Aesthetically pleasing access points

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MCain
Conversationalist

Aesthetically pleasing access points

I've got to hide some access points in plain site.

 

Anyone out there ever tried painting or wallpapering an access point to blend into the room?

 

Any other suggestions for how to hide access points in plain sight so they still work in high end residential or very formal public spaces?

 

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MerakiDave
Meraki Employee

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

Hi @MCain while painting does void the warranty, I have had customers use the proper non-metallic paint with success, but tend to go more towards vinyl wraps now to preserve the warranty.  So in addition to some of the pre-made solutions, I had also had customers use a local signage shop that does vinyl graphics & wrapping.  They wrapped their APs for around US $30 per AP.  One was a zoo that wanted the outdoor APs and external antennas to blend in.  Some where camo, some were brick pattern, some just matched the wall color.  So you have options there for pre-made and also perhaps search for local sign shops or someone that does vinyl car wrapping or laptop wrapping for example.  If you want to DIY, the material is fairly cheap and also looks pretty simple to do (depending on how much of a perfectionist you are!) 

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KarstenI
Head in the Cloud

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

Never used them myself, but have heard good things about http://www.acceltex.com/skins/

BlakeRichardson
Kind of a big deal

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

I probably wouldn't paint an access point as it will likely void the warranty on it. The skins mentioned or any vinyl covering work be OK I'm sure. 

Meraki CMNO, Ruckus WISE, Sonicwall CSSA, Allied Telesis CASE & CAI
TBHPTL
Here to help

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

Definitely paint the vanity cover  with a non-metallic paint and not the AP's radome.

https://oberoninc.com/solution-finder/?fwp_ap_vendor=meraki&fwp_products_mount_location=ap-vanity-co...

It is super possible to hide them in plain site. However the cost of doing this varies wildly depending on how crazy the aesthetic police are.

 

PhilipDAth
Kind of a big deal

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

These guys are pretty popular as well.

https://coverandhyde.com/ 

MerakiDave
Meraki Employee

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

Hi @MCain while painting does void the warranty, I have had customers use the proper non-metallic paint with success, but tend to go more towards vinyl wraps now to preserve the warranty.  So in addition to some of the pre-made solutions, I had also had customers use a local signage shop that does vinyl graphics & wrapping.  They wrapped their APs for around US $30 per AP.  One was a zoo that wanted the outdoor APs and external antennas to blend in.  Some where camo, some were brick pattern, some just matched the wall color.  So you have options there for pre-made and also perhaps search for local sign shops or someone that does vinyl car wrapping or laptop wrapping for example.  If you want to DIY, the material is fairly cheap and also looks pretty simple to do (depending on how much of a perfectionist you are!) 

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MCain
Conversationalist

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

All great suggestions!  Exactly the advice I was hoping to find.

 

Thanks!

 

TBHPTL
Here to help

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

I had completely forgotten about  vinyl wraps.. 

 

www.acceltex.com/skins

Thygesen
Building a reputation

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

@TBHPTL 

Those look awesome !


Too bad it's north US only 😒

 

Any suggestions for Europe ?

 

PhilipDAth
Kind of a big deal

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

Your local signwriter.

 

redsector
Head in the Cloud

Re: Aesthetically pleasing access points

I have seen painted accesspoints in the Europapark Rust. They are good hidden now, like camoflage.

By the way there where not Meraki but Cisco "classic" accesspoints.

IMG_4500.jpg

https://www.europapark.de/en

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