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Maximum Weight the Times-7 A5530 Mat can Withstand

December 2, 2019 10:17:12 AM EST

The Race Timing Mat, also known as P/N A5533, is designed to support moderate loads such as runners, cyclists, hand trolleys, and carts. In other words, carts and bicycles utilizing rubber wheels and the occasional vehicular traffic with pneumatic tires should be supported by the mat antenna. The weight load should not exceed 100 psi (7 kg/ cm2) and the maximum distributed load on the mat should not exceed 1100lbs (500kg). If you were to surpass the weight limitations, the antenna will no longer be able to function properly. On another note, care must be taken to ensure the mat is installed on a smooth, hard, flat surface. Make sure that the mat surface is not damaged by sharp objects such as steel-edged wheels, stone chips or glass fragments, etc. This will ensure the longevity of your antenna.

 

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Laird Introduces FLEXMIMO - The World’s First Embedded PIFA Antenna for Wi-FI MIMO Applications
Provides a Flexible, Easy to Install 2.4/5 GHz, Dual Element PIFA Antenna for Wi-Fi MIMO Applications

 

LairdJuly 18, 2018 – Laird, a global technology leader, today announced the FlexMIMO - the industry’s first flexible PIFA antenna, part # EFD2455A3S-10MHF1, for Wi-Fi MIMO applications. The FlexMIMO has two integrated 2.4/5 GHz dual-band antenna elements specifically designed for 802.11 MIMO applications, such as automated equipment, medical devices and a myriad of Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. The FlexMIMO is based on a Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA) structure, comprised of two mylar antenna elements with a foam core, resulting in a low profile, flexible antenna. 

 

The FlexMIMO can be mounted in a wide range of applications. Laird’s patented, flexible PIFA antenna structure allows for the use of the antenna on flat and curved surfaces (concave or convex), providing greater flexibility in design and superior antenna gain and performance.


“Laird is simplifying the technical requirements needed for implementing the two antennas for 802.11 MIMO radio applications,” said Jonathan Kaye, Senior Director, Product Management, Laird. “The FlexMIMO is designed with the ideal orientation and spacing between the two integrated antenna elements, so it’s already optimized for 2x2 MIMO radio performance, giving our customers the best possible range and throughput for their wireless applications, without having to worry about antenna isolation and orientation."

 

The FlexMIMO has a layered, compact design that is about the size and thickness of a quarter, which reduces the overall solution footprint. With an operating temperature range of -40° C to +85° C, the 2.4/5 GHz model is specifically designed for 802.11n/ac/ax applications that use MIMO or Wi-Fi Diversity. The FlexMIMO has low ECC performance, enabling best in class throughput and range performance, and is certified for use in Laird’s 60 Series of Wi-Fi + BT modules. Laird’s FlexMIMO antenna is available immediately, as well as engineering samples. Depending on a customer’s unique requirements, customized versions are also available. The FlexMIMO is the latest in a family of antenna solutions that are engineered to provide unmatched quality and flexibility while solving real-world antenna design challenges.

 

About Laird 

Laird is focused on providing systems, components, and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable mission critical connectivity through wireless applications and advanced antenna systems. Laird’s products are critical to all sectors of the electronics industry, including transportation, industrial, medical, telecommunications, computing, and the mobile device sectors. Laird employs nearly 9,700 employees at 48 locations, including 20 engineering and manufacturing facilities, 18 research and design centers, and 10 sales and administrative offices, in 19 countries worldwide.

 

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What is an NMO Mount? How is it used? Do you need it?

 

Chrome Magnetic NMO Mount

 

An NMO mount, pictured to the left, stands for "New Motorola." It's a popular type of mounting base that's frequently used when installing mobile antennas. It comes in two different installation types, thru-hole and magnetic. Thru-hole mounts typically need a small hole, around 3/8" to 3/4", to be drilled through the surface the mount would be resting upon. It's the best choice for an extremely rugged installation. The thru-hole mount comes in two colors, chrome and brass. The magnetic mount is similar to the thru-hole mount, but the applications are different. The magnetic mount can be placed onto any metallic surface and has a pull of about 8 lbs. It comes in two colors, black and chrome, and won't damage your appliance since its application doesn't involve a drilled hole.

 

The idea of the NMO mount is simple.  NMO mounts are devised to have a standard threaded connector where you screw on the antenna of choice to the mount. It connects to the antenna and provides the antenna cable as well.  There are a large number of antennas that are built to screw on to the NMO mount, simply look for an antenna with an NMO base. 

 

NMO mounts have two waterproof seals, so if installed right it should prevent the car from rusting out. The first seal, or waterproof gasket, is placed directly against the metal of your vehicle or another metallic surface, while the second sits inside the antenna. This keeps the connection point of the antenna dry. You would also be delighted to know that once you connect an antenna to this mount, it isn't permanent, therefore, you can remove the antenna and switch it with a different one.

 

Once mounted, the NMO mount only occupies 1/4" of the height above its mounting surface, meaning that it's low profile and unobtrusive. Recently, we've unveiled 15 new NMO mounts from RFMAX, ranging from brass thru-hole mounts to chrome magnetic mounts, so don't forget to check that out! The thru-hole mounts begin with RNMOT while the magnetic mounts start with RNMOM. Enjoy! If you have any other questions regarding the topic don't be afraid to reach out!

 

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Inquiry: Does a roof-mounted multi-band antenna need to be grounded for lightening or surge protection?

