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Deploying Outdoor Wi-Fi with FS Typical Outdoor WiFi Solution

Posted on Jun 27, 2023 by
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Although outdoor wireless networks have many similar basic principles to indoor wireless networks, they also contain some very unique complexities, which make them essentially different and often more challenging to deploy.

With increasing demands from final users for secure access at any time and from anywhere, the importance of outdoor wireless is steadily increasing. For businesses that require outdoor WiFi access, deploying the correct system can improve productivity and user satisfaction.

Major Challenges Facing Outdoor Wi-Fi

  • Complex outdoor environment and large coverage area: The outdoor installation creates its own challenges for the premise network designer and installer (NDI) as it involves Outside Plant considerations different from day-to-day indoor network installation challenges. NDI must carefully consider equipment physical protection, weather protection, temperature extremes, aesthetics, lightning protection, and installation costs, which are often much higher than indoor installations. In many cases, NDI will consider installing access points on the walls or tops of buildings, on existing outdoor light poles, or even on the ground or on the ground, so it is necessary to plan AP points reasonably.

  • A large amount of mobile access: a large number of mobile terminals access, and the demand for service bandwidth is increasing.

  • Difficulty in management and O&M: The outdoor environment is complex, and O&M actions such as monitoring and troubleshooting are difficult to implement.

What Should be Paid Attention to When Deploying WiFi Outdoors?

Outdoor environment:The outdoor environment is always the first thing to be considered, because ordinary extenders or routers can easily corrode or fail in the severe outdoor environment.

Wireless range:These devices need to provide smooth outdoor WiFi to all the external areas you need.

Installation method:It must be easy to install, especially requiring PoE to transmit data and power through a single Ethernet cable.

Management:Centralized management is greatly beneficial for maintenance if you need to deploy multiple outdoor wireless access points.

WiFi speed:Smooth WiFi without buffering is important, even if there are dozens of clients connected to the network.

FS Outdoor WiFi Solution and Highlights

What kind of solution can meet the needs of outdoor WiFi network? Here we provide a full solution including the network topology, product features and parameters.

FS Outdoor Wi-Fi Solution

Tips for deploying this network topology:

  • 1. Squares and parks: FS directional AP-T567 is used, installed on the wall or on a pole every 30-50m, the height is controlled at 3-5m from the ground, and the AP coverage distance is controlled within 120m, and additional APs should be considered in the direction over 150m. According to the requirements of the deployment site environment, by adjusting the inclination angle of the equipment, the antenna coverage direction is aligned with the direction of the square. Or install FS omni-directional AP-T565 every 150m, evenly spaced triangular deployment in the center of the site.

  • 2. Street: FS AP-T567 is used every 120m, installed on the wall or on a pole on the side of the road, and the height is controlled at 3-5 meters from the ground. By adjusting the inclination angle of the equipment, it can be covered obliquely to the side of the road.

  • 3. Scenic spots and villages: FS AP-T567 is used, installed on hanging light poles/electric poles, and the installation height is controlled at 3-5 meters from the ground. Coverage simulation is carried out according to the actual geographical environment, and cloud geological survey can be used for pre-planning. For places where optical cables cannot be reached, such as river blocking, bridge connections can be used.

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What are the highlights of this solution?

    • Full wireless network coverage in complex outdoor environments

FS outdoor WiFi solution can meet the complex outdoor environment to achieve WiFi coverage, especially where optical cables cannot be laid.

    • Easy deployment and debugging, high construction efficiency

Built-in antenna and lightning protection, overturning the installation method of outdoor APs that need to be connected to lightning protection device and antenna, greatly improving the construction efficiency of the project;

External adjustable hanger, in which AP-T567 supports -60°~60° horizontally and -60°~90° vertically, making it easier to optimize directional wireless network coverage; AP-T565 has a built-in high-power omnidirectional antenna, 360° coverage, wide signal without dead angle.

AP-T567 supports outdoor wireless AP bridging, the maximum wireless bridging distance is 3000M, and the maximum bridging capability is 5 hop.

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    • Access to the Airware unified cloud management platform, improving O&M efficiency

Cloud collaborative dynamic security active defense based on wireless radio frequency; Visual O&M realizes intelligent network optimization and expert-level troubleshooting; A unified O&M management platform realizes unified monitoring and management of wired and wireless network equipment and key links.

Which product should I choose to build the hotel WiFi network?

Here is a list which includes FS devices for reference:

Product classification Model Brief Introduction
Airware Airware Cloud A Cloud-based Scalable Network Platform
Outdoor Access Point

AP-T565 Cloud Managed Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 2975 Mbps Indoor Access Point, 2x2 MU-MIMO Dual Radios
AP-T567 Cloud Managed Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 2400 Mbps Outdoor Access Point, 2x2 MU-MIMO Dual Radios, Built-in Directional Antenna
Indoor Access Point AP-N515 Cloud Managed Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 5375 Mbps Indoor Access Point, 4x4 MU-MIMO Dual Radios
Wireless Controller AC-7072 802.11ax Wireless LAN Controller with 8 Gigabit Combo Ports, 4x 10 Gb SFP+
PoE+ Switch S3410-24TS-P 24-Port Gigabit Ethernet L2+ PoE+ Switch, 24 x PoE+ Ports @740W, with 2 x 10Gb SFP+ Uplinks and 2 x Combo SFP Ports, Broadcom Chip
S5860-24XB-U 24-Port Ethernet L3 PoE++ Switch, 24 x 10GBASE-T/Multi-Gigabit, 4 x 10Gb SFP+, with 4 x 25Gb SFP28, Support Stacking
Core Switch S5860-20SQ 24-Port Ethernet L3 Switch, 20 x 10Gb SFP+, with 4 x 25Gb SFP28 and 2 x 40Gb QSFP+, Support Stacking, Broadcom Chip
Security Gateway SG-5110 All in One Multi-WAN Security Gateway with 8 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Ports, 1x SFP, 1x SFP+

FAQs about FS Outdoor Wireless Access Points

Q1: The antenna types of outdoor APs on the website are directional and omnidirectional. What is the difference?

A: The signal of the omnidirectional antenna radiates to the front at a large angle, aiming to cover the range; The signal of the directional antenna is focused forward at a small angle, aiming to cover the distance.

Q2: What are the properties of omnidirectional antennas? In what situations is it suitable to use?

A: An omnidirectional antenna, that is, 360° uniform radiation on the horizontal pattern, which is commonly referred to as non-directional. Omnidirectional antennas have a wide-angle spread of the signal, designed to cover range. In the case where multiple sites need to be satisfied, and these sites are distributed in different directions of the AP, an access point with an omnidirectional antenna is suitable.

Q3: What is the waterproof and dustproof rating of this AP? Is it possible to deploy in a factory that is a bit dusty?

A: The waterproof and dustproof grade is IP68, which is highly waterproof, dustproof and lightning-proof, specially designed for harsh environments. It can effectively resist the entry of dust, and of course it can be used in dusty factories.

Q4: Can I install it in my yard? Sometimes no signal when throwing a party in the backyard

A: Of course, it is an access point specially designed for outdoor use. It can connect multiple devices at the same time, and the coverage radius can reach 100m.

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