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Hardware Installation Guide
HotPort 3200 & 3600 Series
Outdoor Wireless Mesh Node
Hardware Installation Guide
HotPort 3200 & 3600 Series Outdoor Wireless Mesh Node
July 2006
Manual Revision 1.41 073106
Copyright Notice
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Firetide, the Firetide logo, Instant Mesh Networks, HotPort are trademarks of Firetide, Inc. All other
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Firetide Limited End User Product Warranty
Pursuant to all provisions described herein, Firetide products are
warranted for one (1) year from the date of purchase against defects in the build materials and workmanship. Firetide also warrants that the Software will materially conform to the documentation supplied by Firetide with the Software. In the event that
the Software fails to materially conform to the documentation
and an authorized Firetide reseller is notified in writing of such
failure within the warranty period, Firetide or its reseller shall use
commercially reasonable efforts to promptly correct the nonconformity. Firetide does not warrant that the use of the Software
will be uninterrupted or error free. Firetide does not warrant that
the Products will meet any requirements or specifications of any
End User Customer. This warranty applies to the entire Firetide
product, including antennas and the AC power adapter.
The above warranties are void if the alleged defect cannot be
verified by Firetide or if, as determined by Firetide, the product
failure was due to tampering, abuse, misuse, accident, shipping,
handling, or storage; or if the product has been installed, used,
or maintained in a manner not described in the product user
manual; or if the product has been altered in any way; or if product serialization has been altered. Any attempt to disassemble
or repair the product by anyone other than Firetide immediately
voids this warranty.
This warranty applies only to the original End User purchaser of
the product and may not be transferred to any other individual
or entity.
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TO THE PRODUCT INCLUDING THE SOFTWARE, AND THE EXCLUSIVE
REMEDY FOR DEFECTS IN THE PRODUCT. FIRETIDE DISCLAIMS ALL
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(including, without limitation, damages for loss of profits,
business interruption, loss of information, or other pecuniary
loss) arising out of the use or inability to use the product or the
performance, interruption or failure of the product, irrespective of the cause of action, even if Firetide has been advised of
the possibility of such damages. Firetide’s cumulative liability for
all claims arising out of or in connection with this warranty will
not exceed the amount paid by the original End User purchaser
to purchase the product. The amounts payable for the product are
based in part on these limitations and these limitations shall apply notwithstanding the failure of essential purpose of any remedy. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of
incidental or consequential damages, so to that extent the above
limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
By using the product the original End User purchaser agrees to
and is bound by these terms and conditions.
In the event that a product fails to meet this warranty and
Firetide’s authorized reseller is notified in writing of such failure within the warranty period, Firetide shall, at its own discretion, either repair the product or replace it with the same or a
functionally-equivalent product free of charge. Replacement
products may contain refurbished materials in whole or in part.
Firetide will honor this warranty provided the product is returned
through an authorized Firetide reseller or dealer with shipping
charges prepaid, along with a proof of purchase describing the
original purchase date and product serial numbers if applicable.
The authorized reseller must acquire a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number from Firetide prior to returning any product. Firetide does not accept shipments of defective products
without shipping charges prepaid.
Safety Instructions
The HotPort outdoor wireless mesh node must be installed by a qualified professional such as a licensed electrician.
Failure to install this equipment properly may result in equipment damage and personal injury or death.
Explanation of Graphic Symbols
This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presences of non-insulated dangerous voltage that may
be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of lethal electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating, maintaining and
servicing instructions in the literature accompanying the HotPort node. Failing to comply with this
instruction may result in electrical shock.
This symbol is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating, maintaining and
servicing instructions in the literature accompanying the HotPort node. Failing to comply with this
instruction may result in a hazard.
Firetide Instant Mesh Networks Caution! Risk of electric shock!
POWER LINES CAN BE LETHAL
Do not install the HotPort outdoor mesh node where possible
contact with power lines can be made. Antennas, poles, towers,
guy wires, or cables may lean or fall and contact these lines. People may be injured or killed if they are touching or holding any
part of equipment when it contacts electric lines. Make sure there
is NO possibility that equipment or personnel can come in contact
directly or indirectly with power lines.
ASSUME ALL OVERHEAD LINES ARE 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 will ensure that the
pole will not contact power if it falls either during or after installation.
SURVEYING THE SITE
Look over the entire site before beginning any installation and
anticipate possible hazards. Never assume anything without
checking it out for yourself! Don’t take shortcuts!
TO AVOID FALLING, USE SAFE PROCEDURES WHEN WORKING AT
HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND
• Select equipment locations that will allow safe and simple
installation.
• Don’t work alone. A friend or co-worker can save your life if
an accident happens.
• Don’t attempt repair work when you are tired. Not only will
you be more careless, but your primary diagnostic tool deductive reasoning - will not be operating at full capacity.
• If anything such as a wire or pole does come in contact with
a power line, DON’T TOUCH IT OR ATTEMPT TO MOVE IT. Instead, save your life by calling the power company.
• Don’t attempt to erect antennas or towers on windy days.
• MAKE SURE ALL TOWERS AND POLES ARE SECURELY GROUNDED, AND ELECTRICAL CABLES CONNECTED TO ANTENNAS HAVE
LIGHTNING ARRESTORS. This will help prevent fire damage
or human injury in case of lightning, static build-up, or
short circuit within equipment connected to the antenna.
The HotPort outdoor node has built-in lightning protection.
Be sure that any other equipment connected to the HotPort
node also has the same level of protection.
• The base of the antenna pole or tower must be connected
directly to the building protective ground or to one or more
approved grounding rods, using 10 AWG ground wire and
corrosion-resistant connectors.
• Refer to the National Electrical Code for grounding details.
IF AN ACCIDENT SHOULD OCCUR WITH THE POWER LINES
• DON’T TOUCH THAT PERSON, OR YOU MAY BE ELECTROCUTED.
• Use a non-conductive dry board, stick, or rope to push or
drag them so they no longer are in contact with electrical
power.
• Once they are no longer contacting electrical power, administer CPR if you are certified.
• Immediately have someone call for medical help.
• Use approved non-conducting ladders, shoes, and other safety
equipment. Make sure all equipment is in good repair.
• If a tower or pole begins falling, don’t attempt to catch it.
Stand back and let it fall.
Do not open the cover
• Dangerous voltages inside.
• No serviceable parts inside.
• Refer to qualified service personnel.
• Unit must be disconnected from power prior to servicing.
• Unit has tamper-evident labeling that indicates when the cover has been removed.
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Contents
Firetide HotPort 3200 & 3600 Series Outdoor Wireless Mesh Nodes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Example Networks/Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Planning Your Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Power Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Power Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Power over Ethernet (PoE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
HotPort Outdoor Node Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Unpacking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Mesh Node . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Antenna Assembly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Ethernet Transition Cable/RJ-45 Male Connector Kit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Power Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Documentation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Compact Disk (CD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Required Tools and Supplies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Building a Firetide Mesh Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Planning Your Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Understanding HotPort Antenna Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Staging Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Preparing the Site for Mounting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Safety Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Weatherproofing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Preparing Earth Ground. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Mounting the Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Mounting Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Mounting the Enclosure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Mounting Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Wall Mounting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Pole Mounting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Using Mounting Straps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Installing the Sunshield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Connecting the Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Connecting AC Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Connecting Power over Ethernet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Connecting an External Battery Backup System or Solar Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Connecting Peripherals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Providing Power over Ethernet to Peripherals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Starting Up and Connecting to the Mesh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Startup Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Connecting to the Mesh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Appendix A Contacting Firetide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Appendix B Connectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
HotPort Outdoor Node Ethernet Transition Cable Pin Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Circular, Watertight IP66-Rated Connector and Port Pin Descriptions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
RJ-45 Connector Pin Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Power Transition Cable Pin Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Appendix C - Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Firetide HotPort 3200 & 3600 Series Outdoor Wireless
Mesh Nodes
HotPort™ 3200 and 3600 Series outdoor mesh nodes have weatherproof enclosures and connect wirelessly to indoor and outdoor
HotPort nodes to form a high-performance wireless mesh network. Outdoor nodes feature a built-in dual-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and dual-spectrum radios. A choice of antennas is
available. The nodes can operate at 2.4 GHz for maximum capacity and range, or at 5 GHz for maximum capacity and minimal interference from 2.4 GHz devices.
automatically without wires and do not require line-of-sight,
Firetide mesh networks can be installed without modifications to
buildings or landscaping. Outdoor network installation costs are
dramatically lower because time-consuming trenching and cable
pulling between buildings is not required. Provisioning is also
easy and fast because no special drivers, setup, and interfaces
are required for the equipment you connect to a Firetide instant
mesh network.
Units designed for operation on the 4.9 GHz Public Safety band
are also available. HotPort nodes designed for public safey use
are identifed as such on the unit label. These units may only be
used by FCC-licensed public safety agencies.
The two weatherproof 10/100 Ethernet connectors provide for
connecting Ethernet devices, such as access points, surveillance
cameras, and sensors. The package includes an indoor-rated
power supply, with a country- or region-specific power cord and
a 10 m (33 ft) power transition cable, which can supply power
from an indoor or fully enclosed AC power source. The HotPort
mesh node can supply Power over Ethernet to auxiliary Ethernet
devices up to a maximum of 48 VDC. One or two antennas attach
to the bottom of the HotPort outddor enclosure via a connector
and cable.
Both Ethernet ports are weatherproof and support 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE). A removable sunshield and a mounting
bracket are provided with each unit.
The HotPort outdoor nodes provide Ethernet connectivity for
outdoor devices without the need for a wired backhaul. This enables fast deployment of outdoor networking equipment, such
as weatherized access points and surveillance cameras, virtually
anywhere, without costly cabling.
Firetide™ mesh networks provide a reliable, flexible, and scalable alternative to cabling and leased lines. Because they form
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Because all mesh nodes are interconnected, a single gateway can provide Internet access to the entire mesh network.
HotPort outdoor mesh nodes are fully compatible with HotPort indoor series nodes, enabling the mesh to extend to
indoor applications.
Example Networks/Applications
Here are some examples of how you can use HotPort wireless
mesh networks in your workplace:
• Provide Ethernet service over a wireless backhaul to buildings where wired solutions via Category 5 cabling or fiber is
impractical or too expensive.
• Connect access points to networks from locations where it is
impractical to run cable to the access points.
• Connect security cameras to monitor remote locations.
Planning Your Network
Before implementing a wireless mesh network, perform the
following preliminary steps:
• To ensure a safe installation of the HotPort node, follow the
appropriate electrical and building codes (such the National Electrical Code (NEC)), country codes, or local building
codes.
• Don’t install near overhead power lines! It’s dangerous, and
nearby wires will reduce overall coverage and performance.
• When identifying a location for mounting the antenna, keep
in mind that you should not mount the antenna within 3 ft
(0.9 m) of another antenna. If you do, interference may occur.
• HotPort nodes do not require line-of-sight between them,
but you can increase the working distance of your wireless
mesh by avoiding obstacles between nodes. For best performance, ensure that each HotPort node has a clear line of
sight to at least two other HotPort nodes.
• Look for physical obstructions, such as building or trees,
and avoid installing the antenna where there is obstruction
between antennas. Installations in winter months around
trees may not pose a problem, but once the leaves appear
they may pose an obstruction.
• Keep in mind that buildings may cause radio signal obstruction, depending on the material used in construction.
• Consider ways to protect your HotPort node from theft and
vandalism. Try to place HotPort nodes in areas where access
by unauthorized individuals is restricted (such as on a rooftop, a tall pole, and so on). After you mount the HotPort, you
can secure it by placing a lock on the mounting bracket.
• Survey the site for grounding options. It is crucial to have a
good earth ground for the HotPort node and the antenna.
• Make sure that the horizontal distance from a tower, pole, or
antenna to the nearest power line is at least twice the total
length of the pole/antenna combination. This will prevent
the tower, pole, or antenna from contacting power if it falls
either during or after installation.
• Make sure that you can install the HotPort node close enough
to an AC power outlet so you can connect the HotPort node’s
AC power supply to the outlet. If you plan to power a HotPort
node via an Ethernet connection (using the Power over Ethernet option), make sure you have an Ethernet cable long
enough to connect the HotPort node to the Power Sourcing
Equipment (see the “Connecting the Power” section for information).
• Make sure the location where you install the HotPort node is
accessible to the devices you intend to connect to the HotPort node (access points, cameras, and so on).
• Avoid areas where the RF lines of sight are blocked by heavy
vehicle and foot traffic. Do not install near rain gutters and
downspouts or areas subject to flooding.
Firetide Instant Mesh Networks Power Options
There are various options for supplying power to HotPort outdoor nodes.
Power Supply
The power supply can provide power to the HotPort enclosure
from an AC outlet. The power supply is rated for 90-240 VAC. Optionally, when the HotPort receives power from the power supply,
you can provide power to two peripheral devices connected to
the HotPort node’s Ethernet ports.
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
The HotPort outdoor mesh nodes have two weatherproof Ethernet ports to provide Ethernet connectivity to outdoor peripheral
Ethernet devices, such as access points or surveillance cameras.
Use of these ports is optional.
Both ports 1 and 2 on a HotPort node can provide Power over
Ethernet (PoE) functionality to Powered Devices (PD) connected
to these ports. A Powered Device can receive data and the power
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to process the data from the HotPort node, which functions as
Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) in this configuration. To receive
power from a HotPort node, the device must support the IEEE
802.3af standard, which defines PoE functionality, and the HotPort node must be powered directly via its DC power port.
Alternatively, you can power the HotPort node by connecting
Power Sourcing Equipment to either Ethernet port 1 on a HotPort
node. This allows the HotPort to receive power from a PSE device.
However, The HotPort node cannot pass-through its PoE feed to
a downstream device.
The HotPort node will use up to 14W if operating standalone. The
HotPort node will draw as much as 35W when operating as a PSE
and powering two other devices (PDs).
HotPort Outdoor Node Installation
This hardware installation guide describes how to install the HotPort node safely. The HotPort is intended to be installed by trained
professionals. Be sure to read and understand all installation and safety instructions before proceeding with the installation.
Unpacking
The HotPort outdoor node package contains the following items. If you are missing any of these items, contact your Firetide reseller.
Mesh Node
• HotPort node with NEMA-4X enclosure with weatherproof
connector caps
• Lockable bracket for pole and wall mounting. Designed to
fit poles from 37 mm to 50 mm (1.5 in to 2.0 in) diameter.
The mounting bracket also has slots for mounting straps for
attaching to larger diameter or irregularly shaped poles.
Antenna Assembly
• Two detachable dual-spectrum (2.4 or 5 GHz), 6 dBi, omnidirectional antennas
Note: HotPort nodes come with two dual-spectrum staging antennas. Use these antennas to determine which RF frequency band
(2.4 or 5 GHz) to use in your chosen installation location. After you
decide, you can order a single, spectrum-specific (that is, 2.4 or 5
GHz) antenna suitable for your installation from Firetide. Firetide
offers a range of antennas, including a high-gain, 8 dBi antenna
to use outdoors with your HotPort. Throughout this manual, references are made to the single, high-gain 8 dBi antenna unless the
two dual-spectrum antennas shipped with the unit are specifically
involved.
Ethernet Transition Cable/RJ-45 Male Connector Kit
• Weatherized Ethernet transition cable (2 m (6.6 ft)), circular, watertight, IP67-rated female to RJ-45/RJ-45 male connector kit with Bulgin connector housing
Power Supply
• Country- or region-specific power cord, power transition
cable (10 meters (32.8 ft); 30 m (98.4 ft), and 50 m (164
ft) cable lengths available for order from Firetide) and an
indoor-rated power supply
Documentation
• 3200/3600 Series Hardware Installation Guide (this document)
• 3200/3600 Series User Guide
• End user license agreement (EULA)
• Warranty and registration card
Compact Disk (CD)
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HotView software
HotPort outddor node reset application software
HotView User Guide (PDF file)
HotPort 3200/3600 User Guide (PDF file)
HotPort 3200/3600 Hardware Installation Guide (this document in a PDF file)
• Warranty/Registration Card (PDF file)
• EULA (PDF file)
Required Tools and Supplies
Firetide provides the accessories listed in the “Unpacking” section to enable a proper installation.
The following tools and supplies must be provided by the customer:
• #2 Philips screwdriver
• Adjustable wrench
• Wire cutters to cut tie wraps around cables
• Ladders, lifts, and/or platforms to install the HotPort node
on poles and structures
• 10 AWG grounding cable to connect the HotPort node to
earth ground
• Grounding connectors and grounding rod
• RJ-45 crimping tool – required if connecting a peripheral
device, such as an access point or camera. Also need a Catgory 5 Ethernet cable with at least one RJ-45 connector to
connect a peripheral to the HotPort.
• Weatherproofing kit – this kit provides electrical tape and
butyl mastic. Check your local distributor for weatherproofing antennas and coaxial cables.
• Hose clamps, band clamps, U-bolts, or similar brackets, suitable for attaching the HotPort node to your chosen antenna
mast.
• Hose clamps, band clamps, U-bolts, or similar brackets,
suitable for mounting the antennas to your chosen antenna
mast.
The following tools and supplies are optional:
• Cordless screwdriver #2 Philips
• Cordless drill
• Antenna stand (used to mount the antenna pole)
Firetide Instant Mesh Networks Building a Firetide Mesh Network
Although network planning is often not required for basic installations, adhering to a few simple guidelines will help ensure that your
network performs reliably and gives you the full benefits and performance that mesh networking has to offer.
Planning Your Network
Before implementing a wireless mesh network, perform the following preliminary steps:
• Survey your site and make a simple sketch of where you’ll
place the HotPort nodes.
• Make sure that you can install all HotPort nodes close
enough to AC power outlets so you can connect the HotPort
nodes’ AC power supplies to the outlets. (If you plan to use
the Power over Ethernet option to power the HotPort, make
sure that you can install the HotPort close enough to the
Power Sourcing Equipment.)
• As described in detail below, you can increase the working
distance of your outdoor, wireless mesh by avoiding obstacles between nodes. For best performance, ensure that
there is a clear line of sight between each HotPort node.
See the sections below for more site-planning information.
Understanding HotPort Antenna Patterns
HotPort outdoor mesh nodes have omni-directional antennas that
radiate in a broad circular pattern perpendicular to the antenna
shaft. For optimum coverage, orient the antennas in your mesh
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network vertically (perpendicular to the ground). Since the coverage of the RF spectrum is different in the various spectrum bands,
orientation of the antennas will enhance your coverage area. The
two included dual-spectrum antennas support the following frequency bands: 5.150-5.250 GHz; 5.250-5.350 GHz; 5.725-5.850
GHz; 2.420-2.497 GHz (OFDM and DSSS modes).
Line-of-Sight Improves Operating Distance
Although HotPort wireless mesh nodes can communicate through
walls and buildings, you can increase the working distance of
your nodes by avoiding obstacles made of dense materials, such
as concrete, metal, or wood. Positioning the HotPort units so the
space between them provides an unobstructed, line-of-sight view
will greatly increase the effective range and reliability of transmission. They should be located high enough above obstacles to
prevent interference.
Creating a Mesh Topology
for Maximum Performance and Reliability
Unlike simple point-to-point bridging, Firetide provides true
mesh networking with flexible and redundant paths. This is done
automatically, using a proprietary packet-routing protocol developed by Firetide. This protocal improves overall performance,
allows the network to be extended over long distances, and reduces the chance of single point failures. To fully benefit from the
self-forming and self-healing properties of the mesh, place each
HotPort node within direct range of two or more HotPort nodes.
It is not recommended to install your HotPort network in a linear,
point-to-point configuration. The Firetide network protocol is
optimized for two- and three-dimensional topologies.
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Linear vs. Mesh Topology
HotPort 3200 Series Installation Guide
Staging Considerations
If the antenna, access points, Ethernet devices, and HotPort
node are staged properly, the installation should go smoothly.
This section describes some staging scenarios that will ease overall installation of the HotPort node. Note that the mesh network
may consist of a mix of indoor and outdoor HotPort units. Firetide
recommends you perform the following steps to install your HotPort node:
1. Set up your HotPort node in a lab with all other HotPort units
using the two provided antennas.
2. In the lab, make all the necessary cable connections and
power the HotPort units.
3. Install the HotView software on a workstation and connect
the workstation to a HotPort node (see the HotView User
Guide for information about installing and using HotView).
4. Use HotView to configure the HotPort nodes and create a
small mesh network. Configure and test the network settings you plan to use.
5. If you have multi-band units, once you’ve decided which RF
frequency band to use (2.4 or 5 GHz), order a high-gain antenna for the desired spectrum from Firetide for the HotPort
node.
6. Pre-assemble the antenna, HotPort node, and other devices
to a metal pole and antenna stand and then relocate and
attach the entire stand to a roof top. It is often easier to
install all devices to one object, such as a pole, and then
attach the pole to the roof. In many cases, connecting the
devices to a pole already attached to the roof top can be difficult and dangerous.
7. Install the antenna first and then install the HotPort node
enclosure. This will ensure that the antenna is mounted at
an adequate height.
8. A lightning surge suppressor must be used. Some antennas
include one. If not, you must install a lightning surge supressor.
9. Install the antenna and wireless devices higher than the
HotPort node. Having the HotPort node at a location lower
than the antenna will provide easy access to the HotPort
node. Take care when locating the HotPort node far away
from the antenna; a short antenna cable gives better performance than a longer one. Do not mount the HotPort node
further than 60 ft (18.3 m) from the antenna.
10. The HotPort node and its antenna must both be grounded. Connect the HotPort node mounting bracket to earth
ground. Ground the antenna as well.
11. Use weatherproofing kits that include non-vulcanized rubber to weatherproof connectors and antennas. All Ethernet
cables must be waterproofed; standard RJ-45 connectors do
not last outdoors.
12. Power over Ethernet: Consider which devices require PoE and
what the required input voltage will be. The HotPort nodes
are fully compliant with 802.3af.
13. Connect peripheral devices to the HotPort node.
14. Connect power to the HotPort node and peripherals.
15. Connect a workstation running HotView to the HotPort
node, configure the desired radio channel and RF spectrum
settings, and connect to the mesh. Apply the changes to the
entire mesh.
These steps are described in detail in this manual.
Firetide Instant Mesh Networks Preparing the Site for Mounting
Prior to mounting the antenna and enclosure, prepare the site for mounting as described below.
Safety Considerations
Prior to mounting, consider the following safety issues.
• If using a ladder, use approved, non-conducting ladders.
• Use approved and non-conducting shoes and other safety
equipment. Make sure that all equipment is in good repair.
• If mounting to a pole or tower, make sure all poles and towers are securely grounded.
• Make sure antenna cables have lightning arrestors.
Weatherproofing
The two Ethernet ports on the bottom of the HotPort node feature circular, watertight IP67-rated connectors. Use the included
weatherized Ethernet transition cable/RJ-45 connector kit to
connect Ethernet devices with male RJ-45 connectors to the HotPort node. Be sure to weatherize the entire Ethernet cable, from
end to end.
Preparing Earth Ground
The HotPort node must be properly connected to earth ground.
Failure to do so may result in equipment damage, injury, or death.
The product warranty does not cover damages resulting in part or
in whole from improper grounding. The components that will attract lightning strikes are the antenna, the antenna pole, and the
Ethernet and power cables. Below are some guidelines for installing grounding components.
HotPort 3200 Series Installation Guide
•Having a proper ground is critical. The following steps represent minimum acceptable grounding practices. Consult
your location’s building and electrical codes regarding antennas and follow them, or consult the National Electric
Code (NEC).
• If connecting to a tower or pole, connect the base of the
tower or pole directly to the building’s ground or to one or
more approved grounding rods using 10 AWG ground wire
and corrosion-resistant connectors.
• Connect the grounding cable to rain gutters only if the
rain gutter or other conductive material is connected to
earth ground.
• Grounding rods should be copper and between 6 - 8 ft
(1.8 m – 2.4 m) long.
• Install all grounding components in straight lines. If bends
are unavoidable, do not make sharp turns.
• Earth-to-ground resistance should not be more than
10 ohms.
• Understanding the soil is very important in order to create a
proper earth ground. If your soil is rocky or sandy, drive your
ground rods and then pull them back out and dump an approved ground enhancement material into the holes where
the grounding rods go. Then replace the grounding rods.
Keep in mind that some salt compounds are corrosive and
can cause copper to corrode.
Mounting the Antenna
Once you determine which RF frequency band to use, you can order a single, spectrum-specific high-gain antenna from Firetide.
This antenna consists of of an antenna shaft with an attached
lightning protector and coaxial cable, either a 1.5 m (5 ft) or 5 m
(16.4 ft) cable.
The following guidelines are important points about mounting
the antenna.
Mounting Guidelines
• For best results, the mounting location should be selected
to enable maximum performance of the antenna. Generally
speaking, a higher antenna will have better overall range
and coverage.
• The antenna can be mounted directly to the HotPort node or
directly to a pole.
• When using a single antenna, connect it to the Antenna 1
connector of the HotPort node. This is the Tx/Rx port. A
second antenna may be used on port 2. This is the diversity
antenna connector.
• The pole composition can be either metal or wood. The supplied brackets fit poles from 37 mm to 50 mm (1.5 in to 2.0
in) diamter.
• The antenna should not be within 3 ft (0.9 m) of any metal
bar or structures, and ideally not within 3 ft (0.9 m) of any
concrete or stone structure. If possible, locate the antenna
as far from such objects as practicable.
• HotPorts should not be placed where trees or foliage are in
the line-of-sight path between any pair of units.
Note: Use of components not supplied by Firetide is not supported
and will void the warranty.
• If a longer coax cable is required, the connector requires a
50 ohm RP-TNC (Reverse-Polarity TNC) cable.
Note: Shorter antenna cables give better performance. Plan your
installation to minimize antenna cable length. However, do not attempt to splice or shorten the antenna cable.
Note: Do not mount the HotPort antenna within 3 ft (0.9 m) of
other antennas. If you do, interference may occur.
• When mounting next to an access point, mount the access
point lower on the pole and at least 3 ft (0.9 m) from the antenna. You can also mount the access point on a horizontal
bar to achieve the required 3 foot separation.
For best results, position the HotPort antenna above obstructions.
Firetide Instant Mesh Networks Wall Mounting
Pole Mounting
1. Position the antenna above or to the side of the HotPort
enclosure to permit easy attachment of the antenna to the
connector at the bottom of the enclosure.
1. Position the antenna on the pole above the HotPort enclosure.
2. RF signals can be attenuated by a wall or the composition of
a building. When utilizing omni-directional antennas, connecting the antennas to a wall may limit the amount of coverage.
3. Connect the end of the cable from the antenna to the antenna 1 connector at the bottom of the HotPort enclosure.
Place the provided waterproof cap on the antenna 2 connector to cover it.
2. Clamp the antenna securely to the pole using two U bolts per
antenna.
3. Connect the end of the cable from the antenna to the antenna 1 connector at the bottom of the HotPort enclosure.
Place the provided waterproof cap on the antenna 2 connector to cover it.
Antenna 1 is the primary Rx/Tx antenna. Antenna 2 provides diversity, which eliminates potential dead spots. Antenna 2 is not required, but should be considered in any application with coverage problems. Signal reflections from objects in the area create multiple
propagation paths; which can lead to nulls (dead spots). A second antenna provides an alternate reception path an eliminates this
problem.
Antenna 1 Connector
Antenna 2 Connector
HotPort node Rear/Bottom Panel
For a detailed drawing on how the antenna connects to the pole, refer to the diagram on the next page.
Note: Do not mount the antenna pole near power lines.
Note: If a longer coax cable is required, contact your local distributor to obtain a 50 ohm RP-TNC (Reverse-Polarity TNC) cable. In order to
maintain proper system operations, there cannot be more than 8 dB of insertion loss between the HotPort node and the antenna. Insertion
loss is defined as the loss of signal strength when a cable is inserted between the transmitter and the receiver. Insertion loss is measured
in dB.
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High-Gain Antenna Assembly for HotPort node
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Mounting the Enclosure
The HotPort enclosure should be mounted securely to a wall/wood structure or a pole approximately 1.5” (37 mm) to 2” (50 mm) in
diameter. You can also mount the enclosure to a wall, light poles, and irregularly shaped poles.
Mounting Guidelines
• For best results, the location should enable maximum performance of the antenna and any attached devices, such as
access points or cameras. When possible, provide clear lineof-sight access for the antennas. You can test various locations by mounting the unit to a portable stand until you can
determine the ideal location for permanent mounting.
• The unit must be within reach of the power cord/power transition cable to an AC outlet for power (a 10 m (33 ft) power
transition cable is provided; longer cables are available for
order from your Firetide dealer). Note: AC power is not required if the HotPort node will receive power via Power over
Ethernet from Power Sourcing Equipment.
• The location must allow for a solid connection to earth
ground. Be sure the earth ground wire or strap does not obstruct access to the enclosure.
Wall Mounting
1. Use four screws to attach the universal mounting bracket
securely to the wall using the four holes near the top and
bottom of the universal mounting bracket. Use appropriate
anchors when attaching to masonry or other materials.
2. Attach the enclosure to the universal mounting bracket by
sliding the metal clips on the back of the enclosure into the
metal straps on the universal mounting bracket.
3. Secure the enclosure to the universal mounting bracket using the four captive screws on the sides on the universal
mounting bracket.
Holes in Universal Mounting Bracket for Wall Mounting
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Pole Mounting
You can mount the HotPort node to a pole using U bolts. The section below describes how to mount the enclosure to a 1.5” (37 mm)
or 2” (50 mm) pole.
Using U Bolts
1. Position the pole mounting bracket against the pole. Insert the U bolts
from behind the pole and through the pole mounting bracket.
2. Insert the two U bolts through the four holes near the top and bottom
of the universal mounting bracket.
3. On each U bolt threaded shaft, place a washer, a lock washer, and one
or more 6 mm nuts as spacers.
4. Use four lock washers and 6 mm nuts to secure the universal mounting
bracket, pole mounting bracket, and U bolts assembly.
5. Attach the enclosure to the universal mounting bracket by sliding the
metal clips on the back of the enclosure into the metal straps on the
universal mounting bracket.
6. Secure the enclosure to the universal mounting bracket using the four
captive screws on the sides of the universal mounting bracket.
Universal Mounting Bracket Attached to Pole
Holes in Universal Mounting Bracket for U Bolts
Exploded Pole Mounting Diagram
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Using Mounting Straps
For poles with diameters larger than 2” (50 mm), horizontal poles, irregularly shaped poles, or lighting lamps, you can use mounting
straps to mount the HotPort enclosure.
