The manufacturer ASUS has just launched its first professional AP with the Wi-Fi 6 standard. ASUS ExpertWiFi EBA63 It is an access point that integrates perfectly with the ASUS ExpertWiFi family, currently composed of the EBM68 Wi-Fi Mesh system and the EBR63 router, although soon we will also have manageable switches without PoE and manageable switches with PoE. This AP will allow us to provide Wi-Fi connectivity wherever we install it, in addition, it is compatible with the ExpertWiFi self-defined networkso we can create different SSIDs separated by VLANs to segment network traffic correctly. Do you want to know the main features of the first professional AP from the manufacturer ASUS?
In any small and medium-sized office, as well as in small businesses, you need to have a very stable wired and wireless connection, and with advanced options to properly segment network traffic. The manufacturer ASUS launched the ExpertWiFi family so that small and medium-sized offices can have optimal connectivity, and all this without the need for complex configurations.
The main wireless features of this new professional AP are that it incorporates simultaneous dual band with Wi-Fi 6 and is AX3000 class. In the 2.4GHz band we can achieve a speed of up to 574Mbps, and in the 5GHz band we can achieve a speed of up to 2402Mbps. This AP has 160MHz of channel width in this 5GHz band, perfect for providing real 1Gbps performance without any problem. By having the Wi-Fi 6 standard, we also have all the related technologies such as OFDMA which is the core of the standard, we also have MU-MIMO, BeamformingTarget Wake Time and other important technologies to provide the best user experience.
This Professional AP integrates seamlessly into the AiMesh network from the manufacturer ASUS, so we can see it in the AiMesh menu of the main router. We can link this AP both via WiFi and via cable, although the most common thing will be that you connect it to the local network via cable, to have a bandwidth of up to 1Gbps, and with the maximum possible stability. However, if you do not have network sockets or you do not want to run network cabling, then you can link it via Wi-Fi although logically the speed will be clearly lower. It doesn't matter if the connection between the AP and the network is via WiFi or cable, the “Self-defined network” functionality will continue to be guaranteed, making it perfect for creating wired and WiFi networks segmented into VLANs.
This professional AP is designed to be placed on the wall, on the ceiling and also on a T bar. In the rear area we have the RESET buttonhe Gigabit Ethernet port with 802.3af PoE support and the power connector, in case you want to power this AP through the built-in current transformer. The most common thing will be to power this equipment through PoE, but it is appreciated that the manufacturer ASUS has also incorporated a current transformer. However, we believe that if they did not incorporate this transformer and reduced the equipment by around €10 or €15 it would be much better, since the majority of potential users of this AP will already have PoE switches to power it correctly.
As for the Asuswrt firmware incorporated into this AP, although it supports different configuration modes, this equipment is designed to be used as the main AP, either connected to the main router by cable or by Wi-Fi, so the most used configuration mode will be AiMesh node, to integrate perfectly with the current network you have using the ASUS ExpertWiFi EBR63 router or the ASUS ExpertWiFi EBM68.
In an “advanced” home network or in a professional network, the most normal thing will be to use the EBR63 router as the main AiMesh router, and use this AP to provide greater wireless coverage in areas where good coverage is not available. As soon as we configure the different wireless and wired profiles in the self-defined network, the AP will import all the configuration to properly segment the network through VLANs. Soon we will have a PoE switch to also integrate it into the AiMesh network and be able to connect all the APs you want. In our tests we have connected the AP with the current transformer, and a network cable to one of the LAN ports of the router, and the operation of the self-defined network has worked perfectly.
Unboxing and first impressions
At RedesZone we already have this with us professional WiFi access point, the first from the manufacturer ASUS, and which integrates perfectly into the manufacturer's AiMesh network. This model is mid-high range by incorporating Simultaneous dual band with Wi-Fi 6 and AX3000 classbut it is one more device within the ASUS ExpertWiFi family, perfect for customers to choose the different devices they need to set up their “advanced” home network or their professional network.
In the following video you can see the unboxing and we explain the characteristics of this professional AP:
Soon we will offer you a complete analysis of this professional AP, the first from the ASUS manufacturer and the first to be compatible with the ASUS ExpertWiFi family. Remember that, although you can connect them via Wi-Fi, the best way to obtain good wireless performance is to connect it by cable to the local network that we have, because then the trunk link is that of the Gigabit Ethernet port.