HotPort Firetide Installation Guide HotPort 5020

HotPort Firetide Installation Guide HotPort 5020
HotPort
Firetide Installation Guide
HotPort 5020-LNK Nodes
Published March 2014
(Revised 2016)
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About this document
This section lists the audience, purpose, summary of information, and
conventions used in this document. It also includes how to contact customer
service.
Audience
This document is intended for certified professionals who install Firetide wireless
solutions.
Purpose
This document has the information and procedures necessary to install and do
basic configuration of the Firetide® HotPort® 5020-LNK point-to-point solution.
Conventions
Certain information has special meaning for the reader. This information appears
with an icon that indicates a particular condition, such as a warning or caution,
or a label, such as “Note” or “Best Practice”.
Electrical hazards are those environments where the danger of
electrocution is probable. This image appears before each electrical
hazard statement.
Warnings contain safety information that you must obey. If you do
not obey the instruction in a warning, the result might include serious
injury or death. This image appears before each warning statement.
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Cautions contain information that you should obey to avoid minor
injury, inconvenience, and damage to equipment. This image appears
before each caution statement.
Notes contain optional advice and information particular to a special case or
application.
Best practices contain specific recommendations based on industry-standard
expectations.
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Contacting customer support
If you need support, depending on the problem, you might be asked for this
information:
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Description of the problem
Computer with HotView Pro and an installed management license
Channel and frequency plans
Recent spectrum analysis
Device topology in Google Earth (KMZ file)
Network map or topology plan with the names and device information
You must also have administrator access to the mesh to be able to receive
technical support.
The next table lists the contact information for customer support.
Worldwide customer support
Days/Hours
Contact
Americas
Monday to Friday
7:00 am to 5:30 pm PST
(Pacific standard time)
http://www.firetide.com/requestsupport
1 (877) FIRETIDE, extension 2
+1 (408) 399-7771, extension 2
+1 (408) 355-7271
Africa
Asia
Australia
Europe
Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 5:30 pm IST
(India standard time)
http://www.firetide.com/requestsupport
+918040215111
Fax +1(408) 317-2257
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Contents
About this document iii
Audience .....................................................................iii
Purpose .......................................................................iii
Conventions ................................................................iii
Document feedback .....................................................iv
Contacting customer support.......................................iv
HotPort 5020 point-to-point solution
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Before you permanently install
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Preparing what you need to install ............................. 3
Box contents for a HotPort 5020-LNK solution ............ 3
Parts of a HotPort 5020-LNK node ............................. 4
Ground screw
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LEDs
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Reset button and pressure relief valve
Antenna connectors
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Firetide AP20-050-MIMO-19 antennas ........................ 5
Test before you install ............................................... 6
Required tools that are not included
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Installing and configuring HotView Pro software 6
Certification requirement
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Doing tests on a HotPort 5020-LNK solution
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Power Consumption table ........................................... 9
HotPort 5020-LNK node installation
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Tools required .............................................................11
Making sure the site is ready for installation ............... 11
Safe installation practices ...........................................12
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Preparing a node for outdoor installation ................... 13
Preparing earth ground ...............................................14
Grounding a HotPort node .......................................... 15
Installing a node and antenna assembly ..................... 17
Opening the mount bracket ........................................ 19
Attaching the node to a wall
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Attaching a node to a vertical pole
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Attaching a node to a horizontal pole
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Attaching straps
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Weatherizing the connectors ...................................... 25
Troubleshooting
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Cannot see a HotPort 5020-LNK node in HotView Pro 27
Forcing detection of a HotPort 5020-LNK node manually 27
After multiple reboots a node is missing ......................28
Ethernet port LEDs blink quickly ................................. 28
Performance not as expected ...................................... 28
Resetting a HotPort 5020-LNK node to factory default settings 29
Scheduling firmware upgrades and activation ............ 29
Replacing a HotPort 5020-LNK node ........................... 32
Weatherproof procedures
Tools and materials to weatherproof connections....... 36
Making a weatherproof antenna connection ................36
Making a weatherproof cable to node connection ........38
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HotPort 5020 point-to-point solution
A HotPort 5020-LNK point-to-point solution is a linked pair of wireless Ethernet
nodes that comes with outdoor-rated antennas that is ideal for data traffic.
The nodes are lightweight, outdoor devices that give you one two-way, halfduplex link with UDP throughput speeds of up to 50 Mbps. Each node has one
radio.
Note. Do not daisy-chain pairs of devices to create a multiple hop link.
Performance degrades if you do.
The HotPort 5020-LNK node pair is managed with HotView Pro 10.9.1.0 and later.
One node is the server; and the other node is a client.
Applications for the HotPort-LNK nodes include:
• Building-to-building data connectivity
• Video surveillance with IP cameras
• Wi-Fi access with an access point
The next image shows a point-to-point connection with a pair of
HotPort 5020-LNK nodes and a HotPoint 5200 access point for Wi-Fi access. At a
distance of 1.6 km (1 mile) you can achieve data throughput of up to 50 Mbps.
