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Selecting the right installation location for antennas

When installing antennas for wireless networks (especially cellular antennas), proper alignment and installation location are critical for subsequent reliable connectivity.

There are a few basic rules that should be followed when installing antennas:

– Antennas should be installed as far away as possible from large metal objects (heating boilers, fire doors, etc.)

– Antennas must be aligned according to the data sheet. It is no use if the antenna radiates the complete transmission power into the nearest reinforced concrete wall

– Depending on the antenna type, antennas need a ground plane to function optimally

– Antenna cables should not be laid open if possible. There is always someone who finds it interesting to cut antenna cables

– The installation location of the antenna should be tested, e.g. with one of our measuring devices for mobile radio and wireless M-Bus

From these basic rules also requirements for purchasing and material supply follow:

– A cheatsheet (i.e., a quick reference guide with pictures) should be prepared for the installers. Case studies from their own network area should be included

– The orientation of the antennas should be clearly marked directly on the antenna housing (e.g. by a red arrow)

– Only antennas that are independent of the ground plane used should be procured

If you have any questions about these and other topics concerning mobile radio connections, we will be happy to advise you. Please contact us at or +49 40 35 73 20 65.