Wireless network routers (and access points) contain a built-in WiFi antenna that radiates signals equally in every direction. These antennas are sometimes called omnidirectional. A system featuring an Omni-directional hotspot antenna will make any router setup easier. When the router is installed in a central location, and wireless clients are distributed throughout the rooms, an Omni-directional antenna will ensure that all corners of the office or particular floor have coverage.

Ease of installation aside, there are certain scenarios where it is better to replace the router’s built-in antenna with an alternate choice.  An Omnidirectional antenna can have difficulty reaching greater distances because its signaling power expands in all directions.  As an option, some router manufacturers sell external Omni-directional antennas that are significantly stronger than the router’s built-in antenna. Installing a stronger Omni-directional antenna not only reaches locations that are farther away from the router but also ensures that the signal will be uniformly strong. Additionally, because Wi-Fi connections are distance-sensitive, a stronger connection also often leads to increased network performance.

Select a Hotspot Antenna That’s Just Right for Your Needs

There is, however, another side to this coin. Wireless antennas that are too strong will likely create network security issues. Omni-directional antennas can send Wi-Fi signals that bleed outside a building where the radio signals can be snooped. An alternative that also produces a greater WiFi range is a high gain directional antenna which increases signal receptivity, but it may be channeled in a particular direction. By focusing the signal, a high gain antenna allows the signal to be better controlled. For example, the hotspot antenna can be aimed toward the area of the business where wireless devices are located, and away from common areas such as warehouses and reception spaces where the public congregates.

To summarize, any business can improve its wireless network reach and performance by replacing the wireless antenna on a router. Many routers support an external antenna jack that allows connecting the new antenna, making this process simple. If you have any questions about troubleshooting your WiFi hotspot antenna, what antenna is best for your business requirements, or want to know more about any GNS Wireless products, please contact us by calling (877) 209-5152. You can also send us an email, if you’d prefer, to support@gnswireless.com.

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