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Level One Wireless 300Mbps N_Max Ceiling PoE Access and 4 GE PoE + 1 GE Switch Review
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Written by Andrew McMaster   
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level one 01 Today we have in two products from Level One to review for you all. The Wireless 300Mbps N_Max Ceiling PoE Access (WAP-6102) and the 4 GE PoE + 1 GE Switch (GEP-0520). Level One is known in the tech communities as a company that provides great networking products and accessories. So how will the WAP-6102 and the GEP-0520 stand up against their reputation? Find out in the review.


 

Provided by: Level One
Price:
TBA

Closer Look:

 

Features and Specifications:

Topology: Infrastructure
- Operation Mode: Access Point / WDS / Universal Repeater
- LAN:
DHCP Server
DHCP Client
Wireless Mode – 11b / 11g / 11n / Disable
- Security:
WEP Encryption-64/128 bit
WPA Personal (WPA-PSK using TKIP or AES)
WPA Enterprise (WPA-EAP using TKIP)
WPA2
802.1x Authenticator
Hide SSID in beacons
Multiple SSID with 802.1q VLAN tagging (up to 4 SSIDs) in AP
mode
MAC Filter(AP mode)
WLAN L2 isolation(AP mode)
Wireless STA (Client) connected list (Idle/Connection Time, Pkt
statistics)
QoS: WMM

Physical Interface:
- LAN: One 10/100Mbps RJ-45 Port
- Reset Button
- Power Jack
LEDs Status
- Power/ Status
- LAN (10/100Mbps)
- WLAN (Wireless Connection)
Power Requirements
- Power Supply: 90 to 240 VDC ± 10%, 50/60 Hz
- Active Ethernet (Power over Ethernet, IEEE802.3af ) 48 VDC/
0.375A
- Device: 12V/1A
RF Specification
- Frequency Band: 2.400~2.484 GHz
- Media Access Protocol: Carrier sense multiple access with
collision avoidance (CSMA/CA)
- Operating Channels: 11 for North America, 13 for Europe
- Receive Sensitivity (Typical):
IEEE802.11n: MCS8 @ -90dBm
MCS15 @ -70dBm
IEEE802.11g : 6Mbps@ -92dBm
54Mbps@ -72dBm
IEEE802.11b : 1Mbps@ -93dBm
11Mbps@ -89dBm
- Available transmit power: 16dBm (Max.)
- Antenna: Directional internal antenna*2
TNC type; Peak Gain = 4dBi
Management
- Configuration: Web-based configuration HTTP / Telnet
- Firmware Upgrade:
Upgrade firmware via web-browser
Keep latest setting when f/w update
- Administrator Setting: Administrator password change
- Reset Setting:
Reboot (press 1 second)
Reset to Factory Default : (press 10 second)
- System monitoring: Status, Statistics and Event Log
- SNMP: v1, v2c
- MIB: MIB I, MIB II (RFC1213) and Private MIB
- Traffic Measurement : Per interface
- Bandwidth Measurement: IP range and bandwidth
management
- Backup & Restore: Settings through Web
Environment & Physical
- Temperature Range
Operating: 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)
Storage: -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
- Humidity (non-condensing): 5%~95% typical
- Dimensions (D*H): 120mm* 50mm
Weight: 280g

Package Content Wireless Access Point Unit (WAP-6102)
Power Adapter
Cat5 UTP Cable
QIG
CD Manual
Mounting Bracket
Two Screws

4 GE PoE + 1 GE Switch

Features and Specifications:

Complies with IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab and
802.3af
- 5-port 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet with 4-port PoE
Switch
- Provide 5 10/100/1000Mbps auto-detect with half/
full duplex switch ports
- Provides 4 PoE ports with classification identify
Supports 15.4W Maximum per PoE port
Standards
IEEE 802.3: 10 BASE-T
IEEE 802.3u: 100 BASE-TX
IEEE 802.3ab: 1000 BASE-T
IEEE 802.3af: Power over Ethernet
Features
MAC Address: 1K
Buffer Memory: 104KB
Transmission Method: Store and Forward
Backplane: 10Gbps
Filtering/Forwarding Rates:
1000Mbps port-1488,000pps
100Mbps port-148,000pps
10Mbps port-14,880pps
Transmission Media
10Base T Cat. 3, 4, 5 UTP/STP
100Base TX Cat. 5 UTP/STP
1000Base TX Cat. 5e/6/7 UTP/STP
Uplink Port
1
PoE Spec
Supports up to 15.4W for each PoE port
PoE power budget: 61.6W
PD classification identify
PoE over current protection
PoE circuit sorting protection
PoE power on RJ-45 pin 3,6 for power + / pin 1.2 for power
LED Indicators
Power, Uplink, LAN 1~4 port, PoE 1~4 port
Power Adaptor
100~240VAC/50~60Hz External Power Adapter
Dimensions (L x W x H)
120 x 90 x 28mm
Weight
1.2kg
Operating Temperature
0~50°C
Humidity
10~90% RH (non-condensing)
Certifications
FCC, CE

Package Contents GEP-0520: GEP-0520 x 1, Power Adapter x 1, QIG x 1
GEP-0520-Z: GEP-0520 x 1, QIG x 1

Conclusion:

Things I quite liked were the many feature for the GEP-0520 and the WAP-6102. Lets talk about the GEP-0520 first. The power over Ethernet is always a favorite of mine for networking devices. Finally the LED indicators for problems on the network which is always appreciated since it takes away about half the troubleshooting for your network. The WAP-6102 has some nice features as well, the best of which is the security features. One of these features is support for 8 VLANs for implementing multiple SSIDs, helping you segment your users on the network. With all these little things combined it makes for a truly great network experience.

Would I recommend it? Yes I would it provided great speeds for download and upload as well as being easy to install and easy to deal with problems.

Pros:
  • Security features
  • Rack mountable
  • Power of Ethernet
  • LED problem indicators

Cons:
  • none

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