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Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 Review (vs. RP-AX58U): A Robust PoE+ Mesh-ready Wi-Fi 6 Access Point

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The EBA63 is not a huge deal in terms of Wi-Fi. In fact, it’s rather dated in specs, supporting the mid-tier AX3000 Wi-Fi 6. However, it’s the first standalone access point of Asus’s new ExpertWiFi family and features Power over Ethernet (PoE), something previous hardware of the same specs, such as the RP-AX58, doesn’t have.

As a standalone AP, the Asus EBA63 can work with any existing network. Considering the common AiMesh feature, though, it’s best used as a wired extension of an existing network hosted by an Asus router, particularly the Asus ExpertWiFi EBR63 or the non-Wi-Fi EBG15, to form a robust mesh system. This is especially true when you need more than one unit.

Clearly, as there are Wi-Fi 7 options today, the Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 AX3000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 PoE Access Point is not a must-have. But if you’re still using Wi-Fi 6, which is more than fast enough for most homes or small offices with modest bandwidth needs, at the suggested retailed price of $129.99—street price varies—the it can be an excellent investment. Consider one—or a few together with the EBG15 or the EBR63 of the same ExpertWiFi family—today!

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 out of the retail box
The Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 PoE+ access point includes a power adapter, mounting accessories, and a network cable.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63: The starter access point of a robust mesh family

Like the case of the EBR63 Wi-Fi 6 router, I’d call it the EBA63 starter hardware. It represents a new class of APs with lots of functionality for those who want to experience what Asus’s ExpertWiFi has to offer. There will be higher-end hardware down the road, including those supporting Wi-Fi 7.

The idea is simple. If you have a network already powered by an AiMesh-ready router, this access point will make expanding the system a breeze. In that sense, it’s very similar to the RP-AX58, plus the support for PoE, allowing users to place it in a spot without an electrical socket. Also, it’s meant for a wired environment, which is generally recommended for best performance.

The table below shows the similarities and differences between the two.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 vs. RP AX58 access points
Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 vs. RP-AX58: The former (bottom) is a much larger access point compared to the latter.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 vs. Asus RP-AX58: Hardware specifications

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63Asus RP AX58
Full NameAsus ExpertWiFi EBA63 AX3000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 PoE Access PointAsus RP-AX58 AX3000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Access Point
ModelEBA63 RP-AX58
Dimensions6.23 x 6.23 x 1.65 in
(16 x 16 x 4.2 cm)
5.91 x 3.43 x 2.83 in
(15 x 8.71 x 7.18 cm)
Weight15.02 oz (426 g)6.7 oz (190 g)
Wi-Fi BandwidthDual-band AX3000
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs
(channel with)
2×2 AX: Up to 2.4Gbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs
(channel with)
2×2 AX: Up to 574Mbps
(20/40 MHz)
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac 
Wireless SecurityWPA, WPA2, WPA3
Mobile AppAsus ExpertWiFi
(required for the setup process)
Asus Router
(optional)
Web User InterfaceYes
(not available for the setup process)
Yes
Processing Power1.7 GHz quad-core processor,
256 MB Flash, 512 MB RAM
Undisclosed
Available Operating ModeAiMesh Node Mode
Access Point Mode
Access Point
Repeater (Extender)
Media Bridge
AiMesh Node
Mesh-ReadyYes (AiMesh) with wired backhauling
(preferably with an ExperetWiFi router)
Yes (AiMesh) with wireless or wired backhauling
Gigabit Port1x Gigabit PoE+1x LAN
Multi-Gig PortNone
Release DateMarch 2024February 2023
Power IntakePoE+ (injector not included)
100-240V DC port (power adapter included)
100-240V
(snap-on design with built-in power adapter)
Firmware Version
(at review)
 3.0.0.6.102_441993.0.0.4.388.21901
Suggested Retail Price
(at Launch)
$129.99$99.99
Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 vs. Asus RP-AX58: Hardware specifications
Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 topAsus ExpertWiFi EBA63 PoE+ port
The top and underside of the ExpertWiFi EBA63 PoE+ access point. It has a single PoE+ Gigabit port.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63: Modest hardware, no Multi-Gig

As shown in the table, the ExpertWiFi EBA63 has modest hardware specs. Specially, it features mid-tier (2×2) Wi-Fi 6 and has a single Gigabit PoE+ port.

It’s interesting, however, that it requires PoE+, which requires more power than PoE. In my experience, most PoE+ access points have a 2.5Gbps port.

The AP doesn’t include a PoE+ injector but a standard power adapter instead. Still, it’s best to use it with a PoE+ switch since you can mount it where there’s no wall socket. Any standard switch will work, though you can also get the ExpertWiFi EBP15 of the same family.

No matter which switches you use, considering the EBA63’s hardware specs, its Wi-Fi bandwdith will be at 1Gbps, due to its sole Gigabit LAN port for uplink.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 Guest Network Pro (SDNs)
The EBA63 has a web user interface common to Asus’s ExpertWiFi family and includes advanced options, such as Guest Network Pro (SDNs). However, the interface is only available when the hardware works as a standalone access point and only after the initial setup process.

ExpertWiFi app required for initial setup as a standalone access point

As mentioned, you can use the EBA63 as a standalone router or an AiMesh satellite node.

