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LTE small-cell base stations provide high-capacity wireless data service to as many as 256 simultaneous users

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:30pm

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PureWave Networks recently announced the latest addition to its portfolio of base stations – the PureWave Constellation. This family of advanced LTE small-cell base stations delivers unmatched capacity in densely populated areas by providing high capacity wireless data service to as many as 256 simultaneous users. GORE Protective Vents help the PureWave Constellation base stations perform reliably in fluctuating operating environments.

PureWaveConstellation base stations are engineered with a sleek design so they can easily blend into any environment and simplify the urban permitting process. Yet their rugged construction is sufficiently durable that they can be installed on walls, street lights or utility poles without the need of an additional shelter. PureWave designed the Constellation to withstand extreme temperature and weather conditions anywhere in the world. It also meets the IEC standard for full immersion (IP67) required by military and oil/gas applications. For maximum durability and protection, PureWave uses a cast aluminium housing with a closed cell gasket and 11 perimeter screws to provide a solid seal. Although this design provides excellent protection, heat builds up during operation of the electronics and can cause internal pressure differentials of as much as ± 3 psi. So, PureWave integrated a GORE Protective Vent into the PureWave Constellation enclosure to equalize pressure.

The constant airflow enabled by GORE Protective Vents equalizes the housing’s internal pressure, thereby eliminating vacuum and preventing premature failure of the seals. At the same time, the vents provide a durable barrier against water, dust, dirt and other contaminants, with ratings that meet ingress protection up to IP67. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, GORE Protective Vents are engineered with a screw-in, snap-fit, or press-fit construction so they can be easily integrated into any housing design. According to Brett Catterall, Director of Operations at PureWave, they selected an adhesive vent because it was easy to install on the flexible aluminum housing. 

For more information about the PureWave Constellation, visit www.pwnets.com. For more information about Gore’s full line of venting products, visit www.gore.com/protectivevents.

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