EnGenius ECW536 WiFi 7 Access Point Review scaled

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EnGenius announced its flagship WiFi 7 access point back in July 2023, and I have finally received a review sample to see how it compares to the growing number of WiFI 7 access points from brands like Ubiquiti, Zyxel, and Netgear.

I have previously reviewed the Ubiquiti Unifi U7 Pro and the Zyxel NWA130BE WiFi 7 Access Point, which are both fantastic, relatively affordable options, but the performance was held back by the 2.5GbE ports.

The EnGenius ECW536 is the first high-performance access point I have had a chance to review. It has two 10GbE ports and uses 4×4 MIMO for each band, making it a good choice for demanding environments with a lot of users.

EnGenius ECW536 vs ECW526 WiFi 7 Access Points

EnGenius recently announced the ECW526, a new affordable option that competes well with the Unifi U7 Pro and Zyxel NWA130BE.

The main differences between the ECW536 and ECW526 are the 4×4 MIMO design, four antennas per band, and two 10GbE ports.

Wi-Fi Standard802.11be (Wi-Fi 7)802.11be (Wi-Fi 7)
Frequency Bands2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz
Max Data Rates2.4 GHz: 1,400 Mbps2.4 GHz: 700 Mbps
5 GHz: 5,800 Mbps5 GHz: 2,900 Mbps
6 GHz: 11,600 Mbps6 GHz: 5,800 Mbps
Antenna Gain2.4 GHz: 5 dBi2.4 GHz: 5 dBi
5 GHz: 6 dBi5 GHz: 6 dBi
6 GHz: 5 dBi6 GHz: 6 dBi
Ethernet1 x 10GE Port (PoE++)
1 x 10GE Port
1 x 10GE Port (PoE+)
Power SourcePoE: 802.3bt, 12VDC/3A Power AdapterPoE: 802.3at, 12VDC/2A Power Adapter
Max Power Consumption38W21W
Additional Interfaces1 x DC Jack
1 x Reset Button
1 x DC Jack 1 x Reset Button
Max Concurrent Users512512
Management FeaturesMultiple BSSID, VLAN Tagging, QoS, SNMP, Fast RoamingMultiple BSSID, VLAN Tagging, QoS, SNMP, Fast Roaming
Wireless SecurityWPA2-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-PSK, WPA3-EnterpriseWPA2-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-PSK, WPA3-Enterprise
Operating Temperature0°C to 40°C0°C to 40°C
Storage Temperature-40°C to 80°C-40°C to 80°C
Humidity (non-condensing)Operating: 90% or less, Storage: 90% or lessOperating: 90% or less, Storage: 90% or less
Dimensions230 x 230 x 37 mm190 x 190 x 39.5 mm
Weight1270 g720 g
Package ContentsAccess Point, Ceiling Mount Base, Ceiling and Wall Mount Screw Kit, T-rail Mount Kit, Product CardAccess Point, Ceiling Mount Base, Ceiling and Wall Mount Screw Kit, T-rail Mount Kit, Product Card


EnGenius ECW536 WiFi 7 Access Point size comparison vs EnGenius ECW336
EnGenius ECW536 vs ECW336 vs Zyxel NWA130BE Size Comparison

The EnGenius ECW536 access point is physically very large for an AP, easily the largest AP I have ever tested, and it weighs a lot, too, so you will want to make sure to install the ceiling mount properly.

As it is so large it is not the most aesthetic choice if you are an enthusiast wanting to use this in your home, but all WiFi 7 devices are larger than their predecessors.

It has a similar square design to the older models, but the ceiling mount design has changed, likely to accommodate the extra weight.

One nice feature is that it has two 10GbE ports. One is the uplink, which requires 802.3bt and a power draw of up to 38W. The second can be used for daisy-chain devices.  I am not sure how useful this would be in a commercial installation, but it is very handy in my home, as I only have a couple of Ethernet cables running to each room.

EnGenius Cloud & Set Up

As always with EnGenius, I manage the network with EnGenius Cloud and set up the devices using the Cloud To-Go app to scan the QR code and add the AP to the organisation.

I have covered EnGenius Cloud extensively in the past and I think it is an excellent cloud management system. I use the licence-free features, and it has everything I want.

While some people are opposed to cloud management, I am all for it. Being able to remotely manage a network with all the devices under one easy-to-use GUI makes managing networks considerably easier than managing everything locally via a standalone interface.  

EnGenius has recently rolled out a new Beta UI for the dashboard; it appears to have all the functionality of the old dashboard but a nicer interface. I can’t see any other changes.