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HotPort 5020 point-to-point solution
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Before you permanently install
Before you install a HotPort 5020-LNK solution in a permanent location, you
need to make sure you have the correct components and make sure the
components are operational.
Preparing what you need to install
To get what you need to set up the solution:
1. Open the box.
2. Remove the contents.
3. Check the contents for damage. See “Box contents for a HotPort 5020-LNK
solution.”
If a part is missing or damaged, call your Firetide reseller.
4. If the contents are good and correct, keep the box for future use.
Box contents for a HotPort 5020-LNK solution
The HotPort 5020-LNK solution box contains these items:
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Two HotPort 5020-LNK nodes with assembled mount brackets
Two AP20-050-MIMO-19 antennas with mount hardware
Two integrated 3x3 antenna cables
Two staging antennas
Two RP-SMA to type N adapters
Two mount brackets for 3.7 to 5.0 cm (1.5 to 2.0 inch) diameter poles or a
wall
Two mount kits
- U-bolts, M6x1.0-80mm, with flat washers, split washers, nuts
- Claw-tooth pole grippers
- M6x1.0-40mm hex bolt
- M6x1.0-20mm hex bolt
- Hex-head socket wrench
Two 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE) injectors
Two DC power connectors (field installable)
Two weatherized Ethernet RJ-45 connectors (field installable)
Two Cat 6 Ethernet cables, 1 meter (3 feet)
Note. Other IEC cords are available separately.
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Before you permanently install
• Quick start sheet
• Warranty card
Parts of a HotPort 5020-LNK node
The next picture shows the HotPort 5020-LNK node. The LEDs are visible at the
top of the node when it is oriented correctly for installation on a pole.
Radio 1 LED
Power LED
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Radio 1
Radio 2 is not available
on this model.
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The next picture shows the connectors and LEDs on the bottom panel of a
HotPort 5020-LNK node. Weatherproof caps protect the connectors on the
bottom panel. Rubber caps are on the antenna connectors.
Rubber cap
Reset button
(behind the valve)
Port
DC power
Ground screw
Ground screw
HotPort 5020-LNK nodes must be connected to earth ground. The ground screw
is on the bottom panel between the Ethernet port and the DC power connector.
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LEDs
The panel that has the Firetide logo has these LEDs:
• Radio 1 and Radio 2, which indicate radio status. Radio 1 is a steady green
color to indicate normal operation. Radio 2 should be dark because the
HotPort 5020-LNK does not have a Radio 2.
• Power, which is a steady green color when the device receives power. The LED
is dark when the node does not receive power.
Reset button and pressure relief valve
The reset button is on the bottom panel and is covered by a weatherproof plastic
pressure relief valve.
Antenna connectors
The left side panel has three antenna connectors for Radio 1. Rubber caps cover
the antenna connectors. You must remove and discard the rubber caps when you
install the device. For best product performance, you must connect the MIMO
antenna cable that comes with this solution and then weatherproof all three
connections.
Firetide AP20-050-MIMO-19 antennas
The HotPort 5020-LNK solution comes with two Firetide AP20-050-MIMO-19
panel antennas. The next picture shows one of the antennas and its
measurements. The antenna connectors and mount bracket are on the back of
the antenna.
12 mm
(0.5 inch)
305 mm
(12 inches)
305 mm
(12 inches)
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You can install the antennas on a pole or to a wall. Each antenna weighs 0.8
kg (1.8 pounds) without clamps.
Vertical polarization for this antenna is the left connector.
For electrical and mechanical specifications, see the Firetide Antenna and
Accessory Guides.
Test before you install
You should set up and test the nodes indoors on a table before you install
them in permanent locations.
The benefits of tests before you install include:
• Make sure all of the equipment works before you install it
• Consistent settings across nodes to reduce software configuration
errors in the field
Types of tests to do:
• Power on each device
• Attach the staging antennas and make sure you can see the
devices in HotView Pro management software
• Data and other application throughput tests to make sure the nodes
can send and receive data
• Learn to use the radio alignment tool
• Train installation personnel
Required tools that are not included
You need a computer that has HotView Pro network management software
10.15.0.0 or later installed.
Installing and configuring HotView Pro software
HotView Pro does not support
the following features in a 5020LNK mesh
SNMP, Mobility Calibration Tool,
Spectrum Analysis Tool, Gateway
Server and Gateway Server
Redundancy, Mobility, Radio
Analysis Tool, Static and
Automesh routing, Link
Elimination, Multicast Groups,
Ethernet Direct, Ethernet Loop
Detection, External VRRP Support,
and End to End Security
If you use this procedure, you can manage the pair of nodes from HotView
Pro. The computer used for management if configured correctly will not
require a separate management license because the licenses will be stored
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on the nodes.
