How to Choose the Right Weatherproofing Coaxial Cables & Connectors?
The point of weatherproofing the coaxial cable and connection is to keep the connection up and running and reduce maintenance. So how do you know if you've chosen the right weatherproofing material?
When choosing RF weatherproofing, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Not only do different connections actually require different sizes of weatherproofing products, but some weatherproofing products are better suited for different scenarios than others.
How to Choose the Right Weatherproof Material for Coaxial Connectors and CablesChoosing the right weatherproofing material can greatly reduce your maintenance costs. That means you won't be replacing equipment as often, and you won't be paying contractors as much for maintenance work. With this in mind, it's crucial to choose the right weatherproofing material from the start.
1. Does the weatherproof form a watertight seal/enclosure?
First and foremost, your RF weatherproof needs to seal the connection to the point where it forms a watertight seal. Unfortunately, too many weatherproof options provide a seal, but not a watertight seal.
It is also possible to choose the correct type of shrink but the wrong size. Choosing the wrong size can easily keep you from getting the watertight seal you want. You have to make sure that whatever coax weatherproofing material you choose, it will create a watertight seal on the connectors and cables.
Tested to IP68 standards (or better)
No matter which weatherproof solution you're looking at, check to see if your specific coax/connection combination has an IP rating. We have done our best to clarify which coax/connector combinations our shrink, slide lock and RF weatherproof covers will provide IP68 waterproof protection.
2. How temperature resistant is the weatherproof material?
Once you've selected the weatherproofing that will make your coax connection waterproof, you next need to determine how well it will handle high and low temperatures.
3. How resistant is it to elements other than water?
Nine times out of 10, water is the most pressing concern when it comes to RF weatherproofing, but that doesn't mean it's the only weather concern. Dust, UV rays, ozone and fungus are all issues that should be considered as they can compromise the lifespan of weatherproofing products.
4. Do you need adhesives for weatherproofing?
In general, it's best to avoid RF weatherproofing products that rely on adhesives/glues to work. Adhesives don't hold up in cold or warm weather and often lose their bonding properties. For example, the adhesive on the tape would stop sticking/working in cold weather, causing the tape to unravel, defeating the purpose of the tape entirely.
5. How much space is required for the weatherproofing?
RF weatherproofing should be designed with spacing/accessibility in mind. The distance between the two connections is less than an inch and is before the cable/connector is installed. Once you add cables and weatherproofing, space becomes extremely limited.
Of course, we consider the Premier Cable RF Weatherproofing cable to offer the best coaxial cable and connection weatherproofing solutions available to the telecommunications, WISP, and fixed wireless markets in general, and we want to prove it to you. Until the end of 2023 we are offering customers 3 free samples of our RF weatherproofing products.
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