Gateway and TAP are functionally interchangeable, in nearly all systems.
Gateway is the first generation of wireless communication to maximizers and optimizers. Originally, it was packaged in a light-gray or even beige colored housing, as shown in the 2nd picture below.
The revised gateway were made in a black colored housing, as shown in the 1st image below, on the right. Gateways have 3 screws on a cover to access the cable connections.
The TAP is the second generation model of a Gateway, with the name changed to Tigo Access Point (TAP). It is shown on the left side of the first picture below. It is in also in a black colored housing, with a latched lid.
TAP (Tigo Access Point) Gateway (black housing)
Gateway (light gray housing)
The TAP and Gateway are Tigo's wireless antenna, TAP being the new and improved model. The TAP allows communication between the Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA) and our TS4 optimizers.
The Gateway has a similar function to the TAP. The Gateway is Tigo's legacy wireless antenna.
TAP vs. Gateway:
- Ease of installation:
- TAP has a larger wiring compartment
- TAP has designated CAT 5/6 terminals for easy wiring
- Fewer TAPs are required on a system; easier to install
- Time and Money savings:
- Fewer TAPs are required on a system; faster to install, fewer components
- TAP has larger cable glands that fit a larger number of RS485 cables
For instructions on installing either TAP or Gateway, see our Interactive Installation and Safety Manual. For further information on the Gateway, see Gateway Placement, and for information about TAP placement, see TAP Placement.
See also the article Opening and Closing TAP.