Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Luxul XAP-1410 review



1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Firmware notes
7)Closing Notes
Intro: The Luxul XAP-1410 is a pro-sumer level wireless access point that is  Targeted at pro-sumers market  has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that pro-sumers require.
Features: The Luxul XAP-1410 features the following:
1) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 2 x 2MIMO connectivity at up to 1200Mbps
2) 1 wired Gigabit LAN ports
3) 2 2x2mimo  dual band internal antennas with 30dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) Full VLAN configuration
6) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
7) And lots more
Setup:
Setup was very easy and it connected pretty fast and got an IP quickly.
Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our status.

Wireless Configuration:
Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:

Security Settings:

The Luxul XAP-1410 supports WPA/WPA2 security.
Throughput Tests: (Wireless)
I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.
Test environment: (Set 1)
Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theLuxul XAP-1410): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/6GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Asus AC53 USB WLAN connection
5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 153+ -52dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 12Mbytes/sec or 96Mbits/sec

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6  -77dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec (note:this is all the longer I was able to run the test. The adapter seems to have some issues with this.)

Test environment: (Set 2)
Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Luxul XAP-1410 is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theLuxul XAP-1410): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/300 GB HDD/AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -38dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec

Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)
5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 153+ -60dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec

Conclusion:
Pros:
Ø Easy controls and options
Ø Decent throughput
Ø High signal strength
Cons:
Ø Lacks some options for configuration
Ø No RADIUS authentication support
Ø No QoS controls
Ø No detailed client statistics like error rates, data-link rates, HOSTNAME, etc. Only displays MAC add and sig str.
Rating:  6/10
Recommended: Yes

Friday, April 8, 2016

quick note to all companies that make hardware I've reviewed on this blog.

I have someone impersonating/falsely representing my company AGNXNetworks.

They have went by an A***x K******u name and they have claimed to represent my company
They managed to get my phone number and have ordered, requested info on AGNXNetworks's behalf. We have gotten tons of calls from random companies whom we did not request info from and this is very bad behaviour from said individual.

We do not employ an A***x and if you work at said companies please do not deal with this individual. They also have a @yahoo.com email domain. We do not use that domain in ANY form of official communications.

Please let me know if you've dealth with said individual that is impersonating me.

Thank you.

* full name omitted to prevent searches.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cisco to acquire Leaba Semiconductor-Possiblility for own chipsets

According to the following site:
TechCrunch Link

Cisco Systems purchased a chipset company called Leaba.

This could pave the way for Cisco to make thier own chipsets for thier networking hardware! This would be great, as they can fine tune them more for networking, A very bold and sorta needed move, as networking is taking more processing power, and licensing costs can be eliminated.

However this would be a HUGE blow to the companies they contract with such as Broadcom, Qualcomm-Atheros, Marvell, Freescale, etc... Cisco has used these companies in thier product ranges and this could be a huge blow to them, as they would not get chip orders if this flows the way I think it might.

We shall watch this unfold and see... This could be better optimized network hardware, or a major problem for the chip manufacturers mentioned

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Xclaim XI3 review


1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Closing Notes
Intro: The Xclaim XI3 is an SMB  level wireless access point that is  somewhat affordable for small to medium businesses, has some decent features and can tolerate a a fair amount of usage.
Features: The Xclaim XI3 features the following:
1) Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz operation with 2x2 MIMO connectivity at up to 1200Mbps
2) 1 wired Gigabit LAN port
3) 4 2x2 mimo  x3dBi  dual band internal SMA antennas with 30dBm output power for great wireless coverage and can also be upgraded for even better range.
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) VLAN configuration
6) Traffic shaping (QoS) and firewall controls
7) Client connectivity details and monitoring.
8) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
9) And  more
Setup:
1) Done with the Harmony android app or thru the local config. Mine was initially done with the mobile app, however I switched it to the local browser based config. When the product first came out it was managed with a mobile app ONLY. They later added web config and later a “cloud manager” as well.
2) My setup went pretty smooth and it works fine over PoE   
Main status page (CloudManager):

Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:

AP Main Settings:

Local config gallery of focus areas:






The Xclaim XI3 supports WPA/WPA2 and supports PSK and Enterprise authentication types that can be different for each SSID. Selecting “Enterprise” allows you to use RADIUS Authentication, which allows you to define a username and password rather then a static key, allowing for more fine control over your wireless network. User based controls allow you to define limits PER USER so that if let’s say, they get fired, you just delete thier user account and not have to change the ENTIRE NETWORK’S encryption key.
Traffic Shaping:
You can do traffic shaping to make sure each client has equal bandwidth and also to make sure certain clients that are more important have more bandwidth then other clients like important servers, mission critical workstations, etc. Very useful.
Throughput Tests: (Wireless)
I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc.
Test environment: (Set 1)
Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places.
Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theXclaim XI3): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/6GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/ASUS AC53 USB
5Ghz 802.11anac mode: Channel 36 -33dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 30Mbytes/sec or 240Mbits/sec


2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -46dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 7Mbytes/sec or 56Mbits/sec

Test environment: (Set 2)
Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Xclaim XI3 is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theXclaim XI3): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
Specs of client: HP2000-412NR/AMD E300/8GB DDR3 RAM/500GB SSHD /AMD RADEON 6310/Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/RalinkRT5390 WLAN
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 1 -36dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec

Same system New WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)
5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 36 -29dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 10Mbytes/sec or 80Mbits/sec

Conclusion:
The Xclaim XI3 Wireless Access Point is a decent cloud managed wireless access point. It has good 5Ghz connectivity, and a nice cloud managed UI.
Pros:
Ø Decent management software with an average amount of options
Ø Pretty solid 5Ghz throughput and stability
Ø Very easy to learn and use
Ø Cloud does not need license fees
Cons:
Ø Pricey
Ø Not enough mgmt controls
Rating:  5/10
Recommended: Maybe