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Mounting Cisco Aironet Access Points Using a Flush-Mount Bezel

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Cisco Flush-Mount Kit for Tiled Ceilings

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Cisco Flush-Mount Kit for Tiled Ceilings

Kit Contents

Installation Guidelines

Installing the Mounting Kit

Tools and Equipment Required


Cisco Flush-Mount Kit for Tiled Ceilings


Updated: November 2011

You use the flush-mount kit for tiled ceilings to mount 1040, 1140, 3500i, and 3600i series access points to tiles in suspended ceilings.

Kit Contents

The mounting kit contains these parts:

Trim bezel

Long support piece

Mounting bracket

Set screw

Installation Guidelines

Keep these guidelines in mind when installing the mounting kit:

The kit is designed for indoor use.

Insure that your installation is in compliance with National Electrical Code (NEC) and local regulations.

Installing the Mounting Kit

Tools and Equipment Required

You need the following tools and equipment to install the mounting kit:

A table or work surface suitable for cutting the ceiling tile

A pencil, pen, or marker

A sharp knife, keyhole saw, or rotary zip-style tool for cutting the ceiling tile

A small hammer to tap down retaining tabs (optional)

Two support blocks, such as phone books or wooden blocks, approximately 1¼-inches thick

A ladder high enough to reach the mounting location

Follow these steps to install the mounting kit:


Step 1 Determine the location at which you intend to install the access point.


Note Make sure that the location you select has adequate space for the access point and cable routing.


Step 2 Remove the ceiling tile from the ceiling.

Step 3 Put the trim bezel on the center of the tile and trace around the inside of the bezel.

Step 4 Cut a hole in the tile using the tracing as a pattern. Make the hole approximately one-eighth inch larger than the tracing so the body of the access point will fit into the hole.


Tip If you need to install several mounting kits, you can simplify tile-cutting with a rotary zip-style cutting tool. Instead of tracing around the bezel as described above, you can use a cutting template such as the one offered by Oakdale Precision at this URL:
www.oakdaleprecision.com/cisco_routing_template.html


Step 5 Snap the bezel onto the access point. With the access point face-up on your work surface, put the bezel on with the painted side facing up. The bezel fits on over the top of the access point; it does not fit over the back.

The wide tabs on the bezel fit onto the bottom and top of the access point and the narrow tabs fit onto the sides. Start by engaging the wide tab on the bottom of the access point, then engage the sides, and then the wide tab on the top. The numbers in Figure 1 show the ideal order for engaging the tabs.


Note If the bezel seems difficult to snap on, one of the tabs might have disengaged. If a tab is disengaged, remove the bezel and start again. Excessive force can distort or damage the bezel.


Figure 1 Tab order for snapping the bezel onto the access point

Step 6 Turn the access point upside down on your work surface and put two objects (books or wooden blocks, for example) beside it to support the ceiling tile.

Step 7 Hold the ceiling tile upside down and put it on top of the access point and support blocks.

Step 8 Put the long support piece across the center of the tile and the access point. This piece bears the weight of the access point when you put the tile in the ceiling.

Step 9 (Optional) The long support piece is made for 24" (610 mm) ceiling tiles. If your ceiling tiles are 23.62" (600 mm) wide, use pliers to snap the removable tips off each end of the long support piece. Figure 2 shows the removable tabs.

Figure 2 Removable tabs on the long support piece

Step 10 Back the set screw almost all the way out of the mounting bracket and slide the mounting bracket onto the access point, lining up the keyholes with the feet on the bottom of the access point. The blue and yellow labels on the access point should be visible through the long rectangular hole in the bracket. Figure 3 shows the complete mounting system.

Figure 3 Complete mounting system

1

Ceiling tile

5

Set screw

2

Long support piece

6

Access point feet

3

Kensington lock attachment point

7

Access poi nt

4

Mounting bracket

   

Step 11 Tighten the set screw finger-tight, or just enough to bring the bezel flush with the surface of the tile.

Step 12 (Optional) Use a hammer to tap the tabs on the long support into the ceiling tile. Support the tile while you tap in the tabs to prevent breaking the tile.

Figure 4 Tap the tabs on the long support into the ceiling tile


Note Some building or electrical codes might require you to install a support wire to ensure that the access point cannot fall from the ceiling. If your codes require a support wire, loop the wire through the rectangular holes in the support bracket, capturing both the bracket and the long support piece, and attach the wire to a solid structure in your ceiling.


Step 13 (Optional) Use a Kensington lock to secure the access point to a solid structure in your ceiling. Figure 3 shows the hole in the mounting bracket that you use to attach the Kensington lock.

Step 14 Connect cabling to the access point and replace the ceiling tile.