As with the former, the access point comes with an in-depth local web user interface, similar to the case of most enterprise-class access points. This interface is similar to that of any ExpertWiFi router, such as the EBR63, within the scope of an access point.

Interestingly, however, this web user interface is not available for the initial setup process. Instead, you need to use the ExpertWiFi mobile app to scan the QR code on the AP’s underside to initiate the hardware, namely by creating the admin password. After that, the interface is available via the IP address.

The app makes the process easier—you don’t need to first figure out the AP’s local IP address, which can be a hassle if you don’t have a smartphone.

It’s worth noting, though, that the ExpertWiFi mobile app can work locally by default and doesn’t require an Asus login account. However, it has an option to log in using an Asus, Google, or Facebook account for easy remote management.

ExpertWiFi EBG15+EBA63 MeshAsus RT-BE96U+EBA63 Mesh
The ExpertWiFi EBA63 can work as the satellite node for an ExpertWiFi router (the EBG15 as shown on the left) or any Asus router (the RT-BE96U as shown) that features AiMesh.

Asus routers and privacy

By default, all Asus routers don’t require users to use a third-party login account or provide personal information to the vendor.

However, turning on specific features that require scanning the hardware’s traffic, such as Traffic monitoring, AiProtection, or Parental Control, or binding the hardware with a third-party account would increase the privacy risks.

Privacy and security are a matter of degree, and data collection varies from one company to another. Here’s the Taiwanese hardware vendor’s Privacy Policy.

A convenient and versatile AiMesh satellite node

The best way to use the EBA63 is to use it in a network hosted by an AiMesh-enabled router. In this case, you won’t need to bother with its local web user interface. Instead, add it as an AiMesh satellite node using the router’s web user interface, and it’ll work as a mesh satellite.

I tried it with different routers, and the process panned out as intended. With the RT-BE96U, the EBA63 can be added the same way you set up any AiMesh node.

With the EBR63 or EBG15, things were even easier. Within the ExpertWiFi routers’ interface, the uninitiated EBA63 automatically appeared as a potential satellite node. All I had to do was click on the Set up as AiMesh Node button, and the system took care of the rest.

That said, while the EBA63 can work as a standalone access point, it’s a perfect wired mesh node for an AiMesh-endable router, especially one of Asus’s new ExpertWiFi family.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBG15 AiMesh SetupAsus ExpertWiFi EBG15 AiMesh Setup in progress
Within the interface of an ExpertWiFi router, the EBA63 (uninitiated) automatically appears as a potential AiMesh node and can be added via a single click.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63: Excllent perormance

I tested the Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 for over a week using an EBG15 router and EBP15 PoE+ switch and was happy with it.

As mentioned, as a mid-tier Wi-Fi 6 access point with a Gigabit uplink port, its performance can’t sustained and couldn’t exceed Gigabit. And that was exactly what I got in most cases.

The AP performance reliably and passed my 3-day stress test without disconnection. When working with a router with Wi-Fi routers with Guest Network Pro—the RT-BE96U or EBR63 in my trial—the EBA63, as an AiMesh satellite, could deliver all extra SSIDs (for the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands), making it an excellent satellite for a high-end system.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 Long Range PerformanceAsus ExpertWiFi EBA63 Short Range Performance

Wi-Fi coverage is always hard to put in a number, but I estimated that the EBA63 could cover about 1700 ft2 of residential area, which is excellent Note that your mileage will vary. The AP became a little warm during heavy operation but never hot enough to cause concerns.

Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63's Rating

8.1 out of 10
Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Reliable and fast Wi-Fi (for the specs) with good coverage

Part of the ExpertWiFi family with lots of advanced features, including Guest Network Pro, VPN, VLAN, and more

Convenient design, helpful ExpertWiFi mobile app, excellent web interface

Cons

Modest 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 specs; no Multi-Gig Port or 6GHz support; single LAN port

No PoE injector included; mobile app required for the initial setup as a standalone AP

Conclusion

The Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 AX3000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 PoE Access Point has nothing new in performance due to the relatively dated hardware. However, as a Wi-Fi extender unit, it’s an excellent addition to a network currently hosted by an AiMesh-enabled Asus router, especially a Wi-Fi 6 one.

If you’re still using such a router and want to expand your network reliably, or if you want to build a low-budget system for modest bandwdith needs, this is an excellent AP to get together with the ExpertWiFi EBR63 or EBG15.

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2 thoughts on “Asus ExpertWiFi EBA63 Review (vs. RP-AX58U): A Robust PoE+ Mesh-ready Wi-Fi 6 Access Point”

  1. Disappointed it’s only a gigabit ethernet port. A wired backhaul is by far preferable so you can’t get the most out of this access point. I’ve been watching Asus recently as I could do with another AiMesh AP and was hoping they’d bring one out with 2.5Gb. I bought the cheaper “slow” RP-AX56 (AX1800) to go with my AX88U Pro router because there’s no point paying more for a “faster” AP if you can’t feed it with anything more than gigabit. The newer RP-AX58 (AX3000) should have had 2.5Gb to make use of the WiFi speed and this brand new “Expert” AP definitely should have.

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