Horizontally Polarized Antennas Boost Outdoor Wi-Fi Data Rates

PCTEL has released a new series of 802.11ac antennas for boosting Wi-Fi data rates for outdoor venues and public spaces. The dual-band 802.11ac MIMO technology is generally used for delivering high-speed data to large crowds of users through enterprise-grade Wi-Fi access points. But MIMO delivers the best data rates when antennas are cross polarized.

PCTEL’s new BOAH line of horizontally polarized base station omnidirectional antennas forms a cross-polarized, dual-band antenna system when paired with PCTEL’s existing line of vertically polarized BOA antennas. Together, PCTEL’s horizontally and vertically polarized omnidirectional antennas optimize MIMO performance and improve data throughput rates for 802.11ac access points on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.

The new 802.11ac BOAH antennas are designed to meet stringent OEM performance, installation, and durability requirements. They are compact, yet provide 5 dBi gain for the greater coverage needs of outdoor environments. The antennas are IP67-rated, and are constructed of fiberglass for long-lasting performance in harsh outdoor environments. They are available with N-female and NC-male connector configurations to offer installation flexibility. 

PCTEL is demonstrating its BOAH 802.11ac antennas at the Cisco Live World of Solutions. The BOAH series will be available in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz models. They will start shipping later this year in August.


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