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Author Topic: ECI cabs - Installation of heat pads to prevent moisture.  (Read 8158 times)

Black Sheep

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ECI cabs - Installation of heat pads to prevent moisture.
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:57:13 PM »

ECI Cabs

At the moment the ventilation of ECI cabinets allows in too much moisture which corrodes the electronics. So we’ve been looking at possible solutions for managing the temperature and humidity. One of these solutions is to provide heat to the DSLAM through a heat pad.

Following trails in Ipswich, and in partnership with ECI, we’re rolling out the heat pads and between February and June they’re being fitted to every ECI cabinet in the NGA estate. That’s just shy of 26,000 cabinets.

So what will the heat pads do?
They’ll automatically turn on when the ambient temperature within the DSLAM reaches less than 10 degrees Celsius. The heat will make sure that the temperature doesn’t drop too low and will prevent the electronics from degrading due to condensation.


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Re: For anyone interested ....
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2015, 04:59:47 PM »

Maybe they can fit G.INP at the same time?  ;D
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2015, 06:18:57 PM »

Interesting stuff - thank you BS.

Are you privy as to whether this is pre-emptive, or have there been many circuits already affected?
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2015, 06:49:54 PM »

'Fraid all the info I have, is in the post above. Sorry.  :)
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2015, 06:57:47 PM »

OK, ta.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2015, 07:52:57 PM »

Don't cha wish your cabinet was hot like me   :blush:
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2015, 08:39:46 PM »

 ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2015, 11:27:17 PM »

So BT bought cabs with no G.INP support and let moisture in so over time your connection gets even worse.  My cab was sat for years doing nothing letting the moisture in.  Well done!  The only good thing is at least they seem to be proactive and have come up with a fix.  Hopefully they are working with ECI on G.INP also.
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2015, 11:48:10 PM »

Oh dear, this doesnt sound good for ECI does it?   

No sign of vectoring or g.inp yet for those on ECI cabs and now the fact that their electronics have been degrading. :/

Thanks for the info BS - I'm not shooting the messenger, just wish I knew what the future held for those consumers on ECI's.


@NS  :lol:
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2015, 11:33:28 AM »

It seems that not only ECI cabinets can suffer from damp. The Huawei cabinet opposite our local exchange is currently being worked on for the same reason. From roadworks.org:

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Location : Side of Sellindge Primary School, Main Road (A20), Sellindge, Kent
Description : SELLINDGE (PCP5) - 266139 - BDUK - DSLAM REPLACEMENT - DAMP CAB DANGEROUS POWER

This is a cabinet which has been in operation for months, not just sitting there without power.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2015, 11:58:55 AM »

This might be giving ideas to those that want to force a cabinet upgrade...  :angel:
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2015, 12:44:28 PM »

Maybe this is why I saw an OR guy working in my fibre cab last week, definitely the shiny new ECI Fibre cab as I know they don't usually touch the fibre cabs when doing an install or fault work.
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2015, 02:28:39 PM »

Oh!  :( I wonder how that will affect the northern parts of the country? It's damp here most of the time :D Sun lamps & umbrellas.....
Is there any reason why in one street they fit ECI cabs and in another street Huawei cabs?
Curious and please excuse if this has been asked before.
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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2015, 03:53:42 PM »

The only reason I'm aware of is, they are fed from different Exchanges ..........as this is how FTTC operates.
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2015, 04:54:43 PM »

Ridiculously off topic I know BS.
Both from same exchange [WSLAK], My cab is ECI and a few hundred meters up the road there is another Huawei.
This is repeated a few times randomly!
Strange eh.
 
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