Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pepwave OneAC review



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



Intro: The Pepwave OneAC is a enterprise level wireless access point that is affordable for small to medium businesses, has a standard amount of features and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that enterprises require.


Features: The Pepwave OneAC features the following:


Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz operation with 2 x 2 MIMO connectivity at up to 1200Mbps
2 wired Gigabit LAN ports
2 2x2 mimo  x2dBi for 2.4Ghz and 4dBi for 5Ghz  dual band internal SMA antennas with 17dBm output power
SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
Full VLAN configuration
Traffic shaping (QoS) and firewall controls
Client connectivity details and monitoring.
Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
Intrusion Protection Services
And lots more


Setup:
Setup is very awkward and you have to manually connect with a static IP to the very different 192.168.0.3 address and you can’t remotely provision it from a wired desktop like other access points like the xirrus arrays.
The peplink one ac did not like having its IP address changed. I set to a static IP so I can remotely provision and it did not like it and required a reset. Also placing it into “router mode” freaked it out.
I reconfigured it and it still will not provide “internet access” status even with new SSID/VLAN/DHCP settings.
Support has been engaged
Support issue resolved, however unsatisfactory. The Valuepoint Networks 12-p PoE switch does not work with this. Had to use an injector and direct to router.


Let's take a look at the dashboard.

Wireless Configuration:


Here’s the WLAN config screens:
Radio Settings:


AP Main Settings:


The Pepwave OneAC supports WPA/WPA2 and supports PSK and Enterprise authentication types that can be different for each SSID. Selecting “Enterprise” allows you to use RADIUS, which allows you to define a username and password rather then a static key, allowing for more fine control over your wireless network.


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. Not as robust as Aruba, Meraki, Xirrus, etc, however.


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 thePepwave OneAC): 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/Amped Wireless ACA1 USB WLAN connection:USB3 via a PCI-Express addon card.


5Ghz 802.11ac mode: Channel 44+ -64dBm


LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 25Mbytes/sec or 200Mbits/sec

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 6 -55dBm


LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 6Mbytes/sec or 48Mbits/sec


Note: had a ton of difficulties staying connected in 2.4 Ghz mode!




Test environment: (Set 2)


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


Specs of server (my machine in the same room as thePepwave OneAC): 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 11 -59dBm


LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec


Same system WLAN USB (Edimax AC600)


5.0Ghz 802.11ac mode channel 44+ -64dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 3Mbytes/sec or 24Mbits/sec




2.4Ghz 802.11n mode channel 1 -62dBm
LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 2Mbytes/sec or 16Mbits/sec


Conclusion:


The Pepwave OneAC Wireless Access Point is an ok wireless access point. It has ok 5Ghz connectivity, average features, and a decentUI.
Pros:
Decent management software with lots of options
standard security controls and options

Cons:
Unstable connectivity
Does not like certain PoE switches


Rating:  4/10
Recommended: no










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