Moving to WiFi 6 in my house and office did get us improved performance when it comes to transfer speeds and it also better handles having a lot of devices on the network. But the one big downside for me was a little less range, especially when running through our old plaster over plasterboard walls which are twice as thick and denser than drywall, not to mention who knows what kind of lead paint might be on there. This lead to wireless issues in a few areas in the house at the farthest points and also issues out in my yard and detached garage. This became a bigger issue when mowing as I listen to music on the wireless and it would drop at the farthest parts of my lawn. I also had trouble opening and closing my smart garage door from the mower when on the far side of the garage. Lucky for me EnGenius introduced their ECW260 WiFi 6 2x2 outdoor access point which matches the ECW230 I’m using inside. Our winter hit and I struggled to get it mounted out and get outside testing done but today I’m finally going to check out the ECW260 to see what it is all about.

Product Name: EnGenius ECW260 WiFi 6 2x2 Outdoor Access Point

Review Sample Provided by: EnGenius

Written by: Wes Compton

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IEEE 802.11b/g/n on 2.4 GHz

IEEE 802.11a/n/ac on 5 GHz


2 x 2.4 GHz: 5 dBi

2 x 5 GHz: 5 dBi

External Omni-Directional Antenna

Physical Interface

1 x 10/100/1000/2500 BASE-T, RJ-45 Ethernet Port

1 x DC Jack

1 x Reset Button

LED Indicators

1 x Power

1 x LAN

1 x 2.4 GHz

1 x 5 GHz

Power Source

Power-over-Ethernet: 802.3af/at or Proprietary 54V

IEEE 802.11e Compliant Source

Active Ethernet (PoE)

Maximum Power Consumption


Wireless & Radio Specifications Operating Frequency

Dual-Radio Concurrent 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz

Operation Modes

Manage Mode: AP and Mesh

Frequency Radio

2.4 GHz: 2400 MHz ~ 2472 MHz

5 GHz: 5150 MHz ~ 5250 MHz, 5250 MHz ~ 5350 MHz, 5470 MHz ~ 5725 MHz,

5725 MHz ~ 5850 MHz

Transmit Power

Up to 23 dBm on 2.4 GHz

Up to 25 dBm on 5 GHz

Radio Chains/Spatial Stream



Two (2) spatial streams Single User SU-MIMO for up to 574 Mbps wireless data

rate with HE40 bandwidth to a 2x2 wireless client device under the 2.4GHz radio.

Two (2) spatial stream Single User SU-MIMO for up to 867 Mbps

wireless data rate with VHT80 to a 2x2 wireless device under the 5GHz radio


Two (2) spatial streams MU-MIMO up to 1,200 Mbps wireless data rate for

transmitting to two (2) streams MU-MIMO 11ax capable wireless client devices

under 5GHz simultaneously.

Two (2) spatial streams MU-MIMO up to 574 Mbps wireless data rate for transmitting to two (2) streams MU-MIMO 11ax capable wireless client devices under

2.4GHz simultaneously

Supported Data Rates (Mbps):


2.4 GHz: 9 to 287 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2)

5 GHz: 18 to 1200 (MCS0 to MSC11, NSS = 1 to 2)

802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11

802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 36, 48, 54

802.11n: 6.5 to 300 Mbps (MCS0 to MCS15)

802.11ac: 6.5 to 867 Mbps (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 2)

802.11b: 1,2,5.5,11

802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 36, 48, 54


802.11ax supports high efficiency (HE) —HE 20/40/80 MHz

802.11ac supports very high throughput (VHT) —VHT 20/40/80 MHz

802.11n supports high throughput (HT) —HT 20/40 MHz

802.11n supports very high throughput under the 2.4GHz radio –VHT40 MHz


802.11n/ac/ax packet aggregation: A-MPDU, A-SPDU

Supported Modulation

802.11ax: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM, 1024-QAM

802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM

802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM

Multiple BSSID

8 SSIDs on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios.

VLAN Tagging

Supports 802.1q SSID-to-VLAN Tagging

Cross-Band VLAN Pass-Through

Management VLAN

Spanning Tree

Supports 802.1d Spanning Tree Protocol

QoS (Quality of Service)

Compliant With IEEE 802.11e Standard



v1, v2c, v3


I/II, Private MIB

Wireless Security


WPA2 Personal

WPA3 Personal (SAE) - WPA3 Only

WPA3/WPA2 Personal Mixed

WPA2 Enterprise

WPA3 Enterprise Suite B

Hide SSID in Beacons

MAC Address Filtering, Up to 32 MACs per SSID

Wireless STA (Client) Connected List

SSH Tunnel

Client Isolation

Environment & Physical Temperature Range

Operating: -4º~140ºF/-20ºC~60ºC

Storage: -40Fº~176ºF/-40ºC~80ºC

Humidity (non-condensing)

Operating: 90% or less

Storage: 90% or less

Outdoor Rating: IP67-Rated Enclosure

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 1.54 lbs. (0.7 kg)

Length: 7.48” (190 mm)

Width: 4.07” (124 mm)

Height” 2.07” (52.5 mm)

1 – ECW260 Cloud Managed Outdoor Access Point

1 - Pole-Mounting Brackets

1 - Wall-Mount Screw Set

2 - 2.4GHz 5dBi SMA Antennas

2 - 5GHz 5dBi SMA Antennas

1 - Quick Installation Guide


2 Year






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