Directional vs Omnidirectional 5G Antennas
In this article we will be comparing directional to omnidirectional 5G antennas and the ideal environment to utilize them in.
Directional antennas are designed to transmit and receive signals in a specific direction, and are typically used in point-to-point wireless communications, such as in wireless bridges. They have a narrower beamwidth than omnidirectional antennas, which means that they can transmit and receive signals over a longer distance with a higher gain. This makes them ideal for long-distance wireless communications, such as in wireless backhaul or wireless video surveillance.
On the other hand, omnidirectional antennas are designed to transmit and receive signals in all directions. They have a wider beam width than directional antennas and are typically used in point-to-multipoint wireless communications, such as in wireless access points or wireless cameras. They are ideal for short-range wireless communications, such as in wireless LANs or wireless monitoring systems.
The KP-3QOMNI-8 is an omni antenna that combines four ports with dual ±45 slant polarization, high 8.5 dBi gain with a 360 degree beamwidth in a single enclosure with one mounting point. This antenna would be ideal for multipoint, Non Line of Sight (NLOS) and mobile applications where high gain and wide coverage is desired. Some potential use cases for this antenna include:
- Wireless LAN systems and IEEE 802.16e applications: The omni-directional pattern of the KP-3QOMNI-8 allows it to provide coverage in all directions, making it suitable for wireless LAN systems that need to cover a wide area.
- Mobile WiMAX wireless internet provider "cell" sites: The KP-3QOMNI-8 can be used in mobile WiMAX networks to provide coverage for a wide area, making it suitable for wireless internet providers.
- 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) applications: The KP-3QOMNI-8 supports LTE deployments in the CBRS 3.5 - 3.8 GHz spectrum, making it suitable for CBRS applications such as the Helium Mobile Network, Pollen, X-Net or private CBRS deployments.
- Point-to-multipoint (PtMP) systems requiring 360 degree of horizontal coverage: The omni-directional pattern of the KP-3QOMNI-8 allows it to provide coverage in all directions, making it suitable for point-to-multipoint systems that require 360 degree of horizontal coverage.
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