Omni-Directional 2×2 MIMO Antenna:
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Poynting’s new OMNI-402 and the OMNI-600 Omni MIMO antennas are based on the very popular OMNI-291 marine antenna. These antennas all share the same physical radiation elements within the antenna enclosure, which result in similar performance characteristics as its single-port SISO predecessor that has become very popular in the marine industry. These two new, MIMO omni-directional antennas do not replace the OMNI-291 but expand the range to offer more options to our customers, especially where implementation space is limited.
These Cellular LTE/5G Ready 2×2 MIMO omni-directional antennas cover the contemporary 698MHz to 2700MHz bands as well as the recently available 450MHz LTE/CDMA band and 3.5GHz LTE/CBRS bands, providing reception capability of the most popular international LTE bands. For customers that require 4×4 MIMO, the implementation of two of these antennas will offer significant space reduction when compared to four antennas – not to mention the aesthetic advantages. In the case of upgrading current SISO antennas to MIMO, this saves space on board or on your building, making it possible to increase your throughput with MIMO capabilities, while keeping the same number of antennas as before.
Conventional antenna designs, such as an array of dipoles and other similar designs, do not lend the necessary characteristics for a wide impedance and gain bandwidth antenna, while demanding near ideal radiation patterns over the whole bandwidth. Poynting has achieved this performance using an innovative technology whereby the impedance, gain and radiation patterns are harmonised over the entire frequency range, providing superior performance at all its LTE frequency bands. This is an important factor for LTE and future 5G technologies, as these technologies rely on emerging features such as Carrier Aggregation (CA) to provide the best possible reception and throughput over multiple frequency bands simultaneously, and thereby enhance the user experience for the latest LTE-A routers & devices. Poynting antennas are well known to outlast the next technologies, and this antenna is no different, where it will continue to offer you the best performance after implementing your 5G router and technologies beyond.
The OMNI-402 (marine antenna) and the OMNI-600 (urban antenna) essentially have two vertically separated omni-directional radiation elements, specifically designed to have minimal coupling with each other, as to enhance their MIMO abilities. These antenna designs were optimised for the MIMO configuration as well as offering frequency band capability for the very wide band 410MHz to 3800MHz while maintaining such a relatively compact design. It is evident that high performance antennas are required in the marine market, but that size is often a constraint. The OMNI-402 (and OMNI-600) is built using a similar, but slightly taller (750mm) radome when compared to the OMNI-291; making this ideal for marine applications with minimal space allowed, either from a physical constraint or from an aesthetic perspective.
- The OMNI-600 is designed according to IP65 requirements to prevent water and dust ingress while installed outdoors. This antenna is UV and weather resistant and aimed at commercial, industrial, residential and urban implementation.
- The OMNI-402 is the marine version of the same antenna, boasting IP68 protection against water, making this antenna ideal for the most severe storms at sea. This marine antenna is also fully salt water protected so that it can be used in highly corrosive environments, including chemical and toxic environments thanks to the SAN Marine ASA radome material. The OMNI-402 is marketed to support 410MHz to 2700MHz for marine applications, but also supports the 3.4GHz to 3.8GHz CBRS frequency band when used inland.
The OMNI-402 marine antenna offers a standard 1”-14TPI marine adaptor (BRKT-40 in the box) and can optionally provide a standard 1¼”-11TPI marine adapter (BRKT-41) where these larger mounting points are already installed on the yacht or boat. A series of optional 316 grade stainless steel marine mounts are available, namely the BRKT-37, BRKT-38 & BRKT-39.
Both antennas comply with CE, EN, CSA, RoHS and IEC Standards, are rated for temperatures of -40°C to +80°C, and will survive winds of up to 160 km with a rating of IK08 impact resistance.