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chadg2

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What is the difference between an outdoor and indoor diseqc switch if the connectors are sealed outside? Will an indoor one work in cold temperatures outside? Thanks.
 
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Magic Static

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Usually the difference is just a plastic enclosure. Cold shouldn't bother them as much as heat. I have an ocean shipping container for a shed and my dishes on top. I had my switches inside but I suffered a loss to the extreme heat inside on hot days. I moved them outside the container in a circuit breaker box to keep them dry. April2014 010.JPG April2014 008.JPG
 

T134

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If you seal the connections and mount/driploop properly either works outside. If you do either type wrong they won't last long. Like Magic Static I prefer to mount switches in an enclosure for good measure and to keep things neat.
 

Mr Tony

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I had a "indoor" DMSI switch outside for a few years here in Minnesota....no issues
 

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Mr Tony

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I could have sworn those older ones were indoor

I know previously I had indoor switches mounted underneath the table that the T90 dish was on
 

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T134

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The blue cover gave it away as the outdoor version. I haven't had one out here in a long time but I'd bet it is just an inline normal diseqc pushed into a blue cover so it could be called weatherproof or however they were billed.

I've ran no-name bottom barrel cheapie 4x1's outdoors before no problem. I like putting weatherboots and dielectric on outdoor connections just to be safe, even when stuffed in an enclosure. I probably overdo it but there is nothing more irritating than trying to troubleshoot an issue just to find out it is a corroded on the inside connector. Actually maybe not overdoing it I had mice get into one of my switchboxes once, complete with mouse pee! :D
 
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. Raine

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The box Fat Air suggested is exactly like what I'm planning to use for mine, have one here handy. Right now I just have a plastic container stuffed over it to keep the rain off until I get around to putting it in the telco box.
 

RimaNTSS

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Some 4 or so years ago I made a box out of waterproof plywood and plastic cover. Did not even think outdoor or indoor Diseqcs are. Water is not getting inside. All the Diseqc still work no problem.
 

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I had a Winegard 2076 Ku dish on a SG2100 for years with two 4X1 switches bolted to it for over six years with no switch problems. I used rubberized self sealing weather proofing tape to keep them safe.
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