TP-Link TL-WA5210G High Power Outdoor Wireless Access Point, 2.4GHz 54Mbps, 802.11g/b, 12dBi directional antenna...
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- Outdoor weatherproof and 4000V lightning/15KV ESD protection design
- 12dBi dual-polarized antenna to build long distance WiFi connection up to 15km
- High Power to boost your signal coverage and link speed
- High output transmission power and reception sensitivity optimized 12dBi directional antennas fit for various environments and boost your signal level
- Standards: IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b Interface: 1x 10/100M Auto-Sensing RJ45 Port(Auto MDI/MDIX, PoE);
- 1x external Reverse SMA Connector One Grounding Terminal
- Frequency Range: 2.4-2.4835GHz Wireless Transmit Power:
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TP-Link TL-WA5210G 2.4GHz High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE
From the Manufacturer
The TP-LINK TL-WA5210G 2.4 GHz High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE is a dedicated Wireless Internet Service Provider Customer-Premises Equipment (WISP CPE) device, providing the functions of a Wireless Access Point (WAP), WISP Client, and a high gain antenna in one weatherproof device designed for outdoor use. The high power design extends transmission range and delivers a more reliable wireless connection.
High Output Power for Extended Range
For users that need to cover a large area and reduce dead spots, the TL-WA5210G features high output power and high RX sensitivity that lets it reach farther than other wireless access points. Just like a high-volume speaker to make your sound (wireless signal) travel further, the device features high power for higher speeds at further range for long distance applications. Signal degradation when traveling long distances is mitigated, just like a high-sensitivity headset, allowing the AP to detect and receive the weakest signals. Combined with the integrated 12 dBi dual-polarized antenna, the TL-WA5210G lets you build up to a 9.3-mile range wireless link.
If you connect an optional higher gain directional antenna to the external RP-SMA connector, the device supports distance control up to 32.6 miles, breaking through distance limitations in normal 802.11g devices and enabling long-distance wireless transmission. An antenna alignment tool is also included, which produces superior wireless performance by enabling the best transmission and reception signals.
The Wireless Access Point supports the IEEE 802.11g and b standards, offering wireless speeds of up to 54 Mbps in 802.11g mode and automatically falling back to 11 Mbps in 802.11b mode.
Weatherproof Design for Outdoor Use
The TL-WA5210G is designed to work in harsh outdoor environment. Built with outdoor weatherproof enclosure and high durable of temperature (-30°-70°C) hardware inside, the AP could work in some place with extreme bad weather conditions. Besides, the built-in 4000V lightning and 15KV ESD protection design would also help you to prevent storm/lightning surges and ensures reliable operation.
Multiple Operation Modes with One Device
The TL-WA5210G provides three different operation modes: AP client router, AP router, and AP. In AP client router mode, it works as a Wireless Internet Service Provider Customer-Premises Equipment (WISP CPE). In AP router mode, it accesses the Internet via ADSL/cable modem. And in AP mode, it can function as an access point, client, WDS bridge, and repeater.
Strong Security Keeps You Safe
Multiple security measures keep your wireless network safe from prying eyes. The Wireless Access Point can be set to turn off the wireless network name (SSID) broadcast so that only users that know it can access it. The access point itself provides LAN 64/128/152-bit WEP encryption security, WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK authentication, as well as TKIP/AES encryption security.
The TL-WA5210G also features a client isolation function, which protects the security of each individual subscriber from hacker attacks in the same wireless network.
Quick to Set Up, Easy To Manage
TP-LINK made the TL-WA5210G a breeze to set up and easy to manage. Friendly help messages are provided at every step so you can have your access point up and sharing the Internet in no time. For hard-to-wire locations, a bundled power injector and Passive Power over Ethernet (PPoE) provide flexible deployment options.
Users can get operational information from the access point without using professional test software by using the integrated speed test and throughput monitor tools. The access point also supports Ping Watch Dog, which enables the device to reboot itself when it encounters errors, saving you the time from having to do it manually.
Product and Warranty Information
The device measures 3-1/5 by 10-2/5 by 4-7/10 inches (H x W x D).
The Wireless Outdoor CPE is backed by a two-year warranty.
What's in the Box
High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE, power adapter, power injector, mounting kits, quick installation guide, and resource CD.
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchased two of these TP-Link TL-WA5210G High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE in order to create a point to point wireless network to be accessed from this remote location. After setting up the first one just outside of a window on the first floor pointing toward the building(but no line of sight), I was surprised to be able to see the Wifi network(100% strength) both infront of and inside the building. Then to just test it I went further away to around 1200 feet and the signal went down to about 60% strength.
