This article discusses the differences between the A60 and A62 access points.
- Datto A60 access points
- Datto A62 access points
The A60 is a dual-band, 802.11ac Wave 1 wireless access point. Maximum theoretical throughput is 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band, 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, for a total combined theoretical throughput of 1750Mbps (1.7Gbps).
The A62 is a tri-band, 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless access point. It supports up to 1734Mbps on the 5GHz bands combined and 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, for a total combined theoretical throughput of 2034Mpbs (2Gbps).
Feature and Specification Comparison
|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|
|Indoor: 75-150’ indoor (3-4 walls)||Indoor: 75-150’ indoor (3-4 walls)|
|Outdoor: 400-500’||Outdoor: 400-600'|
|WLAN Standard||802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 1||802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2|
|CPU||Single-Core Qualcomm "Scorpion"||Quad-Core Qualcomm "Dakota"|
|Memory||128MB DRAM||256MB DRAM|
|Zero Config Plug & Play||Yes||Yes|
|Self Forming, Self Healing Mesh||Yes||Yes|
|Hardware Watchdog CPU||Yes||Yes|
|Free Cloud Management||Yes||Yes|
|Free iOS/Android Apps||Yes||Yes|
|Captive portal w/ bandwidth throttling, splash pages and user controls||Yes||Yes|
|Public & Private SSIDs||Yes||Yes|
|Ethernet||2 x Gigabit||2 x Gigabit|
|Power Supply Options||US/EU/UK/AU||US/EU/UK/AU|
|LEDs||Multi-color LED indicator||Multi-color LED indicator|
|Operating temperature||0-50 C||0-50 C|
|Dimensions||6.5” x 6.5” x 1.2”||6.5” x 6.5” x 1.2”|
|Certifications||FCC, IC, CE, RCM (CTick)||FCC, IC, CE, RCM (CTick)|
802.11ac Wave 1 vs. Wave 2
802.11ac Wave 1 supports MIMO, up to a 80MHz channel width, and up to three spatial streams of data to be transmitted simultaneously.
802.11ac Wave 2 supports MU-MIMO, up to a 160MHz channel width, and up to four spatial streams.
Tri-Band over Dual Band
Dual Band operates with two radio bands to service both 2.4GHz and 5GHz clients. The AP62 uses a Tri-Band configuration, which includes an additional 5GHz radio to allow for greater functionality in a high-density environment and service a wider margin of devices.
MIMO / MU-MIMO
MIMO (Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) uses multiple antennas on the access point, to transmit and receive multiple spatial streams of data simultaneously. The access point streams data to one client at a time under MIMO.
MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) connects to multiple clients at the same time to achieve a faster WiFi network.
Figure 1: Example Client Load - UDP (click to enlarge)
Figure 2: Example Client Load - TCP (click to enlarge)