Our #techtip today comes from our fantastic tech department. Today they are going to help you decide which antenna will be best suit your needs — keep reading.
Tech Tip Tuesday – Omni-directional vs. Directional Antenna?
Today we are discussing another question that is common within our Technical Support department: Which antenna should I use with my booster – the omni-directional antenna or the wide band directional antenna? Let me help you choose which one will work best for you.
The omni-directional antenna, seen here: http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/store/display/156/0/omni-directional-building antenna, works very well in areas where the outside signal fluctuates or reflects off of nearby trees, hills, mountains or other obstructions. This antenna has a 360 degree beamwidth, meaning you do not have to point your antenna in a certain direction as it will bring in a signal from every direction.
The wide band directional antenna, seen here: http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/store/display/148/0/wide-band-directional-antenna, is the best solution for weak outside signal. We recommend the wide band directional antenna 99% of the time. This antenna has twice the gain of the omni-directional antenna, and works with a variety of cellular bands (including the common frequency bands used for 4G LTE). Aside from having twice the gain of the omni-directional antenna, the wide band directional antenna will help with isolation. Isolation is designed to eliminate feedback between the external and internal antenna. As this is a directional antenna, it is important to confirm that all of the towers for the networks you wish to improve are in the same direction.
For buildings greater than 7500 sq ft, we recommend our WilsonPro brand of products.