Spring is in the air...unfortunately so is a lot of WiFi radio interference. As more homes make use of WiFi technology, airwaves get crowded with signals and activity. Your neighbors' activity can even impact the WiFi speed in your own home. If you plan to travel in the near future, this is the time of year when RV parks and marinas begin to fill up with families taking trips for spring break. Just as a crowded room impacts your ability to hear somebody talking on the other side, a crowded RV park impacts your ability to receive the park's WiFi signal.
This season, consider an Alfa outdoor WiFi antenna for use with a high powered WiFi receiver. This month we have three new outdoor WiFi antennas available. The Alfa AGA-2424T is a 24 dBi directional parabolic grid antenna with the high gain you need to cover great distance. The AOA-2412 from Alfa is an omni directional 12 dBi antenna perfect for boating and RV use. Alfa's AOA-2409TF is a low-cost entry level outdoor antenna featuring 9 dBi of gain. It is perfect for direct connection to outdoor USB receivers like Alfa's Tube-U series.
Omni-directional antenna solutions: Our 8 dBi and 15 dBi gain outdoor omni-directional antennas are both great options for any outdoor need. They concentrate gain in a 360 degree horizontal pattern and are ideal for picking up signals in any direction. Mobile craft like boats and RVs are ideal places for mounting an omni-directional antenna.
Directional antenna solutions: Our 10 dBi panel and 16 dBi yagi outdoor directional antennas concentrate gain all in the direction they are aimed. This helps penetrate obstacles and interference in that direction. While directional antennas can be used on boats and RVs, they are ideal for fixed location mounting. An example would be attempting to cover the long distance between a main building and an out building. The directional antenna can be mounted outside the out building and aimed toward the signal broadcasting from the main building.
Outdoor receivers and all-in-one solutions: Alfa Network Inc. makes a great outdoor Wi-Fi receiver series called Tube-U. With 802.11g and 802.11n models, the Tube-U line has an N-male connector and can be connected to any outdoor Wi-Fi antenna with an N-female connector. We have special kits which give you a Tube-U receiver and an 8 dBi omni or 10 dBi directional panel antenna.
Antenna extension cables: In most cases you will need an extension cable to run between your indoor Wi-Fi receiver like Alfa AWUS036H and your outdoor antenna. We carry antenna extension cables of different length and with different connector types. We also have pigtails and connectors. See our Cables & Pigtails section or contact us by visiting our Support page if you need assistance choosing the right cable or antenna.
We have expanded our line of antenna extension cables to include both shorter and longer options.
First up is our new 3 meter (10 feet) RP-SMA male to RP-SMA female cable. With LMR-200 equivalent shielding, it is perfect when you need just a little bit of extension.
Our second new addition is our 9m (30 feet) RP-SMA male to RP-SMA female cable, also with LMR-200 equivalent shielding. We do currently carry a 10m LMR-400 shielded cable, and definitely recommend that thicker shielding for lower gain antennas. Our 9m LMR-200 option is a great value for very high gain antennas. We also carry a 5m LMR-200 cable.
Remember, as the length of the cable gets longer, the actual signal gain from the antenna decreases. Our low loss shielded cables limit loss, but we always recommend getting as close as possible to the length you need to further minimize gain loss. If the distance you need is 11 feet, move your computer a foot if you can and go with our 3m (10 foot option) instead of a 5m or 9m option.
If you have been in the market for an outdoor weather resistant Wi-Fi
client, the new UBDo-nt8 from Alfa Networks is an excellent choice. It
features a 150 mbps 802.11n wireless receiver built into an outdoor
weather resistant casing. It contains two mast-o ring mounting rings and
a 8 meter (~24 feet) USB cable with a special dual-Y USB connection end
that goes into your computer (features both a power/data connector and a
secondary power-only connector so that you can use 2 USB ports on your
computer to provide full power to the device without needing an external
power source for it). Read more...
If you are in need of a long range outdoor Wi-Fi solution, before you consider a pricey $100+ outdoor receiver, why not simply put your indoor long range Wi-Fi adapter outdoors? Now you can use your Alfa AWUS036H, AWUS036NHR, or Rokland n3 wireless USB outdoors with our weather resistant case mount enclosure.
For those that need multiple items- such as a Wi-Fi adapter, outdoor antenna, and antenna extension cable, we are expanding our "Wi-Fi Bundles/Kits" category to include more discounted offerings. Our two new addtions this week are:
One of the many new products we have on our web site this month is Alfa Network's new Tube-U series of long range outdoor Wi-Fi adapters. They are great for use on boats or RVs. There are two flavors- Tube-U(N), which is an 802.11n model, and Tube-U(G) which of course is an 802.11g model. Tube-U features a high-powered Wi-Fi receiver in weather proof casing, as well as a special shielded 16' USB cable designed to prevent against signal loss. It also comes with mounting ties and features an N-male antenna connector. Check out this video: