Outdoor Access Points - finding a robust companion!
July 16, 2018

Outdoor Access Points - finding a robust companion!

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  • Cisco Aironet 1550 Series Access Points

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Aironet 1500 Series Access Points

Cisco Aironet 1560 Series
The Cisco Aironet 1560 Series Outdoor Access Point comes in a very robust and rugged housing. This means that we can deploy them directly into our wind turbine towers, without installing them inside an expensive outer casing. One AP at the transition piece in the bottom of the tower and one at the top, in the nacelle, is usually enough for full coverage. This provides excellent WiFi conditions to support our on-site technicians.
  • Rugged housing and very robust design.
  • Two different models.
  • One with internal antennas only (1562I) and another model with external antennas as an option (1562E)
  • PoE with very low power consumption
  • Excellent temperature range (-40 to 65 degrees celsious
  • A bracket for magnet mounting would be a nice feature.
  • White colour option.
  • 11ax support
  • With only a few DOA's or failing devices, the AP's are of very high quality.
  • We expect them to run stable for many years, which is why our initial investment will be an intelligent choice compared to installing a cheaper product.
  • Although the AP's from Cisco is cutting-edge technology, the 802.11ac standard will be considered legacy in a few years, meaning that its a balance to purchase a well-designed product that won't outlast the tech that it provides. Imagine having an investment in a large fleet of high-quality 802.11b AP's 20 years ago. Although they would still be working flawlessly due to their good quality, the bandwidth would probably be unacceptable to most modern consumers.
When we utilize Cisco AP's in our offshore facilities and substations they are often installed inside technical areas with a very high density of radio noise, coming from other telecom systems, generators and radio equipment. Due to ClearAir we never seem to have coverage problems, expecially when using models with external antennas.
Improvement and a modular design are extremely important in a fast-moving area like the wireless technology really is. The theoretical maximum throughput is ever growing, so it really shouldn't be the only selling factor in a radio product. Other factors must be continuously refined as well, which we believe is the case in the AP's from Cisco. Not to say that we couldn't live without all the features, but when your procure new products, you should never limit yourself from any tech, which you might need further down the road. As an example, we often benefit from the SFP capabilities when we're installing an AP more than 100 meters away from the nearest access switch. Although the AP wasn't purchased on this specific feature, it just makes its use case much broader.
In a rough outside environment - even offshore installation. Combined with a wireless LAN controller installation and deployment is a very smooth experience. This Access Point isn't suitable for installation in an office environment since the housing is very bulky and military gray colored. The CleanAir feature enables excellent coverage in locations with very high channel density and even radio noise.