EAP115 - real world bandwidth? SDN managed?

EAP115 - real world bandwidth? SDN managed?
EAP115 - real world bandwidth? SDN managed?
2022-08-10 16:43:41 - last edited 2022-08-12 04:57:25
Model: EAP115  
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I'm thinking about buying a couple of EAP115 access points - primarily to learn (a lot) more about networking. I'll be pairing them with an ER650 router and a (non-TP-Link) managed switch. I'll be buying the non-TP-Link switch and the older N300 APs due to a lack of funds to buy something better; I plan to upgrade them later.
 

So my questions are:

  1. are the EAP115s managed devices? Will I have basically the same configuration options via an Omada controller that I would have with newer APs?
  2. How many SSIDs can I setup? (I'd like to at least have one main, 1 guest, and one for IoT devices.)
  3. What can I expect in terms of typical, real world ​bandwidth/throughput? I'm a little worried about a big performance hit vs my WiFi 5 mesh system - but internet service options are very limited where I live so I'm lucky if I can get 50 Mbps.
  4. Will I still have seamless switching between access points as I travel through the house with my iPad, etc.?
  5. Do both APs need to be connected via an Ethernet connection or can the remote one be connected wirelessly to the one that's connected (via Ethernet) to the router? 
     

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

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2022-08-11 08:18:36 - last edited 2022-08-12 04:57:25

  @ErniePantuso 

 

1. Hardware versions of EAP115 v4 and above can be manageable by the SDN controller:
https://www.tp-link.com/omada-sdn/product-list/#omada-acces-points

 

2. Check the Datasheet for up to 8 SSIDs.
https://static.tp-link.com/upload/product-overview/2022/202206/20220617/EAP%20Datasheet.pdf

 

3. The EAP115 only supports 2.4G, not 5G, and it only has a 100M port, which means that the devices connected to the back of this device will not have more than 100M at most, and the same goes for the wireless speed.

 

4. This EAP does not support seamless roaming.

 

5. I'm afraid you can only connect wired, this EAP does not support mesh.
https://www.tp-link.com/omada-mesh/product-list/


 

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2022-08-11 08:18:36 - last edited 2022-08-12 04:57:25

  @ErniePantuso 

 

1. Hardware versions of EAP115 v4 and above can be manageable by the SDN controller:
https://www.tp-link.com/omada-sdn/product-list/#omada-acces-points

 

2. Check the Datasheet for up to 8 SSIDs.
https://static.tp-link.com/upload/product-overview/2022/202206/20220617/EAP%20Datasheet.pdf

 

3. The EAP115 only supports 2.4G, not 5G, and it only has a 100M port, which means that the devices connected to the back of this device will not have more than 100M at most, and the same goes for the wireless speed.

 

4. This EAP does not support seamless roaming.

 

5. I'm afraid you can only connect wired, this EAP does not support mesh.
https://www.tp-link.com/omada-mesh/product-list/


 

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2022-08-11 16:08:25

  @ErniePantuso 

 

You would be much better off spending a bit more to get at least the EAP2xx devices for future proofing.  If you want to use the Omada controller, you will be disappointed/frustrated if you don't use an Omada controllable switch (SG2xxx or SG3xxx).  The SG2008 is the cheapest variant (non-POE, well under $100 most places).  The ER605 has limited capabilities on its ports, and the Omada solution expects a router+switch to derive full advantage of the solution.

 

However, if you want to learn about networking, and are running everything as standalone then mixing and matching vendors is of less concern.

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