Monday, May 4, 2020

UCCU Center Part 1

Since I got hired here there have been complaints about the Wifi in the UCCU Center arena being horrible. We would tell them, "All it takes is money." But it never went beyond that. Fast forward three years and after the install of our smaller arena seemed to work I got a wild hair and decided to put all my book lurnin' to use and actually create a High Density wireless design for the UCCU Center. There were many things to take into account for the design such as where I would actually be allowed to install AP's, how we could pull the wires we needed, capacity and so on. I had to design for the many configurations of the arena because it wasn't just used for basketball games. It was also used for expo's and graduations and many High School events from around the valley. We couldn't install in the seating because they "may" get new seats in the next couple of years so it looked like it would be a ceiling mount with tight beam directional antennas. I grabbed some floor plans for the arena bowl and my laser distance meter and measured all the heights lengths and widths I thought I would need for the design. It's an 8000 seat arena and I was designing for basic high speed internet, nothing crazy. There were 4 beams in the ceiling I could mount to and run the wire on so that's where I started my design. I stuck with the Cisco 3802e AP's and used a dual 5ghz design with 20mhz channels to maximize the channel usage. I ended up with 24 AP's with 48 antennas. I used Terrawave antennas with 30 degree beams on the inside two I beams, and 45 degree on the outside two beams that were closer to the seats because of the angle of the bowl. I submitted it to my Director just so we could have it on hand next time the conversation came up.

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UCCU Center Part 3

Well the install couldn't have gone better. We scheduled for 5 days and it only took 4. Two days to pull the wire, terminate and certi...

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