Location: U.S.

I have a series of wireless access points in the home that are currently wall mounted. For best coverage, I want to ceiling mount them instead. What do I need in order to do this?

I need help envisioning how to get from the single gang wall box behind the access point up to the new single gang cutout I plan to install in the ceiling. If I need to drill through studs/joists, how many am I drilling through?

Black square is roughly where I’ll cut out the new single gang.

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What I think I need:

  • Drywall saw
  • Flexible drill bit (?)
  • Cable fish to somehow get cable from existing wall location to new ceiling
  • Ethernet cable to extend wall jack to ceiling
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    do the APs use PoE? (power over ethernet) ... how many cables are connected to the AP?
    – jsotola
    May 5 '20 at 19:35
  • How is moving them 10 inches improving the coverage ?
    – Alaska Man
    May 5 '20 at 20:13
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    Are you sure the coverage will be that much better after doing all this work?
    – JACK
    May 5 '20 at 20:24
  • The access points are PoE with a single cable per AP, no AC power required. The antenna patterns on the APs is more conducive to ceiling mounting than wall mounting. May 5 '20 at 20:35
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    ...and yet, a major benefit of proper ceiling mounting you'll not get here is getting them the heck away from the walls. Meanwhile, you are facing a miserable job to try and move them this short distance. If you have any where there's an attic (or similar) access overhead they might be worth moving - as a WiFi & network pro, I would not touch this job into a blind ceiling as described with a 49-1/2 foot pole. Loads of work, very likely little or no measurable benefit.
    – Ecnerwal
    May 6 '20 at 2:31

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