The educational campus, whether K-12 or in higher education, presents unique challenges when it comes to deploying a wireless network. Classrooms, auditoriums, hospitals, stadiums, residence halls, courtyards, cafeterias, and office spaces require vastly different solutions for addressing wireless density, ease of access, physical security, and aesthetics. Oberon is your full-campus solution for proper installation of wireless access points.
Classrooms and Offices
Density, security, and ease of authorized access are key to network deployments in both classrooms. High-traffic, media-heavy use requires a large number of WAPs installed in precise locations and with proper settings to offer maximum reliability with minimal interference.
A large number of access points hanging from the ceiling grid is not visually appealing. Oberon’s 1040 and 1044 series access point mounts recess the AP into the ceiling (much like recessed lighting), providing for an aesthetic professional installation.
An access point clipped into the ceiling can easily be moved, disconnected, or stolen, throwing off instructors’ plans and creating unnecessary expense. Recessing the AP into the ceiling helps to insure the reliability of this mission-critical resource.
In corridors and hard ceiling areas without a drop ceiling or a high ceiling, Oberon’s right-angle brackets provide a great solution for mounting the AP in the preferred horizontal orientation, at the desired height.
Lecture Halls and Auditoriums
Lecture halls and auditoriums create a challenge for the wireless designer, with large numbers of client devices simultaneously connecting to the wireless network. High ceilings and wide open spaces without walls further complicate the design. Oberon offers AP and antenna mounting solutions to help the wireless designer and installer provide optimal wireless coverage.
The Model 1013 is an AP wall mount with articulating antenna mount. APs and directive antennas from leading AP vendors are attached to the mount, and the antenna can be pointed to create desired zones of coverage.
The Model 1020 compact NEMA 4 AP enclosure is small enough to be mounted directly beneath the seating, providing an extra degree of design flexibility for the wireless designer and installer. The 1020 protects the AP from spilling liquids, power washing, and weather.
Many residence halls now host an AP in every room to provide the wireless connectivity and throughput required by students. APs may be mounted on the ceiling, wall or, in some cases, the closet. Oberon’s Model 1017 and 1018 access point enclosures are designed to provide an extra degree of protection for the access point in residence hall rooms, hallways, lounges, common areas, and cafeterias.
Hospitals and Laboratories
Hospitals and laboratory facilities have special requirements for air quality. In many cases, lifting ceiling tiles to access the plenum space involves “tenting” the area to prevent dust and fungal spores from contaminating an otherwise clean space. Similarly, poking holes for data cables to connect to ceiling grid strung APs is undesirable, as these holes are a pathway for airborne pathogens.