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Hardware Thread, protecting a wireless AP in a gym in Technical; I'm going to need to place a wireless access point in a gym in order for the teachers to do ...
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    protecting a wireless AP in a gym

    I'm going to need to place a wireless access point in a gym in order for the teachers to do online registration. Any idea what would be a good protection for the unit from balls etc.?

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    Have seen it done in Gym's before with a metal cage over the AP. I know this is a big no-no as far as interference but depending on how much the AP is going to be used then if it works, go for it! If it's just going to be a teacher laptop connecting to conduct an electronic register then a metal cage shouldn't cause a problem.

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    How about installing it inside a polycarbonate box shouldn't affect the wifi signal but will resist being hit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC-UK View Post
    Have seen it done in Gym's before with a metal cage over the AP. I know this is a big no-no as far as interference but depending on how much the AP is going to be used then if it works, go for it! If it's just going to be a teacher laptop connecting to conduct an electronic register then a metal cage shouldn't cause a problem.

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    Cheers for that. I'll make sure the protective cage isn't grounded, so it shouldn't be too bad. I was thinking either a few vertical bars, or maybe something like a shopping basket, but stronger.

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    If you can do it with the fewest bars possible it will be even better as far as signal is concerned. Borrow a ball or something from the department and test it out, what's the "minimum amount' of cage you can get away with whilst still protecting the AP.

    It will need to be fairly strong though, I know that it's exactly the sort of thing that students will be deliberately aiming for!

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    Could it not go in the next-door room or out in the corridor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    Could it not go in the next-door room or out in the corridor?
    Not really considering it as a possibility at the moment due to the thickness of the walls. There's a tennis court outside the gym, and where I'm thinking of situating it will reach out there.

    If it comes down to it and is not feasible, then I'll try and find somewhere else.

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    or in the back of a store room within the sports hall.

    The D+T department might be able to make a wooden cage if you are worried about signal with loads of holes in it at the required points.

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    What about a metal cage with no top with the antenna sticking out the top.

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    @fafster:

    We installed WAPS in our sportshall with metal cages around them and have had no problems. They are cisco 1130s BTW.

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    Always a fan of low-tech, pick-it-up-yourself: One of those cages you get from B&Q to protect a heating flue/tumble dryer output would be about the right shape and size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eean View Post
    Always a fan of low-tech, pick-it-up-yourself: One of those cages you get from B&Q to protect a heating flue/tumble dryer output would be about the right shape and size.
    Exactly what I was thinking!

    Or, following the polycarbonate idea from plexer, a nice plastic cake box with a few holes drilled in it for ventilation - mount the lid to the wall, mount the AP in the centre of the lid and then push the bottom on

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    Some great ideas, guys!

    Well, the AP (a D-Link DAP-1160) arrived yesterday, and I've set it up today with the little netbook (Lenovo Ideapad S10e) that will be used. I had an "Ooh, I wonder if that's still lying around..." moment when I remembered there was a spare antenna with a higher gain than the one that came with the AP. Turns out that this was a good idea, as I can now have an entire block between myself and the AP.

    Our school is pretty compact, so I'd need about four or five in total, and the whole school will be covered.

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    HI

    I know this will sound like a silly suggestion but can you not mount it in the ceiling.

    Richard

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