AP60 vs. AP62: The Next Generation of Datto Access Points

Jul 06, 2018

AP60 vs. AP62: The Next Generation of Datto Access Points

BY Andrew Burton

Networking

The newest addition to the Datto Networking line of access points, the AP62, is a tri-band, 2 x 2 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access point, with multi-user MIMO and up to 160MHz channel width. It supports up to 1,734Mbps on the 5GHz bands combined and up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, for a total speed rating of 2Gbps. It is currently the most performant Datto AP.

The AP62 represents a significant performance improvement over the AP60, especially in high-density environments. The AP60 is a dual-band, 3 x 3 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point, with single-user MIMO and up to 80MHz channel width. It supports up to 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, for a total speed rating of 1.7Gbps. For a more in depth comparison, see the table below.

AP60

AP62

Speed

1.7 Gbps

2.0 Gbps

Radio

Dual-Band (1 x 2.4GHz; 1 x 5GHz)

Tri-Band (1 x 2.4GHz; 2 x 5GHz)

PoE

Standard 802.3af

Standard 802.3af/at or Passive 18-24V⎓1.34-1A

Range (approximate)

Indoor: 75-150’ indoor (3-4 walls)

Indoor: 75-150’ indoor (3-4 walls)

Outdoor: 400-500’

Outdoor: 400-600'

Recommended users

50-100

75-150

WLAN Standard

3 x 3 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 1

2 x 2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2

CPU

Single-Core Qualcomm "Scorpion"

Quad-Core Qualcomm "Dakota"

Memory

128MB DRAM

256MB DRAM

MIMO Type

Single-user MIMO

Multi-user MIMO

So, what does all that mean? MIMO (Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) means that there are multiple antennas on each access point, which transmit and receive multiple streams of data at the same time. 2 x 2 = 2 streams and 3 x 3 = 3 streams.

Most current wireless devices (laptops, smartphones, IoT devices, tablets, etc) are 2 x 2, and some high end laptops are 3 x 3. So, in theory 3 x 3 access points can serve a wider variety of devices. However, 3 x 3 devices are far from mainstream. Single-user MIMO (Wave 1) access points, as their name implies, stream data to one client at a time. Conversely, multi-user MIMO (Wave 2) access points connect to multiple clients simultaneously, and as such, offer higher performance.

Dual-band APs like the AP60 operate with two radio bands: one 2.4GHz and one 5GHz. As you are probably aware, the 2.4GHz band offers wider coverage, while the 5GHz band offers higher performance over a shorter distance. The AP62 uses a tri-band configuration, which offers a second 5GHz radio to improve performance in dense environments, as you will see in the example client load chart below.

“Optimal WiFi design usually means installing several APs in a space for redundancy and performance reasons.  The AP62 can handle 100+ device connections on a single AP so they are well suited to high density installations," said Ed Parenti, Product Manager - Datto Networking. “We've tested the AP62 to its limits and have seen well performing high-density installations in the field. The AP62 provides excellent coverage and performance for MSP customers.”

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