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superdog
I Need A Drink
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join:2001-07-13
Lebanon, PA
reply to aknisley

Re: [Equipment] wifi equipment mounting-top or bottom

This subject has been discussed over and over again. It is on the top 10 list for sure, Lol. It has been dropping down though, as these days, everything has an internal antenna. In the early days, everything had a connector on it, coax was always laying everywhere. Your shop, service vehicle, closets........you name it and it was infested with black snakes, LMAO.

You will find that the older you get, the more attractive mounting the antennas at the top and the radio on the bottom becomes. This is especially true if the repair problem is taking place at 3AM in February.

As mentioned by the others, it has it's pros and cons. Along with the extra expense of the coax, waterproofing, proper grounding and your tower becoming a thief magnet, you also have to consider how you will attach the coax to the tower. While this is a minor issue for the most part, it is a subject with lots of opinions.

Always keep in mind that whenever you add something to a home install, tower, etc. It is one more point of failure that could make your life suck. Each connection is one more place you will have to look at in the event of a failure. The more points of failure, the longer it takes to rectify an issue when it occurs.

If you luck is anything like mine, then once you get the call for an issue, the problem will still be at the top, even WITH all the important stuff at the base. Good luck with whatever route you take.
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aknisley

join:2004-07-14
Keokuk, IA
Thanks. If someone was going up the tower would not be a problem for me. This is a small operation and I am 64. Each time I go up, not sure I will male it back down with out help.


Inssomniak
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Cayuga, ON
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said by aknisley:

Thanks. If someone was going up the tower would not be a problem for me. This is a small operation and I am 64. Each time I go up, not sure I will male it back down with out help.

I would think you can still have water problems with coax, that can make you go up the tower, and it would be expensive, Id save that money for a young chap and pay him to go up heh
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TomS_
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join:2002-07-19
London, UK
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reply to superdog
Where I worked, we never climbed a tower at 3am. Outages happen, and we would schedule a service call at frist light if it was important enough (e.g. important bckhaul or business customer), otherwise during the day. IMO 3am is a bit extreme...

Too dangerous climbing a tower in low light, wet, windy, or combination of conditions. Plus I think there may have been laws against it in Aus, but I wasnt the climbing expert.