TP-Link Auranet EAP225 – AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount AP Reviewed

TP-Link Auranet EAP225 - AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point
TP-Link Auranet EAP225 – AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount Access Point

Ceiling mounted wireless access points are generally associated with businesses and public wireless areas. TP-Link have released the EAP225, an AC1200 wireless dual band gigabit access point, which challenges this.

Powered by the Qualcomm Atheros chipset, the EAP225 supports up to a maximum of 1200Mbps by simultaneously combining the 2.4GHz (300Mbps) and 5GHz (867Mbps) frequencies. Similarly, the device supports Band Steering Automatically which moves supported devices to the higher speed frequency to maximize the connection speed.

The Ceiling Mount AP (EAP225) specifications:
InterfaceGigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) Port *1(Support IEEE802.3af PoE)
ButtonReset
Power SupplyPoE or External 12VDC / 1.5A Power Supply
Power Consumption10.15 W
Antenna TypeInternal Omni
2.4GHz: 2* 4dBi
5GHz: 2*4dBi
MountingCeiling /Wall Mounting (Kits included)
Physical Security LockKensington Lock Slot
Watch DogYes
Wireless StandardsIEEE 802.11ac/n/g/b/a
Frequency2.4GHz and 5GHz
Signal Rate5GHz:Up to 867Mbps
2.4GHz:Up to 300Mbps
Wireless FunctionsMultiple SSIDs(Up to 16 SSIDs, 8 for each band)
Enable/Disable Wireless Radio
Automatic Channel Assignment
Transmit Power Control (Adjust Transmit Power on dBm)
QoS(WMM)
Band Steering
Load Balance
Rate Limit
Reboot Schedule
Wireless Schedule
Wireless Statistics based on SSID/AP/Client
Wireless SecurityCaptive Portal Authentication
Access Control
Wireless Mac Address Filtering
Wireless Isolation Between Clients
SSID to VLAN Mapping
Rogue AP Detection
802.1X Support
64/128/152-bit WEP / WPA / WPA2-Enterprise,
WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
Transmission PowerCE:
<20dBm(2.4GHz)
<23dBm(5GHz)
FCC:
<27dBm(2.4GHz & 5GHz)
EAP Controller SoftwareYes
Email AlertsYes
LED ON/OFF ControlYes
Management MAC Access ControlYes
SNMPv1,v2c
System Logging Local/Remote SyslogLocal/Remote Syslog
TelnetYes
Web-based ManagementHTTP/HTTPS
L3 ManagementYes
Multi-site ManagementYes
Package Contents AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Access Point EAP225
Power Adapter
Mounting Kits
Installation Guide

Design

The EAP225 looks and feels like any other ceiling mount wireless access point. Its ergonomic curves and light colour makes it suitable for most residential installs.

TP-Link Auranet EAP225
TP-Link Auranet EAP225

Support for Power over Ethernet (802.3af) simplifies installation and helps keep the cost down as an additional power source isn’t required.

Software

The TP-Link EAP225 can be centrally managed using the supplied Auranet Controller software. This software has a number of advantages:

  • Included with the EAP225 at no cost
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Supports all the Auranet models which allows for centralized management
  • Visual feedback providing real-time monitoring and statistics

In addition, the EAP225 also provides support for a range of advance wireless functions:

  • Layer 3 management
  • Multi-site management to
  • Batch firmware upgrades enable simultaneous upgrades of all Auranet Aps
  • Ability to schedule automatic reboots
  • Guest control with authentication page or voucher system
  • Supports load balancing
  • Band steering to ensure devices get the fastest possible connection speed
  • Supports rate limiting to  better manage available bandwidth

Performance

Our standard wireless tests were run to assess the wireless performance of the TP-Link Auranet EAP225 against the Archer VR600. The wireless signal was checked from 5 different locations:

  • Same room
  • Same floor next room separated by a void
  • Same floor opposite end of house
  • One floor above
  • Outside

For an access point with no external antennae, the results were respectable against the VR600. Whilst the gap widened the further away we were on the 2.4GHz band, it still performed reasonably well on 5GHz and wasn’t that far off what we achieved with the Archer VR600.

Final Thoughts

The TP-Link Auranet EAP225 is a great mid-range wireless access point that supports dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz), wireless-AC and PoE (802.3af). It’s sleek design and supplied mounts allow for subtle installs in the home. Whilst the lack of external antennas add to the homely look and feel of the unit, it did have an impact on its performance on the 2.4GHz band. That said, the EAP225 still managed to give a solid signal on 5GHz when compared to our test Archer VR600.

The supplied software was easy to configure and simple to use. Although we didn’t mention it above, Band Steering worked well moving our 5GHz capable devices onto the wider band to ensure they had maximum bandwidth. The Auranet software also provided a convenient method of configuring the guest access.

Overall, we were quiet pleased with the unit and look forward to seeing how TP-Link improve in this space.

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4 thoughts on “TP-Link Auranet EAP225 – AC1200 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Ceiling Mount AP Reviewed

    256Studio

    (February 5, 2018 - 5:59 am)

    What was the range of the 2.4 and the 5.8 on the eap225?

      Noeneel Sharma

      (February 6, 2018 - 8:52 am)

      I no longer have the test unit to measure but I was able to connect to the WAP from my wireless devices from most locations in a 2 level house.

    Alex

    (May 12, 2018 - 6:04 pm)

    Eap225, eap245 EU lower range and a lot of connections problems buy ubiquit

      Noeneel Sharma

      (May 14, 2018 - 7:58 am)

      The EAP225 is probably a little old now by today’s standards. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Ubiquit products, will hopefully get some time to test some of their networking gear out in the near future.

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