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Old 30-03-2016, 10:52   #1
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About to pull the trigger on a Wirie Pro and have to decide whether or not to upgrade the antenna from the standard 8dBi to a 6dBi, for an extra $116. I plan to use it in the Bahamas, so the question is do I need the extra range? Would like to hear from any users who have first-hand experience. Have to decide today if I want to beat the price increase!
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Usually antenna ratings are given for gain, and 8dbi would be MORE gain than 6dbi, so I'm not sure what the benefit of the lower gain antenna is. Something else perhaps?
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Usually antenna ratings are given for gain, and 8dbi would be MORE gain than 6dbi, so I'm not sure what the benefit of the lower gain antenna is. Something else perhaps?
My description of the upgrade antenna was imprecise; I should have said "6dBi 2G/3G/4G Antenna Upgrade." It is, as I understand it, designed to provide a more stable connection.
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Sounds like the more expensive "antenna" is actually an "active antenna" which is designed to work on more frequencies. 2G and 3G frequencies vary depending on the provider. 4G/4G-LTE mean even more variance. If the older antenna does not provide 4G coverage...upgrade.
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Sounds like the more expensive "antenna" is actually an "active antenna" which is designed to work on more frequencies. 2G and 3G frequencies vary depending on the provider. 4G/4G-LTE mean even more variance. If the older antenna does not provide 4G coverage...upgrade.
Think I've mucked this up more than adequately. The 6dBi is an upgrade from the standard 2dBi 2G/3G/4G. The 8dBi I referred to is for Wifi not xG. Sorry for the confusion on my part.
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My understanding of antenna gain, a higher gain antenna focuses more of the signal in a narrower, horizontal beam. So the power isn't increased, just more of the power directed in the horizontal plane.

The downside is the beam is narrower so if the boat is heeled or rocking a lot the signal from your antenna may no longer point where you want it.

If you will only use it at anchor, your boat is reasonably stable, etc then higher gain would probably work for you.
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My understanding of antenna gain, a higher gain antenna focuses more of the signal in a narrower, horizontal beam. So the power isn't increased, just more of the power directed in the horizontal plane.

The downside is the beam is narrower so if the boat is heeled or rocking a lot the signal from your antenna may no longer point where you want it.

If you will only use it at anchor, your boat is reasonably stable, etc then higher gain would probably work for you.
The deed is done; the wire pro has been ordered with the standard (2dBi xG) antenna. Thanks for the feedback!
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