Before you permanently install
1. Download HotView Pro software from
http://www.firetide.com/support/ software-downloads/
2. Install HotView Pro to an administrator computer.
3. Start the HotView Pro Launcher.
4. From the Options drop-down menu, select Manage Licensed HotPort
Nodes.
5. Go to File > Exit.
6. To log into the HotView Pro server and client:
a.
Double-click the HotView Pro Launcher.
b.
Single-click the monitor/server icon to start the Quick Launch
feature of HotView Pro, which opens the server and client software
at the same time.
7. When prompted, enter:
- User Name: hv_admin
- Password: firetide
8. Click Log In.
Certification requirement
People who install and manage networks that contain Firetide products must
complete the Firetide certification program.
Doing tests on a HotPort 5020-LNK solution
The next picture shows the test setup for a HotPort 5020-LNK solution.
PoE+
Server node
OUT
IN
PoE+
OUT
IN
Client node
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Switch
To configure an edge node and do tests with HotView Pro software:
1. Put the nodes on a table.
2. Attach the Ethernet cable from the administrator computer to the server
node.
Note. The administrator computer must have an IP address on the same subnet
as the node. The default IP address is 192.168.224.150.
3. Attach the power cables to power sources as shown in the previous figure.
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Caution! You must use the power supply that comes with the node. If
you use a different power supply, you void the product warranty.
The power LED comes on. The node boots and is ready to use in one minute.
4. Attach one antenna adapter and then staging antenna to Radio 1/Antenna
connector 1 on each node.
5. Download and configure HotView Pro. See “Installing and configuring
HotView Pro software” on page 6.
6. Go to Mesh > Add Mesh > login with the default user name and password.
7. Make sure the nodes are visible in HotView Pro.
The system should prompt you to set the country code.
8. Set the country code for the node to change the device from a low-power,
low range setting to a correct full-power operational mode.
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Caution: Make sure you configure the device for the correct country. If
you do not configure the country correctly, the device might operate in a
manner that is not legal or create problems with other wireless devices.
Before you permanently install
a.
Select the country of operation from the drop-down list.
b.
Click Set Country Code Now.
When you set the country code the system refreshes the mesh configuration
and gives all visible nodes the same country code. For a few minutes the
nodes might appear and disappear from the graphic mesh record in HotView
Pro.
c.
Wait for three minutes for the system to finish the refresh.
9. Configure the node as needed:
- Configure the radio or radios.
- Set the operational mode as needed.
- Set the extended range feature if the distance between the nodes is
more than 0.8 km (0.5 mile).
Note: For information about specific features and the configuration process, see
the HotView Pro Product Configuration Guide.
10. Repeat steps 2 to 12 for the other node.
11. Check the link throughput. For procedures, see the HotView Pro Product
Configuration Guide.
Note: If you are not able to get the mesh to send and receive data traffic indoors,
see “Troubleshooting” on page 13.
You are now ready to permanently install the nodes and antennas to a pole or
mast for installation in the field.
Power Consumption table
Power input from DC supply: 24 W (Typical), 27 W (Max)
Power input from PoE: 24 (Typical), 26 W (Max)
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After you do tests and configure the nodes, you are ready to install the nodes in
a permanent outdoor location.
The work process is:
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5.
Collect all required tools.
Make sure that no new safety hazards are present at the installation site.
Prepare safety equipment and confirm earth ground procedures.
Attach the nodes and antennas to poles that attach to a mast, tower, or roof.
Install the node and antenna assemblies and other devices, such as cameras
or access points to a permanent location.
Tools required
For a HotPort 5020-LNK solution, you need to have:
• #2 Phillips screwdriver
• Small adjustable wrench
• Electrical tape and butyl mastic or silicone tape to weatherproof the
connectors
Other equipment you might need includes:
• Ladder
• Lift truck
• Safety equipment
Making sure the site is ready for installation
Note: For more detailed procedures for an initial site survey, see the Firetide Best
Practices Guide.
Before you install any equipment outside, check the entire site:
• To identify possible hazards that might be new since the complete site survey
• To identify the presence of objects that might cause interference for the
radios
Warning! Certified professionals must install Firetide products. If you
do not install this equipment correctly, the equipment can be
damaged, or you can be injured or die.
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Electrical shock hazard warning! Make a plan to keep the installation
personnel safe.
Warning! Do not install Firetide products where possible contact with
power lines can be made. Antennas, poles, towers, guy wires, or cables
can touch power lines. People can be injured or killed if they touch or
hold any part of the equipment when it contacts electric lines. Make
sure that equipment and personnel cannot directly or indirectly
contact power lines.
Warning! Do not open the cover:
•Dangerous voltages inside.
•No serviceable parts inside.
•Refer to qualified service personnel.
Safe installation practices
Best practice: Install HotPort 5020-LNK solution on poles that are far enough
away from power lines.
The horizontal distance from a tower, pole or antenna to the nearest power line
should be at least twice the total length of the pole/antenna combination. This
distance ensures that the pole will not contact a power line if it falls during or
after installation.
