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Why do you need to point your wireless antenna?

By: Matt Nelson on March 11th, 2013

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Why do you need to point your wireless antenna?

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Why do you need to point your wireless antenna?

Industrial wireless antennas come in a very wide varity of shapes, colors and designs.  Diretional antennas need to be pointed at eachother in order to opperate.  Omni-Directional antennas still need to be used in a way that allows for the largest amount of "gain" or signal that is transmitted or recieved.  

Directional Antenna Alignment

Typically long range directional antennas have a very narrow beamwidth and need to be alligned very carefully.  In addition to direction it is important to account for changes in elevation.  The best analogy is to think of the antenna beam like the beam of a flashlight.  If you going to see the flashlight from a long way away, you will need to point it direct at your target.  

Omni Directional Antennas

 

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About Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson has over 25 years of wireless technology business experience. Throughout his career, he has held marketing, strategic planning, and strategic partnerships positions with multiple fortune 500 companies including Avocent, Motorola and 3COM. He has always stayed on the cutting edge of innovative wireless technologies and lead teams that introduced a number of revolutionary first-to-marketwireless products. Matt has published numerous articles and is considered a technology visionary within the wireless networking market. He holds an innovative patent in wireless computing, a BS in computer information systems and a MBA from Regis University in Colorado.