1. Position the universal mounting bracket against the pole.
2. Thread two mounting straps around the pole and through the slots
located near the top and bottom of the universal mounting bracket.
Secure the mounting straps.
3. Attach the enclosure to the universal mounting bracket by sliding
the metal clips on the back of the enclosure into the metal straps on
the universal mounting bracket.
4. Secure the enclosure to the universal mounting bracket using the
four captive screws on the sides of the universal mounting bracket.
Metal Straps on Universal Mounting Bracket
Slot Access - Pole Side
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Slot Access - HotPort Side
Installing the Sunshield
You can install the provided sunshield on the enclosure to help protect it from the elements.
1. Align the four holes in the sunshield with the four risers on the enclosure.
2. Use the provided four machine screws to attach the sunshield to the enclosure.
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Connecting the Power
There are three ways to provide power to the HotPort node:
• AC: Connect the provided power supply to an AC power outlet and then to the HotPort node. This option allows you to
provide power to up to two peripheral devices connected to
the HotPort node.
• PoE (Power over Ethernet option): Connect Power Sourcing
Equipment to the HotPort node .
• DC: Use an external battery and/or solar cell arrangement
to provide direct DC power.
HotPort Rear/Bottom Panel
Connecting AC Power
Use the supplied country- or region specific power cord, power
transition cable, and power supply to provide power to the HotPort enclosure from an AC outlet.
5. Plug the free end of the country- or region specific power
cord into an AC outlet. The indicators (LEDs) on the enclosure
should light as follows: during and after system startup, the
green Power indicator will light. After system startup, once
the node is able to mesh with other HotPort nodes, the Mesh
indicator will light up in green. If the Fault indicator lights up
in red, this indicates a fault condition.
1. Connect the female plug on the country- or region specific
power cord to the power supply.
2. Connect the four-pin plug on the power transition cable to
the power supply.
3. Run the power transition cable from the AC outlet location to
the HotPort enclosure.
4. Remove the protective cap from the DC input connector on
the HotPort enclosure and attach the six-pin connector on
the power transition cable to the DC input connector on the
HotPort. Twist the connector until it snaps into place to ensure a watertight seal.
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Connecting Power over Ethernet
You can provide power to a HotPort node by connecting Power
Sourcing Equipment (PSE) to Ethernet port 1 on the HotPort
node. In this configuration, the HotPort node receives its power
from the PSE. When receiving power from a PSE device, the HotPort node functions as a Powered Device (PD) as defined by the
802.3af standard. Port 1 remains a data port as well.
3. Insert the male RJ-45 connector on the constructed Ethernet cable into the female-to-female Ethernet coupler.
Below are some notes regarding this type of connection:
• The Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) must comply with the
IEEE 802.3af specification for Power over Ethernet.
Waterproof RJ-45 Coupler
• It is recommended that you use a shielded Category 5 Ethernet cable no longer than 2 m (6.5 ft) to connect Power
Sourcing Equipment to a HotPort.
4. Connect the male RJ-45 connector on the Firetide-supplied
Ethernet transition cable to the female-to-female coupler.
• If you apply Power over Ethernet to the HotPort, you cannot
provide power to a peripheral connected to Ethernet port 2,
that is, the HotPort node will not ‘daisy-chain’ PoE. However, you can connect a peripheral to Ethernet port 2 to allow
the peripheral to exchange data with the HotPort node.
Note: If you provide Power over Ethernet to the HotPort
node, do not connect or use the HotPort power supply.
Each HotPort comes with a weatherized Ethernet transition
cable which is PoE compatible. This circular, 10-pin connector
on the Ethernet transition cable connects to Ethernet port 1
on the HotPort. A weatherized RJ-45 male connector kit is also
included. You need to construct a shielded Ethernet cable compatible with outdoor applications to connect the PSE to the Ethernet transition cable.
5. Remove the protective cap from Ethernet port 1 on the HotPort enclosure and insert the circular, 10-pin connector on
the Ethernet transition cable into Ethernet port 1 on the
HotPort node.
6. Tighten all connectors to ensure a watertight seal.
7. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the PSE and
power the HotPort and PSE. The indicators (LEDs) on the
enclosure should light as follows: during and after system
startup, the green Power indicator will light. After system
startup, once the node is able to mesh with other HotPort
nodes, the Mesh indicator will light up in green. If the Fault
indicator lights up in red, this indicates a fault condition.
Note: Regardless of your exact configuration of
Ethernet cable and power sources, you must make
sure all cables and connections are completely
waterproofed. It is a good installation practice to
leave enough cable slack so that there is a drip
loop in each cable. This provides a low point for
water to drip off the cable, rather that running
down to a connector.
To connect power to the unit from PSE:
1. Construct a shielded Category 5 Ethernet cable:
(a) Insert one end of the Ethernet cable (without an RJ-45
connector) through the provided connector housing.
(b) Use an RJ-45 crimping tool to attach an RJ-45 connector
to this end of the Ethernet cable (strip off a section of the
outer jacket, separate the wire pairs, align the wires in the
correct order (straight or crossover), and so crimp.
(c) Attach a connector compatible with the PSE to the other
end of the Ethernet cable (typically an RJ-45 connector).
2. Run the Ethernet cable you constructed from the PSE to the
HotPort enclosure.
Drip Loop
Ethernet Transition Cable
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Connecting an External Battery Backup System or Solar Power
The HotPort node can be powered directly via a DC power source
of the proper input rating. See the Power section of Appendix C
for the appropriate input power specifications. The interface procedure varies considerably, depending upon whether your power
source comes directly from the battery, via a circuit breaker, or
through a load distribution block. Battery capacity is contingent
upon the total power budget required at each node (e.g., the total power consumption of all devices), the charging capacity, and
the number of operating hours in reserve required of the battery
backup system. Contact your Firetide dealer for more information
on their solutions.
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Optionally, battery backup systems can be powered and charged
via a solar panel array. These are also very customized depending
upon your power requirements. Geographic location affects the
minimum peak sun hours in a particular latitude, which in turn
determines the bracket angle supporting the most optimal panel
tilt. The size of the array—the number of panels—is contingent
upon the power budget requirements of a particular node. Note
that the HotPort node is not aware of the type of power input
source (AC, DC via battery, DC via battery with solar charging).
