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Motorola AP5181 Outdoor Access Point

Designed for use in the harshest environments, the AP5181 Outdoor Access Point offers the cost-effective, secure and safe extension of the corporate network in outdoor areas, such as expansive yards, as well as in the hazardous environments commonly found in the petrochemical, oil and gas, utilities industries.

Extend high performance wireless voice and data services beyond and between buildings — without the expense of installing additional cable or fiber. Support for wireless mesh enables the connection of two wired networks, simplifying the creation of complex multi-node, multi-link networks. Reduce your network costs yet expand your network reach — with Motorola’s AP5181 Outdoor Access Point.

NEMA 4X-modified, IP56 Weatherproof housing

Designed to withstand wind, rain, and extreme temperatures. 

Extended temperature range

Operates in temperatures from -30° C to 55° C (-22° F to 131° F). 


Self-assembling, self-healing nodes automatically establish wireless links between APs; install nodes wherever there is power, without installing cable or fiber. 

Dual-radio, dual-band design; 802.11a/b/g in 2.4/5 GHz bands

Simultaneous support of 802.11a/b/g; works with any standards-based IEEE WLAN device. 

Integrated router, firewall and DHCP server

No need to install extra hardware; easy to scale, upgrade and maintain. 

AAA server and hotspot gateway

Integrated services for authentication and public access management. 

Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM), quality of service (QoS), and voice prioritization

Superior performance for demanding mission-critical applications, including voice and video. 

Superior performance for demanding applications, including voice and video.

Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) quality of service (QoS) and voice prioritization ensure superior performance on mission-critical applications.

Adaptive AP mode

Can be controlled with a wireless switch to enable central management from the NOC, and in the event of loss of connectivity, resumes functionality as a standalone access point.

Class 1 Div 2 compliant

Engineered for safe use in hazardous environments commonly found in the petrochemical, oil and gas, and aerospace and utilities industries.

Available mount configurations Pole and wall mounting kit; Protective heavy weather mounting kit; Light pole power transformer kit.

Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.55 x 8.2 x 12 in. (89 x 210 x 305 mm) H x W x D

Housing NEMA 4X-modified, IP56, Die cast aluminium alloy

LEDs 4 back-mounted LEDs, indicating radio activity, power, adoption and errors

Physical interfaces 2 ports (WAN, LAN) Auto-sensing 10/100Base-T Ethernet

Weight 5.50lbs/2.50kg

Operating current 280 mA

Operating voltage 48V DC

Antenna protection Transient IEEE 61000-4-4, level 4, EFT; Surge IEEE 61000-4-5Class 5, 1.2x50uS & 8x20uS Waveform

Available transmit power settings 4-20 dBm

Data rates supported 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps

Network standards 802.11a/b/g, 802.11i, 802.3, WPA2, WMM, UAPSD

Operating bands - EU EU:2.412 to 2.472 GHz; 5.150 to 5.250 GHz1 5.250 to 5.350 GHz; 1 5.470 to 5.725 GHz (Country Specific)
1- Indoor use only

Operating bands - FCC 2.412 to 2.462 GHz; 5.150 to 5.250 (UNII -1)1; 15.725 to 5.850 (ISM);
1- Indoor use only

Receiver sensitivity .11a (dBm) 10% PER for 1,000 bytes IEEE 802.11a sect (MIN} & (MAX)6 Mbps: -919 Mbps: -8912 Mbps: -8718 Mbps: -8324 Mbps: -8136 Mbps: -7848 Mbps: -7454 Mbps: -73

Receiver sensitivity .11g (dBm) 10% PER for 1,000 bytes IEEE 802.11g sect 19.5.1 (MIN) & 19.5.3 (MAX)6 Mbps: -899 Mbps: -8812 Mbps: -8518 Mbps: -8224 Mbps: -8036 Mbps: -7748 Mbps: -7254 Mbps: -70; 8% PER for 1,024 bytes11 Mbps: -845.5 Mbps: -882 Mbps: -901 Mbps: -94

Wireless medium Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)

EMC EN 301 489-1, EN 301 489-17, IEC 60601-1-2, EN 55022, FCC Part 15 Class B, ICES 003 Class B, EN 55024, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3

Electrical safety UL 60950-1, C22.2 No. 60950-1, EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, UL2043

Environmental RoHS Directive 2002/95/EEC

Hazardous safety rating Class 1, Div 2 (Groups A, B, C and D)

Human exposure EMF RSS-102, EN 50385, FCC Part 2, OET Bulletin 65

Electrostatic discharge IEEE 61000-4-2, 20kV air, 8kV contact

Operating altitude 8,000 ft. (2438 m) @ 82°F (28° C)

Operating humidity 5 to 95% RH non-condensing

Operating temperature -22°F – 131°F/-30°C to 55°C

Shock and vibration MIL-STD-810F method 514 procedure 1

Storage altitude 15,000 ft. (4572 m) @ 53° F (12° C)

Storage temperature -40 to 185°F (-40 to 85° C)

Weather rating IP56 weather-tight, NEMA 4X-modified

Wind loading (165 mph) <60 lbs, 267 Newtons (without antenna)

Wind survivability 170 mph, 148 knots (without antenna)

1 Specifications are subject to change without notice.


Omni-directional "Pipe" antenna

Dual Band Panel antenna


The login/password combination for a new AP5131 straight out of the box is:



(older models the password should be "Symbol" or "symbol")

You should change this straight away and don't forget it. (Keep it in a safe place) Passwords are case sensitive.

Wireless Access Point Installation Checklist

Wireless Access Point Checklist - click here 


Mesh Networking Information and Examples

Mesh Networking Examples, PDF & PPT files and more information click here 

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