Oct 14

How to install or assemble the Cisco AIR-AP-BRACKET-3?


If you are looking for a slick solution to mount your Cisco wireless access point (AP) on your drop ceiling you should look at the AIR-AP-BRACKET-3 bracket. This bracket is easy to use and the AP looks great in the ceiling.

There are 5 steps to this installation.
1. Remove and cut the ceiling tile. Use the outside of the AP to size your hole.

Ceiling tile after the hole has been cut for the AP.

Ceiling tile after the hole has been cut for the AP.


2. Attach the ring around the AP. There is a groove in the AP for the ring to snap into place. The pictured AP is a 3702.
Cisco 3702 Top view with the ring on it.

Cisco 3702 Top view with the ring on it.

Cisco 3702 Bottom view with the ring on it.

Cisco 3702 Bottom view with the ring on it.

3. Place the AP on a flat surface face down, then place the ceiling tile (With the hole cut out) over the AP with the nice surface facing down.

Cisco 3702 in ceiling tile

Cisco 3702 in ceiling tile


4. Lay the long piece over the AP, then slide the outer bracket onto the AP. The bracket should slide into place. Then install and tighten the screw in the center of the bracket. This squeezes the AP into place on the tile. The long piece has small pieces that look like they can be pushed into the tile to prevent it from moving. I didn’t find a need for this because the one screw holding that piece into the AP held everything into place.
Cisco 3702 with AIR-AP-BRACKET-3

Cisco 3702 with AIR-AP-BRACKET-3


5. Hang up your tile and connect the AP to the network.
Cisco 3702 in a drop ceiling tile using the AIR-AP-BRACKET-3

Cisco 3702 in a drop ceiling tile using the AIR-AP-BRACKET-3

I hope this helps you keep your office area beautiful.
How has your experiences been with the AIR-AP-BRACKET-3?

Sep 13

How many clients can a Cisco 3702 AP service before service degrades?

I understand that the proper answer to this question is “It depends”. But, my goal is to find the number of simultaneous wireless telephone calls that can be made while attached to the same Cisco 3702 series access point (AP) and same radio A or B/G? I’m not looking for a book answer, I have already found the Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phone 7925G Deployment Guide. On Page 42 is states 13 calls at 6 Mbps, 20 calls at 12 Mbps, and 27 calls at 24-54 Mbps.


So what is the reality of the 3702 series AP? That’s my question. Using a Cisco 7921/7925 IP phone, How many calls have you had going on your network before people started complaining?

On a Cisco 1252 AP, I found that once I hit 14-20 clients running terminal emulation software, the performance was very poor. The clients were using Telnet and it took a long time for the users to login and get their first assignment.

What about running a telephone application like the Shortel client. This client is loaded on a smartphone and makes calls over the WiFi. Have any of you used this client on a Cisco Wireless network? If so, what APs and controllers did you use? How was your experience?

Placing my configuration aside, can you give me good feedback about your experience with these products?