• Select equipment locations that allow safe and simple installation.
• Do not work alone.
• Use approved non-conducting ladders, shoes, and other safety equipment.
Make sure all equipment is in good condition.
• If a tower or pole begins falling, do not catch it.
• If a wire or pole touches a power line, do not touch it.
• Do not install antennas or towers on windy days.
• Make sure all towers and poles are correctly grounded. Make sure all
electrical cables connected to antennas have lightning arrestors.
A connection to earth ground and a lightning arrestor can prevent fire
damage or personal injury in case of lightning, static build-up, or short
circuit within the equipment connected to the antenna.
• Use 10 AWG ground wire and corrosion-resistant connectors to connect the
base of the antenna pole or tower directly to the building protective ground
or to one or more approved grounding rods.
• Refer to the National Electrical Code for grounding information.
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Preparing a node for outdoor installation
It is easier to install all devices to one object, such as a pole, and then attach the
pole assembly to the roof. If you attach the devices to a pole attached to the roof
top, factors, such as weather, can make the installation more difficult and
dangerous.
Note: Install the antenna at the correct elevation recorded in the site survey
report. The installation elevation can be higher or lower than the HotPort
because the elevation is related to the link path calculations.
Warning! Only use antennas that are rated for outdoor applications.
Warning! Failure to obey these instructions might result in severe
personal injury including electrical shock or permanent damage to
equipment.
Warning! Make sure that all safety equipment is in good condition. Do
not use broken or damaged tools or equipment. Always use safe work
practices and obey all local and national guidance for earth ground
requirements and electricity.
For this procedure you need to have a copy of the antenna elevations from the
site survey report and all tools.
To prepare a node for outdoor installation:
1. Make sure that you use the outdoor antennas that come with the HotPort
5020-LNK solution.
2. Remove the mount bracket from the node.
a.
Use the Phillips screwdriver to loosen the four captive screws (two
on each side).
Mount bracket
b.
Captive screws
Remove the outer mount bracket from the hooks of the mount plate.
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Mount bracket
Hooks on mount plate
Node
c.
Put the node in a safe place while you attach the bracket to a pole or
wall.
Note: Install the antenna at the correct elevation recorded in the site survey
report. The installation elevation can be higher or lower than the HotPort
because the elevation is related to the link path calculations.
3. To a pole that you can install at a permanent outdoor site, attach these
items:
- Bracket for the node
- Antenna bracket
- (Optional) Other devices
4. Attach the antenna to the antenna bracket.
5. Attach the node to the bracket so that when it is in its permanent location
the connectors are down, antenna connectors are on each side, and you can
read the “Firetide” name.
The installation is correct if the device does not move side to side easily, the
“Firetide” mark is oriented correctly, and the connectors are oriented to the
ground.
Preparing earth ground
Warning. A HotPort node must be correctly connected to earth ground.
Failure to do so can result in equipment damage, injury, or death.
The product warranty does not include damage from incorrect grounding. Obey
all local building and electrical codes regarding antennas. If not available, refer
to the National Electric Code (NEC).
Earth grounding guidelines include:
• If you attach a node and antenna to a tower or pole, attach the base of the
tower pole to the building’s ground or to one or more approved grounding
rods with 10 AWG ground wire and corrosion-resistant connectors.
• Connect the grounding cable to rain gutters only if the rain gutter is
connected to earth ground.
• Ground rods are copper-plated and 1.8 to 2.4 meters (6 to 8 feet) long.
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• Install all ground components in straight lines. If you must make a bend, do
not make a sharp bend.
• Earth-to-ground should be less than or equal to 10 ohms.
• Some salt compounds are corrosive and can cause copper ground rods to
corrode.
To prepare the soil for ground rods:
1. If the soil contains rocks or sand, insert the ground rods into the ground.
2. Pull out the ground rods.
3. Put in an approved ground enhancement material into the holes where the
grounding rods go.
4. Put in the ground rods.
Grounding a HotPort node
The certified installer is responsible for the calculation of the correct gauge of
the wire to be used to ground a mesh node. The antenna cables that come with
the HotPort 5020-LNK solution have integrated lightning arrestors.
Prerequisite: correct gauge of ground wire
Caution. If the structure to which the node is attached is not properly
grounded, the node can be damaged by a power surge.
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To ground a HotPort node:
1. Calculate the correct gauge of wire to be used in this procedure. Refer to the
National Electrical Code for grounding information.
Caution. The certified installer is responsible for the correct calculation
of the wire gauge and other accessories that might be required to
ensure proper earth ground.
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2.
a.
b.
Cut three correct lengths of the correct gauge of wire.
c.
Crimp the lug that holds with the wire for antenna connector 1.
d.
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Crimp the lug that holds the wire from antenna connectors 1 and 2.
Crimp the lug that holds the wire from antenna connectors 2 and 3.
