MikroTik hAP ac Router Is Enterprise VoIP Equipment at Consumer Prices

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MikroTik hAP ac Wireless Router Review

MikroTik’s hAP ac Wi-Fi device is a dual band Wi-Fi router with Gigabit ports with recommended retail price of only $129.  The MikroTik hAP ac router provides all the features the 802.11ac technology can offer and is compatible with legacy devices that use 2GHz 802.11 b/g/n and 5GHz a/n modes.

The Wi-Fi router is easy to install in any office and features omnidirectional antennas for better mobile device coverage. Actually, it is one of the better and most affordable options for your VoIP network.

Basic Specifications of MikroTik hAP ac Router

With a USB port for attaching extra storage or a 3G/4G modem and  PoE output on one of its Ethernet ports, you can power other RouterBOARD devices without attaching additional power adapters.

The international version of the device, sold under the name RB962UiGS-5HacT2HnT,  is supporting 2412-2484MHz and 5150MHz-5875MHz range. You should be aware, however, that specific frequency ranges are subject to country regulations and might not be available in certain areas.

 

Wireless Specifications of MikroTik hAP ac

2.4 GHz Transmit (dBm) Receive Sensitivity
1MBit/s 29 -100
11MBit/s 29 -94
6MBit/s 29 -96
54MBit/s 26 -81
MCS0 29 -96
MCS7 25 -77

 

5 GHz

Transmit (dBm) Receive Sensitivity
6MBit/s 28 -96
54MBit/s 25 -81
MCS0 28 -96
MCS7 24 -77
MCS9 21 -72

Source: MikroTik

Below are the official testing results for Ethernet speeds performed using Xena Networks specialized test equipment (XenaBay). All tests are run in accordance with RFC2544 (Xena2544). Although these are the maximum results achieved by the device, the average performance should be close to the test results.

 

Ethernet Test Results

RB962UiGS-5HacT2HnT QCA9558 1G all port test
Mode Configuration 1518 byte 512 byte 64 byte
kpps Mbps kpps Mbps kpps Mbps
Bridging none (fast path) 161.9 1,966.1 345.5 1,415.2 435.6 223.0
Bridging 25 bridge filter rules 125.5 1,524.1 126.5 518.1 128.8 65.9
Routing none (fast path) 161.9 1,966.1 334.2 1,368.9 397.9 203.7
Routing 25 simple queues 161.9 1,966.1 183.9 753.3 203.3 104.1
Routing 25 ip filter rules 78.1 948.4 77.8 318.7 77.5 39.7

Emphasis on Custom Router Configurations

The MikroTik hAP ac router runs a Linux-based operating system called RouterOS. It features complex graphic interface but also allows easy access to a command-line interface. Thus, it enables complete customization of configurable options and properties.

The downside of the advanced GUI and the full-fledged OS is that you need to spend some time learning the OS and all the available options of this router. You can stick to the default settings but then you will not get the most out of MikroTik hAP ac. You can find comprehensive setup and configuration manuals here.

Unlike most consumer routers, the MikroTik’s device provides support for OSPF, BGP, MPLS/VPLS and a centralized access point controller.

Conclusion

Five 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, SFP port, USB type A slot as well as voltage and PCB temperature sensors is a nice surprise. The price of less than $130 for all these hardware features of MikroTik hAP ac router is a bargain.

It also offers best in class configurability but at the price of steeper learning curve if you are new to networking. In any event, you get professional VoIP equipment at the price of an advanced consumer router.