Dec 01

How to validate your Access Point location?

In the past I have preconfigured and marked the access points (AP) before giving them to the people installing them. My last install there were to many APs to preconfigure. I provided the cabling vendor with the location of each AP and what number that AP should be on that floor. I had explained that I needed to know the MAC of the AP for each AP number. I had the contractors mark the AP with a number before they installed them in the drop ceiling. When the cabling guys were done, they provided me a list of AP names and MAC addresses.


Based on the MAC I named the APs in the system, then placed them on the map. When I walked around, I noticed that AP 23 was where AP 5 was supposed to be. I was now concerned that the APs were in the wrong location and I wouldn’t know what AP was where. To validate the placement I used the Ekahau Site Survey software.

The facility I was in had three floors. I shut off two of the floors so I only had one floor of APs enabled. I then loaded a map of that floor plan into the Ekahau software. After adjusting the size, borders and survey area I was ready to do a survey. I walked around the floor performing the survey. There were many APs that I walked directly under and others that were in rooms off of the hallway that I could not get close to due to locked doors.

After finishing the survey the Ekahau software provided me a list of AP names and where it thought the APs were located. The Ekahau software correctly placed the APs that I was able to walk under. The APs that were in the locked rooms were off a little bit, but very close. The software allowed me to easily position the APs on the map in their correct location. After performing a couple physical checks on the APs, I felt that the AP placement in the Ekahau software was reliable.

Through this survey I was able to find a couple of the APs that I walked under were in the wrong location. It looked like the contractors got the APs mixed up because the APs were in backward locations.

The Ekehaue software saved me a tremendous amount of time validating the location of the new APs. I have a couple more buildings to install wireless in and I feel confident that I can rely on Ekahaue not only for coverage and signal strength, but for validating the AP placement also!!

I highly recommend the Ekahau Site Survey software to you.

What has your experience been with the Ekahau Site Survey software?

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?