NEMA-rated wireless AP enclosures suit outdoor stadium deployments

June 12, 2012
Oberon's Model 1026-00 wireless access point (AP) enclosures manage both the security and performance aspects of outdoor network deployments.

Oberon says its new Model 1026-00 wireless access point (AP) enclosures are optimized to manage both the security and performance aspects of outdoor network deployments. Combining rugged strength with a sophisticated aesthetic, the enclosures provide physical durability with materials that are virtually invisible to wireless signals for optimal performance of network equipment.

The company notes that the demand for outdoor wireless access is expanding at a rapid pace as users of smartphones and tablets seek to stay connected in all environments, including stadiums, college campuses, and other outdoor locations. In implementing the robust and seamless wireless coverage necessary to keep up with every-increasing demand, physical security and protection of wireless equipment in challenging environments becomes a priority. Adding to the challenge for network designers is the necessity to secure access points without sacrificing performance and wireless signal strength.

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Oberon's Model 1026-00 is a compact NEMA-4 enclosure designed specifically to protect Cisco 1140, 1260, 3500, 3502p, and 3600 series and other wireless LAN access points in challenging outdoor environments such as retail centers, college campuses, and stadiums. The rugged polycarbonate enclosure protects the access point from weather, dust, and impacts. With proper sealing, these enclosures are NEMA-4X rated. The unit's plastic is UV stabilized for outdoor installations.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) rates enclosures according to the ability to protect against such hazards as falling objects, water, ingress of water, and the formation of ice on the enclosure. Oberon’s NEMA enclosures are designed and tested to meet NEMA 1, 2, 4, 4X, 12, and 13 specifications, IP66 of IEC 529, and UL508-4X requirements.

The Model 1026-00 enclosures also accomodate Cisco's MIMO Patch Array stadium antenna, which can be mounted on the unit for a compact installation. Access points with body integrated antennas or small detachable antennas may be protected while mounted in recommended configurations. Antennas may be mounted externally by drilling holes in the plastic for antenna cables. The lid is fully hinged, latchable, and padlock-ready, with both clear and opaque options for the enclosure cover.

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