Access Point Recommendations

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    James Willhoite

    I run TP-Link in my home. I currently have a Indoor EAP 245, Outdoor EAP225, and indoor wall EAP235. They are all connected to a Omada Software Controller installed on a Ubuntu VM. Make sure your switch you buy is a smart switch (or managed switch) and it supports VLAN. 

    Currently running a primary (non vlan) SSID, a VLAN for IoT devices, and a VLAN for Guest Network. I've had no issues with the TP-Link APs and even installed 2 outdoor ones at my parents home that link back to my Omada Software via WireGuard VPN.

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    sevdanski

    Thanks James, that's a great help

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    Donny

    I have the Unifi. Rock solid and great performance. I implemented the TP-Link GS108PE so that I could power the APs from the switch. The management of the TP-Link is strange, but functional.

    Similar to James above, the Unifi requires an external management platform. A simple Ubuntu VM works for me. 

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    Doug A

    At the risk of threadjacking, I'm a newbie and trying to learn while waiting for my FWG. I'm in exact same scenario with same questions and trying to select hardware now. I really want a couple tabletop units so leaning toward TP-link TL-WA3001. Is the managed switch mentioned by James required if APs have multiple SSID and vlan tagging? I thought managed switch was only necessary if your APs don't have these features.

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    James Willhoite

    What ever switch you have needs to be VLAN compatible. As long as the switch doesn't remove the VLAN tag you'll be fine. 

    I do find Managed Switches to be faster as they hold a MAC Routing table so it knows what port to route the packet vs unmanaged which floods the ports to find out where it needs to go.

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    Doug A

    Ahhh, very good points. Thank you for the reply.

     

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