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Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Pedro the Cool ()
Date: March 23, 2012 06:06AM

been noticing this type of utility box on telephone poles for several years now. Rectangular in shape. I'd say 3 ft. by 3 ft. in size. Light green in color and placed about 7 to 8 ft off the ground. On one side of the box is a quarter sized very bright green light positioned towards the top. What kind of utility box is this?

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: hose the coolest ()
Date: March 23, 2012 06:31AM

it's a bomb yo, gtfo!

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: justsayin ()
Date: March 23, 2012 06:45AM

Pedro the Cool Wrote:
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> been noticing this type of utility box on
> telephone poles for several years now. Rectangular
> in shape. I'd say 3 ft. by 3 ft. in size. Light
> green in color and placed about 7 to 8 ft off the
> ground. On one side of the box is a quarter sized
> very bright green light positioned towards the
> top. What kind of utility box is this?


If only there was some way to actually SHOW us one of these boxes... why oh why do we live in an era of sparse technology??

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: pedro the cool ()
Date: March 23, 2012 06:59AM

It's not a bar. but i'll dig out my kodak instamatic from the hall closet and take a picture today

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Buck ()
Date: March 23, 2012 08:02AM

Sounds like a cable TV amplifier.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Me Too ()
Date: March 23, 2012 08:23AM

If anyone drives on Prosperity between 50 and 236. The guy with the corner house ( Right side if heading North ) that has a mower changed to the street sign ( he offers mower repairs ). Their is one of these boxes close by as well. Always wondered what it was.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: watching ()
Date: March 23, 2012 08:55AM

That is Big Brother watching us!

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Date: March 23, 2012 09:08AM

That is one of eesh's remote listening posts.

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"...your suffering will be legendary even in Hell!"

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Olde Farte ()
Date: March 23, 2012 11:31AM

Pedro the Cool Wrote:
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> been noticing this type of utility box on
> telephone poles for several years now. Rectangular
> in shape. I'd say 3 ft. by 3 ft. in size. Light
> green in color and placed about 7 to 8 ft off the
> ground. On one side of the box is a quarter sized
> very bright green light positioned towards the
> top. What kind of utility box is this?


Like this?

rac35-pole-mount-mso-enclosure.jpg

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: \o/ \o/ ()
Date: March 23, 2012 12:19PM

what me worry?


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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: KeepOnTruckin ()
Date: March 24, 2012 12:18AM

It's related to cable internet distribution.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Sticky Fingers ()
Date: March 24, 2012 08:35AM

These are porn transmission devices. Don't mess with them. If the green light goes out, that means there is no porn available in the area. Call you internet service provider immediately!

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Alpha-Q ()
Date: March 24, 2012 08:57AM

Security device installed by Alpha for their customers

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Shadow ()
Date: March 24, 2012 08:59PM

It's for phone, but it's not the copper phone, it's the FIOS or cable version. The obnoxious light is for the techs that drive around when power is out so they know where to place their noisy generators so people's phone service isn't out for too long. If the light's out, a generator is heading your way soon, presuming there's no power in the vicinity at the time.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Pedro the Cool ()
Date: March 28, 2012 01:18PM

Now this is what I'm talking about
thank you very much
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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: ...in the 22039 ()
Date: March 28, 2012 01:20PM

That is a Cable TV Box, part of the main transmission equipment.

I hope this helps.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Buck ()
Date: March 28, 2012 01:32PM

He's right, it's for cable tv.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Libery Act ()
Date: March 28, 2012 02:25PM

That device has nothing to do with "cable tv."

That is an Alpha device. They are protected by 3" of galvanized steel and contain all sorts of GPS/location devices and gyroscopes to detect motion and tampering. In short, don't touch it unless you want a visit from a few black Suburbans full of serious-looking guys in sunglasses and suits.

What is their purpose? They are used by the feds to capture internet and phone (land line) traffic. Be careful out there.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: lolzzz ()
Date: March 28, 2012 03:39PM

Are those pictures taken on Pope's Head Rd?

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: charlie ()
Date: January 23, 2013 08:38PM

Thats a power supply cabinet for the cable provider in your area. If the power goes out it will keep the RF active through the cable, unless ofcourse the cable has been cut but a fell tree or something of that nature.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: sdjfhlskj ()
Date: January 23, 2013 09:28PM

There is one down the street from me. I'll get a photo of it tomorrow.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: goop ()
Date: January 23, 2013 09:51PM

Some drunk knocked one of those boxes off a utility pole on Rt 123.

