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Cisco Aironet 5-GHz MIMO 6-dBi Patch Antenna
This document outlines the specifications for the Cisco Aironet 5-GHz MIMO 6-dBi Patch Antenna
(AIR-ANT5160NP-R) and provides instructions for mounting it. The antenna operates in the 5-GHz
frequency range and is designed for indoor use.
The following information is provided in this document.
Technical Specifications, page 2
System Requirements, page 3
Safety Precautions, page 4
Installation Notes, page 4
Installing the Antenna, page 5
Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines, page 7
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Technical Specifications
Antenna type
3-element MIMO patch
Operating frequency range
5150–5850 MHz
2:1 or less
Linear, vertical
Elevation Plane Beamwidth 65°
Technical Specifications
Azimuth Plane Beamwidth 65°
Front-to-back ratio
>15 dB
4 in. (10.16 cm)
7 in. (17.78 cm)
1 in. (2.54 cm)
Cable length and type
3 ft. (91.4 cm) plenum
Operating temperature
-22° to 158°
(-30° to 70°)
Cisco Aironet 5-GHz MIMO 6-dBi Patch Antenna (AIR-ANT5160NP-R)
System Requirements
Azimuth and Elevation Radiation Patterns
Azimuth and Elevation Radiation Patterns
Azimuth and Elevation Radiation Patterns
System Requirements
This antenna is designed for indoor use with any -GHz Cisco Aironet radio device that uses a RP-TNC
Cisco Aironet 5-GHz MIMO 6-dBi Patch Antenna (AIR-ANT5160NP-R)
Safety Precautions
Safety Precautions
Translated versions of the following safety warnings are provided in the Safety Warnings for Cisco
Aironet Antennas, which is available at
Installation of this antenna near power lines is dangerous. For your safety, follow the installation
Each year hundreds of people are killed or injured when attempting to install an antenna. In many of
these cases, the victim was aware of the danger of electrocution but did not take adequate steps to avoid
the hazard.
For your safety, and to help you achieve a good installation, please read and follow these safety
precautions. They may save your life!
If you are installing an antenna for the first time, for your own safety as well as others, seek
professional assistance. Your Cisco sales representative can explain which mounting method to use
for the size and type antenna you are about to install.
Select your installation site with safety as well as performance in mind. Remember: electric power
lines and phone lines look alike. For your safety, assume that any overhead line can kill you.
Call your electric power company. Tell them your plans and ask them to come look at your proposed
installation. This is a small inconvenience considering your life is at stake.
Plan your installation carefully and completely before you begin. Successful raising of a mast or
tower is largely a matter of coordination. Each person should be assigned a specific task, and should
know what to do and when to do it. One person should be in charge of the operation to issue
instructions and watch for signs of trouble.
When installing your antenna, remember:
a. Do not use a metal ladder.
b. Do not work on a wet or windy day.
c. Do dress properly—shoes with rubber soles and heels, rubber gloves, long sleeved shirt or
If the assembly starts to drop, get away from it and let it fall. Remember, the antenna, mast, cable,
and metal guy wires are all excellent conductors of electrical current. Even the slightest touch of any
of these parts to a power line completes an electrical path through the antenna and the installer: You!
If any part of the antenna system should come in contact with a power line, don’t touch it or try to
remove it yourself. Call your local power company. They will remove it safely.
If an accident occurs with the power lines, call for qualified emergency help immediately.
Installation Notes
Antennas transmit and receive radio signals which are susceptible to RF obstructions and common
sources of interference that can reduce throughput and range of the device to which they are connected.
Follow these guidelines to ensure the best possible performance:
Install the antenna vertically and mount it with the cables pointing towards the ground.
Cisco Aironet 5-GHz MIMO 6-dBi Patch Antenna (AIR-ANT5160NP-R)
Installing the Antenna
Keep the antenna away from metal obstructions such as heating and air-conditioning ducts, large
ceiling trusses, building superstructures, and major power cabling runs. If necessary, use a rigid
conduit to lower the antenna away from these obstructions.
The density of the materials used in a building’s construction determines the number of walls the
signal can pass through and still maintain adequate signal strength. Consider the following before
choosing the location for your antenna:
– Signals penetrate paper and vinyl walls with little change to signal strength.
– Signals penetrate only one or two solid and pre-cast concrete walls without degrading signal
– Signals penetrate three or four concrete and wood block walls without degrading signal
– Signals penetrate five or six walls constructed of drywall or wood without degrading signal
– Signals will likely reflect off a thick metal wall and may not penetrate it at all.
– Signals will likely reflect off a chain link fence or wire mesh spaced between 1 and 1 1/2 in.
(2.5 and 3.8 cm). The fence acts as a harmonic reflector that blocks the signal.
Install the antenna away from microwave ovens and 2-GHz cordless phones. These products can
cause signal interference because they operate in the same frequency range as the device to which
your antenna is connected.
Choosing a Mounting Location
The antenna should be mounted clear of any obstructions to the sides of the radiating elements.
Generally, the higher an antenna is above the floor, the better it performs. If possible, find a mounting
place directly above your wireless device to ensure the lead-in cable can be as short as possible.
Installing the Antenna
You can install the antenna on any. If you intend to install your antenna on another surface, you must
provide the appropriate hardware.
Four mounting screws are provided to mount the antenna. To ensure a safe, reliable, and long-standing
installation, you must use all four screws to mount the antenna.
Tools and Equipment Required
A mounting installation kit is shipped with the antenna and consists of the following hardware:
Four #8 x 1¼ screws
Four #8 plastic anchors
Four end caps
You may need the following tools and equipment, which are not provided.
A Phillips screwdriver
Cisco Aironet 5-GHz MIMO 6-dBi Patch Antenna (AIR-ANT5160NP-R)
Installing the Antenna
A drill
A #29 (0.136-in. (s.45 mm)) drill bit (for drywall installation, other surfaces may require a different
A pencil
A small mallet or hammer
Mounting on a Vertical Surface
Follow these steps to mount your antenna on a vertical surface. This procedure describes mounting the
antenna on a drywall surface. If you are mounting the antenna on any other type of surface, your
procedure may vary slightly.
Step 1
Determine the location where you will mount the antenna.
Step 2
Use the antenna as a template to mark the location of the four mounting holes.
Step 3
Use a drill and #29 drill bit to drill four holes in at the locations you marked in Step 2.
Step 4
Start a plastic anchor into each hole.
Step 5
Use a mallet or small hammer to seat the anchors into the wall.
Step 6
Align the antenna’s mounting holes with the anchors.
Step 7
Start a #8 x 1¼ screw into each antenna mounting hole.
Step 8
Use a Phillips screwdriver to secure the antenna to the wall. Do not overtighten.
Step 9
Install the end caps into the antenna mounting holes
Step 10
Remove the yellow outdoor installation warning label from the antenna radome.
Outdoor Installations
You can mount this antenna outdoors. If you mount the antenna outdoors, you must provide the
mounting hardware. For outdoor installations, follow the instructions printed on the back of the antenna.
An orientation arrow is printed on the back of the antenna that indicates the orientation for outdoor
installations. You must install the antenna with the orientation arrow pointing down to prevent any water
intrusion and to provide a drain for any moisture that may accumulate inside the antenna.
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Suggested Cable
Cisco recommends a high-quality, low-loss cable for use with the antenna.
Coaxial cable loses efficiency as the frequency increases, resulting in signal loss. The cable should be
kept as short as possible because cable length also determines the amount of signal loss (the longer the
run, the greater the loss).
Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security
For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback,
security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly
What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical
documentation, at:
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