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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.

Until 2015, schools did not have E-rate funding for building robust Wi-Fi networks. The result was low-budget, poorly-designed, and poorly-implemented Wi-Fi networks in many schools. This left the students with a poor experience and missed learning opportunities. With the E-rate funding and emphasis on designing and installing robust, mission-critical networks, schools have the opportunity to fully engage their students with mobile technologies. Here are some of the details for WiFi E-rate funding.

  •  $2.5-$3.0B in funding is allocated through July 2017 for Wi-Fi in schools.
  •  Actual spend will be higher, as schools get reimbursed only 20-90% of what they spend on Wi-Fi.
  •  30-40% is expected to go to access points. Wi-Fi enclosures and mounting solutions are approved.
  •  Funding doesn't start until July 2015, with many schools not expected to get funding until the end of the year.

 

Oberon's 104X series Wi-Fi access point enclosures and mounting solutions are designed specifically for K-12 budgets and applications.

These products install like recess lighting, secure the access point in the ceiling or the wall, and provide an aesthetic, professional appearance. Oberon has a solution for every building type, ceiling type, and vendor's access points.

Model 1042-XX

1042-CCOAP

Recessed Ceiling AP Install Kit - Old work style

1042-CCOAP: Oberon_Model_1043-CCOAP_Bezel.jpg

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Orientation: Ceiling

The Model 1042 series offers the simplest way to mount APs and antennas into existing hard (drywall/sheetrock) ceilings and walls for an aesthetic, professional installation. A cutout is made in the ceiling and the all metal back-box is fastened into the ceiling. The AP or antenna fastens to the appropriate trim, and the trim attaches to the to the back-box with torsion springs. The AP is recessed into the ceiling much like a recessed light fixture. AP trim is easily swapped for new trim when AP brand or model changes. (Model 1042-FL recesses AP entirely behind a low-profile ABS plastic cover). See configuration guide in specs for AP-specific trims.

Model 1043-XX

1043-CCOAP

Recessed Ceiling AP Install Kit - New work style

1043-CCOAP: Oberon_Model_1043-CCOAP_Bezel.jpg

Oberon symbol Spec Sheet
Installation Instructions
Customer Prints
Buy It Now: Accu-Tech

Orientation: Ceiling

The Model 1043 series offers the simplest way to mount APs and antennas into new hard (drywall/sheetrock) ceilings and walls for an aesthetic, professional installation. The back-box is fastened to the ceiling joists, and the new ceiling is cut around the box. The AP or antenna fastens to the appropriate trim, and the trim attaches to the back-box with torsion springs. The AP is recessed into the ceiling much like a recessed light fixture. AP/antenna trim is easily swapped when AP/antenna brand or model changes. (Model 1043-FL recesses AP entirely behind a low-profile ABS plastic cover). See configuration guide in specs for AP-specific trims.

 

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