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Ground wire from antenna
connector 1 to 2
Crimp here
Ground wire from antenna
connector 1 to 2
h.
Repeat for second radio (if present).
3. Remove the ground screw from the bottom panel.
4. Insert the ground lug for the enclosure.
5. Tighten the ground screw to secure the ground lug to the node.
Ground wire from
antenna connector 3
Ground wire from the
mesh node enclosure
Ground screw
6. Crimp the lug that holds the wire from antenna connector 3 and the
enclosure.
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Connect to earth ground
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Caution! The wire in this picture might
not be the correct gauge for your
application. Consult a certified installer
for grounding materials for your
application.
Now you are ready to weatherproof the cable connections.
Installing a node and antenna assembly
The process to install a node to a mast or tower is the same as a roof installation.
Note: Collect and take all tools and materials with you to the installation site.
Warning! Do not install this product on a windy or rainy day.
To install a node and antenna assembly in a permanent outdoor location:
1. Safely lift and carefully put the assembly on the roof.
2. Attach the pole to which the node and antenna are attached to a mast,
tower, or roof.
- Attach the cables that have integrated lightning arrestors, or attach
the cables and install lightning arrestors.
- Make drip loops with cables.
- Install all grounding equipment. See “Grounding a HotPort node.”
3. Make all connectors weatherproof. See the Firetide Best Practices Guide.
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Caution. Do not use the 12 VDC power supply from a HotPort 7020 mesh
node to power a HotPort 5020 node. The HotPort 5020 needs power
from a PoE+ (802.3at compliant) or 15 VDC power supply.
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Caution. Do not use port 2 or port 3 of a HotPort 7020 mesh node to
power a HotPort 5020 node. A HotPort 5020 node needs PoE+ or
802.3at, and the ports of a HotPort 7020 mesh node are PoE 802.3af
compliant only.
4. (Optional) Attach the Power over Ethernet (PoE) assembly to power the
device.
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Caution. Do not connect to more than one power source at one time.
OUT
IN
PoE
a.
b.
c.
d.
Put the correct end of the power cable into the PoE injector.
Put the plug end of the power cord into a grounded AC power source.
Attach an Ethernet cable from the wireless node to the IN port.
Attach an Ethernet cable from the out port to the Ethernet
connector of the node.
5. Attach all other cables including the AC power cable if you do not use the PoE
assembly.
6. Cover all unused antenna connectors with 50 Ohm terminators.
7. Supply power to both nodes.
If PoE is connected correctly, the LED becomes a steady green color.
When you give power to each node, they automatically make connections to
each other. The nodes use the configuration that you created when you
staged the network.
8. Make the PoE connection weatherproof.
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Caution! The PoE injector is not for outdoor use. Do not expose the PoE
injector to rain or direct sun.
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9. Ping the IP address of the node to make sure it works.
Opening the mount bracket
A HotPort 5020-LNK node comes with an assembled two-piece mount bracket.
The next picture shows a radio-side of a node and the assembled bracket. Two
captive screws are on each side of the device.
Captive screws
The next picture shows the bracket pieces and orientation to the node. The
mount bracket has multiple holes and slots, so you can use bolts, straps, or other
materials to attach the node to a surface.
Image A shows the side of the mount bracket on which the chassis is attached.
Image B shows the bracket on which you hang the node. This bracket attaches to
a pole or other surface.
The mount kit includes extra nuts and bolts.
Required tools: #2 Phillips screwdriver
To open the mount bracket so you can attach the node to a wall or pole:
1. Use the Phillips screwdriver to loosen the four captive screws (two on each
side).
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Captive screws
Mount bracket
2. Remove the outer piece from the hooks on the node.
Rail on mount bracket
Hooks on mount plate
Node chassis
3. Put the HotPort 5020 in a safe place while you attach the bracket to a pole or
wall.
4. Attach the mount bracket to a pole or wall.
The next procedures list the steps to attach the bracket and node to different
surfaces.
Attaching the node to a wall
Required materials:
• Mount bracket
• Four screws (included in the mount kit) or masonry anchors (not included in
the mount kit)
• Node with one bracket piece with hooks
To attach a node to a wall:
1. Use four screws or masonry anchors to attach the mount bracket securely to
the wall. Put the screws or anchors in the two holes near the top and the two
holes at the bottom of the bracket.
2. Hang the node hooks on the rail.
The installation is correct if the node does not easily move from side to side, and
the connectors are oriented to the ground.
Note: You can add other straps or a sling to increase durability of the attachment
to the wall.
Best practice: Use a spray to prevent corrosion on the bracket and mount
hardware.
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Attaching a node to a vertical pole
Required materials:
• Mount bracket
• Mount kit
• Node with one bracket piece with hooks
Recommended tool: hex wrench (included in mount kit) or small adjustable
wrench
To attach the node to a vertical pole:
1. Put the two U-bolts through the holes in the gripper.
2. On each U-bolt, put a washer, a lock washer, and a nut.
Note: A pole with a small diameter usually requires a second nut to hold the
bracket away from the U-bolt.
