antenna recommendation

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Jun 9th, 2008

We are deploying an a/b/g network using 1242,s

We plan on using directional antennas to cover about 150feet. There are some obstructions between

the ap's and client coverage area. Any antenna recommendations would be much appreciated.

Thanx

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Sushil Kumar Katre Mon, 06/09/2008 - 22:02

Hi DAVE,

There are few things that I would like to clarify -

You want to go for a directional antenna but you state that there is some obstruction between the AP and the wireless clients [laptops]. This suggests that you are not configuring this unit as a bridge for a point to point connectivity.

If you want to use it as an AP for providing connectivity to wireless clients, using a directional antenna won't be a good idea because the horizontal beamwidth is low for directional antennas typically 10 to 30 degrees.

Although you can have a look at this antenna -

AIR-ANT2410Y-R

This gives you 55degree horizontal beamwidh.

Typically you should be looking for omnidirectional antenna is the AP is going to be at the center and the clients are going to roam around the AP in all 360 degrees. Looking at the range you have mentioned you can look at -

AIR-ANT1728, 5.2 dBi, 360°H, 36°V beamwidth.

Approximate Indoor Range at 54 Mbps

114 ft (35 m)

Approximate Indoor Range at 6 Mbps

379 ft (116 m)

Or else if connectivity is not required in all directions then you can look for some patch antennas, the horizantal beamwidth is greater than the directional antennas typically 30 - 55 degrees.

AIR-ANT2485P-R - 8.5 dBi - 66°H, 56°V

Approximate Indoor Range at 54 Mbps

153 ft (47 m)

Approximate Indoor Range at 6 Mbps

507 ft (155 m)

AIR-ANT2460P-R - 6 dBi - 75°H, 73°V

Approximate Indoor Range at 54 Mbps

121 ft (37 m)

Approximate Indoor Range at 6 Mbps

403 ft (123 m)

AIR-ANT2465P-R - 6.5 dBi - 75°H, 57°V

Approximate Indoor Range at 54 Mbps

126 ft (38 m)

Approximate Indoor Range at 6 Mbps

418 ft (127 m)

All data taken from this excillent link -

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps7183/ps469/product_data_sheet09186a008022b11b_ps6521_Products_Data_Sheet.html

Hope this helps.

-> Sushil

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