By Convergent AV
New product introduction: WhyReboot’s Paramount Access Point Mount is 1st Multi-Vendor Solution on the Market
Wireless access points are in high demand, however clients’ expectations of meeting aesthetic requirements can be a challenge. As many or most integrators will note, homeowners and designers do not want to see technology – such as access points (AP’s) – even though they have no problem with smoke detectors, cameras, etc. Integrators as a result will have to hide AP’s in closets, above furniture, sometimes even behind TVs.
Not only will this create unnecessary attenuation of the signal being placed behind solid closet doors or a large metal TV, it also increases the distance between the client devices and the APs. As one may know, the further you get from the AP, the harder it is for the AP to make use of its 256QAM (modulation) and as a result, speeds start to drop pretty rapidly.
This means that clients now need more APs to cover their areas and they are not getting the higher speeds available through the latest technology. Needing more APs drives up the cost of the entire system making it harder for an integrator to sell the proper gear. Placing APs in the center of rooms ensures less attenuation, better performance and more, so integrators can sell fewer APs and easily design and integrate the entire robust system without cutting corners by selling less qualified gear. With this the homeowner will be able to more easily stomach the cost, and moreover, it truly becomes a winning situation for everyone – the integrator and the homeowner.
What sets the WhyReboot Paramount Access Point mount apart from anything else on the market is that it is truly universal. When installed, the AP won’t need to be screwed into anything and is locked down tight enough to be on rough seas on a yacht, or in an earthquake without falling down. The cover is also designed so that it literally pulls up into the mount itself, holding it there no matter what happens and keeping it as flush to the ceiling as possible.
Because of the way the ratcheting system works, any AP installed won’t get nicks or scratches, it’ll look as brand new as the day it was installed. When it’s time to upgrade, the installer just pulls a lever, releasing the system, puts a new AP in and turns the knob to keep it in place.
WhyReboot tested with about 8 APs from different manufacturers including Luxul, Araknis, Ruckus, Meraki, and Cisco, and all worked perfectly because of the design of the system.
As Bjorn Jensen, President at WhyReboot states, “I said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the most over-engineered simple box in the ceiling ever. It took us years to develop and every part of it is designed for a specific function. Even the holes for running cables through are designed so that if a technician drops them by accident he won’t have to find it in the ceiling because the box will grasp it and ensure it doesn’t slip back out. Any area technicians need to put their hands on directly to use the system is colored Orange to make it easy to find.”
Jensen continued, “We are offering a money back guarantee and a 5-year warranty as well as we know that it’s as solid as can be and will last a lifetime. The beauty is that no matter what shape a manufacturer makes their APs in the future, this mount will hold it reliably and firmly. Of course, the cover is paintable to make it blend into the surroundings. We even include a spacer for smaller APs to ensure we get whatever AP you mount as close to the bottom of the ceiling as possible, thus improving the overall signal reach and minimizing potential attenuation from the ceiling.”
Oddly enough, in testing, the WhyReboot team found the mount actually increased the range of the AP. Looking at heat maps generated, they found that further corners of the structures were now being covered better than when the AP was just mounted on the ceiling. The team came to the conclusion that it must have been because the AP was able to send signals through the open attic as well and not being stopped by walls in-between.
Jensen noted, “Those signals would finally end up bouncing back down into the further rooms that were previously not getting as much signal. To be realistic, it’s not as if this magically improves the signal by leaps and bounds, it’s just an interesting point our team encountered while trying to see if the mount degraded the signal at all. Obviously, we were happy that it didn’t and that tiny improvement was a pleasant surprise.”
Bjorn Jensen will be teaching at CEDIA 2017 as well as walking the floor. He will be happy to chat with anyone about this new solution.