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w8erd
GFI vs Mesh

I am trying to set up a crude antenna test station, with 2 nodes on my yard intended to talk to each other.
At the moment, one is a Nanostation M2 and the other is a Mikrotik ldf-2. they are both powered from the usual
POE devices, thru extension cords, and to a single outlet in the house.  The problem is the outlets are GFI protected, and they
blow after a little while (not instantly when turned on).  This makes it impossible to get to the RF end of my testing.

Why should this setup blow the GFI breaker?

Bob W8ERD


 

KM4DC
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GFCI

Bob,
I'm not sure this helps, but I've had Nanostation and Miktotik POE devices plugged into GFCI both outlets and breakers, as wall as AFCI breakers and not had a problem.
My first guess is the extension cord(s). Long cords are a probable cause for GFCI trips.
Try plugging the POE into the outlet without the extension cord and see what happens.
If that trips, try a different GFCI outlet out breaker.
R/Don, KM4DC

 

w8erd
GFI vs Mesh

Thanks Don!  I tried various outlets with no success, including running the cord thru a window into my house.
Finally I plugged it in to my workbench in the garage and it worked!  Good to know that long cords can cause a GFI problem.
The latest GFI requirements cause a lot of problems here with other circuits in the kitchen and utility rooms.

Bob W8ERD

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