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Want a Wi-Fi access point at the beach?

By Kevin Secino, Mobility Product Marketing, and Richard Litchfield, Solution Architect, HP Networking


kevin secino.JPGOur friends in Australia were really creative when they took the following pictures of HP’s rugged and waterproof access point. On a nice sunny day, Richard Litchfield took the initiative and wanted to prove just how rugged the MSM466-R indoor/outdoor access point (AP) is. So instead of just going for a dip in the ocean, he brought the MSM466-R and two outdoor antennas with him.


HP-at-the-beach with MSM466-R indoor/outdoor access point




Here are some details that Rich addressed in getting the MSM466-R operational at the beach:


It might sound like a relatively simple exercise to set up an AP on the beach, but the first problem is power. Just how do you get power to the AP when it is several hundred metres from the nearest power outlet? Several battery-pack POE injectors are available commercially – but there wasn’t one available for this event. So a car battery jump-starter with the 12V output going into a 12v-to-240V inverter was pressed into service, connected to an injector converting to the required 48V POE.


The other problem was getting the AP in the surf, whilst keeping the battery and power supply out of the water. The wash zone at the beach was about 25m, so a 25m Ethernet cable was also brought in to connect the AP to the POE injector up on the dry sand.


We got set up and running with this broadcast Wi-Fi name: HP-at-the-beach. Then an unforeseen problem: the power of the waves made securing the AP and antennae quite difficult. The AP is in a solid-metal case and weighs nearly 3kg, but it was still washed around in the surf. In the end, the AP and the box with the antennae mounted on it were half buried in the sand and rocks. But even this only allowed for a few large waves before it started to wash around again.


After nearly 30 minutes in the sand and surf, everything had to be packed up, then reconnected inside the fish-tank water feature (another demo showing how rugged and water-proof the MSM466-R is), And the MSM466-R continued to operate!


This particular MSM466-R has been in service as a demo unit for nearly a year, and has already survived close to 20 events and shows, spent weeks under running water, and travelled more than 11000km by road.




The MSM66-R: as versatile as it is rugged


The MSM66-R is IP67 and NEMA 4X certified, including protection against salt. It is the only highest-density industry-standard 802.11n three-stream access point for outdoor environments. This newest outdoor access point has the same features and functionality as the MSM460/466, the only difference is that we’re taking these features outside. We’re delivering near-GbE connect rate—with the highest density available and with efficient HD video capability. The AP can easily accommodate any bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environment that requires high-density Access Point capacity. 


How would you use the MSM466-R?


This outdoor solution fits nicely in multiple vertical markets that need to offer outdoor Wi-Fi coverage or need to reach hard-to-wired buildings that could be about a mile away. The MSM466-R is ideally suited for healthcare, hospitality or education environments. You can also use the MSM466-R AP to communicate with ships coming in to port.


The AP can easily address Wi-Fi courtyard environments such as campus settings, where network connectivity is needed. Or if you’re paying to lease T3 or DS3 lines, consider the MSM466-R outdoor access point. This solution can easily replace 100M or T3/DS3 dedicated lines at a fraction of the cost.


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>> Read more about the HP MSM466-R Outdoor Access Point in this solution brief.

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If you are coming to HP Discover in Frankfurt, look for the MSM466-R water feature at the event! Hope to see you there!



David Simmonds | ‎03-20-2013 05:02 AM

I was on that beach with Richard when he tested the 466R and it really got a work out as the waves were very large on that day...good fun too

Prerna | ‎08-13-2013 06:53 AM

Never knew a product like this available from HP. It's definitely a great idea. Is this product available in Indian Markets? 

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