Connecting Peripherals
You can connect up to two peripheral devices, such as access
points or surveillance cameras, to the Ethernet connectors on
the bottom of the HotPort node. Each HotPort node provides
two auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connectors. Optionally,
these peripheral devices can also receive power from the HotPort.
Each HotPort comes with a weatherized Ethernet transition
cable/ RJ-45 male connector kit. The circular, 10-pin connector
on the Ethernet transition cable connects to one of the circular
Ethernet ports on the HotPort. You need to construct a shielded
Category 5 Ethernet cable compatible with outdoor applications
to connect the peripheral to the Ethernet transition cable/ RJ-45
male connector kit.
To connect a peripheral device:
Note: If you also want to provide power to the peripheral device(s),
see the section below.
Note: Each HotPort package includes one Ethernet transition cable/RJ-45 connector kit. To connect another peripheral to the HotPort, order another transition cable/RJ-45 connector kit from your
Firetide dealer.
Providing Power over Ethernet to Peripherals
Optionally, one or two peripheral devices attached to a HotPort
node can receive DC power, as well as data, from the HotPort. Total power used by the peripherals must not exceed 21W. You can
use either port on the HotPort node to connect peripherals. Follow the instructions in the above section to connect peripheral
devices that will receive their power from the HotPort.
1. Construct a shielded Category 5 Ethernet cable: Insert one
end of the Ethernet cable (without an RJ-45 connector)
through the provided Bulgin connector housing. Then use
an RJ-45 crimping tool to attach an RJ-45 connector to this
end of the Ethernet cable (strip off a section of the outer
jacket near the end of the cable, separate the wire pairs,
align the wires in the correct order (straight-through or
cross-over), and so on). Attach a connector compatible with
the peripheral to the other end of the Ethernet cable (this is
typically another RJ-45 connector).
Note: To provide power to peripheral devices attached to the HotPort, you must connect AC power to the HotPort (see the “Connecting AC Power” section for details).
2. Run the Ethernet cable you constructed from the peripheral
to the HotPort enclosure.
• Use shielded Category 5 Ethernet cables compatible with
outdoor applications to connect peripherals.
3. Insert the male RJ-45 connector on the constructed Ethernet cable (on the Bulgin connector housing end) into the
female RJ-45 connector on the Ethernet transition cable/
RJ-45 male connector kit.
• The devices receiving power from the HotPort node are Powered Devices and must comply with the 802.3af specification
for Power over Ethernet.
4. Twist the Bulgin connector housing to ensure a watertight
seal.
5. Remove the protective cap from one of the Ethernet ports on
the HotPort enclosure and insert the circular, 10-pin connector on the Ethernet transition cable into the Ethernet
port on the HotPort node. Tighten the connector to ensure a
watertight seal.
6. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the peripheral and power the HotPort and the peripheral. The indicators (LEDs) on the enclosure should light as follows: during and after system startup, the green Power indicator will
light. After system startup, once the node is able to mesh
with other HotPort nodes, the Mesh indicator will light up in
green. If the Fault indicator lights up in red, this indicates a
fault condition.
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When connecting devices that will receive their power from the
HotPort node, keep the points listed below in mind.
• When providing power to other devices, the HotPort node
functions as Endpoint Power Sourcing Equipment. Do not
daisy chain PoE devices; connect only one device per Ethernet port on the HotPort.
• The default voltage for power output over each Ethernet
port is 48 VDC.
• Consider the distances and the lower voltages of attached
devices when receiving Power over Ethernet. When providing Power over Ethernet to attached peripherals, the HotPort can provide a cumulative 27 watts of power, from 48 VDC
to 12 VDC. Lower voltage access points and other devices
may not work well with PoE if the devices and the HotPort
node are too far apart. If the devices are too far apart, you
will encounter noise and drooping on the voltage signal. It
is recommended that you use an Ethernet cable no longer
than 2 m (6.5 ft) to connect a peripheral device that will
receive its power from the HotPort. It is also recommended
to use higher voltage access points and devices when using
PoE.
Note: Save the weatherproof caps on the enclosure in the event
that you need to utilize them in the future.
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Starting Up and Connecting to the Mesh
The section below describes what the indicators (LEDs) on the
enclosure display before and after system startup and how to
connect your HotPort node to a wireless mesh.
Startup Sequence
Each HotPort node has indicators (LEDs) on the rear/bottom of
the enclosure. These indicators provide status information about
the node. The table below describes each indicator, what the indicator displays at system startup, and what the indicator displays after system startup is complete.
Indicator
Startup Indicator Functions
Post-Startup Indicator Functions
Power
During startup, this indicator remains After startup, this indicator remains continuously on to indicate
continuously on.
that the HotPort node is receiving power.
Fault
During startup, this indicator is off.
Mesh
During startup, this indicator is off, indi- After startup, this indicator will light up in green once the node
cating that the node is not meshed with meshes with other HotPort nodes. If the indicator remains off after
other HotPort nodes.
system startup, this indicates that the node has not meshed with
other HotPort nodes.
If this indicator lights up in red, this indicates a fault condition.
Connecting to the Mesh
The recommended way to connect to the mesh is shown in the
diagram below. If you have an indoor HotPort, you can communicate with the mesh via the indoor HotPort. Connect a workstation
running the HotView software to the indoor node via an Ethernet
cable.
See the 3200/3600 Series node User Guide for details on connecting to the mesh and using your indoor HotPort. See the HotView User Guide for details on the HotView software.
If you do not have an indoor HotPort, connect a workstation running the HotView software to the HotPort node via an Ethernet
cable and Ethernet transition cable/RJ-45 connector kit (see the
“Connecting Peripherals” section for more information on cable
connections).
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Appendix A
Contacting Firetide
As a Firetide customer, you are entitled to receive free
support services on our web site and from your authorized
Firetide dealer.
Register with Us Now to Access our Support Web Site
Registering as a customer on our web site entitles you to free
information and materials to help you get the most from your
Firetide mesh network. Visit www.firetide.com/support for information on becoming a registered customer and for access to
our support materials.
