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Access Points Placement

Hi

 

Is it alright to place the access point in the roof, the front facing the floor.
How will the radio reception be affected? I can´t find any online documentation regarding placement. 

 

 

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Head in the Cloud

Re: Access Points Placement

I am assuming this is a MR33. In a single AP environment it would be ok. In a multi AP environment best practice is to mount them with line of sight in a triangle or square placement.

 

If you are worried about signal you can place it temporarily and do a site survey

https://documentation.meraki.com/MR/WiFi_Basics_and_Best_Practices/Conducting_Site_Surveys_with_MR_A...

 

Info about range and mounting

https://documentation.meraki.com/MR/WiFi_Basics_and_Best_Practices/Access_point_range_and_signal_str...

 

MR33 Install Guide

https://documentation.meraki.com/MR/Installation_Guides/MR33_Installation_Guide

 

Other MR install guides

https://documentation.meraki.com/MR/MR_Quick_Start

Meraki Employee

Re: Access Points Placement

In addition to the above links, I would also recommend the below links

 

https://documentation.meraki.com/MR/WiFi_Basics_and_Best_Practices/Understanding_Wireless_Performanc...

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Re: Access Points Placement

In documentation...

Drop ceiling mount using mount cradle

To mount your MR33 on a drop ceiling T-rail, use the included drop ceiling mounting accessory kit.

Head in the Cloud

Re: Access Points Placement

It depends on the material for how the radio may be effected, but I do think all MR's are plenum rated, basically meaning they can be installed in the ceiling without causing a fire hazard.

 

For safety, I would be sure to mount it securely so it can't fall on someone's head if they open a ceiling tile, for example.

 

I once had to install ~200 APs of another manufacturer above the ceiling grid for "architectural reasons" (they were ugly).  That reminds me of another suggestion- label/mark the ceiling where the AP's are placed so you can find them again 😉

 

 

 

 

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Re: Access Points Placement

We already have a old Unifi AP in the drop down ceiling. The access point will be mounted free, not hidden inside or behind. 

Head in the Cloud

Re: Access Points Placement

Mounting the AP on the top side of the drop ceiling is definitely possible and can run in production. It just might not get the results you want or be the easiest to access.

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Re: Access Points Placement

I have done this before with MR16s, MR18s and MR20s. It works fine. Access points in general are somewhat directional so with them pointing at the floor you probably will not get the best coverage, however if it is your only option and you have enough points to cover the area needed then it will work.

 

Phil

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