Hex wrench
Nuts for standoff
U-bolt
Gripper
3. Tighten the nuts by hand.
The U-bolt should extend 12 to 15 mm (0.5 to 0.6 inch) beyond the second
nut.
4. Put on the second U-bolt and gripper. Use the bracket as a guide to correctly
space the two U-bolts.
5. Tighten the nuts with the hex wrench.
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6. Use lock washers and nuts to secure the bracket to the U-bolts.
Rails
7. Hang the node with the mount plate hooks over the rail of the bracket.
Hooks
The installation is correct if the node does not easily move from side to side,
and the connectors are oriented to the ground.
Note: If you need to, add other straps or a sling to increase durability of the
attachment to the pole.
Best practice: Use a spray to prevent corrosion on the bracket and mount
hardware.
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Attaching a node to a horizontal pole
Recommended tool: hex wrench (included) or small adjustable wrench
To attach the node to a horizontal pole:
1. Attach the two grippers and U-bolts to the pole. Use the bracket to
determine the correct space between the grippers.
2. Use lock washers and nuts to secure the bracket to the U-bolts.
3. Hang the node with the hooks over the rail of the bracket.
Hooks
4. With the Phillips screwdriver tighten the four captive screws to secure the
node to the bracket.
The installation is correct if the node does not easily move from side to side,
and the connectors are oriented to the ground.
Note: If you need to, add other straps or a sling to increase durability of the
attachment to the pole.
Best practice: Use a spray to prevent corrosion on the bracket and mount
hardware.
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Attaching straps
You need to use straps when you use poles of 5 cm (2 inches) or more in diameter.
You can also use straps for extra support and durability in corrosive
environments.
Straps are not included in the box.
To attach the node to a pole with straps:
1. Position the universal mounting bracket against the pole.
2. Wrap two straps around the pole and thread them through the channels
between the main piece of metal and the rails.
Channels
Rails
3. Secure the straps.
4. Hang the node with the hooks over the rail of the bracket.
Hooks
5. With the Phillips screwdriver tighten the four captive screws to secure the
enclosure to the bracket.
The installation is correct if the node does not easily move from side to side,
and the connectors are oriented to the ground.
Note: If you need to, add other straps or a sling to increase durability of the
attachment to the pole.
Best practice: Use a spray to prevent corrosion on the bracket and mount
hardware.
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Weatherizing the connectors
The HotPort 5020-M node comes with a field-installable weatherized Ethernet
connector.
Correct weatherproofing includes:
• Sealing all antenna connectors and antenna connector terminators
• Installing the weatherized Ethernet connector
• Using a spray to prevent corrosion on the bracket and mount hardware
W eatherizing procedures, see Firetide Best Practices.
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Troubleshooting
If a HotPort 5020-LNK node does not operate correctly, try these suggestions.
If you recorded the performance of your network when you set it up, you have a
benchmark against which you can compare future performance. With benchmark
information, you might be able to identify problem areas faster than if you try to
diagnose a new problem.
Cannot see a HotPort 5020-LNK node in HotView Pro
First, you must turn on both HotPort 5020-LNK nodes at the same time so they
can make a link and be detected by HotView Pro.
Next, try the manual peer configuration procedure.
If you cannot see one or more nodes in HotView Pro, make sure that you set the
extended range and multiple hop feature. The extended range feature is for
applications where nodes are 0.8 km (0.5 mile) or more apart.
A cable somewhere along the network path might be bad.
The node might not be receiving power.
Forcing detection of a HotPort 5020-LNK node manually
This procedure is for HotPort 5020-LNK point-to-point solutions.
Prerequisites:
• Administrator computer
• Ethernet cable
To make a connection when the link pair is not detected or do not link:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Make sure that the power LEDs of both nodes are ON.
Attach an Ethernet cable from one node to the administrator computer.
Start HotView Pro.
Enter the default login credentials:
Username: hv_admin
Password: firetide
5. Go to Mesh > Add Mesh
6. Enter the default login credentials:
Username: admin
Password: firetide
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7. From the main workspace of HotView Pro, right-click the head node > Peer
Node Configuration
8. Enter the serial number of the node that you want to appear.
9. Click Save.
10. Remove the Ethernet cable from the first node, and attach it to the other
node. That node is now the head node.
11. From the node that you just configured, right-click the node > Peer Node
Configuration
12. From the main workspace of HotView Pro, right-click the head node > Peer
Node Configuration
13. Enter the serial number of the node that you want to appear.
14. Click Save.
After multiple reboots a node is missing
If a node reboots five times within 10 minutes, the node loads the second saved
firmware image.
The previous firmware, if older or different from the firmware of the other nodes
in a mesh network, might not be recognized by the mesh, and HotView Pro will
not detect the node.
