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Just curious if you all could recommend a nice outdoor enclosure for the SWM8. Right now I'm using a TWC enclosure but it's not big enough for all the cables, or wide enough for the SWM.

Thanks for the help,
 

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thestaton said:
Just curious if you all could recommend a nice outdoor enclosure for the SWM8. Right now I'm using a TWC enclosure but it's not big enough for all the cables, or wide enough for the SWM.

Thanks for the help,
They are everywhere,

Commercial electric supply stores & antenna companies in your area are sources.

Try relocating the switch indoors.

The other idea I have seen is a plastic tool box......Screw the bottom to the wall or pole so it is vertical....vent the new bottom so water can drain....run cables in from below. The door will give access and is watertight enough and varmit proof.

Even plastic refrigerator boxes will work but the UV issue will break them down.

You don't want a complete seal that will trap moisture...just deflect running water and snow. Use sponge to keep bugs from making nests.

Joe
 

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Be careful enclosing the SWM8. Others have reported heat issues as the SWM8 is meant to be mounted without any enclosure and is air cooled.

In reality you do not need an enclosure at all as the SWM8 is fully weatherized. If you do still want an enclosure, make sure to make plenty of vent holes.
 

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Be careful enclosing the SWM8. Others have reported heat issues as the SWM8 is meant to be mounted without any enclosure and is air cooled.

In reality you do not need an enclosure at all as the SWM8 is fully weatherized. If you do still want an enclosure, make sure to make plenty of vent holes.
+1 on that. vent holes are critical
 

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I agree with what the others have said. I am one of the guys who has an enclosure, which (at first) was too "air tight" and the SWM created an awful lot of heat. Here is a before pic: http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/6810/swm002sd6.jpg The box is actually my old cable box that was already on the house.

I do not have an "After" pic, but if anyone is interested I can snap a few and post them.

I ended up making vent holes on the left and right sides, and all along the bottom. Then I cut the front "face" of the box off and put some wire mesh and window screening on it to keep the critters out.

SWM is nice and cozy now in the box and gets plenty of air. My main reason for using the box was to keep it out of sight and my system had all of my home runs already in that box, so I didn't want to dork around with creating new cables and splicing etc.

Best of luck!
 

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kruegs said:
I agree with what the others have said. I am one of the guys who has an enclosure, which (at first) was too "air tight" and the SWM created an awful lot of heat. Here is a before pic: http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/6810/swm002sd6.jpg The box is actually my old cable box that was already on the house.

I do not have an "After" pic, but if anyone is interested I can snap a few and post them.

I ended up making vent holes on the left and right sides, and all along the bottom. Then I cut the front "face" of the box off and put some wire mesh and window screening on it to keep the critters out.

SWM is nice and cozy now in the box and gets plenty of air. My main reason for using the box was to keep it out of sight and my system had all of my home runs already in that box, so I didn't want to dork around with creating new cables and splicing etc.

Best of luck!
If its not to much trouble, im curious to see what it looks like afterwards:)
 

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Really? My previous MultiSW, a STEREN 5x8 Sky Switcher used to get so ot you almost couldn't hold your hand to it. The SWM isn't that bad.
 

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WOW.... thats pretty cool... if i had not known that you where gonna put vent holes in it i would have thought you bought it that way:D
Yep, I spent way too much time and effort, but I am pleased with the way it came out. My wife just rolled her eyes while I was working on it. :nono:
 
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