AP Test Power Supply Unit
Wow, the title makes this not sound like some rigged pile of parts hehe…Don’t get me wrong, this is totally pro.
I needed a way to power an access point so that I could test coverage patterns in different places. It is one thing to talk to a potential customer and say “I think if we place one here, and one here, we should get good coverage.” It is quite another to be able to just whip out an AP and fire it up, walk around completely at your leisure and test signal strengths.
I used my 18v Ryobi drill set as a power supply. The set I have comes with a flashlight…which I have never actually used. You could gut the light and permanently make it a PSU, but I wanted to convert mine in such a way that it could switch back to being a flashlight if I wanted.
Luckily the Ryobi flashlight actually supplies all 18vs to the bulb, so we can just remove the bulb and tie in there:
Obviously if I planned to take this around a client I would clean it up. I’m really going to just use it to walk around outside of properties and test with it in that fashion.
I’ll take this and ziptie an 8 foot piece of PVC pipe to it. I’ll then attach the AP to the end and go to town.
Let me know what you have MacGyvered in the past to test with.