AP Enclosures - What are partners using when basketballs and beverages threaten?

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So in the instance of a school gym or cafeteria, who makes an appropriate and economical wall/ceiling mount plastic AP enclosure? There are hundreds on the market, none referencing Aerohive access points.
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James Pratt

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Crowdie, Champ

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You have two issues here:

* Beverages - requires an IP67 enclosure to protect the access point from the liquid
* Basketballs - requires a protective frame to protect the IP67 enclosure from the basketballs

I have seen access points at facilities like the YMCA where the access point is protected by a steel mesh enclosure so the basketballs can't make contact with the IP67 enclosures.
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Its very rare that I disagree with Crowdie, this might be one of those occasions. I would expect that any wall mounted unit in a cafeteria or gymnasium to be mounted high enough that threats from spilled or thrown beverages to be vanishingly small, and the risk of damage from liquid intrusion in a ceiling mounted unit to be even smaller. I do like his idea of a steel mesh enclosure and would guess the same ones used for clocks would fit over our APs.
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Crowdie, Champ

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As always the requirements at different sites, and even different areas of a site, are unique so you need to have feet on the ground and during any site survey and/or design analysis determine what protection, if any, the access points require.

As Mike points out if an access point is mounted twelve metres up then it is not likely that a person on the ground twelve metres below can throw the coke from his/her cup up over the access point.

That said, if the access point is mounted in a school gym with a six metre high ceiling and a teenage boy on his 20th can of Red Bull for the morning gets his hands on a basketball he can do some reasonable damage if allowed.
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I was going to ask you, Crowdie, what situation you'd see whereby beverages could be a culprit, but I see you've already laid that on 20 cans of red bull. Thanks for clarifying. :)
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An old post, but I assume still valid.  I have a similar question as the OP, trying to install to a gym, and overwhelmed by the choices/non-choices.  So, you think the wires from the protecting cage wouldn't interfere with the signal?
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We got the 12x10x6 variant of these polycarbonate enclosures last year to install AP370's in a few K-12 gyms and have had zero issues so far. They're 10' from the ground so we also chose clear doors for LED visibility. http://www.terra-wave.com/shop/standard-indooroutdoor-polycarbonate-c-1011_229_242_244.html