When I tried to access to the network however, both iPhone and laptop could see the network yet unable to connect to it. I went back to the TP Link settings page(via Chrome browser 192.168.1.254) and downloaded the most recent firmware update. That also did not fix the issue. I added WPA2 security and set those settings to automatic and that allowed me to connect to it. I have read various reviews claiming issues with the quick setup, and adding security was the solution for me.
I changed locations and moved it upstairs away from my router and actually used a Netgear 85Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit - XETB1001 to connect it to the internet. I was worried about the power injector because I have 2 powerline systems running in the house but I saw no interference with or from either system. I positioned the TP-Link directly towards the building through a couple of branch-less trees but otherwise unobstructed view. It is behind a window(inside the house) at the corner of the house that is closest to the building.
After moving it upstairs the signal strength is 100% at 2000 feet and I haven't checked any further. Inside of the building that is steel, tin, and wood I get perfect reception and fast speeds. I had planned to set up a second one to act as a relay but I ended up not even needing it. I am very surprised at the quality, ease of setup, and features available for a product in this price range. It was a complete solution for my situation and I see the range of possibilities for commercial and retail use. My biggest surprised was how robust the browser control panel was, with included explanations of every menu item on EVERY screen. Very happy about that.
I have a little networking knowledge but this was completely new thing to me, and within half an hour I was good to go.
My hope is to mount it to a PVC pipe outside of the house facing the same direction, as it is designed to be outside I feel it will increase the range even more when properly setup. Everyplace I read said this is optimized for rural use, so I feel if you have open fields and hills without much obstructions, you can probally get the ranges they advertise(when properly installed) and if you need more range you can always setup an external antenna like this Hawking HiGain Directional Antenna, indoor/outdoor, 14dBi HAO14SDP I was looking at.
Surprisingly high powered radio. Good reception even in containers many feet away.
Decently good software. Not DD-WRT, but arguably simpler.
Supports VLANs and multiples SSIDS
Supports an external antenna too, always a nice feature
The PoE injector is a proprietary TP-LINK variety. This DOES NOT WORK with normal PoE equipment (at least as the normal gear is intended to)
The maximum cable run is not that long. They say 50m, but in my experience it was shorter than that.
Would I buy again?
It depends. If I were installing them in a campus or industrial setting? No. I would get proper PoE systems.
At home? Probably. They are both good bang for the buck and have more advanced features than many other systems.
1) It is *ONLY* powered by Power Over Ethernet: there is a "power injector" device that the AC power adapter plugs in to, and then the power is delivered from the "power injector" to the CPE device via Ethernet cable.
2) One can *ONLY* configure the device with an Ethernet cable connected to one's computer, at least initially.
3) The antenna is highly biased, with the wave form being not quite bi-directional but not omni-directional. That is, it is better as a point-to-point device out of the box, and thus not completely well suited for use as an Access Point ("repeater") except for wireless devices that are "in front of" the antenna.
As it is, I have not been able to test the device because I do not have an Ethernet cable, and thus I cannot configure the device. I will update this review once I get an Ethernet cable. I thought the above points are necessary to mention here so that people know what they are getting.
-- UPDATE #1 --
I have acquired two Ethernet cables, as that two are required to configure the device: one for power (POE) and another for the "LAN" (personal computer) interface.
The device is mounted on a steel pole outside, and pointing towards the router that is 480 feet away and behind a two-pane storm window. Signal strength averages 36dB in good weather (low humidity, clear sky).
The device has many configurations, and the English manual is some times confusing due to odd word usage: but anyone reading it will eventually understand. There are several ways to configure the "Access Point" mode, depending on if the work station is plugged directly in to the device ("AP Client") or if WiFi-enabled work stations are using the device wirelessly ("Repeater" and "Universal Repeater"). There is an antenna-pointing utility that also allows the device to be configured for distance between points: in my case, the router 480 feet away and the AP device.
In future tests I plan on setting this device to "Universal Repeater" and testing the WiFi range by walking around the ranch with my laptop.
-- UPDATE #2 --
The device is still working, and working well. I am using the device in its "Client" mode (directly plugged in to my computer, with WiFi router 480 feet away), with the device mounted on a steel pole outside and the Ethernet cable going through a hole in the window screen. Signal strength is from 35 dB to 41 dB. I also tested the device in its "Universal Repeater" mode, and I connected wirelessly to it--- when in this mode, the device shows up as an "Available Network" but in "Client" mode it does not. I have not tested for distance yet.