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Linksys LAPAC1200

AC1200 Dual Band Access Point
At a glance
ProductLinksys AC1200 Dual Band Access Point (LAPAC1200)   [Website]
SummaryQualcomm-based AC1200 class 2x2 access point with PoE
Pros• Built-in cluster controller
Cons• Physically large
• Relatively expensive
• No roam assistance
• Very poor 2.4 GHz multi-client test performance

Typical Price: $130  Buy From Amazon

The LAPAC1200 is Linksys' least expensive business-grade access point. It's a two-stream 802.11ac design based on Qualcomm chipsets. It's also the physically largest AP in the roundup group, with a hexagonal design measuring a bit over 9.5" across the widest parts of its rounded hexagon shape.

It can be wall or ceiling mounted with included hardware and powered with 802.3at PoE via its single gigabit Ethernet port or included AC adapter. As mentioned earlier, the LAPAC1200's 802.3at rating means it requires more power than 802.3af switches can provide.

Unlike the Broadcom-powered LAPAC1750PRO, the 1200 is built on a Qualcomm platform with a Qualcomm QCA9557 2x2 11abgn WiFi SoC acting as the main processor and 2.4 GHz radio and QCA9882 2x2 11abgn+ac radio SoC for 5 GHz.

Linksys LAPAC1200 board

Linksys LAPAC1200 board

Other key components are shown in the table.

  Linksys LAPAC1200
CPU Qualcomm QCA9557 2x2 11abgn WiFi SoC
Ethernet AR8035 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
RAM 16 MB
Flash 16 MB
2.4 GHz Radio - In QCA9557
- SiGE SE2565T 2.4 GHz power amp (x2)
5 GHz radio - QCA9882
- Skyworks SE5003L1 5 GHz power amp (x2)
Firmware tested V1.1.02.000

The LAPAC1200 is managed through a browser interface via HTTPS / HTTP. There is no command line interface. Linksys has added a Cluster Management System that provides a single management interface to control up to 16 APs. Note, however, that all APs in a cluster must be the same model.

Linksys LAPAC1200 admin GUI

Linksys LAPAC1200 admin GUI

We reviewed the top-of-line LAPAC1750PRO back in 2014 and the AP Clustering feature last spring. So please check those reviews for further details. There's also an online emulator for the AP's management GUI (login credentials are admin/admin).

Features
Port TypeGigabit Ethernet
Ports2
PoE802.3at
CPUQCA9557
SwitchAtheros AR8035 gigabit Ethernet PHY
RAM (MB)16
Flash (MB)16
FirmwareV1.1.02.000
Captive Portal
Y
Cloud Mgmt
N
Web Mgmt
Y
S/W Controller Mgmt
N
AP Controller
Y
VLAN
Y
Wireless Backhaul
Y
Client Bridge
Y
Mesh
N
NotesWireless backhaul uses WDS
Wireless
ClassAC1200
# of streams2
BandBoth
Band Steering
Y
AP Load Limiting
N
Roam AssistNone
Auto Tx Power
N
Auto Channel Mgmt
N
DFS
N
MU-MIMO
N
Client Isolation
Y
Radio 12.4 GHz: In QCA9557 + SiGE SE2565T 2.4 GHz power amp (x2)
Radio 25 GHz: QCA9882 + Skyworks SE5003L1 5 GHz power amp (x2)
FCC IDQ87-LAPC1200
Antennainternal pcboard dipole (x2)
Antenna Upgradeable
N
ConnectorN/A
RADIUS
Y
Schedule
Y
SSID #8
NotesBand steering 2.4 to 5 GHz only
QoS
TypeB/W
DirectionBoth
Auto
N
NotesBandwidth limit is by SSID

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