First commercial directional antenna for all Worldwide LTE Bands from 400MHz to 6GHz.
CTIA @ Sands, Las Vegas, NV. Taoglas, a leading provider of IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (Machine to Machine) antenna solutions, today launched the Engager Logarithmic Periodic Dipole Antenna (LPDA) Series. This wide-band directional antenna series offers high gain at multiple frequencies, including for the first time an LPDA antenna that can cover all cellular 2G/3G and 4G LTE bands globally – for all carriers and networks.
High gain directional antennas are used for point to point applications and also used for devices at remote sites or areas of low signal strength. In these areas of low signal strength, traditionally many installers have helped the device get connectivity by changing the internal or cabled antenna to a high gain directional antenna that is mounted on the outside of the building on a pole or wall. The installer would ascertain the location of the cellular base station and point the antenna directly towards it. The higher gain can help get connectivity when a standard omnidirectional antenna that is on the device would not.
Dermot O’Shea, Taoglas Joint CEO, commented:
“these wonderful looking Engagers eliminate the need for Yagis. The Yagis are also directional and high gain but are limited to a narrow bandwidth or single frequency. That means if you installed an antenna for a base station belonging to a certain carrier at a certain time, that frequency or base station equipment can be changed over time, meaning you have to go back on site and change the antenna. That scenario can happen over and over again but with the Engager series it’s a one time installation and future proofs the site’s connectivity for many years.“
Ronan Quinlan, Taoglas Joint CEO noted:
“To be specific, leading IoT Gateway device manufacturers need wide-band LTE antenna products to cater for the ever expanding LTE bands such as at 450MHz in the Nordic countries, or for more unusual bands such as at 2300MHz in South Africa. They were simply not being catered for before by traditional antenna suppliers who can’t keep up with the pace of technological change in the wireless industry. But with our global engineering presence in all key markets we also know LTE antennas need to be ready for use at the re-designated 600MHz frequencies, and on the 2.4GHz and 5 to 6GHz unlicensed bands. The patent pending Engager line will enable our customers to leap years ahead of the competition delivering much enhanced throughput and reliability to end users.”
The Engager series launches at CTIA with four variants, and more planned;
All options are available with wall or pole mount options. The wall mount option consists of a two-part bracket allowing it to be tilted and rotated and hence pointed in the required direction of the base station. The pole mount bracket is delivered with ubolts and clamps and when secured on the pole itself it also allows tilted 30degrees above or below horizontal which makes it even easier for the installer to get the right location. The weatherproof ASA housing antennas have been rated to a wind resistance of 125mph/ 200kph.
“Taoglas engineering continues to not only innovate but exhibit a never say die attitude. To achieve such wide bandwidths on notoriously difficult to design LPDA antennas, while maintaining high performance, makes us all very proud of the Engager series.” continued O’Shea.