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Meru hits enterprise sweet spot, EnGenius and ZyXEL target SMBs with 802.11ac access points.

Last year, we reviewed two 802.11ac access points and six 802.11ac adapters. Earlier this year, we reviewed five mobile 802.11ac devices. Now we take a look at five more 802.11ac devices that have hit the market: four access points and one wireless bridge.

The access points in this round of tests include the enterprise-class Meru AP832, the SMB-class APs EnGenius EAP1750H and ZyXEL NWA1123-AC, and the Amped Wireless APA20 designed for homes and small offices. Then there is the enterprise-class HP 501 Wireless Bridge.

For the access point performance tests, we used four 802.11ac clients: the Samsung Galaxy S5, ASUS AC1750 Dual-band Wireless PCI-E Adapter, MacBook Air, and the HP 501 Wireless Bridge. The ASUS client was included in the previous access point review, while the others were added to the test-bed this time.

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