Installing Access Points with AccelTex®

You’ve been meticulous throughout the entire process of planning your wireless infrastructure solution.

Why wouldn’t you? It’s a massive undertaking with a huge capital investment that’s meant to last for years, be scalable and upgradeable and all the other -ables.

There’s a lot of homework to be done to get it right, which means there’s no sense stopping before you cross the finish line.

Installation isn’t an afterthought, it’s very much part of the solution itself. From the “curb appeal” side of the equation on down to the wiring. How you install those access points requires due diligence and real decision making.

Aesthetics

This is the curb appeal we just mentioned.

Whether you’re putting those access points into a school, hospital or business having a mess of wires and garish, ugly boxes sticking out of the ceilings and walls just isn’t a great look.

It doesn’t signal professionalism, nor does it build confidence that someone’s in a place that really cares.

You can think of it along the lines of what’s known as broken window theory which states that “visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior, and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes.”

Now obviously having some access points protruding or wires popping out all over, isn’t going to cause crime. The point, however, is that it can create the impression that you’re not interested in the details.

With AccelTex® you can make sure your hallways, rooms and office maintain a certain aesthetic. And if the traditional mounts and brackets don’t suit you, you can always opt for vinyl “skins” that will blend your access point into any environment.

Security

Looks aren’t everything.

You’re putting a lot of effort into these upgrades and installations, make sure to ensure that your investment is safe and secure.

This is especially important if you’re installing in a school. Just try leaving something expensive exposed and out in the open with a building full of middle-schoolers. Yikes.

AccelTex mounts and brackets are designed to keep your access points safely in place and free from tampering, creating peace of mind for the IT team and your bottom line.

A securely mounted AP is security against damage and possible theft.

Cabling

Not exactly breaking news here, but wireless systems require wires. Lots of them, in fact.

If it were as simple as sticking an access point everywhere you probably wouldn’t be here and wouldn’t have a need for those specialists on your team. And if no wires were involved, we probably wouldn’t be writing about it.

So here we are.

Realistically, you’re going to be using Cat 6A cables with these wireless access points because they can handle the transmission of lots of data at the highest speeds – both of which are critical for modern enterprise-level installations.

That will affect your planning because Cat 6A cables are less flexible due to their inner workings and terminating them takes up more space. The solution, then, is being thorough on the logistics side in advance so you don’t end up putting your techs in a tough spot.

Just keep in mind that the end of the job, the proverbial finish line, is after the whole system is installed and functional… not after you pick the parts.