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Building an Outdoor Node

There are many practical considerations when installing electronic equipment outdoors. Obviously, it has to be protected from the rain, wind, sun, and other harsh elements. Power needs to be provided, and the antenna should be mounted at a sufficient height. Without proper grounding, nearby lightning strikes, fluctuating mains power, and even a light winds in the proper climate can annihilate your wireless links. This chapter will give you some idea of the practical problems you will be up against when installing wireless equipment outdoors.

Last Update: 2007-01-13