• Antennas and aerials for a vehicle

    In today’s connected world, having a reliable mobile signal is crucial, especially when you’re on the move. Whether travelling through rural areas, navigating city streets, or enjoying a road trip, a good mobile antenna can significantly improve your connectivity. This guide will help you choose the right mobile antenna for your car.

  • Things to think about when purchasing an antenna for your vehicle

    Choosing the right mobile antenna for your car can enhance your connectivity on the road, ensuring you stay connected no matter where your travels take you. By understanding your needs, considering the type of antenna, and paying attention to key features like gain, frequency range, and installation requirements, you can select an antenna that meets your requirements and provides reliable performance.

    • 1 Understand your needs
      • Travel areas: Determine if you travel to urban, suburban, rural areas, or a combination.
      • Usage: Decide whether you need the antenna for voice calls, data, or both.
      • Installation: Consider if you prefer a permanent installation or a temporary, portable solution.
    • 2 Types of mobile antennas

      Different antennas serve various purposes:

      • Omni-directional antennas: Receive signals from all directions, ideal for urban or suburban areas with signals coming from multiple directions.
      • Directional antennas: Focus on signals from a specific direction, perfect for rural or remote areas where the signal source is known.
      • Portable/magnetic mount antennas: Easy to install and remove, suitable for temporary setups and rental vehicles.
    • 3 Gain and frequency range
      • Gain (dBi): Indicates the antenna’s ability to boost the signal. Higher gain offers stronger signal amplification but narrows the beam width. Lower gain (2-5 dBi) is typically sufficient for urban areas, while higher gain (8-12 dBi) is better for rural areas.
      • Frequency range: Ensure the antenna supports the frequency bands used by your mobile carrier. Modern antennas often support multiple bands (e.g., 700 MHz to 2700 MHz), ensuring compatibility with various networks.
    • 4 Installation considerations
      • Mounting Location: The roof or a bullbar are usually the best places for an antenna, providing a clear line of sight in all directions.
      • Cable Length: Ensure the cable length is sufficient to reach from the mounting location to your device without excessive slack.
      • Durability: Choose antennas designed to withstand harsh weather conditions.

      While many types of antennas can be installed at home, consider using a professional installer for a quality install.

    • 5 Compatibility

      Ensure the antenna is compatible with your mobile device or router. Some antennas require specific connectors or adapters, so check the specifications before purchasing.

    • 6 Additional features
      • Built-in amplifiers: Some antennas come with built-in amplifiers to further boost the signal, useful in areas with weak signals.
      • Multiple device support: If you need to connect multiple devices, look for antennas that can distribute the signal to several devices simultaneously.
    • 7 Brand and reviews

      Research reputable brands and read customer reviews. Trusted brands are more likely to provide reliable products and good customer support. The price of antennas can vary widely, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. It’s important to consult with a supplier to ensure you get an antenna that matches your specific needs and budget.

    • 8 Antennas built for regional and remote areas

      New technology and brands are emerging to cater specifically to the needs of rural and remote living, enhancing connectivity and accessibility in remote areas. Companies like Zetify and Network Hoist have introduced innovative products designed for regional and remote locations.

    • 9 Internet on the go (vehicles and boats)

      Cel-FI Go Mobile is a Smart Signal booster for overcoming the challenge of poor cellular coverage on the road. It is ideal for vehicles and boats, but it requires a proper antenna, best installed by a professional for optimal performance and reliability.

      Starlink Roam, now available in Australia, offers portable high-speed satellite internet, ideal for travellers and remote locations. Utilising SpaceX’s low Earth orbit satellites, it provides reliable internet access anywhere in the country, ensuring continuous connectivity beyond the reach of traditional networks.

      Starlink for boats provides high-speed satellite internet specifically designed for maritime use. It ensures reliable connectivity for vessels at sea, offering continuous internet access even in the most remote ocean areas. This technology is ideal for commercial ships, yachts, and recreational boats, enhancing communication, navigation, and onboard entertainment.

       

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