To prevent this behavior, always upgrade the firmware image on each node two
times, so both images are the same.
Ethernet port LEDs blink quickly
If the Ethernet port LEDs blink quickly, check for a switch loop.
Performance not as expected
If the network performance is not as expected:
• Identify reuse in your channel plan. If you have no channel reuse in the
network, do a spectrum analysis.
• Check for self-interference. For example, the radios in a single device might
connect.
• Check the frequency plan and make sure that all the radios are configured
correctly.
• Make sure that each node is connected to the correct devices and nodes.
• Determine the total throughput with an end to end test.
• Determine the throughput of each link with tests.
• Change the channel and modulation rates.
• Overly strong or poor RSSI can cause low performance. The RSSI calculator
can help determine what RSSI values are correct for a particular link.
- For MIMO applications, use -30 to -55.
- For non-MIMO applications, use -30 to -60 or -70.
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Resetting a HotPort 5020-LNK node to factory
default settings
Do a reset when you remove a device from the field or when communication with
a device is lost.
!
Caution! When a HotPort 5020-LNK node is reset, configuration
information is erased.
Exception: The system does not erase the USA (840 and 842) country
codes.
You can reset a HotPort 5020 edge node with the reset button. The reset button
is behind the screw on the left side of the port connector.
For this procedure you need:
•
•
•
•
Paper clip, stiff wire, or thin piece of plastic or wood, such as a skewer
Computer with HotView Pro
Ethernet cable
Wrench or your fingers to turn the pressure valve counter clockwise
To reset a HotPort 5020 edge node:
1. Supply power to the node.
Wait until the status LED comes on. After one minute, the node is ready to be
reset.
2. With a wrench or your fingers turn the pressure valve counter clockwise to
remove it.
3. Put it in a safe place until you finish this procedure.
4. Put the node on its front panel.
5. Press and hold for 20 seconds the reset button with the paper clip or other
tool.
When the Radio 1 LED blinks to indicate that the software is rebooting, you
can stop pressing the reset button.
6. Wait one minute, and then log in with HotView Pro.
7. Configure the node or apply a previously saved configuration file.
8. Replace the pressure valve that covers the reset button.
Scheduling firmware upgrades and activation
By default, the system uses the configuration in cache for multiple upgrades.
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Best practice: Upgrade the image two times because you want the backup image
and primary images to be the same. If a backup image is older than the primary
image, the node might not support the same features.
You can:
• Upgrade and activate the firmware now.
• Upgrade the firmware now and activate it later.
• Upgrade the firmware on a specified day at a configured time and then
activate it immediately or later.
By default, the scheduler activates the firmware immediately.
If you select the Activate Later check box, the scheduler copies the firmware
image to the node but does not activate the firmware.
When you schedule an upgrade time (Scheduler Operation: Later), the HotView
server, if it is running, starts the job at the scheduled time. If the HotView server
is not running at the time scheduled, the scheduled jobs start immediately after
you start the HotView server.
Best practice: If you choose to upgrade a production mesh, schedule the
upgrade and activation for a convenient time. Firmware upgrades can consume
considerable bandwidth. The mesh is not available for two minutes when you
activate new firmware.
To schedule a firmware upgrade for a later date and for later activation:
1. Go to Network > Upgrade Firmware
The upgrade scheduler appears.
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2. Click New Scheduler.
a.
Select Upgrade.
b.
Select the time: Later. Use the calendar to a future date and time.
c.
Click the tab to select a device type (HotPort Nodes for a mesh
network, HotPoint Nodes for access points, or FMC for mobility
controllers), and then select the mesh or device by ID or name.
Note: The system selects all nodes within a mesh for simultaneous upgrade
because all of the nodes have to run the same firmware. If a node should not
receive the upgrade image, you can remove the mark from the upgrade check
box.
d.
Select Activate Later.
e.
Select the upgrade image.
3. Click OK.
The “upgrade complete” message means that the image file is on the node
and is valid. You can then activate a few nodes at a time until all of the nodes
are running the same firmware version.
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Replacing a HotPort 5020-LNK node
If one of the HotPort 5020-LNK nodes stops working and the product is within
the warranty period, you should call customer service for replacement options.
Use these procedures to replace a HotPort 5020-LNK node. This procedure has
two parts. First, you have to save a configuration file and make a configuration
change to the operational node. Next, you have to apply the configuration file to
the replacement node.
Prerequisites:
• One operational HotPort-LNK node
• Ethernet cable
• Administrator computer running Hot View Pro 10.10.0.0 or later
Note: The operational HotPort-LNK node must run the same firmware as the
replacement node. If the replacement node comes with a later firmware version,
you must upgrade your operational node to use the same firmware before you
begin.
To prepare the operational node for a new link:
1. Connect an Ethernet cable from the operational HotPort 5020-LNK node to
the computer.
2. Start HotView Pro.
3. Go to Mesh > Add Mesh
4. Log into the operational HotPort-LNK node.
5. Save the configuration file of the node.
a.