Dealer Provided Technical Support and Warranty Services
If you need additional technical assistance that is not available
on our web site, please contact your Firetide dealer directly. All
authorized Firetide dealers are trained and authorized to provide
technical support and warranty services for our products and have
qualified technical staff available to help you build and maintain
your Firetide mesh network.
Firetide Provided Technical Support
You can also get technical support from Firetide. Simply email
[email protected], or call 1-877-FIRETIDE, extension 2, or
+1 408 399 7771.
Product Returns
Please contact your Firetide dealer for instructions on returning
defective or damaged products for repair or replacement. Do not
return products to Firetide, Inc. Please keep all original packaging materials in the event they are needed to return the product
for servicing.
Sales Assistance
If you need additional HotPort wireless mesh nodes or accessories, please contact your Firetide dealer directly. If you do not
know your dealer’s name, simply email [email protected] and
we will send you the dealer information you need. To help us
provide the best service possible, be sure to include your phone
number, address, and the serial numbers of the HotPort nodes at
your location.
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Appendix B
Connectors
HotPort Outdoor Node Ethernet Transition Cable Pin Descriptions
Circular, Watertight IP66-Rated Connector and Port Pin Descriptions
Connector Pin #
Wire Color
Port Pin #
1
White/Orange
1
2
Orange
2
3
White/Green
3
4
Blue
4
5
White/Blue
5
6
Green
6
7
White/Brown
7
8
Brown
8
Drain Wire
9
Drain Wire
10
RJ-45 Connector Pin Descriptions
Pin #
Signal
Description
1
TXD+
TX Data 10 BaseT/100 BaseTX
2
TXD-
TX Data 10 BaseT/100 BaseTX
3
RXD+
RX Data 10 BaseT/100 BaseTX
4
PoE+
Power Input 5 VDC to 48 VDC +
5
PoE+
Power Input 5 VDC to 48 VDC +
6
RXD-
RX Data 10 BaseT/100BaseTX
7
PoE-
Power Input 5 VDC to 48 VDC -
8
PoE-
Power Input 5 VDC to 48 VDC -
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Power Transition Cable Pin Descriptions
The following section describes the pinout for the indoor-rated power supply power transition cable. The power to the HotPort node
is 12 to 24 VDC, up to 2A. The HotPort can provide 12–48 VDC power (PoE) to devices connected to it.
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Appendix C - Specifications
Wireless Interface
These tables describes the technical limits of the nodes. Various
country restriction may limit available choices. Channels available for use subject to country-specific regulatory approvals.
• Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS)
• Transmit Power Control (TPC)
Model
3203
3200/PS
3600-2400
3600-5000
Use
Worldwide
US Public Safety
US only
US only
Bands
2.4, 5 GHz
2.4, 4.9, 5 GHz
2.4 GHz
5 GHz
Model
3203
Bands (GHz)
2.400-2.497 DSSS
2.400-2.497 OFDM
4.900-5.000 (J)
5.150-5.250
5.250-5.350
5.725-5.850
2.400-2.484 DSSS
2.400-2.484 OFDM
4.9 (US PS)
5.150-5.250
5.250-5.350
5.725-5.850
2.400-2.484 DSSS
2.400-2.484 OFDM
5.150-5.250
5.250-5.350
5.725-5.850
Max TX Power
100 mW
100 mW
100 mW
50 mW
100 mW
100 mW
100 mW
100 mW
100 mW
50 mW
100 mW
100 mW
400 mW
3200/PS
3600-2400
3600-5000
50 mW
250 mW
400 mW
Power
• Input voltage: 16 VDC @ up to 2.2 A
• External power supply: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
• Power consumption:
• Up to 14 W with no PoE load
• Up to 35 W with PoE load
• Port 1: IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE (PD; accepts power)
• Port 2: IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE (PSE; delivers power)
Note: you cannot pass PoE through the HotPort to a downstream
device.
Regulatory Agency Certifications
Contact your Firetide dealer for product availability and certifications for your country.
Sensitivity, dBm
1 Mbps: -96; 11 Mbps: -89
6 Mbps: -93; 54 Mbps: -75
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
1 Mbps: -96; 11 Mbps: -89
6 Mbps: -93; 54 Mbps: -75
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
1 Mbps: -96; 11 Mbps: -90
6 Mbps: -93; 54 Mbps: -74
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
6 Mbps: -92; 54 Mbps: -72
Mesh Protocol
• Firetide AutoMesh Protocol
Encryption
• 40 bit, 104 bit WEP keys
• 128 bit, 256 bit AES keys
Antennas
• Two detachable 5 dBi omni directional, vertical polarization, dual band
antennas, RP-TNC (included for network staging only)
• Single detachable, high gain, spectrumspecific, omni directional
and directional antennas available (order separately). See Firetide
Antenna Guide.
Environmental Specifi cations
• Operating temperature: -20º C to +55ºC
• Storage temperature: -40º C to +80º C
• Humidity (non-condensing): 5% to 95%
• Storage humidity (non-condensing): 5% to 95%
Mesh Management Software
• HotView mesh management software (bundled)
• HotView Pro™ mesh management software (optional)
Warranty
• One year limited warranty (see warranty card for details)
Included Accessories
• Lockable bracket for pole and wall mounting
• External power transformer (indoor rated) with 10m DC power cable
• Removable sun shield
• One weatherized Ethernet transition cable with watertight RJ-45
coupling
• Staging antennas, 1 pair
Optional Accessories
• Weatherized Ethernet transition cable with watertight RJ-45 coupling
• Weatherized outdoor power supply kit
• Luminaire photcell socket power tap for use with weatherized power
supply unit)
Network Ports
• Dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports with weatherproof connectors
• IEEE 802.3, 802.3u compliant
• CSMA/CD 10/100 autosense
• Power over Ethernet 802.3af
Enclosure
• Cast aluminum NEMA-4X/IP66 enclosure
• Two antenna connectors (TNC reverse polarity)
• One weatherproof power connector
• Two weatherproof Ethernet connectors
• System indicator LEDs (power, mesh, fault)
• Physical security via lockable mounting bracket
• Weight: 4.85 lbs (2.2 Kg) with sun shield
• Dimensions: 9.84” x 7.80” x 2.69” (25 cm x 19.8 cm x 6.82 cm)
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