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Old 19-09-2015, 17:14   #1
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Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

Can anyone give some pointers to waterproof a bullet wifi booster? We think water intrusion got our last one (3-4 years old).
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Old 19-09-2015, 17:20   #2
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Re: Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

... consider the Ubiquiti Bullet Titanium version.

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Old 19-09-2015, 17:47   #3
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Re: Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

We had the same issue from Hurricane Sandy. Ordered it's replacement, but before it arrived, it started working again. The old bag of rice trick dried it out nicely....hopefully you have such luck.

We then potted it in DOW 795 since we were doing the portlights at the same time and wanted to use up the extra from a tube. But I imagine any silicone (I know I typically hate the stuff too) would work fine.

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I was going to say try using butyl. Put the cable in, stuff it overflowing with butyl, and then slowly screw the bottom on.
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Old 19-09-2015, 19:17   #5
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I was going to say try using butyl. Put the cable in, stuff it overflowing with butyl, and then slowly screw the bottom on.
I actually hate that stuff more than silicone Our Sabre had everything sealed in butyl from the factory. All was good until we left Michigan and experienced real tropical heat/sun for the first time. I then spent the next few years picking butyl out of the non-skid and resealing all the areas it oozed out. Never again, but..... it may work well in this application


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Re: Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

mv.VikingStar: WiFi Repeater for the boat - An Update

Try this, he sure helped me.
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Yeah... that will work to. The important part is following the self-fusing tape with electrical tape.
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Re: Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

If you are buying a new one, buy the Titanium version like Carsten recommended. Ours has been sitting bare out on the arch for several years with no issues.

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Re: Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

Thanks for the great advice. I had read vikings remedy, glad you all think it's good too.
We may go with the titanium, just doesn't have the led signal indicators, but I'm not sure we ever really paid attention to those lights anyways.

Colemj, did you do any additional waterproofing? How's the aluminum holding up in the salt, or is it anodized?

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I didn't do any additional waterproofing, and physically it looks like the day I installed it, although its color has faded a bit. It is anodized.

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Can anyone give some pointers to waterproof a bullet wifi booster? We think water intrusion got our last one (3-4 years old).
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Use a product called coax seal..it is whats used by the commercial antenna guys. Shipping will cost more than the product so see if anyone else is interested. Ive been using this for 40 yrs on ham and marine stuff. Its like a butyl but amalgamates into itself..
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Re: Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

We used a length of Sch 40 PVC pipe, 1 1/2" with a PVC pipe cap on the top, and slid it over the antenna. Not waterproof, but water would have to enter from the bottom, so unlikely. Sealing the open end would be simple, but I left ours open so moisture, ( condensation ) could get out. No signal loss that I could see.
If you needed to see the LED's, they make clear pipe also, but is harder to source.
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Re: Waterproofing Bullet Wifi Booster

I'm on the phone app so don't have a thanks button, so thanks to all for the input.
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I have an older M2 Bullet. Last year in a heavy squall, the antenna, (not the Bullet) somehow filled with rain water. I was able to unscrew the fiberglass cover of the antenna and dry it out. Put it back together and sealed the base with caulk and it has worked fine for the last 8 months. I would recommend an extra bead of caulk around the base for any new installations.

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Great info.
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