GJ-RSF-DB-G4W-TTT: RFMAX Shark Fin Antenna

We recently had a client reach out to us about an antenna that would work well for their Panasonic Toughbook 20. We had recommended the GJ-RSF-DB-G4W-TTT antenna because of its ability to handle the connections being broadcasted and received in rural areas with its optimization for combing 1575 MHz GPS, 698-2700 3G/4G/LTE cellular data communication and 2.4 / 5 GHz WIFI/WLAN. They then went on to ask whether the antenna would need to be grounded for lightening or surge protection. Fortunately, they do not need to be grounded because the antennas are encapsulated in a plastic housing and isolated from the vehicles’ metal surface.

 

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Crimping Tools Needed to Replace Mobile Radios

October 1, 2019 12:39:50 PM EDT

Recently a client reached out to us about replacing a few of the antennas for their mobile radios with base station configurations. He had a few questions regarding the transition of his device/antenna from analog to DMR in the upcoming year. He stated that the antennas being replaced were Laird FG450 and the radios were Motorola CM300D with a power of 25 watts UHF. He wanted a recommendation on some cables with lengths 20’, 20’, 20’, 50’ and 60’ because he would be replacing them during the transition. What cable type should he use? Should he get a spool with connectors and do we have those cables with N-male on one end and mini-UHF male on the other end? I figured it would be best to share with you all the recommendations that we made for the client.

 

I’ll start by saying that we don’t recommend building cable assemblies “in the field” since most cables fail without factory testing, however, we can create the cables that you need. I recommend the use of our PT240 which is an LMR240 equivalent cable that works at the 450 MHz frequency. It has an outside diameter of approximately 0.24 inches, offers low loss, and is quite flexible to work with. If you feel very strongly about going with a very low loss cable, then you should opt for an LMR400 equivalent. Below I have included the “loss” characteristics:

 

  • PT240: loss of 5.3 dB per 100 feet (but, it’s small diameter makes it flexible and easy to work with)
  • PT400: loss of 2.7 dB per 100 feet (but, it’s large diameter makes it quite rigid and tough to bend)

 

Note: If you would like to buy bulk cables for PT240 please click here and if you would like to buy bulk cables for PT400 please click here.

 

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Q) Do you have an antenna similar to the “salt shaker” that we currently buy (TRA806/17103P), but will support4G LTE and Wi-Fi?

 

A) We have part number TRA6927M3PW-001, a white ‘Phantom’ style omnidirectional antenna with N-Female permanent 5/8 inch mount operating at 698-2700 MHz range. It offers a gain of 3 dBi, REQUIRES mounting on metallic ground planes for the best performance, and is virtually indestructible.

 

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Voice Communications and M2M

October 1, 2019 12:36:07 PM EDT

 What does machine to machine (M2M) mean and does this mean the antenna is not equipped for voice communications?

 

Machine to machine, or M2M, is an umbrella term used to describe all technology that exchanges information between one another and performs certain actions without the help of humans. The exchange of information is direct and uses any communications channel, included wireless and wired. This form of communication between machines is the primary business we are in now. When it comes to antennas with voice applications, all of our antennas are built with that element. All of our antennas work with voice communications, and depending on the antenna you select, will work on the correct tuned radio frequencies. For instance, if you are looking to get a low SWR in the 435-450 range, you would tune your radio to transmit and receive at 430-450 MHz.

 

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Will the FM2 bracket work for the Laird OD9 series?

October 1, 2019 12:32:23 PM EDT

Unfortunately, the FM2 will not work with the OD9 series antennas from Laird, however, the OD9 series ship with a dual U-bolt mounting system. It a very basic mount but it works fine and we don’t have any other mounts to work with this system. If you are willing to expand your antenna search beyond the OD9 series to all small antennas that work in the 900 MHz range, we have two recommendations found below.

 

  • ROSA-900-SNF: An RFMAX outdoor rated 900 MHZ omnidirectional stick antenna with N-Female connectors for IoT use in the US 902-928 MHz bands. The antenna features a “weep hole” with a waterproof membrane so it can be used indoors and outdoors.
  • ROSA-900-SNM: An RFMAX outdoor rated 900 MHZ omnidirectional stick antenna with N-Male connectors for IoT use in the US 902-928 MHz bands. This antenna can be used indoors and outdoors.

 

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We recently had a client reach out to us about a cellular antenna that he wanted to place on the side of his building. He noticed that we had a vehicular antenna, part 170653-000, and wanted something similar to that product. He also informed us that he was looking for a 25-foot cable extension and wanted to receive some recommendations.

 

Considering part # 170653-000 is a dual cellular product and our assumption that your main concern is to have an antenna outside, we recommend 2 pcs of the Cradlepoint outdoor omnidirectional antenna # 170668-000. Part # 170668-000 is a multi-band omnidirectional antenna that collects 3G/4G/LTE cell tower signals and sends it to an integrated or embedded Cradlepoint modem/ router. It doesn’t include any cables so we have a recommendation in regards to the client wants a 25-foot extension cable.

 

I recommend 2 pcs of RFMAX’s part # PT240-025-SNM-SSM, an LMR240 type equivalent low loss 25-foot coaxial cable with N-Male and SMA Male connectors.

 

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Antenna with UL Type 4X Training

October 1, 2019 11:34:10 AM EDT

We recently came in contact with a client that was looking for an antenna with UL Type 4X rating similar to IP67. He claimed that he wanted to mount external antennas on a NEMA box.

 

In response, all of our antennas are typically IP rated, but not UL rated because all of our antennas do not have any active element which means UL rating is not required for our antennas. In my opinion, if I were putting a router in a NEMA box (I’m assuming we are talking about a cellular router?) I would use the appropriate version of the RFMAX “brick” style antenna. This antenna is super heavy duty with what I believe to be excellent gasketing.  Below you will find web links for a 2-in-1 (dual cellular) 3-in-1 (GPS + dual cellular) and 5-in-1 (GPS, dual cellular & dual Wi-Fi) models.  In addition, I’ve included hi-resolution photos for you to view.

 

 

 

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