5G outdoor cabinets, also referred to as 5G cabinets or 5G enclosures, are boxes designed to house and protect the electrical equipment to support 5G-LTE technology. Made of metals, plastics or a combination of the two material types, 5G outdoor equipment enclosures serve the following primary purposes.
Enclosures come in various sizes and styles to accomplish these primary tasks.
Outdoor enclosures protect cables and network components from various environmental and physical conditions, including the following.
Such protections will vary in strength between models, depending on the materials and designs used, but most enclosures provide basic protection in these areas. In turn, these protection features also result in impressive longevity for most cabinet models.
To protect against environmental conditions and make them easy for technicians to work with, outdoor network cabinets tend to have some core design traits.
Additional features may also be available, depending on the size, type and application of the cabinet in question. Some variations may include more fans and vents, cable and more.
Many enclosures come with ratings from various regulatory agencies. These ratings show the cabinet has passed testing that evaluates its ability to handle specific conditions. The most commonly used ratings for outdoor network cabinets are those from the National Electrical Manufacturer Association, an organization that sets standards for electrical components.
The NEMA rating system defines the environments in which people can safely use an electrical enclosure. To receive a rating, enclosures must go through stringent testing procedures to evaluate their ability to protect against temperature extremes, corrosive materials, dust and water, among other factors. Some ratings are only for indoor applications, but suitable ratings for outdoor applications include the following.
NEMA uses suffixes to express variations of these ratings, which indicate the lack of protection or additional protection against a specific factor. These include the following.
Typical ratings for outdoor enclosures are types 3, 3R, 4 and 4X. When comparing cabinets, look for NEMA ratings and consider how these will affect the enclosure's ability to operate in your desired application.
5G outdoor enclosures aren't only applicable to 5G network components. You can also use these cabinets to house and store essential elements of the following applications:
If you're looking for a cabinet that suits the needs of a particular application, speak with a specialist to determine what features and models will work best.
If you need an outdoor network cabinet, Multilink has a range of options to choose from. Fabricated and powder-coated at our Ohio facility, Multilink cabinets suit various applications and climates. They feature options such as air conditioning, tamper switches and heat exchangers, so you can have confidence your equipment will be safe in a Multilink cabinet. Whatever your requirements, we have an enclosure to meet your needs.
Multilink is an industry-leading manufacturer of telecommunication products. With over 35 years of experience creating innovative and versatile solutions in the industry, you can trust us to provide quality products every time. Learn more about our selection online and contact us for a free quote today.
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