Audience: Network designers and installers, wireless designers, professional A/V, datacom/telecom contractors, and integrators
Subject: Integrating wired and wireless technology into Digital Buildings
Cisco describes the Digital Building as consolidation of traditionally siloed building systems into a converged base building network, embracing Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology to create a network that can power and share data between various building technology systems. Utilizing a single infrastructure allows designers to move beyond systems as individual elements, and start looking at them in the context of a unified building. By providing control, data, and device power over a single infrastructure, the designer is increasing the value of these systems while reducing the cost to install and operate them.
Cisco’s new Digital Building Design Guide describes a process of gathering requirements from stakeholders and developing Owner’s Performance Requirements (OPRs) as described in the guide.
Part of the Digital Building Architecture is the Converged Physical Network Infrastructure. The common denominator for converged building systems is the cabling infrastructure and physical connectivity. This converged backbone may be composed of copper, optical fiber, coaxial, and fieldbus cabling, to connect a wide range of endpoint devices. The layout and selection of the cable infrastructure should incorporate the deployment of multiple building systems, such as access control, security cameras, building automation, audio/visual, wireless access points, network powered lighting, control panels, and any other applications utilizing an IP network. Figure 1 outlines the premise of a horizontal cabling layout.
Figure 1: Using a Horizontal Connection Point (HCP) in a Converged Physical Network Infrastructure. Source: ANSI/BICSI 007-2017
Horizontal cable run can extend from the floor distributor to a horizontal connection point (HCP), which is usually an enclosure in the ceiling, wall, or floor panel. HCPs, also referred to as zone enclosures, allow for shorter cables to service outlets for device connections. Horizontal runs may also terminate from the floor distributor to a service outlet close to the device. Finally, the horizontal cable run may be directly connected from the device located in the floor distributor to the end device. All connections mentioned are defined in the corresponding ANSI/TIA/ISO/IEC/ cabling standards.
Oberon’s Model 1019-RM Envelop™ recessed enclosure is an ideal solution for an economical in-wall or hard ceiling Horizontal Connection Point. The 1019-RM is small enough to recess between wall studs yet large enough for termination of 16 to 24 RJ-45 jack modules. The 1019-RM features slots for eight TIA 569-B compliant furniture faceplate receptacles for RJ-45 modular jacks. Using standard compliant furniture faceplates from all leading vendors (Belden, ICC, Leviton, Panduit, etc.), The faceplates snap into the sidewall of the 1019-RM, and the respective manufacturer’s modular connector snaps into the furniture faceplate. The solution is more compact, versatile, and economical than a traditional zone enclosure with patch panels.
The 1019-RM is molded from a rugged ABS plastic, so it is possible to conceal Wi-Fi and Small Cell access points, and wireless routers, with very little impact on the wireless signal. Use the 1019-RM to conceal large or small APs, small switches, ONTs, and associated cabling in residence halls, hotels, multiple dwelling units, retail locations, and other indoor venues. The AP and cabling is recessed into the wall and concealed with the low profile, paintable, snap-on cover.
The 1019-RM features detachable cable management pegs and stanchions for managing cable in an orderly fashion. The 1019-RM box is largely open for easy cable ingress and egress from any direction.
Figure 2: Model 1019-RM shown as a 16-Port Horizontal Connection Point (HCP)
Figure 3: Close-up of Furniture faceplates and modular jacks in sidewall. The 1019-RM accommodates furniture faceplates for modular jacks from all leading vendors.
Figure 4: Model 1019-RM shown as a 16-Port Horizontal Connection Point (HCP) with a small wall mounted hospitality Wi-Fi AP
Figure 5: Model 1019-RM shown as a 16-Port Horizontal Connection Point (HCP) with an enterprise ceiling mounted Wi-Fi AP
Figure 6: Model 1019-RM with paintable snap on cover. The equipment and cabling are discretely concealed in just about any space.
Features & Benefits
- Create a Horizontal Connection Point (HCP) in any convenient location in hotels, professional spaces, residence halls, commercial spaces, MDUs, etc.
- Recess and conceal Wi-Fi and Small cell APs and wireless routers into hard lid ceiling or wall environment, including the larger 802.11ax Wi-Fi APs
- Recess and conceal small workgroup switches, ONTs, and other networking gear
- Paintable snap-on cover is almost flush to wall
- Easily fastens to drywall using swivel fasteners
- Secures, conceals, and organizes cabling and patch cords
- All plastic enclosure is virtually transparent to wireless signal
- Accommodate 16 to 24 modular jacks from all leading vendors, through up to 8 sidewall mounted manufacturer’s furniture faceplate
- Universal AP mounting plate for leading AP vendors (Aruba, Cisco, Extreme, Ruckus, Meraki, etc.)
- Internal cable management features
- Construction: White, paintable, fire resistant ABS plastic
- 13.5” x 13.5” x 3.5” deep
14 in. Recessed Wall and Hard-Lid Ceiling Mounted Plastic Wi-Fi Access Point Enclosure with Low Profile Snap-on Cover