DEPLOYMENT BRIEF
Antenna Use Cases & Selection Guide
OVERVIEW
PRE-REQUISITES
This guide is intended as a reference for selecting antennas to use in a Wi-Fi deployment.It covers the basic
types of antennas and the situations in which they would be used, and includes a reference table showing the
Meruaccess point (AP) models they are compatible with.
For successful deployment of these antennas, ensure that you meet the following
prerequisites before you begin.
1. Determine your wireless requirements
a. Coverage area
b. Coverage type (directional, omnidirectional)
TYPES OF ANTENNAS
Omni-directional antennas provide a 360˚ coverage pattern,ideal for use in many types of rooms. These antennas
are used in many deployments to ensure adequate coverage for all users.
Directional antennas provide a radiation pattern along a straight line. These types of antennas are best used to
move a Wi-Fi signal from one area to another. The signal can be received or directed by an antenna on another
building or across a large expanse of land.
Antennas can be either high gain or low gain, corresponding to their range. High-gain antennas provide a larger
coverage area and are able to transmit a directional signal across longer distances, while low-gain antennashave
a smaller coverage area and are used for short-distance directional applications. Typical low-gain antennas are in
the range of 2–6 dBi, while high-gain antennas can go up to 15dBi and are capable of covering distances of more
than 2 kilometers.
INDOOR ANTENNAS
1. Ceiling mount antennas, as the name implies, are designedto be mounted on the ceiling. These antennas
provide the best coverage downward toward the floor, expanding out in a circular pattern.
2. Wall mount antennas are used for wall mount applications. They can also be specifically designed for outdoor
use (see reference table below). This type of antenna provides a coverage pattern similar to that of a ceiling
mount antenna, generating Wi-Fi coverage out and away from the wall, minimizing radiation patterns that pass
through the wall behind the antenna.
OUTDOOR ANTENNAS
Meru’s outdoor antennas have weather-resistant covers and are designed specifically to meet the challenges of
providing wireless network coverage outdoors.
1. Pole-mounted antennas are specifically for use in outdoor applications. The coverage pattern is typically
omni-directional, which is ideal for use in outdoor cafes, campus social areas, and parks. These antennas are also
available with high- and low-gain options, depending on the deployment requirements.
2. Wall mounted antennas are also available for outdoor deployments. These are typically directional antennas
used to move a signal from one place to another and are available with high-and low-gain options.
For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.
c.
Antenna range
d.
Available mounting points
ANTENNA
ANTENNA MODEL
DESCRIPTION
USE
AP1010
AP1020
AP433
AP433
AP433i
OAP433
AP320
AP332
AP832
AP822
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ANT-ABGN230-W
Omni Directional
Rubber
Duct Dual-Band
Indoor
X2
X 4
X9
X 6
X 6
X 6
ANT-I2ABGN0304-O
Ceiling mount Omni
Dual-Band 2 x 2
MIMO
Indoor/ Ceiling
mount
ANT-I3ABGN0304-O
Ceiling mount Omni
Dual-Band 3 x 3
MIMO
Indoor/ Ceiling
mount
ANT-O4ABGN0607-PT
Wall mount Patch
Dual-Band 2 X 2
MIMO
Indoor/ Ceiling
mount/ Wall mount
ANT-O6ABGN0607-PT
Wall mount Patch
Dual-Band 3 X 3
MIMO
Outdoor
ANT-O6ABGN0606-O
Outdoor Omni
Dual-Band Dual
radio
3 x 3 MIMO
Outdoor/ wall and
Pole mount
X 2
ANT-BG080-NM
Outdoor High gain
Omni directional
2.4GHz single Band
Outdoor
X 2
Ant-A080-NM-1
Outdoor High gain
Omni directional
Outdoor
X 3
ANT-A080-NM-2
Outdoor High gain
Omni directional
Low 5 GHz Single
Band
Outdoor
X 3
MERU-ANT-PI622
Internal PIFA DualBand
3 x 3 MIMO
Indoor/Built-in
X 1
X1
MERU-ANT-PD312
Paddle Dipole DualBand
3 x 3 MIMO
Indoor
X 1
X1
ANT-01ABGN0406-O
Dual band dipole
omnidirectional
antenna
(4/6 dBi)
Indoor
ANT-ABGN-23
Dual Band Ceiling
mount
antenna, 3
Indoor/Ceiling
mount
ANT-6Abgn-24
Dual Band Mini
MIMO
Ceiling mount
antenna, 6 leads
Indoor/Ceiling
mount
X1
X 1
X1
ANT-ABGN47O
Omni Directional
Rubber Duct DualBand
High Gain
Indoor
X6
X 6
X 6
X2
X 4
X2
X3
X 2
X 2
X 2
X 1
X 1
X 1
X 1
X 1
X 1
X 1
X6
X4
X 4
REFERENCE TABLE NOTES
• Only the antennas listed here are recommended for use with MeruWi-Fi equipment.
• Every antenna must be certified according to strict regulations, and thus we cannot advise on the use of third-party antennas for Meru products.
• Certain antennas listed should only be used in specialized situations and may have certain other requirements for installation.
• The ANT-ABGN230-W external antenna is utilized for approximately 80% of indoor deployments using the access points listed as compatible (except
AP832e/822e, which have the ANT-01ABGN-0406-O paddle antenna).This guide is not intended as a substitute for an official Meru site survey. Because
each deployment is different, we recommend consulting with a Meru installation specialist for individual configurations. Your Meru consultant will be
able to help determine the most effective coverage options for your needs.
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