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Putting Aironet AP1042 / AP1142 in Plastic Enclosure Box

Hi all,

First, sorry since this is not related to any configuration discussion.

I would like to know if it is feasible to put those Aironet AP with internet antenna like AP1142 / AP1042 in a enclosure box (Like IP66 grade) box. Will those enclosure box absorb the Radio signal from the AP? or the Radio signal can still survive after passing the box but the Signal Strength be degraded only?



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Re: Putting Aironet AP1042 / AP1142 in Plastic Enclosure Box

Well I don't think that placing an AP with the antennas inside of a aluminum/metal enclosure will work. Even placing them in a plastic enclosure you will see some rf attenuation, but testing the signal is what you will need to do. Depending on what standards you really need to follow, sometimes you can use an AP with external antennas and have external antenna connectors on the nema enclosure. Pigtail connections are used from the AP to the inside of the external connectors.

Do you have an exact part number so we can see what type of enclosure you will use.

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Putting Aironet AP1042 / AP1142 in Plastic Enclosure Box

If it's metalic then it's no use unless you use patch antenna.  Rubber ducks/rubber duckies won't even work because of the close proximity to the metalic enclosure.  If it's plastic it's ok to use with 1040/1140 APs.

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