

VPN VPN Pass-through

Networking PPPoE,PPTP, DHCP client, spanning tree, Channel bandwidth

Security

  • WEP Encryption-64/128/152 bit
  • WPA/WPA2 Personal (WPA-PSK using TKIP or AES)
  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise (WPA-EAP using TKIP)
  • 802.1x Authenticator
  • Hide SSIDs in beacons
  • MAC Address Filtering (when used as an Access Point)

Management:

Interface Web-based configuration

Firmware Upgrade via web browser

Administrator Password Changeable

Reboot to factory default

System Monitoring

  • Status in hand, statistics and event log
  • Configuration backup, configuration restore
  • Ping & Trace Route

Remote Management SNMP:v1, v2c; MIB I, MIB II(RFC1213),Private MIB

Time setting Manual; Auto: NTP

Certifications FCC 15B, FCC 15C, IC, CSA

Environment & Physical

Temperature Range

  • Operation: -4°F ~ 158°F (-20°C ~ 70°C)
  • Storage: -22°F ~176°F (-30°C ~ 80°C)

Humidity(non-condensing) 0%~90 % typical

Dimensions12.2” (L) x 9.0” (W) x 4.21” (H)

Weight 3 lbs

Contents of Package

  • ENH210 x 1
  • PoE Injector (EPE-48GR)
  • Power Adaptor
  • CD with User’s Manual
  • QIG
  • Mounting Set
  • Special screw set

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this review, If you need to get internet or just transfer files up to 300mb a second, this as a great devices to use.

Please keep in mind there are cheaper devices out there and ways of setting up a long-range Wi-Fi link, this is just one of the possible ways.

They sell for the price of $239 each on average and up to $299, so shop around, www.amazon.com seems to have the best price on them.

And if your going for a really professional setup, you can spend up to $3000 or more for one device.

Anyhow that about wraps it up for this review, below are some useful links if you wish to study in detail.

If you’re not sure what a POE device is useful for, check out the wiki page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_over_Ethernet (Great for powering devices like Cameras or even routers and switches without having to run a power line)

For more information on Wireless Access Points visit the wiki page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_access_point (Mainly used for sending out a SSID so other users can connect to your internet connection or service)

and for information on what a Client Bridge is, check out the wiki page as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_bridge (Good for a point to point link up)

These devices can also be setup as a Wireless router or WDS Link. (Wireless distribution system)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_router (pretty much what everyone has in their home)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Distribution_System (this will cut your bandwidth in half, but does have its own advantages, mainly less outside traffic incoming to your device)

Thanks, hope you enjoyed reading this review of the ENH210 as much as I did making it,

Sméagol

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