As wireless security, information screens, kiosks, network backup and resilience, remote network access, telemetry, and telematic and vending systems are widely used in people’s life. Which demand strength and stable connectivity. Outdoor LTE Antennas are being increasingly developed, which are required to provide connectivity to the LTE terminals, modems, routers, and devices located inside the buildings.
Is there advice for LTE antenna installation?
1, Where will the antenna be installed to make network signal strength?
The elevation is essential when finding the ideal mounting location.DON’T mount your antenna in a basement or lower level. The 4G LTE antennas worked by communicating with the masts in the area. If it is a directional antenna, which can only send and receive RF energy in the direction in which it’s pointing. It won’t efficiently communicate if the antenna is not oriented toward a local base station. That impacts antenna performance. To select the location and direction with a better signal through the mobile phone. If the signal is not improved, you can swing the antenna or change its position.
2) How far from the antenna to the LTE equipment?
Allow for a long RF low loss coaxial cable run to the LTE equipment if a strong network signal at the antenna. It required RG58 or 4D-FB to run 5m or 10m. The longer the cable run typically the thicker the type of coaxial cable installed to mitigate losses. It required a 5D-FB coaxial cable to run 10m ~15m.
The distance between the outdoor antenna and the indoor antenna is at least 8 meters and there is a wall separating it. Outdoor antennas and indoor antennas can’t install on the same horizontal plane. There should be a height difference of more than 3 meters. It is easy to bring self-excitation that doesn’t use with a strong network signal.
We recommend installing the omnidirectional antenna at a high of 3m～5m from the ground to achieve the best coverage. To keep the distance between two omnidirectional antennas is above 0.5m.
The installation height of the directional antenna is 10 meters.
It required to be installed one antenna in an indoor area of less than 300 square meters and an unimpeded range. And in an indoor area of 300-500 square meters to install two antennas.
3) Which is best the mounting method for the antenna pole/mast mount, wall-mount, or permanent through-hole mount?
We designed two type brackets, one version only for pole, one version for pole/ wall-mount is unique for the antenna. Two plated brackets are fixed antenna back, one plate fixed the products, the other installed on the tube or window. You can adjust any degree as the antenna can be rotated 270 degrees by adjusting the two plate groove.
To choose which one depending on your which is convenient for you.
4) Which place is suitable for outdoor antenna installation?
This location should be rugged and keep away from high-voltage lines, fire-fighting pipelines, building lightning rods, and other facilities as much as possible to avoid interference from strength electricity and strong magnetism.
5) What will interfere with the outdoor antenna signal?
It includes any object (especially metal) that would potentially block a signal from reaching the antenna. To have maximum reception, don’t mount the antenna in or near storage areas in the attic. Boxes, furniture, clothes, and other items near or around your antenna can affect performance.
6) Which place is suitable to install indoor antennas?
That is better a fewer obstruction between your antenna and the broadcast towers include thick walls and ceilings. That’s why placing your antenna in or near a window often yields the best results. You can get a strong network signal if there isn’t much obstruction right outside the window, such as a big tree or your neighbor’s brick wall.
7) How terrain and location can affect antennas?
Not only antenna size and quality but also terrain impact the signal. The signal will be interfered with by the trees if it surrounded the home and office in every direction. For the same reason, The impeccable reception and a clear signal will be showed if located on top of a large hill or mountain. It can be the opposite of a location in a valley.
8) Which types of antenna SiSo or MiMo better for LTE devices?
In terms of antennas, there are two types of antenna, SISO (one single antenna port) and MIMO (2 antenna ports) in the antenna field. Choice SISO or MIMO antenna will depend on the 4G / LTE equipment and whether that has 1 or 2 LTE antenna connectors. If the LTE device has one antenna connector, you use a single port LTE antenna. If the LTE device has two LTE antenna connectors, you should select a MIMO antenna.
9) Is the antenna bigger better for a 4G router?
It is ordinary but the misconception that takes the signal much better is the bigger size of the antenna on 4G equipment. Unfortunately, it often has the opposite effect and makes things worse!
All antenna focus a signal like a torch, which might have a long narrow beam or a short wide one.
With directional antennas, the higher the gain (more DBS), the far distance but narrow for the width of the signal.
An omnidirectional antenna sends the signal all around. If the gain increased, the flatter it becomes. So put a higher gain antenna on the downstairs router, perhaps lead to receiving a signal in upstairs has disappeared!
When choosing the antenna, It is careful to consider how far signal you would like to reach. So remember it isn’t better if the antenna is big!
Why is my router performance not well after I connected an external antenna?
You can learn more about it by reading this FAQ.