The Battle of Cell Signal Booster Antennas: Dome vs. Panel Antennas
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When evaluating the needs of your wireless solution, consider whether dome or panel antennas are right for you. Variables in the decision-making process include the details of your coverage needs, as well as the initial outside signal and building materials. Together, these factors will determine which antenna is a fit. In this blog, we discuss the specifications of both antennae options and which projects they’re best suited for.
Commercial cell signal boosters are powerful 3G and 4G LTE cellular amplifiers that improve coverage and reception for multistory buildings and factories up to 140,000+ square feet Getting reliable service inside the office is often a struggle due to cell tower distance, building material, and external & internal conditions.
With an enterprise solution such as WilsonPro, getting better talk & text, and faster internet & data are virtually guaranteed.
Commercial cell phone signal boosters generally come with three major components:
- The Outside Antenna, which pulls in the existing cellular signal.
- The Amplifier that boosts the signal up to 32X depending on the quality of the outside signal.
- The Inside Antenna(s) that then rebroadcast the amplified signal throughout the building.
Like the Outside Antenna (which comes in variations of Yagi or Omni antenna), the Inside Antenna also comes with two options: dome antennas or panel antennas. Both are capable of rebroadcasting enhanced 3G, and 4G LTE signals inside the workplace, yet there are some differences.
Let’s examine which one is right for your situation.
The majority of WilsonPro signal booster kits like the Pro 70 and Pro 70 Plus use panel antennas. They are wall-mounted, and broadcast enhanced signal in a specific direction (generally in a cone of 45 to 70 degrees).
By having such a concentrated field of transmission, these antennas allow for a stronger signal when a cell phone user is next to the antenna. They also provide better coverage when a user is in line-of-sight of the antenna.
Panel antennas make sense for businesses when certain areas are high priority for better reception (e.g. office, conference room, lounge, etc.) compared to low priority locations (e.g. storeroom, restroom, closet, etc.).
Therefore, if certain places within your commercial building demand better coverage and faster data speeds, we’d generally recommend panel antennas.
Newer and more powerful boosters like the WilsonPro 4000 and industry-leading WilsonPro 4000R use dome antennas. They are ceiling-mounted and broadcast 360 degrees of amplified signal.
This solution provides a wide, horizontal spread of signal, delivering it uniformly throughout the floor.
Dome antennas make sense for buildings with low ceilings, open office spaces, and unobtrusive walls (e.g. material like sheet rock and wood or thick walls).
If getting signal equally throughout a space is important and the number of internal interference is low, then dome antennas are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also deliver great results.
Which pro-grade inside antenna is right for you?
As always, it depends. Each project needs a strategic, customized approach for optimal results.
There are many factors to consider such as the current outside signal, internal building structure, wall density and material, and metals that distort RF signal.
But, as a rule of thumb, if you have priority areas, go with panel antennas, especially if your existing outside signal is mediocre to below average. Panel antennas have a better degree of penetration.
If you have low ceilings and open office space, go with the dome antennas, as they have a wider horizontal reach.
For more help with choosing the right inside antenna, contact our WilsonPro team. Or, download our ebook to learn more about WilsonPro booster solutions.