Video Demo of Aerohive Atom AP30 Installation


When I initially wrote about Aerohive Atom AP30, I honestly was as excited about it as I was the first time I saw HiveManager (version 3.0 back in 2011!). Aerohive Atom AP30 represents technology built for what I consider to be “normal” environments. What do I mean normal? I really should say imperfect.

In these type environments, a lot of the cabling might be older. It might not be appropriately labeled. The switch closet might be a mess. Everything on the network works, but in a perfect world, there would be a lot of clean up.

My environment is this way. We have 100k square feet in total. Wiring is difficult. We have tons of cabling in place from the desktop computer days, though. We’ve made it work in the past by pulling this cabling out and using it to power APs in ceiling mounts. Going forward, if I need to add access points, I plan to use Aerohive Atom AP30 in places where cabling is already in place. There’s no reason not to.  I’ll take a 1-foot patch cord, plug it up, and walk away. For areas where I want to extend coverage, but no wiring is in place, I’ll leverage the meshing ability of Aerohive Atom AP30. In those situations, I could allow 10-year-old students to install it. It will be a true plug and play deployment.

Another way that Aerohive Atom AP30 is unique for legacy environments is being able to avoid power over ethernet. While I love the technology, it’s only useful if you have PoE in place at the switch. For smaller organizations, they may be relying on “prosumer” switches (something you can buy for under $150 at a local electronics store). While I don’t recommend it for mission-critical environments, plenty of people have them in place, and the network is functional. Aerohive Atom AP30 is a perfect addition to that switch. It’ll power itself without having to worry about PoE injectors or external plugs.

A lot of the use cases I’ve described aren’t the perfect setups. The reality is that a lot of places are like this. A lot of cabling was ran before Wi-Fi became a primary access medium. For a lot of places, moving cabling isn’t an option nor does anyone want to do it. All environments are different. Aerohive has a complete portfolio of access points for anything from the small retail store all the way to the harshest outdoor environments. Aerohive Atom AP30 is another enterprise-grade option for Aerohive customers and channel partners.

Bradley Chambers has been the Director of Information Technology at Brainerd Baptist School since 2009. At BBS, he manages a network of Apple and Chrome OS devices. He also writes at Tools & Toys. The Sweet Setup, and 9to5Mac.

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