EnGenius ECW536 vs Zyxel WBE660S vs Netgear WBE750 vs Ruijie Reyee RG RAP73HD

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I am currently reviewing the EnGenius ECW536 WiFI 7 access point, EnGenius’s flagship access point. It has 4×4 MIMO for each band and two 10GbE ports, one of which is POE for power.

There is a growing number of WiFi 7 capable access points that you can now buy, and I have already compared a small number of affordable WiFI 7 APs.

This comparison looks at the premium-priced, high-performance options that are out there.

These are best suited for demanding enterprise environments with many users who want the best WiFi speeds.

Looking at different brands is likely moot for many people, as most businesses will stick with the ecosystem they have already invested in. But if you are building a network from the ground up, it is worth considering your options.

Engenius ECW536 vs Zyxel WBE660S vs Netgear WBE750 vs Ruijie Reyee RG-RAP73HD Specification Comparison

EnGenius ECW536NETGEAR WBE750Zyxel WBE660SRuijie RG-RAP73HD
WiFi Standard802.11be (WiFi 7)802.11be (WiFi 7)802.11be (WiFi 7)802.11be (WiFi 7)
Tri-BandYes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz)Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz)Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz)Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz)
Max Throughput18.4 Gbps total (11.6 Gbps on 6 GHz)18.4 Gbps total (11.6 Gbps on 6 GHz)22 Gbps total (11.53 Gbps on 6 GHz)18.67 Gbps total (11.53 Gbps on 6 GHz)
2.4GHz: 1,400 Mbps
5GHz: 5,800 Mbps
6GHz: 11,600 Mbps
2.4GHz: 1,147Mbps
5GHz: 5,765Mbps
6GHz: 11,530Mbps
2.4 GHz: 1376 Mbps
5 GHz: 8646 Mbps
6 GHz: 11530 Mbps
2.4 GHz: Up to 1378 Mbps
5 GHz: Up to 5760 Mbps
6 GHz: Up to 11520 Mbps
Bandwidth5GHz: 20/40/80/160MHz
6GHz: 20/40/80/160/320MHz
5GHz: 20/40/80/160MHz
6GHz: 20/40/80/160/320MHz
5GHz: 20/40/80/160/240MHz
6GHz: 20/40/80/160/320MHz
5GHz: 20/40/80/160MHz
6GHz: 20/40/80/160/320MHz
MIMO4×4:4 on all bands4×4:4 on all bands4×4:4 on all bands4×4:4 on all bands
Antenna12 integrated omni-directional8 integrated omni-directionalSmart antenna14 PIFA antennas
Antenna Gain2.4 GHz: 4 dBi
5 GHz: 6 dBi
6 GHz: 6 dBi
2.4 GHz: 4.4 dBi
5 GHz: 6.3 dBi
6 GHz: 3.1 dBi
2.4 GHz: 4 dBi
5 GHz: 6 dBi
6 GHz: 6 dBi
2.4 GHz: 4 dBi
5 GHz: 6 dBi
6 GHz: 6 dBi
Max Transmit Power UK2.4GHz/5GHz/6GHz: Up to 25 dBm / 24 dBm / 24 dBmNot specifiedUS 2.4GHz/5GHz/6GHz: 29/28/23 dBm
EU 2.4GHz/5GHz/6GHz: 19/25/22 dBm

2.4 GHz/5 GHz/6 GHz: 20/30 /23 dBm
Ethernet Port1x 10GbE PoE++, 1x 10GbE1x 10GbE/Multi-Gig PoE++1x 10GbE PoE++1x 10GbE PoE++, 1x 1GbE, 1x 10GbE SFP
Max Clients512Not specifiedNot specified1500 (512 per band)
Max SSIDs8 per band888
PoE Standard802.3bt802.3bt802.3bt802.3at/bt
Max Power Consumption38W39W41W60W
Dimensions230 x 230 x 37 mm172 x 172 x 44 mm310 x 178 x 56 mm258 x 258 x 59.5 mm
Weight1270 g950 g1412 g≤ 2000 g
ManagementEnGenius Cloud / Standalone via WebNETGEAR Insight Cloud / Standalone via WebNebula Cloud, on-premises controller, standaloneReyee Cloud, app

