I am doing a project for a non-profit museum and part of that is finding a way to mount 2 5 port ethernet POE switches (2 different locations) on a pole. This will have to be done in a small weather proof lockable box/cabinet.
Basically, I am going to be running weather proof exposed ethernet cable down a run of poles (spaced 100' apart and across the top) for a total distance of about 600'.
At the third pole will be a POE switch and a wireless AP. At the 6th pole will be another POE switch and a wireless AP. (There is a possible further extension of another 300' but the final 2 poles are not in place, but planned for the future.)
So the ethernet cable would run 300' and into this weather proof box and into the POE switch. Another ethernet cable would run 300' from that weather proof box to another weather proof box with another POE switch. At each location, there would be also a wireless AP plugged into the POE switch.
Now yes, it is possible instead of running physical cable to run a wireless mesh, but the problem is with the total length involved AND that the devices that would connect wirelessly to the APs are within metal containers, the quantity of APs required to establish the wireless mesh without running into signal problems and such would be at least 4 if not 5 to cover that same distance. That would also increase greatly the administrative overhead and require a computer of some sort to act as the management node for the wireless mesh. (Public cloud based management is to be avoided due to obvious and common security concerns.)
Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? (Underground conduit or above ground conduit is not possible due to various factors.)