Install of 3605/3610 APs

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How should the 3605/3610 APs be mounted? What does their antenna pattern look like? Is it a donut shape? Can these APs be wall mounted and ceiling mounted? Most of our APs are sitting on whiteboards or desks. How should these APs be placed to get the best coverage for a classroom?
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I replied on your other thread.  I like having the AP's covering a small area (1-2 rooms) rather than try to have them cover a large area (multiple rooms).  You need more access points with this model, but you also gain more control.  So, ceiling mounted on a  normal height ceiling would be the best method.   You can think of the pattern to be a conical one.  Maybe a little ovular given that 3600 series ap's have their antennae on either side of the ap.
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This was the best I could find.  but this should give you an idea of what the patterns look like in the air.  -90° means that it is ceiling mounted downward facing.  You can see the pattern is a little skewed.
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INstalling the AP face down in a drop ceiling would be better than mounting on a wall? Some of our schools have the data drops in the ceiling and we place the APs face down, which seems to work better than mounting the AP on wall .
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I prefer the down orientation in classroom situations.  It's easier to control the zone.  However, if you were wanting to cover 2 classrooms adjacent to one another, then it may be better to mount the AP on the wall that the 2 rooms share.  All depends....
Laura, answer this: Do you have floor plans?  Are they digital?
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Yes, I have floor plans and they are digital.