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APA-L2458M912 is a 12 dBi 2.4/5 GHz dual band directional outdoor panel antenna with 2x N-female connectors. It is a great way to boost your WiFi signal over a long distance when using with a compatible dual band wireless receiver like ALFA AWUS036ACH.
It includes the antenna and mounting bracket, brand new in box from ALFA Network. A directional antenna concentrates its gain all in the direction it is aimed. It will do a better job piercing obstacles and interference in that direction, but will not pick up as many signals in total as an omni-directional antenna.
We do recommend RokTape to seal all outdoor connection points.
All weather operation
Includes tilt and swivel mast mount
2.4 or 5 GHz 802.11n or 802.11ac WiFi radio band
IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac Wireless LAN
Directional and multipoint applications
Public Wireless Hotspot
Wireless Video Systems
Model: APA - L2458M912
Frequency: 2.4/5 GHz
VSWP: <= 1.8
Gain: 12 dBi for 5 GHz, 9 dBi for 2.4 GHz
Polarization: Vertical or Horizontal
Power Handling: 50 Watts
Beamwidth: H: 45º / V: 45º
Connector: Dual N-Female
Operating Temperature: -40ºC ~ +80ºC
Size: 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm x 2 cm
|2x N Female
|230 x 230mm
If you plan to use this with one of our popular indoor ALFA Wi-Fi receivers like the ALFA AWUS036ACH, we recommend also purchasing two of our RP-SMA to N-male coaxial extension cables.
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Return Policy: This item can be returned for refund within 30 days of receipt. Because range can vary greatly based on your environment, if you are not sure a particular product will meet your range needs please contact us before buying. Orders with free shipping selected will incur a 10% restocking fee to help us cover the original shipping cost unless the item is defective or different from the advertisement. Any expedited shipping charges paid, including return shipping, are non-refundable. Items must be returned the way they were received, in new or like-new condition, with all pieces, documentation, and retail packaging (if applicable) included. For bulk purchases, see our bulk purchase return policy here.
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There's not much info on the Alfa site about this particular model. I emailed both Alfa and Rokland with questions about the tech specs, and they both replied quickly with very detailed information including the lab test's results of this exact model.
So, I ordered right away from Rokland, and I've been running it 24-7 for a week and a half with a Mikrotik Groove 52ac to pick up signal from a normal household router about 40 yards away, using only the 5GHz band in 1x1 SISO mode (I use only one of the two N connectors, the horizontal polarization one) with Wifi-ac. The prior antenna was an 6/8dBi omnidirectional antenna made by Mikrotik that came with my Mikrotik Groove 52acn, and it was getting about -80 to -82 dBm signal on a noise floor of -103dBm. That's a pretty poor signal due to extremely dense interference from dozens of Wifi APs all around, and it showed up as slow performance with the stock Mikrotik antenna.
After installing this Alfa panel antenna, the signal and noise measurements didn't any better, BUT what I noticed over time was that the number of dropped connections and the CCQ (Client Connection Quality) were much better (67 connection drops in a week with stock antenna, 4 drops in a week with this Alfa antenna), and the overall performance as observed by the end user was definitely much better. The connection was not faster, but it was more reliable with fewer dropped frames, so the overall result was less buffering during videos and conference calls and more consistent downloads of large files.
I am extremely pleased with the Alfa APA-L2458M912. Yes, if I bought a better radio than the Groove 52acn that has MIMO capability, it would be able to use the full capabilities of the APA-L2458M912 and would get far, far better speeds just due to 2x2 MIMO. But for now, in SISO mode, it works great for my purposes and unlike a higher-gain SISO yagi cantenna that would get farther directional range, it gives me room to grow into 2x2 MIMO.
As soon as I received this Alfa 12 dBi dual band antenna, I tested it. I connected it to an Alfa ACHM dual band adapter, and WOW! It picked up many AP's in the area and at decent strength. It picked up Lowe's Guest Wifi signal (1/3 of a mile from me) on the 5 GHz band and I got good Internet and decent download speed. I'm using an old Dell Latitude D820 laptop (2006 model) which has an internal a/b/g wifi chip, which means it's dual band; (the "a" type signal runs on 5 GHz while the "b" and "g" run on 2.4 GHz). Dual band "ac" external wifi adapters and antennas can be used in old computers whose internal wifi chips have the "a" type along with the others, such as a/b/g; a/b/g/n; a/g/n. They will not work in computers whose internal wifi chips are b/g or g/n or b/g/n only, since the motherboards in those computers are compatible with 2.4 GHz only.