Cisco Wireless AP Survivor Stories – Floods, fires, forklifts and more!

July 15, 2010 - 2 Comments

Read on for a chance to win by submitting your own “AP Survivor” story.

It’s said there are two things in life you can rely on: death and taxes. We’ve been hearing from our customers, and you might be able to add a third to that list – Cisco Wireless Access Points. There are over 8 million APs deployed worldwide in every environment imaginable, from carpeted offices to hospitals, manufacturing, schools and even outdoor areas. Unfortunately, they can go through some pretty catastrophic events and unintended uses through these varied surroundings. But, many survive and even come out functioning like the day they arrived. We’ve collected a few stories to share with you, so read on for real-world AP survivor stories direct from our customers, and a chance to submit your own and win. Remember kids, don’t try this at home!


Survivor: Cisco Aironet 1250 Series Access Point, Full Water Submersion

This Cisco Aironet 1250 Series Access Point comes to us from a regional hospital, still working perfectly after water poured over it for hours. A chill-pipe broke on the first floor of the building, making its way through every opening imaginable, down the elevators shafts and into the basement. Our customer described the scene as “a rain forest during its wet season – ‘water everywhere’.” To make things worse, the AP was directly in front of the elevator shaft, where water was “literally flowing like a water fall”. However, the 1250 Seriesaccess point did not go down! It is still functioning today as it was prior to the flood.

    Survivor: Cisco Aironet 1240 Series Access Point, 35ft Drop then Run Over

    Our next extreme AP comes to us from a Cisco customer who shared their story at a recent Tech Day session. Their Cisco Aironet 1240 Series Access Point was dropped 35ft onto a concrete floor, then run over by the forklift being used for installation. The customer took it back to their office, plugged it into a switch and found the AP was still functioning perfectly. The only evidence of damage was a slightly dented cover.


    Survivor: Cisco Aironet 1130 Series Access Point, Fire

    Our last AP survivor comes to us from the University of Oregon. A hot plate caused a large fire in one of their buildings, and the AP was burned and the casing melted. The Aironet 1130 not only survived the heat from the flames, but is still working today!

    Apparently some Aironet APs not only survive Nature, they support it.  We’ve even seen them used as homes… J


    In short, while we’d never recommend treating your AP this way, Cisco Wireless Access Points are built to last and sometimes capable of producing amazing survivor stories. 

    Do you have any Cisco AP survivor stories? We are giving away $10 Starbucks gift-cards to the first five submissions! Pictures are encouraged and you can submit your entry three ways:

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      1. I am STILL using the old Aironet BSM340 for my internet access from my home. This unit has a NAT capability on it that was a precursor to the new Linksys devices. It has the old SOS operating system and runs like a champ.Mark TomasheskiConsulting Systems Engineer

      2. I had an AP340, one of our original APs after we acquired Aironet that lasted seven years of near non-stop operation. It was only down twice when it was being moved from one location to another.Joel BarrettWireless Solutions Architect