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[The Source] TP-Link EAP245 Ceiling Mount Access Point - $89.99 | EAP225 - $69.99

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[Amazon.ca] [The Source] TP-Link EAP245 Ceiling Mount Access Point - $89.99 | EAP225 - $69.99

This deal was quite popular awhile ago: amazon-ca-tp-link-eap245-ac1750-wireles ... 9-2367474/

Back on at the source, also includes the EAP225.

EAP225
EAP245

Amazon Link (thanks to @paaji )

Recent thread on the same: t-p-link-eap-245-2404199/#p33155583

I have 2 of the EAP245 + OC200 cloud controller. Been quite happy with them and usually average 200-300mbps in a 2200sqft townhouse (3 story).
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What is this? Wireless Access Point
Full name: TP-Link EAP245 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point
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I've been running a 245 for a while now, and it is great! One of my ~50 clients disconnects every 60-90 days and the only way it will reconnect is with a reboot of the 245. I blame this on the client and not on the 245, as the other ~49 clients have no issue.

Thanks,
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Good timing! I was looking for a router with "mesh" support (for later upgrade/expansion).
Thanks, OP!
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I have one of these connected to a regular/old router and its covering most of the house itself. Connection speed is mostly related to client hardware so your old laptop/console will probably get like ~70mbps and newer stuff will get around 400-500mbps.

It's probably best to not run these at "full power" (i suggest 18-20dbm) esp the 2.4ghz band because it'll interfere with other neighboring signals.

225 and 245 should be mesh compatible with Omada software running on a pc/rpi etc.

https://community.tp-link.com/en/busine ... pic/190642
https://www.tp-link.com/ca/support/faq/2283/
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can we do a wireless uplink with them like Ubiquiti?
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Zarkey wrote: I have one of these connected to a regular/old router and its covering most of the house itself. Connection speed is mostly related to client hardware so your old laptop/console will probably get like ~70mbps and newer stuff will get around 400-500mbps.

It's probably best to not run these at "full power" (i suggest 18-20dbm) esp the 2.4ghz band because it'll interfere with other neighboring signals.
yeah I have both of mine running TX mid-power to allow for a better hand-off between them. I have tons of wifi overlap in my area as well (I see 9 networks to join on my phone right now)
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Clee wrote: can we do a wireless uplink with them like Ubiquiti?
With the OC200 you can run a mesh network with APs being completely wireless. Never tried it myself
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Zarkey wrote: I have one of these connected to a regular/old router and its covering most of the house itself. Connection speed is mostly related to client hardware so your old laptop/console will probably get like ~70mbps and newer stuff will get around 400-500mbps.

It's probably best to not run these at "full power" (i suggest 18-20dbm) esp the 2.4ghz band because it'll interfere with other neighboring signals.

If you want to use them as "mesh" make sure it's compatible i think only the 225s have mesh maybe 245 in future.

https://community.tp-link.com/en/busine ... pic/190642
https://www.tp-link.com/ca/support/faq/2283/
Do these have to be hardwired to your current router? Google says probably so I guess that is what you would want to do.
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AstonM wrote: yeah I have both of mine running TX mid-power to allow for a better hand-off between them. I have tons of wifi overlap in my area as well (I see 9 networks to join on my phone right now)

Yea you can install something like this on the phone https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... rpro&hl=en and
scan your area pick the least used channel from 1,6,11 https://www.metageek.com/training/resou ... -6-11.html so even if you have 10s of networks around the specific channel might only have 2/3. people usually pick 1 or 11 lol.
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Zarkey wrote: Yea you can install something like this on the phone https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... rpro&hl=en and
scan your area pick the least used channel from 1,6,11 https://www.metageek.com/training/resou ... -6-11.html so even if you have 10s of networks around the specific channel might only have 2/3. people usually pick 1 or 11 lol.
Yeah thanks - I ended up running it on windows (iPhone user) before and set mine to optimize. Speeds nearly doubled as I got better links
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SammyDavis wrote: Do these have to be hardwired to your current router?
for wireless mesh? at least one has to be i think. And you need a controller software running somewhere (hardware controller, PC, linux/Raspberry pi etc)



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like this. And this setup will be considerably better than most $200/300 mesh stuff out there. So you have to do the cost analysis based on your needs. I have a basic AP-wireless-AP (not mesh) setup and i dont really need it since one of these units have enough coverage for 2000sqft house but there will be some signal issues around corners and possible interference issues.

