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Works great for my house
on March 24, 2013
I replaced two consumer APs with one of these for my house and couldn't be happier. This AP went on the ceiling in the middle of my house and provides the same or better coverage than the two APs at opposite ends of my house. The multiple SSIDs allows me to run a guest wireless network separate from the network I use for my devices. The product looks nice on my ceiling, like a flat smoke detector, although the diameter is a little larger. The LED can be turned off to make it even less noticeable.
The product is really aimed at enterprise deployments where there are many APs installed at once (hotels, restaurants, schools, etc.) As such, it requires controller software installed on a separate computer to configure the AP instead of logging directly into the device to manage it. This wasn't a problem for me (I already had a Debian server I could use) but could be annoying to some. The controller does not need to run all the time unless you want to use the guest portal (e.g., if you want your guests to accept terms and conditions before using the network or want to charge them).
The 5 GHz radio is not as strong as the 2.4 GHz radio, so only a few devices in my house actually connect at 5 GHz. I get slightly better performance when connected to the 5 GHz radio, but not a huge difference. Those that are trying to save money and don't absolutely need 5 GHz might want to consider the non-PRO version of this product.
One last word of warning for home users considering this: this is just an access point. It just connects your wireless devices to your network. It does NOT provide other services like a typical consumer router does like DHCP, DNS, or a firewall. You will need a separate router on your network.