Wireless Internet Service Providers, (or more commonly known as WISPs), provide internet service in some of the most rural and difficult environments. We have encountered many WISPs who share their struggles of protecting cables and connections that are exposed to extreme temperatures while often dealing with issues like snow, ice, and rain. Given our experience as cable protection and RF weatherproofing experts, we have been happy to take on these extreme weather challenges, and even happier to deliver fantastic results for WISPs around the world.
For those familiar with our products it probably won’t come as a shock to learn of the popularity of our Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing in the WISP market. We often refer to our silicone cold shrink as the “set it and forget it” form of RF and/or Tower weatherproofing. Many WISPs have found great success with our silicone cold shrink as it is able to provide watertight protection while also withstanding temperatures as low as -76 degrees farenheit, (-60 celsius), and up to 446 degrees farenheit, (230 celsius). Our silicone cold shrink has been deployed in snow, ice, rain and it continues to deliver.
We understand however that many WISP’s desire a re-accessible weatherproofing solution. For this reason we have purposefully designed Slide Locks and RF Weatherproof Boots for Type N connections, knowing the popularity of Type N connections in the WISP world. We also have silicone cold shrink solutions specifically designed with Type N connections in mind. We even went so far as to develop a cold shrink solution that was able to work with an LMR 195 sized cable, the SDL-TNS-65. In order for us to ensure a watertight seal on LMR 195 sized cables, we created our own version of the cable with a thicker, bulkier heat shrink installed on the cable so that when the time came to install cold shrink over the cable/connection, the cold shrink would have no problem grabbing onto that thick heat shrink and creating a watertight seal. We call this cable the GMR 195 and it is the only LMR 195 cable that can be guaranteed to provide a watertight seal when used with our SDL-TNS-65 cold shrink.
The GMR 195 was one of our early forays into the world of cable assembly and it came about from our customers desire to more easily pair cables with our weatherproofing products. Since that time we have added a bevy of new cable assemblies, many of which are aimed towards solving problems for the WISP industry. More recently we released our Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Cable: a cable that easily surpasses the low loss results seen with LMR cables that has the rugged design necessary to withstand WISP environments. These cables can be kitted with our RF Weatherproof Boots or our Silicone Cold Shrink to provide IP68 rated weather protection alongside ultra low loss cable performance.
To make a long story short: we love the WISP industry and will continue to service it for the foreseeable future. Check out some of the solutions we provide for the WISP industry below.
Gamma RF Weatherproof Boots
Our Silicone Boots have been designed and manufactured in 10 different sizes to perfectly match and provide watertight seals to various cable and connector combinations ranging from 7/16 DIN down to NEX10, (and yes, that includes JMA connections as well). Our boots are the easiest install/uninstall you could possibly find, making them one of the best weatherproofing choices in terms of re-accessibility. As easy as they may be what’s more impressive is that these boots continue to provide the IP68 weather protection our customers expect from our products.
We have several RF Weatherproof Boots designed with the WISP industry in mind. We offer 2 boots specifically for Type N connections as well as a NEX10 and 2.2-5 Boots for the newer and smaller connections making their way into the WISP industry.
Gamma RF Coaxial Cables with Weatherproofing
Gamma high performance, low PIM, coaxial cables, pair perfectly with our weatherproofing products. Our low PIM cables are individually tested and are shipped with a label displaying the test results directly on the cable, with test results that easily stay under the -155 dBc threshold. Our cables come in a variety of sizes with numerous connector options and your choice between our RF Weatherproof Boots or Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing for watertight protection.
We have specficially designed low loss cables for the WISP industry. Our GMR 195 makes it possible to have and LMR 195 sized cable with silicone cold shrink weather protection, and our Rugged, Ultra Low Loss Cable delivers top notch performance while having a smaller footprint.
Try Gamma RF Weatherproofing
Want to try our RF Weatherproofing? No problem! We offer 5 weatherproofing samples for $25, which includes free shipping to the contiguous 48 United States.