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TP-Link (EAP225-Outdoor) AC1200 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Indoor/Outdoor Access Point $79.99

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[Canada Computers] TP-Link (EAP225-Outdoor) AC1200 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Indoor/Outdoor Access Point $79.99

Been wanting one of these for a while. Tracked the Amazon price and it rarely ever drops. For $79, I couldn't resist. I'll be able take teams/zoom calls from the backyard now without using LTE.
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Is this basically a range extender? Can I use it with my rogers modem to give it a boost throughout the house?
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makaveli80 wrote: Is this basically a range extender? Can I use it with my rogers modem to give it a boost throughout the house?
No.
As stated in the title, it's an access point. You will need to connect via network cable.
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Cant you just use an old router and turn it into an access point ? You have to wire it to your network just the same as this.
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tsx wrote: Cant you just use an old router and turn it into an access point ? You have to wire it to your network just the same as this.
This is outdoor-rated, and much more powerful than any old router. TP-Link makes for a good cheaper alternative to Ubiquiti stuff. If you have other TP-Link APs you can use mesh to connect them at a reduction in speed.

Niche application, but good price. Thanks OP!

For the people downvoting... why?
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Does this need to get connected to power outlet?
Can i use this accesspoint for my smart doorbell and smart thermometer to connect to?

I suppose this is a good alternative to traditional mesh system for reducing deadspots?
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iverson wrote: Does this need to get connected to power outlet?
Can i use this accesspoint for my smart doorbell and smart thermometer to connect to?

I suppose this is a good alternative to traditional mesh system for reducing deadspots?
This is PoE
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Almost place the order until I saw this review on Amazon. Fking TPLink, why always FW problem.
Beware: As of 2020-07-27 there is no firmware for EAP225-Outdoor to work with Omada Controller 4.x+
Reviewed in Canada on July 27, 2020
The EAP225-Outdoor is a nice little access point with decent antennas. However, in Canada the unit ships with Canadian firmware but as of 2020-07-27 the latest firmware available on the Canadian site is EAP225-Outdoor_CA_1.6.1 Build 20191224 which will NOT work with Omada Controller Software v4+. The US site has firmware version EAP225-Outdoor(US)_V1_1.20.0 Build 20200422 which presumably will work but cannot be installed if the device already has Canadian firmware. The box indicated that it was the US version, but it actually had the Canadian firmware. Seeing as it has been over 7 months since the last update on the Canadian site and a few firmware versions have been released on the US site since then it appears to be an abandoned product in Canada. So if you expect to use it with the Omada Controller Software you'd better check if they ever get around to releasing newer Canadian firmware prior to purchasing. Hence one star.
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Installed this a month ago. Love it. firmware upgrade was available when I bought it.

Model:EAP225-Outdoor(Canada) v1.0 Firmware Version:5.0.0 Build 20201015 Rel. 54720
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I think a better deal can be had, especially from Canada computers.
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It would appear this unit also supports OpenWRT firmware. Might pick this up!
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I'm not sure why this is getting downvoted so much.

I paid $70 for the indoor version of these. Another $10 for the outdoor version seems like a good deal.

Get a couple of them, connect them to a local controller.
I've only had one odd connection issue since I've had them, but a firmware update fixed that. Been using for about a year now.

They do require some technical skill to setup. But if you've setup a home router before, you can probably figure this out.
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kobemtl wrote: Almost place the order until I saw this review on Amazon. Fking TPLink, why always FW problem.
No problem using this with my Omada Contoller 4.1.5, with firmware 1.20.0 Build 20200604 Rel. 51951. Pretty sure I downloaded it form the TP-Link website too and it's still avalialbe: https://www.tp-link.com/ca/support/down ... /#Firmware

Canadian firmware is needed because some of the lower 5ghz bands are not allowed for outdoor use.
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GhaladReam wrote: It would appear this unit also supports OpenWRT firmware...
Currently Development Snapshot builds and Release Candidate only.
With snapshot releases, users must install LuCi manually.

No stable OpenWrt release currently.

EDIT: Just browsed through OpenWrt website. At least two recent unresolved issues of bricked tp-link EAP225 Outdoor.
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krossfyah wrote: Whats the outdoor range on these?
Should be able to get 150m on these and hop up to 2 or 3 nodes
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Does this device have to backhaul over ethernet? Can it be used as an outdoor wifi extender wireless ONLY?
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Check here:
https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots ... 9/generic/

I have the EAP245 v1 and v3. Tp-link stopped supporting the v1 a few years ago. The firmware had problems and no fast roaming that why I bought the v3. Just recently I flashed both v1 and v3 Openwrt firmware and they work great together with fast roaming feature. The learning curve was huge but worthess.
Warlock wrote: Currently Development Snapshot builds and Release Candidate only.
With snapshot releases, users must install LuCi manually.

No stable OpenWrt release currently.

EDIT: Just browsed through OpenWrt website. At least two recent unresolved issues of bricked tp-link EAP225 Outdoor.
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nano69an,

Thumbs up for OpenWrt but I think it's safer to wait for a stable version.
Mistakes don't happen often but when they do, user can end up with a bricked device requiring additional equipment/part(s) and downtime to get it running again. :(

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