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Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding kits for Ethernet cable

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Grounding kits for Ethernet cable
From: Scott Reed <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:23:02 -0400
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Check out the companies that supply WISPs, such as Streakwave, Roc Noc, 
Baltic Networks, Pasadena Networks, WISP Router.  They all have lots of 
items related to what you need.
I think the ones WISPs use most have cat5/5e/6 jacks and a ground lug.

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.
> Thanks,
> Michael
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Scott Reed
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