Engenius ECW536 vs Zyxel WBE660S vs Netgear WBE750 vs Ruijie Reyee RG-RAP73HD Key Differences

There is not much difference between the four options I have listed. They all have similar flagship specs, but there are some key differences:

Ruijie Reyee RG-RAP73HD

The Ruijie RG-RAP73HD is the most expensive option at nearly £1k, but it also appears to have the best specification with 14 PIFA antennas (it has 5 antennas for 5GHz & 6GHz), a higher transmit power than three network ports, including 10GbE, Gigabit and a 10GBase-X SFP port. It appears to support a lot more clients with up to 512 per band. Apart from the high price, all these features make it the most power-hungry at 60W and heaviest at 2kg.

The 10GBase-X SFP port is interesting. It will require a transceiver, and it obviously won’t be able to provide power to the AP, so you will still need to power it up. Ruijie appears to be marketing this as a port designed to uplink to another switch.

Ruijie Reyee RG RAP73HD

EnGenius ECW536

The Engenius ECW536 launched at $1000, making it one of the most expensive options, but it has been permanently reduced to $500 (£391), which technically makes it the most affordable option on this by a long way. The problem is that you can’t currently buy it in the UK.

Apart from its attractive price in the UK, the EnGenius ECW536 is also equipped with two 10GbE ports, allowing you to daisy chain devices and avoid taking up valuable 10GbE ports on your switch.  

 There is little difference in power draw between this (38), the Zyxel (41W), and the Netgear (39W).

In terms of the overall dimensions, it has a similar overall footprint to the Zyxel but has a squire shape rather than rectangular and is slightly lighter.

EnGenius ECW536 4x4 1

Zyxel WBE660S

The Zyxel WBE660S is relatively affordable, being priced at around £545, and it is available on Amazon.

Interestingly, it has the highest-rated throughput of 22 Gbps in total. It achieves this due to the higher 8646 Mbps throughput on the 5 GHz band, which is achieved by using a 240MHz channel width, whereas the other brands limit this to 160MHz. It is worth noting that 240MHz could be problematic in congested environments, so I wouldn’t put too much value in this.

Zyxel also has a smart antenna. This integrated smart antenna technology mitigates co-channel interference by consistently monitoring connections and adjusting antenna patterns dynamically.

This also has an additional Ethernet port, which is limited to just gigabit. It also has a USB-C port for power, in addition to PoE. I much prefer this over DC barrel ports as it provides more flexibility.

With Zyxel, you have three management options: the Nebula cloud management, on-premises controller, and standalone via the web.

Netgear WBE750

The Netgear WBE750 appears to have been recently launched. Netgear states that it has a small form factor for a more incognito appearance. It is the lightest option on this list by far, with a smaller overall footprint.

Unlike EnGenius and Zyxel, the Netgear Insight cloud management system lacks a free tier, but the monthly fee is very low at £8.95 per device/per year. Alternatively, it can be managed locally via the web GUI.

Pricing is higher than the Zyxel and EnGenius, which is around £650.

Netgear WBE750


When it comes to enterprise hardware like these access points, the overall specification and price for the individual devices are less important than the ecosystem overall.

If a business is already using Zyxel Nebula, they are not likely to deploy EnGenius access points.

If you are building from the ground up, you then have to consider the cost, features and support for all the other hardware, such as switches, routers, PDUs, etc.

That being said, it is interesting to look at what different brands are doing.

The Ruijie Reyee RG-RAP73HD is the most impressive of the options but also the most expensive by far.

The Engenius ECW536 is affordable enough in the US that it could appeal to prosumers/SOHO, and the extra 10GbE port helps differentiate it from the Zyxel and Netgear.

I have been a big fan of Zyxel Nebula, and I thought the Zyxel NWA130BE was superb. They are the only option that allows 240MHz on the 5GHz, and they have the smart antenna, so the overall performance should, in theory, be better than the others.

The Netgear doesn’t quite compete with others, but there is such a small difference that it is unlikely to have that much real-world difference. The main selling point of this access point is that it has a significantly smaller footprint than the others, being 44% smaller than the Zyxel and considerably lighter, which should make it more discrete than the other options.

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