Assuming they will get the fastest mobile broadband speeds, people quite often choose an antenna that’s the biggest, most expensive, and that has the highest gain. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.
Here we’ll look at the types of antenna available and explain a little about them. We’ll also show you things to look out for.
The Yagi antenna is directional and needs to point at the nearest mast or base station that the signal is coming from.
Yagi antennas need good alignment, and a clear line of sight is ideal if you’re a long way from the nearest mast.
We suggest avoiding antennas with a plastic covering. It isn’t the covering we are particularly concerned about, assuming that it’s made of the correct material; rather, the covering hides the actual antenna inside, and you would be amazed at the different quality of these.
Spacing of the antennas is also crucial to get the most out of them.
We use uncovered Yagis of various lengths, and with different gain, depending on the environment.
The omnidirectional antenna can receive signals from a full 360 degree range.
Omnidirectional antennas are good for picking up signals from different locations, and increase the mobile broadband speed in areas where there is strong to medium signal strength.
There are many variations of omnidirectional antenna; however, they are essentially the same.
You should look out for the build quality: external antennas should ideally be weatherproof and have a metal base.
Omnidirectional antennas are the most common type that you’ll see. Their effectiveness differs widely, and it’s for this reason that we decided to invest in designing our own. Our antenna has a unique sacrificial element, and has been tested in real world environments, with constant development and improvement over the last six years.
One thing is certain. You cannot use the same antenna in all locations. Each location and environment is unique – especially for those who require mobile broadband for their construction sites.
There are various things on construction sites that must be taken into account when selecting the best antenna – and each site is unique. The following can affect mobile signal reception:
- Materials of different types moving around the site
- Mobile signal paths changing as the building goes up.
- Site cabins moving
It is always best to have a survey and professional installations in these circumstances.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss how we can help with your construction project.