When it comes to the installation of antennas for mobile networks (especially with mobile communications antennas), the right alignment and the correct installation location are decisive for the later reliable connection. When installating antennas, there are a few basic rules that should be followed:
- Antennas should be installed as far as possible from big metal objects (heating boilers, fire protection doors etc.).
- The antennas must be aligned according to the data sheet. It’s no use if the antenna radiates the complete transmission power into the next reinforced concrete wall.
- Depending on the antenna type, antennas require a ground surface in order to function optimally.
- As far as possible, antenna cables should not be laid exposed. There will always be someone who might find it interesting to cut antenna cables.
- The installation location of the antenna should be tested, for instance with one of our measuring devices for mobile networks and wireless MBus.
From these basic provisions, the following requirements related to the purchase and provision of the material derive:
- A cheat sheet (meaning a short instruction manual with images) should be created for the installation technicians. Case studies from your own network area should be included.
- The alignment of the antennas should be directly marked, in a clear manner, on the antenna housing (for example, with a red arrow).
- Only antennas that can be used independently of the ground surface should be procured.