With 802.11n the best practice recognized in the industry is to install the access points (AP) in the room. Installing 802.11n wireless network access points in the hallway introduces a number of issues that can be avoided by just installing them in the room where the wireless clients most likely are found.
The reasons for installing access points in the room and the not the hallways are;
Hallway deployment shows less coverage of rooms. In room deployment would provide better.
*Note - In some situations however an in hallway installation can work. Typically this is achievable in an office environment where coverage is the design goal and rarely would two APs be too close together or a wall would not be dividing them.
Manufacturers design their APs to be installed in specific locations. Some manufacturers claim their APs can be installed in either location. However, this is generally a compromised solution because no AP or antenna is ideal for all locations.
In our experience it is typically the ceiling location that benefits the end users the most. There are fewer obstructions to deal with when the RF signal is coming from above and it provides the best direct path to the end user devices. With that said we also realize and have encountered areas where the ceiling option was not achievable. For these installations we chose another access point from the same manufacturer with an appropriate antenna type and modified where we install them on the walls. We might choose two adjacent walls to mount the APs so that the wireless end user is able to have a direct signal from one or the other APs in the environment.
Antenna type is important in knowing where the AP will be located and what the intended coverage is.
Our recommendation to this question is almost always going to be below the ceiling. This is based on experience and best practice recommendations from the manufacturers that we work with. Here are some reasons why you want to place the AP below ceiling level in your installation;
There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding where to install your wireless network access points. Hopefully what we have pointed out here will help you choose the optimal placement to get the best performance out of your shiny new wireless network system or your current one that needs some help.
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