Right-click the node > Save PTP Configuration from this HotPort
b.
Save the configuration file to a safe place.
6. Configure the node to join a new node.
a.
Right-click the node > Peer Node Configuration
b.
Enter the serial number of the replacement HotPort node.
7. Remove the Ethernet cable from the node.
To add the replacement node:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Connect the Ethernet cable to the replacement node.
Go to Mesh > Add Mesh
Log into the replacement node with the correct IP address and password.
Right-click the replacement node > Apply saved PTP Configuration to this
HotPort
5. Right-click the replacement node > Peer Node Configuration
6. Enter the HotPort serial number of the other node.
7. Make sure the system makes a link between the HotPort-LNK nodes. You
should see a green dotted line between the two nodes. A dotted green line
indicates a wireless connection.
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8. Remove the Ethernet cable.
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Weatherproof procedures
Cable connections become loose over time due to vibration. Loose connections
let moisture contact and erode the interface to a connector. To avoid
performance problems due to moisture damage, Firetide recommends that you
use butyl mastic and electrical tape or silicone tape to make all outdoor
connections weatherproof.
The next picture shows correctly weatherproofed connectors on a HotPort 7020
mesh node with a sun shield.
Antenna with
weatherproof connector
Weatherproof
connectors
Mesh node with sun shield
Best practice: You can use colored tape for easy identification of the connectors
from the mesh node to the antenna.
Butyl mastic is a synthetic rubber sealant that you can use to make a connection
weatherproof. It is slightly sticky and stays flexible; it bonds to itself to make a
good seal. Butyl mastic and a layer of electrical tape keeps the cable assembly
clean, dry, and easy to change in the future.
Note: To make a strong watertight connection, keep a high level of tension in the
butyl mastic when you stretch it over the cable and connector.
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Tools and materials to weatherproof connections
To make a weatherproof connection you need the following tools and materials:
• Pliers
• Utility knife
• Vinyl electrical tape
Note: Vinyl electrical tape between the cable assembly and the mastic tape
makes future changes easier than mastic tape put directly on the cable. Vinyl
electrical tape as a cover over the mastic tape prevents the mastic from melting
in hot weather.
• Rubber splicing or mastic tape (also known as self-amalgamating, selfsealing, self-fusing, non-vulcanized tape)
• Pencil or wooden dowel for small clearances
• Cleaning supplies (if necessary)
• Laptop running HotView software
Making a weatherproof antenna connection
You need to put tape around the antenna connectors to make them
weatherproof. The next picture shows correct tape technique and a drip loop.
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To make a weatherproof antenna connection:
1. Gather the tools and materials to do the procedure.
Mastic tape
2. Ensure that the cable and connector is clean. Clean off oil, water, grease, and
dirt before you continue.
3. Attach the cable connector to the antenna connector, and then use pliers to
tighten the connection.
4. With a laptop running HotView Pro, make sure that the Firetide device works.
5. Wrap a layer of electrical tape (sticky side out) over the connector from the
end to approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) of cable. Overlap the tape by 40% with
each turn.
Note: Wrap the electrical tape on a pencil or wooden dowel when you have little
clearance.
Note: To make a strong watertight connection, keep a high level of tension in the
butyl mastic when you stretch it over the cable and connector.
6. Tightly wrap a layer of mastic tape over the electrical tape. Make a 40%
overlap on each turn. Start from the base of the unit to at least 2.5 cm (1
inch) of the cable.
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7. Wrap a layer of electrical tape (smooth side out, sticky side in) over the
mastic tape.
8. Wrap a second layer of electrical tape over the first layer of electrical tape.
The antenna connector is ready for installation in an outdoor environment.
Making a weatherproof cable to node connection
You need to make weatherproof two connections:
• From the antenna cable to the lightning arrestor
• From the lightning arrestor to the node
To make a weatherproof cable to node connection:
1. Gather the tools and materials to do the procedure.
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Mastic tape
2. Remove the sun shield because you must put tape around all of the
connector.
3. Ensure that the cable and connectors are clean. Clean off oil, water, grease,
and dirt before you continue.
4. Wrap a layer of electrical tape (sticky side out) over the arrestor to node
connector and wrap approximately 2.5 cm (1 inch) of cable. Overlap the tape
by 40% with each turn.
5. Repeat for the antenna cable to arrestor connection.
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Note: To make a strong watertight connection, keep a high level of tension in the
butyl mastic when you stretch it over the cable and connector.
6. Tightly wrap a layer of mastic tape over the electrical tape. Make a 40%
overlap on each turn. Start from the base of the unit to at least 2.5 cm (1
inch) of the cable.
7. Wrap a layer of electrical tape (smooth side out, sticky side in) over the
mastic tape.
8. Wrap a second layer of electrical tape over the first layer of electrical tape.
The lightning arrestor connections are ready for installation in an outdoor
environment.
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