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TP-Link EAP225

AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point
At a glanceAll Wireless Performance
December 2017
ProductTP-LINK AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point (EAP225)   [Website]
SummaryQualcomm-based AC1200 class 2x2 PoE-powered access point.
Pros• Inexpensive
• Great performance
Cons• No roaming assistance
• No client bandwidth controls

TP-Link's EAP225 was a surprising find. It's the lowest cost product in our roundup group and the best performer. It's the entry-level 802.11ac member of TP-Link's Auranet family, which includes four 802.11n and four 802.11ac APs. At just over 7" square, it's one of the larger APs, but not overly so. Its single gigabit Ethernet ports accepts 802.3af to power the AP, but it can also be powered by an included wall-wart.

The Qualcomm-based platform uses a QCA9563 3x3 802.11bgn wireless SoC as the processor and 2.4 GHz radio and QCA9882 for 5 GHz. However, if you examine the board shot below closely, you'll see unloaded components for a third 2.4 GHz RF chain.

TP-Link EAP225 board

TP-Link EAP225 board

The rest of the components are summarized in the table.

  TP-Link EAP225
CPU Qualcomm QCA9563 3x3 802.11bgn wireless SoC
Ethernet Atheros AR8033 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
RAM 128 MB
Flash 16 MB
2.4 GHz Radio - in QCA9563
- SiGE SE2565T 2.4 GHz power amp (x2)
5 GHz radio - QCA9882 11abgnac 2x2 radio SoC
- Skyworks SKY85717-21 5 GHz front end (x2)
Firmware tested 1.2.0 build 20170828

The EAP225 can be managed via its HTTPS web interface. Or you can install TP-Link's free EAP Controller on a Windows or Ubuntu, CentOS or Fedora Linux system. Auranet also has a cluster controller option using an AP-turned-controller to run up to 24 APs. But the only AP that can be used as a controller is the N300 class EAP115. Still, at only around $44, it might be an option worth exploring if you have a lot of APs to manage and don't want to run a software controller.

TP-Link EAP225 web GUI

TP-Link EAP225 web GUI

The EAP225 is the only product in the roundup to support automatic transmit power control and supports AP load balancing by limiting the number of associated devices. But on the downside, it band-steers 2.4 to 5 GHz only and has no roaming assistance features. Wireless backhaul is also not supported. So the only way to connect EAP225's is via Ethernet,.

TP-Link EAP225 WMM QoS

TP-Link EAP225 WMM QoS

The feature table says the EAP225 has no QoS features, but that's not 100% accurate. What is does provide is control of arcane WMM QoS parameters that will be of little use to many of us. If you're looking for simple ways to control client access priority or bandwidth use, the EAP 225 doesn't have them.

Port TypeGigabit Ethernet
PoE 802.3af
CPUQualcomm QCA9563
SwitchAtheros AR8033
RAM (MB)128
Flash (MB)16
Firmware1.2.0 build 20170828
Captive Portal
Cloud Mgmt
Web Mgmt
S/W Controller Mgmt
AP Controller
Wireless Backhaul
Client Bridge
# of streams2
Band Steering
AP Load Limiting
Roam AssistNone
Auto Tx Power
Auto Channel Mgmt
Client Isolation
Radio 12.4 GHz: in QCA9563 + SiGE SE2565T 2.4 GHz power amp (x2)
Radio 25 GHz: QCA9882 + Skyworks SKY85717-21 5 GHz front end (x2)
AntennaInternal dipole
Antenna Upgradeable
Notes- AP load balance done by limiting # of associated devices

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