I'm working on a network setup for the middle of no where. I want to try and use solar to run the network hop completely. I have never built anything like this before so I wanted to run it by some people who will know more than me. Please let me know where I'm wrong here and help me understand if I'm making a mistake with the calcs. Thanks.
So the setup has 3 network devices.
I'm using an UBNT Rocket AC PTP radio on the backhaul. 24V, 0.5A Gigabit PoE Adapter Max. Power Consumption 8.5W
and a Rocket AC PTMP Radio on the AP Also 24V, 0.5A Gigabit PoE Adapter Max. Power Consumption 8.5W
To power both the units and provide some basic routing and monitoring I'm using an UBNT Tough Switch 5 POE 24VDC, 2.5A Power Adapter Max. Power Consumption 60 W PoE Out Voltage Range 22-24VDC
At most the switch will draw 60W. Each POE can do up to 8.5W max so 5x8.5 = 42.5W. The switch probably draws 17.5W (Probably less but I'd rather overestimate.)
So at most I should be drawing 8.5W + 8.5W + 17.5W = 34.5W.
34.5W / 24V = 1.4375amps. I want this to run 24 hours a day so that's 34.5ah. Because I don't want my batteries to drain more than half and because we will have cloudy days I will use 50ah batteries (2 of them for 24 v). That will give me 50ah at peak usage.
I will mount the switch and the batteries and charging unit in a vented box at the bottom of the pole. The pole will be 40ft high and have both the radios at the top with cable ran down to the box. On the pole I'm mounting 2 50w 12v Solar Panels.
50w at 12v = 4.16amps of output. 4.16 x 2 panels = 8.32 amps per hour. It won't be 100% efficient so let's say 70% so figure 5.824amps per hour.
I'll only get that, at best 7 hours a day at the lowest point so that generates 40.768amps. Which is more than my useage for the entire day of 34.5ah.
Even at 6 hours of sunlight I'm at 34.9ah so I should still be ok?
This should work shouldn't it?
Thanks for your time and thoughts.