We do a ton of product testing in our lab and in our office and we use what we learn to try to help dealers chose the right product or system for their application. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to get some real-world experience with the the Luxul XWC-1000 controller and two XAP-1510 access points at a relative’s house. This house had an older directional Luxul access point that covered it well, but it could have been better.
The XAP-1510 is Luxul’s top of the line AP model. It runs at up to 1900 Mbps, runs at 2.4 and 5 GHz, and covers up to 10,000 sq ft in a perfect world. So in that perfect world one of those placed centrally to the house should have covered the whole thing, but I wasn’t going to count on that. Why? Because this is the real world! This house has radiant in-floor heat throughout and part of that system uses sheet aluminum plates to carry the heat out from the tubing. We’ve known that to be a wireless killer in the past, plus we wanted the Wi-Fi signal to carry outside a ways too.
The house has a full basement, main floor, second floor, and a pretty accessible attic. The basement is unfinished and we had some spare Cat 6 in the attic. So rather than mounting the APs where they would be visible, I stuck one almost all the way to west end of the house in the attic, and a second almost all the way to the east end in the basement. All Luxul indoor APs are omni-directional, so they provide a sphere of coverage.
Setup was easy. If you can stick to an all-Luxul network this is almost plug and play. Power up the controller first and get into in a web browser. It starts with a wizard that updates its firmware and asks you to input the network name, passphrase, and optionally create a secure guest network. It then finds the APs and configures them. If you have a router in place that uses a network scheme other than 192.168.0.X, you just have to get into the controller and make it match your address scheme and it will still find the APs.
The end result was 3 to 4 bars out of 4 of signal everywhere inside and on the patio outside. This was an easy install and a pretty modest one. The XWC-1000 controller can support up 16 APs and they can be a mix of indoor and outdoor models.
Don’t forget the controller function on the wireless routers! Both models of Luxul wireless routers include the controller functionality allowing you to add two more APs to extend coverage.
Give us a call for help laying out your next network.