Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC LR and Lite review



1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Closing Notes

Intro: The Ubiquiti Unifi AP AC LR and Lite are enterprise level wireless access points that are extremely affordable for small to medium businesses, has lots of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that enterprises require.
Review Note: I have been provided two APs The AC-Lite and AC-LR or Long Range. They both work together on the controller software that works on windows, mac, and linux called UNIFI. The app requires Java runtimes so please keep that in mind. Also for the controller to see the APs and adopt them you must have the controller on the same VLAN segment as the APs and you must let windows firewall or whatever firewall you use allow them.


Features: The Unifi AP AC LR and Lite features the following:

I am providing a comparison table for both units for this review:
























Setup:

1)Power brick was a POE injector. Allows for just one cable into the AP.
2)Instant setup was Smooth with installing the controller software (.exe) on my windows server 2012 machine


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:




The Unifi AP AC LR and Lite 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.


Roaming:
The roaming works ok, however, the band steering does not work very well.



Throughput Tests: (Wireless) (AC-LR/AC Lite)

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 theAPACLR/Lite: 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 9650/4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Asus AC53 USB WLAN (note: The Amped ACA1 does not work in that machine anymore and is unfit for tests till further notice and is no longer a recommended adapter)

AC LR:
5Ghz 802.11ac mode: Channel 149 -75dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 6Mbytes/sec or 48Mbits/sec



2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -59dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 7Mbytes/sec or 56Mbits/sec



AC Lite:
5Ghz 802.11ac mode: Channel 44 -74dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 13Mbytes/sec or 104Mbits/sec



2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -70dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 7Mbytes/sec or 48Mbits/sec


Test environment: (Set 2)

Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Unifi AP AC LR and Liteis located.

Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theAPAC-LR/Lite): 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

AC-LR:
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -71dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/sec



AC Lite:
2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -40dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 1Mbytes/sec or 8Mbits/sec : Note: Issue completing test and unstable



Test environment: (Set 2a)

Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theAPAC-LR/Lite): 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/Edimax AC600

AC-LR:
5 GHz 802.11anac mode: Channel 149+ -70dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 9Mbytes/sec or 72Mbits/sec



AC-Lite:
5 GHz 802.11anac mode: Channel 44+ -61dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 9Mbytes/sec or 72Mbits/sec





Conclusion:

Pros:
Decent management software with lots of options
Decent coverage and throughput

Cons:
Very cheap
No external antennas
Sticky client issues
Band steering issues
Unstable 2.4Ghz performance


Rating:  7/10
Recommended: Yes









Sunday, November 22, 2015

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Newegg.com compromised!

 
 Newegg.com has been compromised by a nasty "flash upgrade" pop up that leads to malicious software. DO NOT ACCEPT!!!

Redit link 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/comments/3sva4q/meta_allegedly_newegg_has_been_hacked_and_it_is/

Original source: http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/newegg-appears-to-be-infected-with-some-kind-of-social-engineering-hack.217568/

Someone has encountered the problem with Kasperski (sorry for mentioning another vendor! But this needed to be said)

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(Care of Jetster At Tech Power up forums)


Here's a handy report on the IP address this attack is originating from http://urlquery.net/report.php?id=1447553569796
Please see there lots of IPs to block in your firewalls to further secure yourselves from other malware/attacks as well. I blocked in my hardware and software firewalls and hostsfiles as well. I suggest y'all do so too



For all that want to contact the owners of the IP address where the attacks originated from please contact support@centrilogic.com and be very nice and tell them the attacks came from codehost.ml and they are hosted with PKHost which resides on the network of Centrilogic. If we get rid of the source of the attacks we can save other webmasters/admins as well as newegg. source 1 http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://www.codehost.ml source 2: http://urlquery.net/report.php?id=1447553569796 also source2 has IP addresses you can block in your firewalls till centrilogic or the other layers of the food chain can take action. Please be safe eggers!
 
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Amped Wireless APR175 review



1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Firmware notes
7)Closing Notes

Intro: The Amped Wireless APR175 is a SOHO level wireless access point that is targeted at pro-sumers market  has an average amount  of features and can tolerate a good bit of heavy usage that pro-sumers require. 

Features: The Amped Wireless APR175 features the following:


1) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 1200Mbps
2) 2 wired Gigabit LAN ports (1 PoE uplink/1 LAN)
3) 3 3x3mimo  dual band ext antennas with 27dBm output power for great wireless coverage.
4) SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
5) Can operate as a controller and manage up to 7 APR175s with grouping
6) Full VLAN configuration 
7) And lots more


Setup: 

Setup was average, needed to be set as “access point” mode for this test. 
Also was unable to complete setup wirelessly. Needed to connect laptop to eth port to complete setup. 
Unit has a power brick like a laptop one instead of on the plug itself. 
Unit powered as PoE from a Cisco Meraki MS220-8P Poe Switch in 802.3.AT mode. 
Obtained proper IP from Cisco Meraki Z1 router within 4 minutes. 

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 Amped Wireless APR175 supports WPA/WPA2 security. Also supports RADIUS with external server. 
Unit lacks onboard RADIUS server and splash authentication pages. Also lacks proper SNMP implementation. Unable to edit strings and import MIB/OID file to apps like PRTG
Also adding another VLAN SSID does NOT work. clients stuck at "obtaining IP address"


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 the Amped WirelessAPR175): 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 36+ -60dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 20Mbytes/sec or 160Mbits/sec


2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6  -45dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 5Mbytes/sec or 40Mbits/sec





Test environment: (Set 2)

Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Amped WirelessAPR175 is located. 

Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theAmped WirelessAPR175): 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 -50dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/sec 


Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)

5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 36+ -66dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec







Conclusion: 

Pros:
Ø Easy controls and options
Ø Decent throughput
Ø Fairly smooth setup

Cons:
Ø Lacks some options for configuration 
Ø No detailed RF controls or monitoring
Ø No splash screen authentication
Ø No onboard RADIUS server
Ø No device onboarding
 
Ø No band steering
Ø Clunky UI
Ø No detailed client statistics like error rates, data-link rates, HOSTNAME, etc. Only displays MAC add and sig str. 


Rating:  5/10 
Recommended: mabye










Thursday, October 15, 2015

Luxul XAP-1510 review



1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Closing Notes
Intro: The Luxul XAP-1510 is a 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-1510 features the following:
1) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 1900Mbps
2) 2 wired Gigabit LAN ports
3) 2 3x3mimo  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-1510 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-1510): 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

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-1510 is located.
Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theLuxul XAP-1510): 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: 4Mbytes/sec or 32Mbits/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 Can't change management VLAN from 1 to whatever you need it
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