Cloud Management Free vs Pro

FeatureLicense-FreeCloud Pro
Statistics History3 days30 days
Administrator Accounts10Unlimited
Voucher Service (aka Guest Passes)100 Entries10,000 Entries
Scheduled Reports3 days30 days
Networks per Organization50500
Alert NotificationsDevice On/OfflineDetailed Notifications
Client List ExportN/AYes
Network CloningN/AYes
Network Backup and RestoreN/AYes
Auto VPNYesYes
Auto VPN NAT TraversalN/AYes
Live Diagnostic ToolsBasicAdvanced
Wi-Fi HeatmapYesYes
Live Client List (Wi-Fi)N/AYes
Dynamic VLANN/AYes
VLAN PoolingN/AYes
Network Topology ViewEnGenius-providedEnGenius & 3rd Party Support
Switch Port StatisticsYesYes
Packet CaptureN/AYes

WiFi 7 Settings

Under the access point settings, you can change the radio and SSID settings. These include:

  • Radio Settings:
    • Channel
    • Channel Width
    • Target Tx Power
    • Minimum Bitrate
    • Client Limit
    • Dynamic Channel Selection
    • Client Balancing
    • Mesh
    • Zero Wait DFS
  • SSID Settings:
    • Type (Wireless / SmarCast(Requires Pro)
    • Enabled Radio Bands
    • Security Type
    • Multi-Link Operation (MLO)
    • 802.11r
    • 802.11w
    • Default VLAN
    • Client IP address (NAT/Bridge/Tunnel)
    • Dynamic Client VLAN Pooling (requires pro)
    • Application Analysis
    • Advanced setting including L2 isolation, mDNS Forwarding, Band Steering, BCMC Suppression
Radio Settings
Radio Settings

Test Set Up

For testing, I used:

One issue I had to start off with was that I don’t have a 10GbE POE switch to drive the AP as they are much more expensive than the 2.5GbE options. I had to buy a 36W DC power supply, then connect the AP using an FS.com 10GBASE-T SFP+ Transceiver Module.

WiFi 7 Performance

6GHz WiFi Throughput

For the Netgear Netgear Orbi RBE973, you can’t separate the 6GHz band into its own SSID and it connects to the best band so I was not able to test the range of 6GHz properly.

  • Close Range
    • EnGenius ECW536 10GbE: 3262 Mbit/sec
    • EnGenius ECW536 2.5GbE POE: 2441 Mbit/sec
    • Netgear Orbi RBE973: 3312 Mbit/sec
    • Ubiquiti U7 Pro: 2460 Mbit/sec
    • Zyxel NWA130BE: 2376 Mbit/sec
  • Down One Floor (wood floor)
    • EnGenius ECW536 10GbE: 1774 Mbit/sec
    • EnGenius ECW536 2.5GbE POE:
    • Netgear Orbi RBE973: N/A
    • Ubiquiti U7 Pro: 2068 Mbit/sec
    • Zyxel NWA130BE: 1898 Mbit/sec
  • Across one room across a hall & through a brick walls
    • EnGenius ECW536 10GbE: 1654 Mbit/sec
    • EnGenius ECW536 2.5GbE POE:
    • Netgear Orbi RBE973: N/A
    • Ubiquiti U7 Pro: 1427 Mbit/sec
    • Zyxel NWA130BE: 1425 Mbit/sec

5GHz WiFi Throughput

  • Close Range
    • EnGenius ECW536 10GbE: 1934 Mbit/sec
    • EnGenius ECW536 2.5GbE POE: Mbit/sec
    • Netgear Orbi RBE973: 1810 Mbit/sec
    • Ubiquiti U7 Pro @ 160MHz: 1771 Mbit/sec
    • Zyxel NWA130BE: 1512 Mbit/sec
  • Down One Floor (wood floor)
    • EnGenius ECW536 10GbE: 1558 Mbit/sec
    • EnGenius ECW536 2.5GbE POE:
    • Netgear Orbi RBE973: 1458 Mbit/sec
    • Ubiquiti U7 Pro: 1450 Mbit/sec
    • Zyxel NWA130BE: 1323 Mbit/sec
  • Across one room (through a brick wall)
    • EnGenius ECW536 10GbE: 1571 Mbit/sec
    • EnGenius ECW536 2.5GbE POE:
    • Netgear Orbi RBE973: 1585 Mbit/sec
    • Ubiquiti U7 Pro: 1568 Mbit/sec
    • Zyxel NWA130BE: 1511 Mbit/sec

2.4GHz WiFi Throughput

For 2.4Ghz, I only did basic testing as most people now use this solely for IoT, and the throughput isn’t that important.

