Whether walking through the headquarters of a high-tech company or a university campus renowned for its centuries-old classic architecture, people possess certain expectations for the visual appeal of their environments. Holes poked in ceiling tiles to accommodate cables compromise the image of the high-tech powerhouse, and even a sleek network component can look out of place where no other signs of technology are present or desired.
The default method of mounting APs is to clip the AP to a ceiling grid or rail. In many venues, this method is falling out of favor, as it lacks the finished look desired for that venue. In most venues, the ceiling grid mounting is only an option where there is a suspended ceiling, and the reality is, there are a lot of different types of ceilings. Building owners, architects, and installers are looking for more options to mount access points, especially where there may not be a suspended ceiling to which the AP can be fastened.
Technology integrators are tasked with integrating Wi-Fi into many different venues, including those with the following environments:
• Standard suspended ceilings
• Cloud or custom panel ceilings
• Open ceilings
• High or inaccessible ceilings
• Hallways, lobbys, and other public areas
• Warehouse and industrial areas
• Large open areas such as auditoriums and entertainment venues
Each of these environments requires a different installation method. Oberon’s WiFi Access Point mounting products can help you integrate the Wi-Fi APs from all leading vendors into virtually any building construction type.
Oberon’s mounting solutions for Wi-Fi access points can bring the security, convenience, and compliance features to any environment, while respecting the building design, and without compromising wireless performance. This article outlines a few of the features and options which - in conjunction with the Solution Finder on the Oberon website and our highly-trained staff, manufacturer’s representatives, and distribution partners - will help you determine the right mounting solution for your next wireless installation or upgrade.
Here are a few ways Oberon products enhance the look of your wireless network through thoughtful design:
Plenum rated 2’ x 2’ ceiling tile enclosures blend into most suspended ceilings and create a simple yet effective professional aesthetic. Locking enclosures from the Wi-Tile™ collection provide physical security, and the interchangeable AP Specific doors simplify AP moves, adds, and changes. Simplify compliance with ICRA procedures and HIPAA compliance in Healthcare environments. UL Listed. Locking enclosures are available for both suspended ceilings and hard ceiling.
The Envelop™ collection features recess mounts for panel, suspended, and hard ceilings and walls. Choose from interchangeable AP-specific trims, or conceal the AP entirely with a plastic cover.
Consider the 1019-RM, which recesses the AP into the wall and conceals it with a low-profile, paintable, snap-on cover. This visually demure yet physically rugged UL 94-5VB ABS plastic enclosure is virtually transparent to wireless signals so there is minimal impact on wireless coverage. The 1019 features slots for TIA 569-B compliant furniture faceplate RJ-45 modular jacks, to facilitate cable termination and management.