How can you provide a robust network experience in multi-dwelling environments (such as dorms, classrooms, hotels, and long term care facilities)?
On February 9, our experts will post to Airheads Social to discuss the issues and different solutions options available to you. Our experts Brad, Onno, and Andy will post answers to these questions and more:
- How to choose between hallway vs. in-room deployment?
- How to choose between ceiling- and wall-mounted APs?
- How are APs optimized for ceiling or wall mount?
- What version of ArubaOS is required for the AP-93H?
- What types of Ethernet wall-boxes does AP-93H support
- How does the AP-93H compare with competitive products?
The discussions will take place in the Access Points and Mesh Routers board, please join the conversation there! Additionally, please post your questions and comments on the day of February 9 and you will receive responses within 24 hours.
In locations such as dorms, classrooms, hotels and long term care facilities, residents expect a network experience similar to what they enjoy at home. When students and hotel guests just had one device, Wi-Fi coverage and capacity provided by access points in the hallways – one for every 6-8 rooms – was sufficient. However, today with up to a dozen wireless devices per room and growing use of video streaming, access point density needs to increase. There are several challenges these growing trend are causing… one example is cabling costs, which can be a significant barrier to WLAN coverage expansion in such environments.
Many resident halls and hotels already have Ethernet wall-box outlets in their rooms. Wall-mount APs are designed to take advantage of existing Ethernet wall-boxes and can eliminate cabling costs. One wall-box access point can provide coverage for three or more rooms. However, most of today’s wall-plate access points have low-performance radios and 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet uplinks that are barely able to handle bandwidth-intensive multimedia traffic.
In addition, users still have devices connecting to the wired network – game consoles, desktop PC, voice over IP phones, video cameras, etc. So any wall-plate access point that replaces the wall-box outlets need to incorporate wired connectivity as well. Ideally, those wired ports need to be centrally managed/visible in order to further reduce cost of operations and troubleshooting. Wired security for guest access (eg. web authentication) and secure access (eg. 802.1x) would be great to have as well, in order to prevent unauthorized / abusive use of those wired ports in publicly accessible locations. Given the fact that replaced wall-box outlets used to incorporate PoE support in order to power video cameras or voice over IP phones, a PoE pass-through capability needs to be an essential component of a wall-plate access point.
A Solution to Consider
Aruba AP-93H wall-plate 802.11n access point can be a good fit for multi-tenant environments. Watch this video for a quick overview on AP-93H (run-time less than 2 minutes). You can learn more about AP-93H here.
Please login to the Access Points and Mesh Routers board, on February 9 to join our experts to discuss the issues and different solutions options available in providing a robust network experience in multi-dwelling environments.
Meet Our Experts
Brad Noblet, President of BN Consulting
Onno Harms, Senior Product Manager Indoor Access Points at Aruba Networks
Andy Logan, Lead Reference Design Engineer at Aruba Networks
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Head of Industry Solutions at Aruba Networks
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