[Freedombox-discuss] Environmental range of the dream plug

Dave Taht dave.taht at gmail.com
Wed Apr 11 04:51:01 UTC 2012

On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM, Sandy Harris <sandyinchina at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM, Jack Wilborn <jkwilborn at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have received a note from the US distributors of the Dream Plug 2 about
>> it's range of operation.  They advised that the unit's operational area is 0
>> - 40 Degrees Centigrade.  Which means it is about useless here for about 4
>> months of the year.  ...
> Only if you plan to put it outdoors.  I'm sure you can find a device with
> broader tolerances that will run the FB software, but it is almost certain
> to be more expensive.
> I would expect the typical FreedomBox to be installed indoors, because that
> will often be easier and it may give better protection against either physical
> attacks on the box (they have to break into a house first) or legal intrusions
> (they need a warrant if it is in your house, maybe not if it is in your garden).

> For indoor operation, 0-40 C is more than enough temperature range, though
> you might need to worry about dust, humidity and in some areas power line
> oddities.

Depends on the indoors.

In parts of the world lacking air conditioning, indoors can easily
exceed 40c. Quite a lot of the world lacked air conditioning, last I

Also, operating close to the outer limit of the design range of any
device shortens the design lifetime. It is possible to build devices
with an operating temperature range of up to 70C, or ones that operate
well closer to their design limits with some care and careful
component choices, and design.

As one example, underclocking usually results in much reduced
thermals. It is certainly possible to build arm based devices with a
higher operating temperature range.

> Why do you want one outdoors?
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