AP1130 - Any need for protective cover?

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I know that the AP1130 can handle the weather elements since it's an outdoor AP, but I was wondering if anyone has implemented any kind of security protective cover for their AP1130 access points.  My fear is that the antennas could be stolen since they'll be mounted to the exterior walls of our schools, anywhere from 10ft to 12 ft above ground level.
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Rob Pritchard

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Metka Dragos

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Rob, if you decide to use an enclosure, make sure that you do not use metal, like metal mesh. Enclosure may be more expensive than buying new set of antennas if they get stolen.
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Rob Pritchard

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Yeah, I know not to use metal.  We've purchased protective covers (plastic) for our AP230 access points that we have installed in the gyms to help protect them against flying objects. :-)  Just hoping the antennas don't get stolen or damaged, so I wanted to see what others have done in this regard for those who currently have AP1130s installed.
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Daryl Reseigh

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Hi Rob, I have 2 x AP1130's at my school. We just fitted the security screws to ensure the AP itself doesn't go anywhere, but haven't done anything with the antennas. I'm not too concerned as fitting them 10ft + means someone would need a ladder to get to them. Students wouldn't have access to such tools, so i think its as safe as can be. I guess you could make a plastic box to go over it, but i don't feel its necessary for us.
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Same here. As by the nature of the device, it should be installed reasonable high, giving good coverage to the outdoor area, which usually means that they very inaccessible.

Alternatively, you could consider using sector antennas, which might be an interesting option anyway, as in most cases you do not need to cover the wall behind the AP. And those antennas would be bolted to the wall as well. Yes, a bit more expensive, but probably not more than a proper enclosure, plus you might be able to improve the coverage & performance.
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Rob, you could use a plexi glass box (with metal cover) with a lock.