Outdoor Access Point
Outdoor Access Points are designed for use in challenging environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, contaminated zones and humid locations. This makes them a versatile yet cost-effective solution, ideal for all types of outdoor or harsh indoor applications such as golf courses, resorts, warehouses, stadiums, weather monitoring stations and refineries.
UniGuard Outdoor WLAN Access Points can be configured in either AP mode, Mesh mode, Bridge Mode, or as a Remote AP. In AP mode, outdoor wireless LAN access can be provided to users and guests, by leveraging the UniGuard security and authentication features. When configured as a wireless mesh client, the outdoor WLAN Access Points can deployed to meet outdoor point-to-point or point to multipoint requirements, providing wireless network coverage for large outdoor environments with no network cabling. Like all FortiAPs, Outdoor WLAN Access Points can also be used in remote locations without an onside UniGuard controller, tunneling the WiFi traffic securely over the Internet to a cloud-installed UniGuard wireless controller.
2.4 GHz or 5 GHz – which is better, and when?
In outdoor areas free of obstructions, the 5 GHz frequency band provides significant benefits in terms of longer range and lower susceptibility to interference by neighboring WLAN users. There are more non-overlapping channels available than in the 2.4 GHz range and, as a consequence, overlapping with neighboring WLAN installations is unlikely, even when multiple channels are bonded. The higher signal strengths permitted in the 5 GHz range allow greater, unobstructed distances to be bridged with higher data rates. Directional antennas amplify the output signal of the WLAN modules up to the maximum legal value for this purpose.
Outdoor wireless LAN – your options:
The outdoor WLAN range of products includes versatile access points and outdoor antennas for establishing wireless LAN infrastructures in open air environments. For example:
– Point-to-point links over several kilometers to network different company sites
– Fast wireless Internet access as an alternative to wired solutions
– Coverage over open areas for wireless Internet access in hotels, restaurants and educational institutions for guests or students
– WLAN connectivity between mobile machinery and the company server for data acquisition in real time
– Real-time status monitoring of equipment that is exposed to extreme weather conditions