TP-Link Omada EAP615-Wall review: Simple and affordable Wi-Fi 6

For meeting rooms, flexible workspaces, or even hotel suites, TP-Link’s EAP615 wall offers a great space-saving networking solution. This small, wall-mounted access point (AP) is very affordable and offers dual-band Wi-Fi 6 as well as three downlink Gigabit Ethernet network ports, one of which supports Power over Ethernet pass-through for devices such as IP phones. It’s also tidy, measuring just 20mm thick and made of sturdy, impact-resistant plastic. The main Ethernet connector is on the back and the kit includes a metal base plate so it can be installed on a wall port and pushed down until it locks into place.

Technically speaking, the EAP615-Wall is an AX1800 dual-band wireless access point, with claimed speeds of up to 1,201 Mbps on its 5 GHz radio and 574 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. . It can be deployed and managed in standalone mode, but in almost all cases it will make more sense to use TP-Link’s free Omada cloud service, as it allows you to manage multiple access points from one. only portal.

If you go this route, each site requires an Omada cloud controller, but TP-Link offers it as a free software package for Windows and Linux, or you can use a preconfigured hardware controller running the Linux version. This is how we tested the EAP615-Wall, using the OC300 controller from TP-Link. For a complete Omada experience, we also connected TP-Link’s TL-R605 broadband router and powered our access points with a TL-SG3210XHP-M2 PoE + Multi-Gigabit Switch.

The main web portal opens with a list of available Omada controllers, and selecting one takes you to its site, where you can view all of the associated cloud-managed devices. As we had already configured our site, adding our EAP615-Wall access points was as quick as you could ask – after connecting them to the switch, they quickly appeared in the device view of the console as “pending”, and upon adoption, they automatically took all of the controller’s wireless settings.

The EAP615-Wall supports up to eight SSIDs per radio, and on each of them you can choose to enable WPA3 encryption, apply download rate limits, and use guest networks for ensure that customers only have Internet access. Captive portals can be enabled and personalized with acceptable images, logos and usage policies, and you can require a password, local user, voucher, Radius or Facebook authentication.

The three Gigabit Ethernet ports on the base of the access point are all enabled by default and PoE services on the third port can be enabled by checking a box in the portal’s access point configuration page. From the same page, you can also enable VLAN support for each and enter a VLAN number. We did not experience any problems connecting devices to these ports; When we plugged our Yealink IP phones into the third port of each access point, they received power and internet access correctly. Their information also appeared on the Customers page of the portal, although the portal was only able to report which switch port their associated access point was connected to and could not provide any details about the access point to it. -same.

As you might expect, the EAP615-Wall isn’t as fast as the current crop of AP AX3600, but it still gave us very good performance. When copying a 25 GB test file between a Windows 10 Pro workstation equipped with a TP-Link Archer TX3000E Wi-Fi 6 PCI-E adapter and a server on the local network, we saw Speeds averaged a whopping 87MB / sec up close, dropping to 72MB / sec as we moved five meters away from the AP.

We then tested the range using the SweetSpots iOS app and found that the wireless signal became unusable at a distance of 60 feet with two brick walls in the way. It’s not the widest range we’ve seen, but it does mean the signal can easily fill a room and spread into adjacent areas.

For businesses that need to target Wi-Fi 6 services in a specific location, TP-Link’s EAP615 is a very affordable, simple-to-deploy solution with good performance and easy cloud management.

Specifications TP-Link Omada EAP615-Wall

Band holder

AX1800 Dual Band 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz 802.11ax

Radios

2 x internal dual band antennas

Ports

Gigabit LAN / 802.3at PoE +, 3 x Gigabit Ethernet downlink ports (1 with PoE output)

Additional features

Wall mounting plate

Dimensions (LDH)

86 x 20 x 143 mm (WDH)

Weight

196g

Management

Omada Controller Software for Windows / Linux (Free Download)

guarantee

Limited lifetime warranty

Options

TL-R605, £ 39; OC300 Controller, £ 109 (all excluding VAT)

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