We really can not get the doors off the F300-25.
My guys did a Force 300-25 install Friday afternoon that did not work out too well. It was very windy and they thought once winds calmed down they could come back and re-align antenna for better signal. Was planning to do that tomorrow morning before another install, but customer complained too much that their "new" internet was horrible.
I went out today to either re-align or move them to 2.4Ghz. I found too many trees in path to tower for 5Ghz to work. Signal was fairly good (-67) until wind blew, tress in path would shift and RSSI would bottom out into the 80's and disconnect. I decided I would put customer on 2.4Ghz.
For almost 10 minutes I attempted to remove the door from the F300-25 so I could disconnect the ethernet cable. I could not get any of my fingers into the slot between door and unit housing to apply enough pressure to release the door. I tried a flat head screwdriver as well to hopefully add enough pressure. No go. I finally had to lower bucket to ground, grab my ethernet kit, cut ethernet cable, and remove 300-25 from mast. I then had to re-install RJ45, and mount F200 2.4Ghz. My fingers are still slightly burning from fighting with the door for so long.
I can not be the only person having issues like this. I run into often programming the 300-25 as well, but can usually get a flat head screwdriver or something to get door open. But then again I am not in a bucket with a unit swaying on a mast.
Anyone else loving the doors on the 300-25?
I also can not see Cambium giving these units as prototypes to anyone who actually does any type of install and that person/s telling Cambium, "You nailed it..do not change a thing with the design". I will not even get started with the mount, as there has been enough gripes about it here already.
I have a suggestion for Cambium. Please send future prototypes of units to some of us who actually install these things. I feel several of us here could have found the mounts and door an issue within a few minutes of holding a 300-25. Unit does to have to power up or even have electrical guts. Just let us go over the mechanical aspects of it and give our feedback. If that is not possible, please, please...I am begging you...please, make the next generation (F400-25, etc) with an easier to release door and bracket like the F200.
I do not intend this to be a whining post. I feel data wise the AC series is definitely a move forward from the N series. I do want to stress having a unit that was mechanically designed with installs in mind is also very important to those of us deploying these units. Fighting with a door for 10 minutes does not make our job easier.