School is back in session for the more than 70 million students in the United States alone(1). While some things (like social cliques and struggling through Shakespeare) may never change, technology use in the classroom has certainly ballooned over the past 20 years. Computers, tablets and smartphones are all connecting to school-provided WiFi on a daily basis and have become an integral facet of the teaching and learning process. In fact, recent survey results revealed that 2 in 3 teachers want even more technology in the classroom(2).
With the demand for WiFi seemingly always on the rise, schools must factor wireless access point deployments into the budget. This necessity even prompted the government to enact an "E-rate Program," discounting telecommunications services and internet access up to 90% for eligible schools and libraries(3).
Whether partially subsidized or paid outright, access point deployments are costly and a strain on infamously tight school budgets. Using an Oberon enclosure or mounting solution can help protect the investment by preventing damage and theft.
Oberon's 104X series mount kits offer an economical option for ceiling mounting access points. Installs much like recessed lighting by cutting into existing ceiling tile, making it much easier to blend into an environment of older or discolored ceiling tiles, or non-standard 2'x2' ceiling tiles. Styles for suspended ceilings, existing hard ceilings and new construction.
Oberon's 1046 series is an aesthetic, secure and economical option that future-proofs the investment by allowing for easy migration to different access points. Features a plenum-rated back box and locking door, which can be easily switched out with a retrofit door.
For Gymnasiums and Outdoor Stadiums:
Oberon's Model 1020-00 and 3010-00 are both NEMA4 rated enclosures, offering maximum protection from impact damage, along with weather and water resistance. Ideal for under seat high density WiFi deployments in auditoriums, lecture halls and sports venues.
For Lecture Halls and Auditoriums:
Right Angle Brackets
Oberon's right angle brackets, such as the model 1006 or Model 1011, can be used when ceiling mounting is not a viable option. These low profile brackets keep the access point in the preferred horizontal orientation. Ideal for high density WiFi deployments in auditoriums and lecture halls.
Oberon's Model 1013 for access point and directional antenna articulates on 2-axis, providing superior coverage. Specify Model 1013-COVER to include white plastic vanity cover (paintable) for a clean and aesthetic finish .
For Residence Halls and Other Indoor Venues:
Surface Mount Boxes
Oberon's surface mount boxes, such as the Model 1015-00 or 1018-WH, are an ideal solution for securing and protecting access points when ceiling mounting is difficult. Oberon's Model 1017-BL fits smaller, budget friendly APs, such as the Cisco 702W or Aruba 205H.
For Outdoor Courtyards and Across Campus:
Oberon's Model 3030 is designed to look like a lighting bollard to seamlessly blend into outdoor environments.
Oberon offers aesthetic and budget friendly options suitable for every school environment.
(1) "Back to School Statistics" http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372
(2) "The Current State of Technology in the Classroom" http://www.teachthought.com/uncategorized/the-current-state-of-technology-in-the-classroom-infographic/
(3) "E-rate Program" http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/nonpublic/erate.html