Sorry for the offtopic but I find it hard to not explain it:
It is not really mystery. From business point of view, you can't produce ideal device because if you do, you would dig grave for other devices in your range and you would cut-off possible improvements in future. Due to this, it is not surprising that hAP ac^2 is artificially crippled/limited by missing POE-Out, beeper, microSD and temp/volt monitor despite the fact that many cheaper routerboards have these.
It is already popular device (I also got big bunch of them as it simplifies my inventory management) but if you add one or more mentioned features, people would stop buying other products. For example:
- if you add poe-out, it would steal purchasers of RB951Ui/RB952Ui. Currently, there are still people who buy these despite it lacks 1G ports, simply because it has 5 ports, poe-out, wifi and usb at the same time.
- if you add temp/volt monitor or microSD slot, it would steal purchasers of RB750 range as hAP ac2 is better in every single way except of this monitoring ability which is big deal for industrial applications.
Now you might think "why would it matter if people buy hEX or hAP?". Well, it matters, because once someone buys hEX, he might later find he needs wifi and he may buy some cAP/wAP/hAP. Same goes with RB951/RB952 - They are great but once you saturate 100Mbit interface, you need replacement. Not because device is bad. Simply because it is not enough. And unless you have bad experience with it, you will probably go to Mikrotik again. Congrants... Mikrotik just sold another device.
I don't consider such approach as something bad. It is simply necessity to keep company in business and I find it much better alternative than planned obsolescence which was adopted by few other manufacturers.
Last edited by vecernik87
on Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:04 am, edited 2 times in total.