We don't require that our customers ground ACE-RIUs and ACU2s, but they were designed to accommodate those facilities that have stringent grounding policies or requirements. The truth is, most of our customers don't ground these devices, and they don't have any problems.
But, if your ASTi devices must absolutely, positively be grounded in the most effective and efficient manner possible, follow these simple tips:
ASTi recommends that you install ACE-RIUs and ACU2S, isolated from earth ground. This practice will ensure that ground loops are eliminated, especially for radio bridge application. Ground loops can occur if an ACE-RIU and radio are connected to grounds at different potentials; this results in noise introduced into the system.
Following this guidance will improve system performance:
The above also applies to the ACU2, however, our experience shows that the ACE-RIU is more susceptible to ground loops then the ACU2.