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Occasional Contributor II
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Registered: ‎11-18-2011

Deploying APs on a Congested Ceiling

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We need to deploy some AP225s on a ceiling which is heavily congested with lighting, a/c units and ducting so we are looking at ways to drop the APs below the ceiling clutter. At the moment we are considering using 'projector ceiling mounts' which we think should work but I just wondered if anyone has come up against a similar problem and has any suggestions.

Frequent Contributor I
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Registered: ‎04-03-2007

Re: Deploying APs on a Congested Ceiling

You could use a threaded rod connected to a beam clamp to drop the AP 24-36" or more from the ceiling. We use this in many retail and warehouse installations where the ceiling is open and mechanicals are exposed. 

 

The beam clamp fastens the all-thread rod to the ceiling beams or joists, the AP mount is held on by a washer, lock washer and nylon nut to keep it from backing off. 

 

See pics for an idea. This was done with an AP-105 but works as well on any of the current model APs. 

 

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Michael McNamee
Sr. Network Engineer - SecurEdge Networks
ACMP / ACDX / AWMP

http://www.securedgenetworks.com/secure-edge-networks-blog/
Occasional Contributor II
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎11-18-2011

Re: Deploying APs on a Congested Ceiling

Thanks very much for your reply and suggestion, it's something we can certainly consider using in some areas. The area we need to address at the moment is a library which means we need to give careful consideration to the aesthetics so I'm going to pursue the 'projector pole' idea to see if we can get something which will look right in that environment.

Frequent Contributor I
Posts: 72
Registered: ‎04-03-2007

Re: Deploying APs on a Congested Ceiling

In aesthetically sensitive areas we have used the same solution with the beam clamp hidden above the drop tile ceiling and the all thread protuding below the tile. We used a PVC "sleeve" (small diameter PVC pipe) slipped over the all thread rod to conceal the threaded rod and cable. 

 

Sorry I don't have any pics of that solution but it works well, fabricates easily in the field, blends well with the environment when painted to match interior colors and doesn't look too bulky. 

Michael McNamee
Sr. Network Engineer - SecurEdge Networks
ACMP / ACDX / AWMP

http://www.securedgenetworks.com/secure-edge-networks-blog/
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