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Edimax CAP1200

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: $90  Buy From Amazon

We reviewed both the CAP1200 and its WAP1750 3x3 sibling back in 2015, so this will be a brief recap.

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 CAP1200 is one of the few APs in this roundup 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.

Edimax CAP1200 board

Edimax CAP1200 board

Other key components are shown in the table.

  Edimax CAP1200
CPU MediaTek MT7620 802.11n 2T/2R SoC
Ethernet AR8035 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
RAM 64 MB
Flash 16 MB
2.4 GHz Radio - In MediaTek MT7620
- SiGE SE2565T 2.4 GHz power amp (x2)
5 GHz radio - QCA9882 2x2 802.11ac/a/b/g/n radio
- Skyworks SE5003L1 5 GHz power amp (x2)
Firmware tested 1.7.1

The CAP1200 is managed by web browser only. APs can be individually managed or an AP can be switched to be a cluster controller for up to eight APs. Edimax calls this Edimax Pro NMS (Network Management Suite). The screenshot provides a taste of the CAP1200's web GUI style.

Edimax CAP-1200 web admin

Edimax CAP-1200 web admin

In addition to the features listed below, you'll find a Wi-Fi scheduler and built-in RADIUS server for authentication.

Features
Port TypeGigabit Ethernet
Ports1
PoE 802.3af
CPUQualcomm IPQ4018
SwitchQCA8072
RAM (MB)256
Flash (MB)?
Firmware1.01 09:46:24 03/28/2017
Captive Portal
Y
Cloud Mgmt
N
Web Mgmt
Y
S/W Controller Mgmt
Y
AP Controller
Y
VLAN
Y
Wireless Backhaul
Y
Client Bridge
Y
Mesh
N
NotesWireless backhaul uses WDS
Wireless
ClassAC1300
# of streams2
BandBoth
Band Steering
Y
AP Load Limiting
N
Roam AssistNone
Auto Tx Power
N
Auto Channel Mgmt
N
DFS
N
MU-MIMO
Y
Client Isolation
Y
Radio 12.4 GHz: in IPQ4018 + Skyworks SKY85303-11 2.4 GHz front end (x2)
Radio 25 GHz: in IPQ4018 + Skyworks SKY85717-21 5 GHz front end (x2)
FCC IDKA2AP2610A1
Antennainternal bent-metal dual-band dipole (x2)
Antenna Upgradeable
N
ConnectorN/A
RADIUS
Y
Schedule
Y
SSID #8
QoS
TypeBoth
DirectionBoth
Auto
N

Traffic Shaping / QoS is done by SSID with separate up and downlink bandwidth limits settable for each.

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