A Cox crew was putting it back up when I drove by this morning. Therefore, I must assume that it is related to Cox cable/internet.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: b ()
Date: January 23, 2013 10:36PM

it contains back up batteries, a power inverter and feeds power to a fiber optic node for *** communication equipment.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Wth ()
Date: January 23, 2013 10:41PM

I may be able to help identify them if you could increase the photo size just a bit. It's too small to see.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Tin Foil ()
Date: January 24, 2013 01:01AM

Alpha...

As in alpha waves...

As in mind control...

'nuf said,

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: January 24, 2013 09:41AM

lol@liberty act

thanks to everyone who gave real answer and to OP for asking this in the first place cause I've been wondering the same thing for years LoLz

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: cablephil ()
Date: July 20, 2018 06:54AM

It is related to the cable company.
It supplies power from the power company to a voltage the cable company can use to power their devices

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: PPID ()
Date: July 22, 2018 09:57AM

This box provides power to the cable TV/Internet utility for a given local area. This is what allows the cable plant to interrogate and track REAL ID cards that are present within a fixed radius.

The green light just means power is on and interrogation status is Ok. The government is supposed to get a court order to receive the ID card tracking data, but supposedly companies hand it over without, according to some well informed conspiracy theories.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: dpevy ()
Date: July 22, 2018 01:37PM

it's not a cable tv box, there's no such thing as "cable tv"

all phone and TV are internet IP

your cable provider uses network card just like your pc except configured for "long haul" (longer cable runs, which limits speed)

However, they can use faster NICs if they add repeaters (network hubs/switches) between them and you

because they have to wait (a cpu clock) to sent output from input, repeaters increase latency but increase throughput

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The box may have been installed by foreigners or contain hacked technology - or "owned" by a foreign country like germany (who claims they own at&t, verizon, ma bell on wikipedia), it may contain hack chips not made in usa. and likely it's subgrade equipment, not really secure - infact made to allow foreigners to hack in (due to clinton and obama)


so you shouldn't wonder what it is: that's extremely simple

you should wonder who iinstalled it and what components they used (FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC)

but you didn't ask, because, likely your a democrat who's hoping it's a Trump overthrow device of some kind


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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Russia Here ()
Date: July 22, 2018 09:35PM

It looks like a power backup box for an ISP, but those are plastic and greener, not metal. If it says "Alpha" on it, it's part of Operation Alpha. That's the Trump-Russia-NRA conspiracy. I wouldn't fuck with it, you're liable to be shot by a guntard lurking nearby. These boxes are essential for the upcoming midterms, and the "election" in 2020.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Yeah, no ()
Date: July 22, 2018 09:37PM

dpevy Wrote:
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> it's not a cable tv box, there's no such thing as
> "cable tv"

Humpty Dumpty? Is that
you? "When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, β€œit means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

"Cable TV" is the term used for TV over cable, from, you know, a cable company. Your assertion is nonsense.


> all phone and TV are internet IP

Also nonsense. QAM can be but is not necessarily over IP.

> your cable provider uses network card just like
> your pc except configured for "long haul" (longer
> cable runs, which limits speed)

QAM cable modem is not using a network card same as your PC. There is surely TCP/IP in the flow, but using that logic, your USPS mail is delivered by airplane.

> However, they can use faster NICs if they add
> repeaters (network hubs/switches) between them and
> you

Which of course they do, at the pedestal, among other places. What on earth are you babbling about

> because they have to wait (a cpu clock) to sent
> output from input, repeaters increase latency but
> increase throughput

and someone watching a one-way feed cares about latency because...why?

> -----------------------------
>
> The box may have been installed by foreigners or
> contain hacked technology - or "owned" by a
> foreign country like germany (who claims they own
> at&t, verizon, ma bell on wikipedia), it may
> contain hack chips not made in usa. and likely
> it's subgrade equipment, not really secure -
> infact made to allow foreigners to hack in (due to
> clinton and obama)
>
> so you shouldn't wonder what it is: that's
> extremely simple
>
> you should wonder who iinstalled it and what
> components they used (FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC)
>
> but you didn't ask, because, likely your a
> democrat who's hoping it's a Trump overthrow
> device of some kind

And there we go...complete incoherence.

Some of us are worried about you -- are you getting help?

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Pedrosjockstrap ()
Date: July 23, 2018 02:35AM

We are All now a bit- more stupid- because of this thread.Thank you.

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Mike huntt ()
Date: July 23, 2018 06:12AM

Resize your fucking pictures....asshole

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Re: Can you identify this utility box?
Posted by: Cy ()
Date: December 05, 2018 07:50AM

Just a Power Supply Cabinet they have been around for DECADES they contain 3-9 batteries a inverter and most now-a-days a transponder for remote monitoring, all they do is convert AC to DC to power the amplifiers in the cable plant, and in the event of a power outage they switch to batteries and keep the plant up and running.

for more info

https://www.alpha.com/products/category/enclosure-systems

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