What are the Types of Booster Antennas?
There isn’t one type of booster antenna that works best for everyone. Antenna results will always vary based on the cellular coverage in your area. To find out which type of antenna will work best for you, let’s take a look at the most popular directional and omnidirectional models.
Difference Between Directional and Omni-directional Antennas?
Directional antennas have a reflective surface that focuses internet signals in one direction, while omnidirectional antennas transmit signals in all directions. These two types of antennas, which include a wide range of antenna models, have different applications and benefits.
Because directional models concentrate signals towards the nearest cellular tower, they have a longer range and less packet loss than omnidirectional models. Their transmissions are hyper-focused so that they can successfully connect with cell towers that are further away.
An omnidirectional antenna can connect with multiple cell towers in different directions. Omnidirectional models are great for people on the move or in an area with many towers. They’re also an easy option for those who are worried about installing a directional model.
What are the Types of Directional Antennas?
Directional antennas include Yagi, log periodic, and panel models. While these models are different, they all use reflectors to concentrate signals in one direction to improve signal range.
Yagi Antennas consist of multiple elements mounted perpendicularly along a metal rod. While one or two of these are active “driven” elements sends and receives signals, most of the elements are passive “reflectors” or “directors” that just bounce the signal where it needs to go.
The Super Digital Yagi Antenna is usually the best for improving signal range over a single frequency band. You can install this antenna on a roof or mounting pole close to your building.
Log Periodic Antennas have the same basic build as Yagi antennas, but there are usually no passive elements on this type of antenna. To distinguish between Yagi and log periodic antennas, look at the wiring on the setup. If every element is wired, it’s a log periodic antenna.
The Super Periodic Log Yagi Antenna is typically the best option for improving your signal range across a wide range of radio spectrum. You can install a log period antenna outdoors.
Directional Panel Antennas are flat (often aluminum) panels that contain two dipole antennas: one for vertically polarized signals and one for horizontally polarized signals. One of the key components of this model is a strong reflector plate that concentrates both types of signals.
The 4G LTE Panel MIMO Antenna is best for drastically improving signal range across a limited range of radio spectrum. You can install this weatherproof model outside your building.
What are the Types of Omni-directional Antennas?
Omnidirectional antennas include rubber duck and ceiling mount models. These models have different builds, but they both send and receive signals in all directions to cover more area.
Rubber Ducky Antennas are small, flexible antennas that consist of a straight monopole antenna encased in protective rubber or plastic. A wire conductor inside the rubber ducky extends vertically in a helical shape – which gives this model springiness and resilience.
Rubber duck antennas are best for improving signal strength in mobile equipment and vehicles. They’re also a great quick fix! You can slap these little antennas on almost any surface to provide a concentrated cellular coverage boost for nearby devices and equipment.
Ceiling Mount Antennas are multi-band omnidirectional antennas with some of the same design features as directional panel antennas. These antennas usually consist of multiple antennas covering many frequencies, which are contained in a curved (often plastic) case.
Ceiling mount antennas are best for extending or improving wireless internet coverage in busy spaces. Unlike other booster antennas, these antennas are almost exclusively used indoors.
Which Booster Antenna is Right for me?
While directional antennas like the Super Digital Yagi Antenna tend to yield the most dramatic results, omnidirectional antennas are better when you need to boost signals from multiple towers – like when you’re in a vehicle. To find out which type of booster antenna is best for your wireless internet connection, start a chat now or give us a call at 866-439-6630.