When installed, Why Reboot’s Paramount Access Point in-ceiling mount ensures that a network’s access point (AP) is locked down tight enough to be on rough seas on a yacht, or in an earthquake without falling down. The cover is also designed so that it literally pulls up into the mount itself, holding it there no matter what happens and keeping it as flush to the ceiling as possible.
Because of the way the ratcheting system works, any AP installed won’t get nicks or scratches. When it’s time to upgrade, the installer just pulls a lever, releasing the system, puts a new AP in, and turns the knob to keep it in place.
Why Reboot tested its mount with eight APs from different manufacturers, including Luxul, Araknis, Ruckus, Meraki, and Cisco.
“I said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the most over-engineered simple box in the ceiling ever,” said Why Reboot’s Bjorn Jensen. “It took us years to develop, and every part of it is designed for a specific function.”
According to Jensen, even the holes for running cables through are designed so that if a technician drops them by accident he won’t have to find it in the ceiling; the box will grasp it and ensure that it doesn’t slip back out. The cover is paintable to make it blend into the surroundings.
Any part of the mount that technicians need to put their hands on directly to use the system is colored orange to make it easy to find.
“We are offering a money back guarantee and a five-year warranty, as we know that it’s as solid as can be and will last a lifetime,” Jenson said. “The beauty is that no matter what shape a manufacturer makes their APs in the future, this mount will hold it reliably and firmly.”
The company includes a spacer to ensure that smaller APs are positioned as close to the bottom of the ceiling as possible, thus improving the overall signal reach and minimizing potential attenuation from the ceiling.
Why Reboot claims that in its testing, it found the mount actually increased the range of the AP. The team came to the conclusion that it must have been because the AP was able to send signals through the open attic as well and was not being stopped by walls in between.
“Those signals would finally end up bouncing back down into the further rooms that were previously not getting as much signal,” Bjorn noted. “To be realistic, it’s not as if this magically improves the signal by leaps and bounds, it’s just an interesting point our team encountered while trying to see if the mount degraded the signal at all. Obviously, we were happy that it didn’t and that tiny improvement was a pleasant surprise.”