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2 x 2 AC Dual-Band Ceiling-Mount PoE Access Point
At a glance
ProductEdimax 2 x 2 AC Dual-Band Ceiling-Mount PoE Access Point (CAP1200)   [Website]
SummaryBusiness class indoor ceiling mount AC1200 class AP supporting fast roaming and built-in RADIUS server
Pros• Built-in RADIUS server
• Good AP placement tool
• Traffic shaping for Guest networks
• Well-behaved roaming
Cons• Web admin takes awhile to save changes
• Terrible 2.4 GHz performance (Revision 10 retest)

Typical Price: $105  Buy From Amazon

3 x 3 AC Dual-Band Wall-Mount PoE Access Point
At a glance
ProductEdimax 3 x 3 AC Dual-Band Wall-Mount PoE Access Point (WAP1750)   [Website]
SummaryBusiness class indoor AC1750 class AP supporting fast roaming and built-in RADIUS server
Pros• Built-in RADIUS server
• Good AP placement tool
• Traffic shaping for Guest networks
Cons• Web admin takes awhile to save changes

Typical Price: $180  Buy From Amazon

Typical Price: $180 Buy Direct

Introduction

Updated 12/4/17 - CAP1200 retested

Edimax introduced its Pro Series access points at CES 2015 and they recently started shipping. We haven't tested a lot of AC access points and people seem to be looking for them. So we decided to bring two of them in.

I'll be looking at the CAP1200 and flagship WAP1750 Pro series business-class access points. I'm going to cover both as standalone access points, as well as using one in controller mode with Edimax's Network Management System (NMS).

The CAP1200 is an AC1200 class 2x2 802.11ac access point in a circular "smoke detector" format, measuring just under 7" (17.6 cm) in diameter and 1.25 in. tall (3.2 cm) at its highest point. It can be wall or ceiling mounted with the included hardware and powered via 802.3af PoE or the included AC adapter. Edimax rates the CAP1200 as capable of supporting up to 50 concurrent clients per radio.

The WAP1750 is an AC1750 class AP with a 7" x 7" (18.3 x 18.3 cm) footprint and about 1.5"(3.6 cm) tall. It can also be wall or ceiling mounted with included hardware and powered via 802.3at PoE or with an included AC adapter. Edimax rates the WAP1750 also as capable of supporting up to 50 concurrent clients per radio.

The WAP1750 has two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports. Port 1 will be connected to the main wired network and can receive power via 802.3at PoE. Port 2 is an 802.3af PoE port that can power other PoE devices such as access points or IP cameras when the WAP1750 is powered using the included 12V / 4A power adapter. I grabbed the WAP1750's callout diagram from its User Manual. Edimax hasn't posted the CAP1200's manual yet.

Edimax WAP1750 callouts

Edimax WAP1750 callouts

Inside

Edimax turned to Qualcomm Atheros (QCA) and Mediatek to power the WAP and CAP. The CAP1200 mainboard is shown below, built around a MediaTek MT7620 802.11n 2T/2R SoC as the main processor and 2.4 GHz radio. The 5 GHz radio is a QCA9882 2x2 802.11ac/a/b/g/n radio.

CAP1200 mainboard

CAP1200 mainboard

The WAP1750 has a larger mainboard, shown below, with a Qualcomm Atheros QCA9558 802.11n 3x3SoC as the main processor and 2.4 GHz radio and QCA9880 3x3 ac 5 GHz radio.

WAP1750 mainboard

WAP1750 mainboard

The key components for both APs are summarized in Table 1.

  WAP1750 CAP1200
CPU QCA9558 dual-band, 3-stream 802.11n SoC
MediaTek MT7620 802.11n 2T/2R SoC
Ethernet AR8035 + AR8033 Gigabit Ethernet PHYs AR8035 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
RAM 128 MB 64 MB
Flash 16 MB 16 MB
2.4 GHz Radio - In QCA9558
- SiGE SE2565T 2.4 GHz power amp (x3)
- In MediaTek MT7620
- SiGE SE2565T 2.4 GHz power amp (x2)
5 GHz radio - QCA9880 3x3 802.11ac radio
- Skyworks 5003L1 5 GHz power amp (x3)
- QCA9882 2x2 802.11ac/a/b/g/n radio
- Skyworks SE5003L1 5 GHz power amp (x2)
Table 1: Component summary

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