2.3 Access Point Placement
For optimal performance, install the Access Point away from transformers, heavy-duty motors, fluorescent lights,
microwave ovens, refrigerators and other industrial equipment. Signal loss can occur when metal, concrete, walls
or floors block transmission. Install the Access Point in an open area or add Access Points as needed to improve
Antenna coverage is analogous to lighting. Users might find an area lit from far away to be not bright enough. An
area lit sharply might minimize coverage and create dark areas. Uniform antenna placement in an area (like even
placement of a light bulb) provides even, efficient coverage.
Place the Access Point using the following guidelines:
• Install the Access Point at an ideal height of 10 feet from the ground.
• Orient the Access Point antennas vertically for best reception.
• Point the Access Point antennas downward if attaching to the ceiling (external antenna models only).
To maximize the Access Point's radio coverage area, Motorola Solutions recommends conducting a site survey to
define and document radio interference obstacles before installing the Access Point.
2.3.1 Antenna Options
Motorola Solutions supports two antenna suites for the single radio, dual-band AP-6521 Access Point. One antenna
suite supporting the 2.4 GHz band, and another antenna suite supporting the 5 GHz band. Select an antenna best
suited to the intended operational environment of your Access Point.