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Optimize Wi-Fi Performance with Oberon’s Right-Angle Wall Mount Brackets

Wi-Fi is everywhere, and if you are a wireless integrator, installer, contractor, cabling specialist, or likewise fortunate person assigned by your superior to “make Wi-Fi work everywhere”, you might find this article helpful.

Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) are typically designed to mount in the ceiling. The ceiling location, of course, is the obvious choice for wireless signal coverage; from the ceiling, the access point is above most obstructions, providing the best path for the wireless radio frequency signal from the AP to the mobile client device.

Leading AP vendors have designed their enterprise access points such that the antenna provides a pattern of coverage optimized by the AP being mounted in a “horizontal” orientation in the ceiling (Figure 1). The antennas integrated within the access point are designed to approximate the pattern of a vertically oriented dipole antenna, creating a donut shaped wireless coverage pattern around the access point. When mounted “horizontally” in the ceiling, the AP antenna pattern has the most gain through the room space the AP is in, and less gain above and below the AP, say, to adjacent floors of the building. This antenna pattern can help wireless designers provide effective coverage within the room, and minimize interference on adjacent floors.

In fact, leading AP vendors Cisco and Aruba Networks recommend that their APs be mounted in the “horizontal” orientation[1]. Of course the APs, will function electronically in any orientation, but the antennas are designed to provide best coverage when in the horizontal orientation[2].

Mounting the access point in the ceiling can be achieved in many ways if the ceiling is accessible and appropriate, but the following should be considered when mounting in the ceiling:  

  1. Performance: Typical APs with internal antennas are designed to be in a typical commercial suspended ceiling 8’- 12’ above the floor. If the APs are higher than this, the scenario is created wherein APs are closer to each other than to the mobile devices they are serving. You can use right-angle wall brackets, mounted at the appropriate height, where ceilings are high.
  2. Accessibility: Consider how difficult it will be to service the AP if it is more than 15’ above the floor.
  3. Data Connection: Plenum rated data cabling needs to be available from above the ceiling.
  4. Aesthetics: In many venues such as auditoriums and ballrooms, it will not be permissible to mount the AP in the ceiling due to aesthetics.
  5. Healthcare Environments: In a hospital, access to ceiling panels may be restricted by ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) procedures.

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Figure 1 - Most commercial APs with internal antennas are designed to provide the optimal coverage when mounted in a horizontal orientation in a ceiling, 8’-12’ above the floor

If, for any of these reasons, the AP cannot be mounted in the ceiling, then another solution is required, and typically this is a wall mount. Wall mounting is not a bad option if the AP can be mounted above obstructions (as if it were in the ceiling) and if the AP can be mounted in the horizontal orientation. Oberon offers a number of solutions for mounting access points in the horizontal orientation, on virtually any type of wall or beam.

Right angle AP wall mount bracket, and AP with directional antenna articulating bracket guide

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Right Angle Wall Mount Brackets for APs

Oberon offers a variety of right angle wall mount brackets. These brackets are designed to mount the AP in the desired horizontal orientation in locations where the ceiling mount is not desirable or convenient.

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Figure 2 - Use right angle wall brackets in high ceilings, where it is difficult to mount APs[3].

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Figure 3 - Right angle wall brackets can be used in locations where mounting in the ceiling is impractical.

 

Model 1008

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Right-Angle AP Joist or Wall Bracket with Black Vanity Cover for most vendors’ APs

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Orientation: Wall

Mount APs in open ceilings with this convenient joist or wall mounting solution. Quickly install AP in preferred horizontal orientation. Includes two beam clamps and a paintable, plastic vanity cover which is virtually transparent to wireless signal. Ideal for restaurants and retail environments with open ceilings. Conduit, raceways, and cable can be terminated in the bracket to for a clean appearance. The AP can be locked in place using the AP manufacturer's locking features.

Model 1009

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Economy Universal Right-Angle AP Wall Bracket: White

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Orientation: Wall

Many AP manufacturers recommend that access points be mounted in a horizontal orientation, which may be difficult when mounting on walls. Model 1009 mounts and secures APs from most manufacturers in areas where wall mounting may be required, such as residence halls, hotels, and other hard lid venues. Conduit, raceways, and cable can be terminated in the bracket to provide for a clean appearance. The AP can be locked in place using the manufacturer's locking features.

Model 1010

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Right-Angle AP Mount with Universal T-bar Bracket, No Cover

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Orientation: Wall

This right-angle mounting bracket has sidewalls to help conceal cabling and can be placed directly over data outlet. Quickly install AP in preferred horizontal orientation. Mounting features for Cisco and Aruba Networks APs, with universal T-bar for most other vendors' APs. White powder-coated steel. Ideal for hard lid environments such as residence halls.

Model 1011

1011-00

Right-Angle AP Mount with Universal T-bar Bracket and Cover

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Orientation: Wall

This right-angle mounting bracket has a hinged, snap-down cover and sidewalls to help conceal cabling and can be placed directly over data outlet. Quickly install AP in preferred horizontal orientation. Mounting features for Cisco and Aruba Networks APs with universal T-bar for most other vendors' APs. White powder-coated steel. Ideal for hard lid environments such as hotels and retails spaces.

Model 1012

1012-00

Right-Angle AP Mount with Universal T-bar Bracket and Locking Cover

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Orientation: Wall

This right-angle wall mounting bracket has a receiver plate which locks the AP into place. The cover and sidewalls conceal cabling and can be placed directly over data outlet. Quickly install and lock the AP in the preferred horizontal orientation. Receiver plate is designed for Cisco, Aruba Networks, and many other vendors' APs. 3-position lock unlocks cover first, then AP receiver plate. Ideal for hard lid environments such as classrooms and residence halls for extra security.

 

Articulating Wall Mount Brackets for AP and Directional Antenna

In locations where the ceiling is higher than 25’ -33’, such as auditoriums and ballrooms, leading AP vendors Cisco and Aruba Networks recommend the use of external antennas or directional antennas rather than the APs with internal antennas. Oberon’s model 1013 and 1014 are articulating wall brackets for mounting the AP and directional antenna, permitting zones of coverage to be defined with the antenna pattern. (Figure 3).

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Figure 3 - Using directional antennas to create zones of coverage.

  Model 1013

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2-Axis Articulating AP/Antenna Mount

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2-axis Articulating wall mount for most manufacturers’ APs and directive (or patch) antennas on pillars and walls. AP and directional antenna attach to this mount, and the antenna can be pointed in any direction to achieve desired wireless coverage. Wall mount bracket can be placed directly over data outlet. Designed for Cisco and Aruba Networks APS and directive  antenna, and many other vendors’ APs. Ideal for classrooms, auditoriums, and stadiums where directional coverage is required.

Model 1014

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1-Axis Articulating AP/Antenna Mount: White cover

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Orientation: Wall

Oberon's Model 1014 is an articulating wall mount for most wireless access points and directional antennas. Provides 1 axis articulating mount for directional antenna for up to a 45-degree tilt. The Model 1014-00 includes a wireless signal transparent paintable cover, making it simple to customize the color of the access point compliment interior color schemes. Coloring the cover does not void the manufacturer's warranty.


[1] http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/wireless/aironet-1250-series/design_guide_c07-693245.html#wp9001287

[2] http://www.arubanetworks.com/assets/vrd/Aruba_VHD_VRD_Planning_Guide.pdf

[3] http://www.arubanetworks.com/assets/vrd/Aruba_VHD_VRD_Planning_Guide.pdf

[4] http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/wireless/aironet-1250-series/design_guide_c07-693245.html#wp9001287

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