The TP-Link EAP245 v3, not to be confused with the EAP225 V3 which has a similar look, is the latest in TP-Link’s Omada access points, and the fastest. Apart from being a standalone AP, it can also work as part of an Omada mesh system.
The most significant difference the EAP245 V3 has over other Omada APs is its higher Wi-Fi specs. Other than that, it has the same features and setup process as the rest of the family — it’s a business AP and requires a bit of work to get it up and running.
In all, at a current cost of $99, the EAP245 V3 is a great new purchase and a significant upgrade to the previous APs. If you’re looking to extend your network via running cables or create a robust mesh system for a large property, the EAB245 V3 is well worth the investment.
TP-Link EAP245 v3 AC1750 PoE Access Point
- Excellent Wi-Fi performance at a low cost
- Lots of features, including Wi-Fi captive portals
- Supporting both active and password PoE standards, injector included
- Easy to mount with included accessories
- Not home user-friendly
- Facebook check-in captive portal requires the controller
- No SmartConnect option
TP-Link EAP245 v3 vs. EAP225 v3
On top, these two APs look practically identical with the wavy tops. On the underside, though, the EAP245 V3 has two network ports, one is PoE-enabled and the other, a regular port. The EAP 225 V3 has just one PoE network port.
The two support both passive and active PoE and each comes with an injector. As for Wi-Fi, the EAP245 V3 features 3×3 Wi-Fi 5 with up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz. The EAP225 V3 features 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 with up to 867Mbps and 450MBps, respectively.
Standard setup process
Setting up the EAP245 v3 is like that of any PoE access points. That said, make sure you’re comfortable with networking before continuing.
The hardware part is straightforward thanks to the included mounting accessories. First, you mount the AP where you want it to be — the AP can be installed on a wall or a ceiling. After that, connect a network cable to its PoE port and run it to the router (or switch). If the router doesn’t support PoE (most routers don’t), you need to hook the other end of the cable to the router via the included PoE injector. And that’s it.
The first step is to figure out the AP’s IP address by finding it on your router’s current list of connected clients. After that, point a browser to this IP and you’ll to the AP’s interface where you can configure its many settings and features.
Lots of settings
As a business AP, the EAP245 v3 comes lots and lots of settings.
For example, it can host up to 16 separate Wi-Fi networks (8 for each band), and each can have its own captive portal which is an excellent option if you want to use it to host a public Wi-Fi hotspot. The captive portal can be integrated with Facebook check-in, but this option is only available when you use the OC200 controller with the AP.
On top of that, you can configure the Wi-Fi networks, QoS services, MAC filtering, Wi-Fi scheduling and so on. You can also monitor connected clients in real-time.
What’s missing, however, is a feature called SmartConnect that combines the two bands into a single network. You’ll need to configure each Wi-Fi network separately. Also, there’s no support for Dynamic DNS which is quite normal since this is an access point and not a router.
I tested the EAP245v3 the same way I did other APs and mesh routers, and it delivered outstanding performance. On the 5GHz band, at a close range of 10 feet (3m) it averaged 855 megabits per second. When I increased the distance to 40 feet (13m) it now still registered 567Mbps.
On the 2.4GHz, the AP also did quite well with 110Mbps and 100Mbps for close and long ranges, respectively.
I also tried it with the EAP225v3 in a mesh setup, together with the Omada OC200 controller and the roaming worked exceptionally well, too. Its seamless hand-off worked even better than that of most home mesh systems I’ve tested.
The EAP245 v3 also proved to be reliable. I used it over a week continuously, and there was no disconnection at all. In terms of coverage, the unit I tested could cover about 3000ft² (280m²) when mounted on a ceiling of a large warehouse. This obviously varies depending on the environment but I can say that its coverage is quite excellent.
The TP-Link EAP245 v3 is a versatile access point. You can use it as a single device or a pack of a few units to form a mesh system. In either case, it delivers! And the affordable pricing means it’s an excellent choice for anyone who wants to have a robust Wi-Fi network without breaking their bank.