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WiFi access points are everywhere. Integrating them into building environments is a challenge for integrators and contractors.

The default method for installing wireless access points (APs) is clipping them onto the ceiling grid or rail. Mounting the AP in the ceiling is ideal from a wireless coverage standpoint, but having the AP hanging off the grid is becoming less acceptable as it appears to be an “unfinished” installation. Many end users, building owners, architects, and, quite frankly, installers, are demanding a more professional, secure, and aesthetic wireless AP installation.

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Oberon’s 104X Series Wireless Access Point Mounting Solutions

Oberon’s New 104X Series Wireless Access Point Mounting Solutions - Security, Aesthetics, and Convenience in Any Type of Building Environment

Oberon’s new 104X Series wireless access point mounting solutions provide a cost effective solution sought by wireless and cabling professionals. End customers demand installations which secure the wireless equipment, provide superior wireless performance, and more importantly than ever, do not degrade the appearance of architecturally sensitive ceilings and walls. New “high density” Wi-Fi designs require a large number of closely space Wi-Fi access points spread throughout every part of the facility, inside and outside, emphasizing the requirement for aesthetics and economy.

$5 Billion in E-Rate Funding for Wi-Fi in Schools

The FCC is taking steps to modernize E-rate for Wi-Fi in schools. Recognizing that students and teachers are more dependent than ever on personal mobile devices, the FCC is moving to promote and fund ubiquitous Wi-Fi in schools and libraries. They need a robust Wi-Fi network that will deliver all of the multimedia instruction and programming required for the future.

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Installing Wi-Fi in a Campus Environment

It is remarkable how far wireless computing on campus has come in less than 20 years. In the early 1990s, some college campuses were experimenting with wireless computing, with the idea that laptop computers could be carried around campus and remain connected to the network. Those early pioneers struggled with non-standard systems and expensive, proprietary client devices. There were also low baud rate interfaces to the cellular network in select markets. In the mid-1990s, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created the IEEE 802.11 standard for wireless computing, but even this standard permitted non-interoperable technologies, such as infrared (IR), and different radio frequency (RF) modulation techniques. In the late 1990s, the IEEE 802.11 amendments standardized on an RF (versus IR) carrier, and the Wi-Fi alliance developed interoperability testing. This opened the door for large scale commoditization of the wireless client device, now embedded in virtually every mobile device.

Early campus Wi-Fi deployments focused on wireless signal coverage, extension of the network outdoors, and, in some cases, elimination of cabling in hard-to-cable areas. Today, students and faculty expect robust Wi-Fi throughout their campus for virtually every network application. Wi-Fi deployments are focused on capacity and reliable service, as the wireless network has become mission critical. In some cases, the requirement is to install one wireless access point (WAP) in every residence hall room and multiple WAPs in every classroom, requiring the installation of more wide-bandwidth data cable.

ICT Today July-Aug 2015Please read the full article by Oberon President Scott D. Thompson, published in the July/August issue of ICT Today:

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Why will IEEE 802.11ac Change the Wireless Experience?

PART II

Cabling and Wireless Installation Articles 3-23-2015

Last year I wrote an article (May 2014 http://oberonwireless.com/news/blog) on IEEE 802.11ac compliant products –suggesting that products built to this standard would feature “wired like” speeds, data rates beyond 1 Gig, unprecedented user density, scalability in large venues, and better client battery life. All this new capability is provided by larger swaths of bandwidth available in the 5 GHz band and sophisticated modulation and coding schemes enabled by advanced signal processing techniques. I described in that article that 802.11ac is being rolled out in two waves, actually referred to as Wave 1 and Wave 2. I also described that Wave 2 products will engage, for the first time, Multi-User Multiple Input-Multiple Output, or MU-MIMO, technology. MU-MIMO has the ability to significantly advance data throughput. In this article I will discuss Wave 2 data rates in more detail, compared to Wave 1 and prior technologies, and implications on the wireline network. I will also attempt to make a forecast of requirements for planning cabled infrastructure into the next decade.

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Why will IEEE 802.11ac change the Wireless Experience?

Products built to the new IEEE 802.11ac amendment feature "wired-like" speeds, data rates beyond 1 Gig, unprecedented user density, scalability in large venues, and better client battery life. All this new capability is provided by larger swaths of bandwidth available in the 5 GHz band and sophisticated modulation and coding schemes enabled by advanced signal processing techniques. Among the technologies offered by the latest 802.11ac products is Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output or MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO is the ability of the wireless access point (WAP) to engage multiple clients simultaneously. Of course, prior generations of WAPs could engage multiple clients "simultaneously", but only in the sense that multiple clients could be associated with a WAP and be communicating with it, but only one at a time. The new MU-MIMO will permit multiple client devices to be communicating, truly, at the same time.

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Wireless Networks in Healthcare: Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) procedures and TIA-1179 Healthcare Facility Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard

The Joint Commission, which is the body that accredits healthcare facilities, has specified that facilities should establish Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) procedures for mitigating the spread of infectious disease and agents. Recognizing that the air-handling (plenum) space above a suspended ceiling may accumulate dust, the risk assessment procedure may control access to the to the air-handling (plenum) space above suspended ceilings.

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For the Discriminating Mobile User: Why Wi-Fi is better than Cellular

On December 21, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission adopted "network neutrality" rules that are intended to ensure that consumers have open access to content and services they want use on the Internet. Although Internet users will not notice immediate changes in their Internet experience, it turns out that the Mobile Internet is less neutral than the landline Internet, which will have a notable impact on the mobile Internet experience.

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