Pakedge C36 WAP Controller upgraded for better coverage

posted on Thursday, 20th March 2014 by Steve May

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Pakedge has upgraded the feature set of its C36 WAP controller, enabling installers to better plan their wireless access point deployment. The upgraded C36 improves configuration and coverage through a new Heat Mapping feature that allows the Wi-Fi coverage of each WAP to be surveyed before installation, ensuring first-time success onsite.

Floor plans can be uploaded to the C36 design interface, allowing installers to place virtual WAPs and assess the range of Wi-Fi coverage with a clear radius outline depicted onscreen. Using a 'heat map' of the entire wireless network, installers can then adjust these virtual points to ensure that the desired Wi-Fi coverage level is achieved across a room or zone.

"If you know your client has a favourite chair to watch IPTV then you can preview the position of a WAP to ensure the best level of coverage," says Nick Phillips, VP of Sales and Marketing. "Wireless network configuration is a top priority for custom installers, commercial AV integrators and their clients. With our system updates on the C36, installers are better placed to ensure the reliability and coverage of a network before it is installed. "

The C36 upgrade also allows for multiple floor plans to be loaded, allowing different WAP placements to be viewed and assessed across multiple floors. Wi-Fi heat maps can be saved as PDFS and distributed to crews prior to arrival on site. And there are more upgrades in the pipeline, says the company. An upcoming firmware upgrade will also take into consideration the building fabric and construction materials when projecting the coverage radius for a WAP; ideal for viewing how Wi-Fi coverage will be affected by the architectural features of a building.

In addition to web-based configuration, management and remote monitoring, the C36 platform allows installers to manage up to 30 WAPs on a network simultaneously. Designed with CI in mind, the  C36 is a slim rack-mountable 1U sized device, compatible with Pakedge's BakPak Cloud app which provides a complete network map based on the C36 wireless ecosystem.

RGB WAP trade in promotion
RGB Communications has announced a trade promotion for Pakedge which allows dealers trading in an older WAP (eligible models comprise the Luxul XAP, Apple Airport, Ubiquiti UniFi, Ruckus ZoneFlex and Pakedge WAP3x series) to get a 30 per cent discount off the standard trade price off a new Pakedge W6 or W7 WAP.

RGB says  "All dealers need to do at the time of ordering is quote Pakedge 376 and tell us the serial number of the unit you are upgrading. Once we receive the old unit, the extra discount will be credited to your account. Simple as that!" The promotion runs until April 30 2014.

For more on RGB's product portfolio and services, visit our partner page here.

Also read:
Pakedge unveils versatile dual band WAP modules

RGB to offer full range of AV and control solutions at ISE

BakPak remote network management debuts at ISE

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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