Below is a bullet point list of features and specifications of the CAP1200 and WAP1750 taken from Edimax's product website. The first section lists features common to both devices, with device specific features listed after.
Configuring the CAP and WAP in default AP mode is straightforward. You can configure it with a direct Ethernet-connected PC, or just plug it into your network. The AP will pull an IP address from your router's DHCP server and you can browse to its IP and log in.
Once connected and logged in, you are presented menu options to view Information and configure Network Settings, Wireless Settings, Management Settings, and Advanced Settings.
I used the Network Settings menu to give the WAP1750 a static IP so I could consistently find it on my network, then used the Wireless Settings menu to assign an SSID and key to the 2.4 and 5 GHz radios. Within minutes, I had Windows and MacOS laptops, plus a couple ofiPhones connected to the CAP1200's Wi-Fi network.
Immediately apparent when configuring individual Edimax APs is a bit of configuration lag. Each time you apply a new config, it takes up to 60 seconds for it to apply, with a wait message displayed such as the one below.
For example, it took approximately 60 seconds to apply a network IP address change, 10 seconds to apply a management password change, 15 seconds to apply an SSID change and 40 seconds to apply a change to Wi-Fi security.
This gets old quickly. A better solution would be to save changes quickly on each page and be given the option with each save to apply them (and take the longer reboot hit) once.
Both the CAP1200 and WAP1750 support PoE. I successfully connected the WAP1750 to a ZyXEL Power over Ethernet switch, so I didn't have to use the included AC adapter for power.
The menus and options on the CAP1200 and WAP1750 are the same. The Edimax APs offer a wide array of options to configure the radio and SSIDs. Configuration options are summarized below.
- System Info, Wireless Client Info
- Wireless Monitor
- Site Survey (detects 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi SSIDs and displays channel and signal strength)
- LAN IP, LAN Port
- For the wired port, can set which VLANs are tagged and untagged
- For the Wi-Fi SSIDs, can assign each to a unique VLAN
Wireless Settings (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz)
- Basic = Define SSID, channel, channel bandwidth, BSS rate set
- Advanced = Set Contention Slot, Preamble Type, Guard Interval, 802.11 protection, DTIM Period, RTS Threshold, Fragment Threshold, Multicast Rate, Tx Power, Beacon Interval, Station Idle Timeout
- Security = Set SSID, Broadcast Enable, Wireless Client Isolation, Load Balancing, Authentication Method, WPA Type, Encryption Type, Key Renewal Interval, PSK Type, PSK, Additional Authentication
- WDS = Set WDS On/Off, WDS Peers 1-4, WDS VLAN, WDS Encryption
- Schedule = Set by day and by start/stop time
- On/Off, PIN, Push-button, WPS by PIN, Status
- Settings = For 2.4 and 5.0 GHz Primary and Secondary, set Type, Server, Port, Secret Key, Timeout, Account, Acct Port
- Internal Server = On/Off, EAP Internal Auth, EAP Cert Upload, EAP Secret Key, Session timeout, Term Action
- Accounts = Add/Delete users
- MAC Filter
- Add/Delete MAC addresses
- AP and Station settings for traffic prioritization (Back Ground, Best Effort, Video, Voice)
- Admin, Date and Time, Syslog, Ping Test, I'm Here, Operations Mode
- LED, Update firmware, Save/Restore, Factory Default, Reboot
As you can see from the menu options, the Edimax Pro APs are highly configurable. Wireless security via WEP, WPA and WPA2 both home (PSK) and enterprise (RADIUS) are all supported, along with AES and TKIP encryption. Edimax PRO APs have built-in RADIUS servers or can connect to an external RADIUS server for 802.1X authentication. Up to 16 SSIDs can be configured per radio on each AP and each can be mapped to a unique 802.1q VLAN.
The Wireless Monitor is a useful utility for detecting surrounding Wi-Fi signals. Scanning for surrounding Wi-Fi signals allows you to manually select the least occupied channels to optimize your network. Clicking Scan in the Wireless Monitor menu presents a list of all detected SSIDs in both bands or each one individually. The below screenshot shows a Wi-Fi scan run from the WAP1750.
The Wireless Monitor looks for SSIDs and signal levels and doesn't measure channel utilization. I ran a continuous ping test with a laptop connected and ran a scan. I observed 1-2 dropped pings while the scan was running. So there could be a brief STA interruption/disconnection while the scan is running.
Wi-Fi SSID Scan Tool
A feature I hadn't seen on an Access Point before is the "I'm Here" menu option. This lets you trigger an Edimax access point to beep for 1-300 seconds. In a larger deployment with Access Points above false ceilings or otherwise out of sight, this buzzer feature is a nice way to physically locate the device. (It is also an amusing tool for surprising an unsuspecting pet or human!)