I feel very conflicted about some decisions in marketing these AP's (maybe conscious or not). but these AP's are marketed at "high density areas" for example hotels, offices etc. And all that while supporting "seamless roaming" and other nice wifi features. such ass "Wi-Fi 6 4 x 4" This is all fine and such.
Here the first thing the advertised max speed for 5Ghz is 2400Mbps, but most mobile devices only have 2 x 2 antennas, so already cut that speed in half to 1200Mbps. To be fair this is not something tp-link or the AP can help its just how the current situation is.
But that speed rating is only accomplished using channel bonding on its maximum supported width, which is 80MHz. Now this is where it gets interesting.
Using 80 MHz will result in your channel looking like this:
Thanks to Metageek:
As you can see the channels from 36 all the way up to 48 are now occupied. which coincidentally are exactly the only channels supported by the current EAP models with the Current firmware. Which does have a logical explaination. which is DFS:
thanks to: semfionetworks
DFS: is quite important its very misunderstood by many people seeing it as just a marketing term for "more channels babeh" but it actually means: Dynamic Frequency Selection, which enforces wireless radios on the channel to "move" when they detect radar or flight communications. "Cutting" your wifi connection for some time, which is not nice. But unless your close to a seaport or an airfield this should impact you very minimally.
From this point my frustration starts. according TP-links own Regulatory&Compliance.pdf its hardware supports all the way to 5700 MHz, but currently "only" goes to 5250 MHz, this is however not something you can notice by just reading though the specs list or data sheets. All those like to show especially are its theoretically throughput. Which is fine, most companies do, but most company also do support more than 4 5 GHz channels. or 1 at their max rated 5 GHz throughput.
I've been reading into this quite allot and there are many topics here questioning if there will be any support for DFS channels at all, and in most of those topics the solutions proposed by TP-link people are simply:
- design your network better.
Which kinda holds true you can design a good network with just 4 channels, it is also possible on the 2.4 Ghz which only has 3 "usable"channels. But that only hold true if you use 20 MHz wide channels.
Remember 5Ghz is 2400Mbps @ 80 MHz. "just" 600Mbps @ 20 MHz. At which point I think, why go for expensive AX equipment at all. With one available channels @ 80 MHz seamless roaming is a fad as you want to space your aps apart with a minimum of -72Dbi Rssi not mentioning neighboring AP's you don't have any control over whatsoever.
High density environments are a no go now too unless you want to have clients in a radio dessert, or occupy a radio with a very slow connection, MU-MIMO prevents this a bit, IF ALL clients support that. so its not just your AP that has to support MU-MIMO to take advantage of it. (slow connection is a very "long" turn).
Thanks to metageek:
I recommend reading this nevermind opening post says that those are illegal links thanks tp
to understand why this is a problem at all.
- We cannot support those channels in your region because of regulatory restrictions.
Which again kinda holds true BUT very limited, some region restricted 5GHz implementations only limited the use of certain 20 MHz wide channels, not simply anything beyond channel 48. and many don't restrict any UNII channels at all.
So why don't we really have DFS support and if it will come, When will that be, as in : dd/mm/yyyy/ TIME.
I live in a region that doesn't prevent tp-link from using any DFS channels at all, all the hardware has to do is comply to DFS.
I'm fine not being answered (TP-LINK)!! at all if you can't state the true reasons why TP-Link can't or will not support DFS, I don't want lazy excuses for not doing it, and putting the blame by the user.
Sorry for the long ranty post, but i'm seeing lots of people caught off guard with the limited 5 GHz support, and im not seeing any solutions from tp-link themselves.