So I dont have the mesh setup because it can get expensive. There are more complicated ways around that would require custom firmware on your router (OpenWRT)
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These are great access points, have both running with their controller and have had no wireless issues. As someone above said, speeds will be dependent on your phone/laptop . I get ~500mbps on my phone and 70 on a old laptop.

You can run these in wireless mesh mode but at least 1 needs to be wired to your router and this acts as the "root node".
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Question for someone more knowledgable than me... I bought two of the 245's when amazon had them on sale a while back, hardwired each of them back to my ISP's modem/router (no controller) and everything works great. The question I have now, I read that a recent firmware update enables the mesh feature for the 245; do I need the OC200 controller to take advantage of this feature? If yes, do I just need the one controller or do I need one for each AP?
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berto_14 wrote: Question for someone more knowledgable than me... I bought two of the 245's when amazon had them on sale a while back, hardwired each of them back to my ISP's modem/router (no controller) and everything works great. The question I have now, I read that a recent firmware update enables the mesh feature for the 245; do I need the OC200 controller to take advantage of this feature? If yes, do I just need the one controller or do I need one for each AP?
I believe you can either use the hardware controller or install the software controller on a spare pc or other server device (raspberry pi etc)
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berto_14 wrote: Question for someone more knowledgable than me... I bought two of the 245's when amazon had them on sale a while back, hardwired each of them back to my ISP's modem/router (no controller) and everything works great. The question I have now, I read that a recent firmware update enables the mesh feature for the 245; do I need the OC200 controller to take advantage of this feature? If yes, do I just need the one controller or do I need one for each AP?
You only need one controller. But you don’t need to buy the physical controller. They have a software version that you can install on a computer
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I have one of these running and it works pretty solidly. Only had trouble recently where it for some reason dropped all 5ghz clients and I had to reboot it.

Also as an FYI, it's been this price for at least a few months on amazon so I don't think this is particularly hot.
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OP, can you at least put what it is in the title?
Wireless Access Point

(inb4 "If you don't know the model number, it's not for you")
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berto_14 wrote: Question for someone more knowledgable than me... I bought two of the 245's when amazon had them on sale a while back, hardwired each of them back to my ISP's modem/router (no controller) and everything works great. The question I have now, I read that a recent firmware update enables the mesh feature for the 245; do I need the OC200 controller to take advantage of this feature? If yes, do I just need the one controller or do I need one for each AP?
Omada software can be installed on anything even your pc. so if you want to test it without buying the hardware controller you can install it now.
https://www.tp-link.com/ca/support/down ... ontroller/

then read up p35-45 https://static.tp-link.com/2018/201809/ ... 0.2_UG.pdf
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i am using eero pro as rental from rogers, looking to order this. i have townhouse about 2100 sq ft and no ethernet running in house, so it will be sitting on table under tv where my rogers hitron white tower modem is. will this work for me in terms of speed and location ? should i put it upside down as other user mentioned ?
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Macross_Freek wrote: I believe you can either use the hardware controller or install the software controller on a spare pc or other server device (raspberry pi etc)
Gee wrote: You only need one controller. But you don’t need to buy the physical controller. They have a software version that you can install on a computer
Zarkey wrote: Omada software can be installed on anything even your pc. so if you want to test it without buying the hardware controller you can install it now.
https://www.tp-link.com/ca/support/down ... ontroller/

then read up p35-45 https://static.tp-link.com/2018/201809/ ... 0.2_UG.pdf
This is amazing, I had no idea there was a software controller. One follow-up question, can the PC with the controller software be connected via wifi and does it have to remain on at all times? Sorry for what I'm sure are very basic questions but this is all new to me, you guys are awesome.

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