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Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding kits for Ethernet cable

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding kits for Ethernet cable
From: Steve Maki <>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 22:04:56 -0400
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The physical construction of the shielded cable dictates to a degree the 
grounding system, but regardless of the cable type you want protection 
at both the upper and lower ends of the cables. So-called armored CAT5/6 
cable with corrugated copper shield is normally fitted with ground kits 
similar to what is used on Heliax coax plus it's connected to surge 
arrestors; while cable with the more common foil/drain wire construction 
is often terminated with *shielded* modular plugs and plugged into surge 
protectors incorporating shielded jacks. The protector will have a 
ground lug which is connected to the upper ground bar if one exists, or 
via a down lead to the ground level ground system.

Check out the L-Comm website for a variety of surge protection devices.

This page shows some combo surge protector/power injector gizmos:

-Steve K8LX

On 8/24/2011 9:19 PM, Michael Fox - N6MEF wrote:

> I'm going to be installing a couple of WiFi antennas on a couple of towers
> in the near future.  The radio sits on the back of the antenna so the only
> wire coming off the tower is an Ethernet cable (with 24VDC Power over
> Ethernet to power the radio).
> In the past, I have used PolyPhaser devices at the building entrance
> bulkhead for my RF cables and rotator cables.  I am aware of but have not
> yet used grounding kits for bonding the coax or hardline shield to the tower
> leg.  (I didn't use them because I didn't have a tower at the time).
> Looking at the PolyPhaser website ( I see they have
> PoE Surge Protectors.  They appear to be inline devices that, perhaps, would
> be strapped to a tower leg, but I'm not sure.  There is no user manual
> posted on the site.  I wonder if this would be sufficient or if I would also
> need to somehow ground the shield of the Ethernet cable (typically a very
> light weight foil - don't know if that's even possible).
> Is anyone familiar with grounding/bonding practices for outdoor PoE Ethernet
> cables going to WiFi antennas on towers?  If so, I'd be appreciative of
> pointers to how-to's, or other helpful info you might have.

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