Tuesday, 19 February 2013

New high gain omni antenna has 4G, 3G and 2G covered

A new high gain omni antenna from EAD/Specialist Antennas supporting European 4G/LTE, 3G and 2G services has been announced. The FGO antenna from EAD is designed for outdoor access applications where a high gain antenna is required.

FGO High Gain Omni Antenna
Housed in a fibreglass sheath, the FGO is ideal for applications using 4G networks whilst supporting 3G and 2G frequencies should fall back from 4G be required. Offering 4 dBi/5 dBi /4 dBi on the lower, middle and upper bands respectively, the antenna can be pole-mounted or wall-mounted and is ideal for applications such as CCTV, security and broadband access. The FGO antenna is terminated in a N-Female connectors. Jumper cables can be customised to order.

The FGO antenna will start shipping in mid-March 2013.

For more information and the specification sheet, visit the EAD website at www.ead-ltd.com and download the datasheet or contact us at sales@ead-ltd.com. Online sales are possible at our webshop at www.connextech.co.uk.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

5 things to consider when choosing a 4G magnetic antenna

Selecting a right antenna for your application can be tricky. Most probably you know what frequency the antenna will operate at, but what about the other antenna characteristics such as durability, gain, mounting, and waterproofing? So in this article, we'll take a look at the things to consider when choosing a magnetic antenna for 4G and 3G applications:

1. Durability - by definition magnetic antennas are usually deployed in mobile applications where knocks and scrapes are often unavoidable. Consider a robust antenna that can take a bit of a beating! Even if you pay a bit more for the antenna in the first place, a robust antenna will last a lot longer than a lower-cost alternative.

2. Pull strength - selecting a magnetic antenna with a high pull strength magnetic mount means that your antenna won't go missing when you hit the motorway (freeway, autobahn, autostrada......). It also means that in fixed applications the antenna is very unlikely to be de-mounted by wind or driving rain making sure you stay connected.

3. Height - a low profile magnetic antenna is more discrete and less visible than a long whip type antenna, by definition is more robust and can be less prone to accidental damage or vandalism. You don't have to compromise on performance when choosing a low profile magnetic antenna.

4. Gain - Having a reliable connection is often a function of antenna performance and the gain characteristic of the antenna is a key parameter. Higher gain magnetic mounts ~ 4 dBi gain in 4G and 3G applications - generally tend to be priced a little higher than 2 dBi gain models, but the difference in received signal strength can be significant, that is all too important if you are on the fringe of the cellular network.

5. Environment - check that the antenna you select is the correct one for the environment you are using it in. If you are using a magnetic antenna outdoors, ensure that it is waterproof, ensure that the materials used are quality ones, there is little point using a standard rubber magnetic antenna for an application where the antenna is mounted outside and permanently exposed to the elements.

Hopefully here I have offered you some pointers on what to consider when looking at magnetic antennas. We have a wide range of 3G and 4G antennas, many are available to buy online at Connex. Our most popular magentic antenna, the LTE-HIGAIN-MAG, is the one 3G/4G product on the market really does address the outdoor, high gain, high pull strength magnetic antenna applications. Our full range of antennas can be found at www.ead-ltd.com and www.specialistantennas.co.uk