  • EnGenius ECW536 2.5GbE POE: 337 Mbit/sec
  • Ubiquiti U7 Pro @ 40MHz: 342Mbit/sec
  • Zyxel NWA130BE @ 40MHz: 312Mbit/sec

Multi-Link Operation (MLO)

Multi-Link Operation (MLO) is a key feature introduced in Wi-Fi 7 that enables devices to simultaneously send and receive data across different frequency bands and channels. With MLO, a Wi-Fi 7 device can concurrently connect to the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands, allowing it to utilize all available bandwidth and achieve higher throughput, lower latency, and improved reliability.

MLO operates in two main modes:

  1. STR (Simultaneous Transmit and Receive) Mode: Two or more links work independently and don’t interfere with each other, allowing for simultaneous transmission and reception.
  2. NSTR (Non-simultaneous Transmit and Receive) Mode: Simultaneous receiving and sending operations are not allowed. At a single time, all links can only receive or send data.

The benefits of MLO include:

  • Highly increased throughput and reduced latency
  • The ability for a single device to concurrently use multiple bands and quickly switch between them
  • Allows routers or access points to transmit and receive packets simultaneously through any available connection
  • Improves reliability of backhaul connections in mesh networks
  • Enables new wireless experiences and supports emerging applications like VR/AR, online gaming, remote office, and cloud computing

To take advantage of MLO, both the Wi-Fi 7 router/access point and client devices must support the feature.

This could be a user error, but I haven’t had much luck with MLO with my recent WiFi 7 reviews. MLO is not supposed to be available to the public until Windows 24H2. Most Android phones either don’t connect to MLO or don’t indicate the connection is enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra states it has MLO, but I am certain it is not currently used.  

The only MLO connection I was definitely able to achieve was the backhaul channel on the Netgear Orbi RBE973, and the results were impressive, with me achieving the fastest throughput on a mesh satellite by a considerable margin.

The client device that was possibly used was the Xiaomi 14. This has a setting under network acceleration for dual bad Wi-Fi speed boost. It is the same concept as MLO, but I am not sure if this is some proprietary tech used by Xiaomi. However, I did achieve slightly better results with this enabled. I was able to get up to a 3600 Mbit/sec throughput.

Power Consumption

With the EnGenius ECW536 plugged into the 2.5GbE port on my EnGenius ECS2512FP switch, EnGenius Cloud reports a power draw that is consistently around 19W. The maximum consumption is reported at 21.40W.

Price and Alternative Options

The EnGenius ECW536 was launched at $1000, which may seem excessive, but it is a similar price point to the other flagship WiFi 7 access points on the market.

However, recently, EnGenius halved the RRP to $500, making it the most affordable option for a WiFi 7 access point with 4×4 MIMO across all bands and 10GbE.

The EnGenius ECW526, which is a 2×2 MIMO AP, is priced at $299.

Sadly, EnGenius doesn’t appear to have much distribution in the UK, and I cannot find any site listing either of these WiFi 7 access points. 

The Zyxel WBE660S is available from Amazon for £545 or broadbandbuyer.com for £700.

The Netgear WBE750 is available from broadbandbuyer.com for £650.

The Ruijie Reyee RG-RAP73HD is available from broadbandbuyer.com for £976.


I have been a fan of EnGenius for a few years and currently use their networking hardware for most of my home network.

The EnGenius ECW536 is another excellent product, as it achieves the highest throughput on any WiFi access point or router I have tested.

In many of my EnGenius reviews, I have highlighted that they are not always the most affordable for hardware, but this ecosystem is very much enterprise-grade and geared towards businesses.

EnGenius has launched a more affordable FIT range of products, offering a similar price point to brands like Ubuiqiti Unifi.

With the ECW536’s new lower price, EnGenius now offers the most affordable high-performance WiFi 7 access point on the market. Overall, I strongly recommend the EnGenius ECW536.

This review was originally published on Mighty Gadget

EnGenius ECW536 WiFi 7 Access Point Review


The EnGenius ECW536 is another excellent product. It achieves the highest throughput of any WiFi access point or router I have tested. Overall, I strongly recommend it.

  • Overall - 95%


  • Best WiFI 7 AP spec for the price 
  • Second 10GbE port 


  • Physically very large
  • No UK availability yet.

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