The 5 Best MIMO LTE Antennas for 5G

The Cradlepoint 170760-000 LTE Antenna
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There are a lot of benefits to using MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) LTE antennas on 5G. These antennas contain a huge number of elements and connections with the ability to send and receive large sums of data simultaneously. This way, more people (or systems) can simultaneously connect to the network, and all the while, the system can maintain a high throughput.

But which MIMO antenna is right for your needs? We will break down the five very best MIMO LTE antenna solutions, their features, and what makes them unique to help you in your decision making.

1. The Cradlepoint 170801-000 LTE Antenna

Cradlepoint is world renowned for creating some of the very best network connectivity products on the market, and the 170801-000 LTE antenna is no exception. Reasonably priced at $14.99, this antenna has a 600 MHz to 6000 MHz frequency range and can offer a gain of two to three dB. This high-performance paddle antenna is compatible with a wide range of Cradlepoint routers including the E100, E300, E3000, AER2200, IBR1700, and IBR900 routers when they are hosting the embedded MC400-1200M-B Advanced Pro modem. The antenna boasts universal operation across a wide range of cellular carrier bands. It is lightweight, very durable, and attaches directly to the router, thus mitigating loss through cabling. The antenna, with a standard SMA connector, installs upright or at a 90 degree angle, based on your cellular signal quality and preferences.

This antenna is a straightforward and inexpensive option but requires four antennas for 4×4 MIMO LTE communication. However, two antennas come with the corresponding router, thus only requiring two additional purchases. These antennas make better options for indoor operations such as office buildings and factories, as it is not ruggedized. While there is not a ton of documentation on this antenna, the low cost makes it easy to exchange for a different option if you find any complications. It’s not, however, a great option for mobile or outdoor units where antennas must be placed on a high pole. In these situations, opt for a four-in-one antenna instead of the paddle.

Pros

  • Simple and inexpensive
  • Convenient, 2 come in the box with the router

Cons

  • Not rugged (indoor use only)
  • Requires 4 antennas for 4×4 MIMO LTE
  • Least documentation

2. Parsec PRO5K (K9 Series) 5-in-1 Multi-Antenna

This antenna is nothing short of impressive. Priced at $439, it may come at a higher price point, but the PRO5K is well worth the investment. It is the same price between 1’ and 16’ cable options and offers a staggering 300 lbs worth of cable pull strength. It is not just an LTE MIMO antenna, it also provides optional WiFi and GPS in a single, sleek low-profile radome. This antenna operates across the bands of Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile wireless carriers, as well as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.

If all of that was not impressive enough, the design is what really sets the Parsec PRO5K apart. The outer radome is IP67 grade; completely impervious to water, airborne particles, temperature fluctuations, and impact. It withstands extreme cold and heat with a -40 to 85°C operating temperature range. This outer shell protects the bottom of the antenna and hides it from view. With the help of cabling, the antenna can be mounted away from its corresponding router, making it possible to place the antenna in the perfect spot to send and receive signals. All of these elements and features combined make the PRO5K a worthy contender for whatever it is up against and a great option for all mobile, industrial, and/or outdoor operations. The only real downside is that it is a significant investment and one of the more expensive MIMO LTE options available. It also must be mounted by a technical professional familiar with the technology and takes a bit of effort to ensure it’s installed correctly. However with all things considered, it is one of the best antennas money can buy.

Pros

  • High performance (with high efficiency and isolation)
  • Very rugged
  • All antennas conveniently housed in a single dome
  • Can be located away from router with cables
  • Lowest profile
  • Same price for 1’ or 16’ cables
  • 300 lbs. cable pull strength

Cons

  • Higher price point
  • Requires effort to mount it

3. Panorama LG-IN2444 5-in-1 Multi-Antenna

What makes the Panorama LG-IN2444 unique is it’s omnidirectional design. This 80 mm (3.1″) H x 180 mm (7.1″) diameter antenna will set you back $420 with a five meter (16’) cable. This 5-in-1 cellular and GPS combo-antenna integrates five antennas – 4×4 MIMO 5G LTE with GPS/GNSS – into one low profile dome. Operating between the 600 MHz to 6000 MHz frequency range, the LG-IN2444 offers a gain up to 9 dBi.

This antenna is a great option for those wanting an extremely reliable, high quality antenna at a bit lower price point. It is designed to be both highly efficient, isolated, and is the most rugged antenna on our list with a IP69K and IK10 rating. The LG-IN2444 reliably receives and transmits a massive amount of data while operating from 600 MHz to 6000 MHz. This antenna is compatible with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile cellular bands so it easily integrates into most networking systems. It also comes in two colors, black or white, so the antenna can easily blend in with its surroundings. However, as with the Parsec PRO5K, this antenna is indeed still a sizable investment and requires professional installation.

Pros

  • Less expensive than Parsec PRO4K above
  • Most rugged of these (more certifications)
  • All antennas conveniently housed in a single dome
  • Can be located away from router with cables
  • In two colors, white and black

Cons

  • Higher price point
  • Requires effort to mount it

4.  Mobile Mark LTMWG940 Antenna

The Mobile Mark LTMWG940 multi-band antenna is perfect for boosting cellular and GPS coverage for fleet vehicles in a single dome. The LTMWG940 comes with two options for cable length; the first with 1’ jumper cables priced at $316, and the second coming with 15’ cables priced at $411. As with the other 4×4 MIMO LTE antennas, the Mobile Mark operates between a 600 MHZ to 6000 MHz frequency range. It offers a 5 dBi peak gain and has optional WiFi and GPS capabilities. The 5.5” diameter x 2.38” height dome design makes it a low-profile solution rather than attaching multiple different antennas, saving time and space.

It is well certified, with IP67, IEEE1478, EN61373, MIL-810G, TIA 329.2-C ratings and can withstand temperatures up to -40 to 85ºC. The SMA male terminated 15’ cables easily reach your dual-modem gateways and routers, making it a great addition to your mobile unit network. It can also be a good distance apart from the antenna’s router. For a somewhat similar price however, it must be noted that it offers 5 dBi less gain than the Parsec and Panorama.

Pros

  • Less expensive
  •  Most rugged of these options (more certifications)
  • All antennas conveniently housed in a single dome
  • Can be located away from router with cables
  • In two colors, white and black

Cons

  • Higher price point
  • Requires effort to mount it
  • 5 dBi gain is less than other options

5.  Taoglas MA1509 Synergy 9-in-1 Combination Antenna

The next-generation Taoglas Synergy MA1509.AK.001 stands at 160 mm diameter x 57.5 mm height and is a 9-in-1 antenna made for mobile unit applications. It comes with two cabling options, one with 1’ jumper cables for $283 and the other with 6’ cables for $481. Attach it permanently to your vehicle roof and never worry about the elements. It is fully enclosed in a fully IP67 rated waterproof robust ABS case and base and can withstand extreme temperatures from -40 to 85°C.

The Taoglas Synergy MA1509.AK.001 is typically sold as a 9-in-1 antenna with WiFi, but it may be configured without WiFi as a 5-in-1 antenna containing a GPS and four cellular elements. It delivers powerful MIMO antenna capabilities for 5G/4G, Wi-Fi 2.4/5.8GHz 802.11n and the emerging 802.11ac technology. It can offer a 6.3 dBi gain with 2 W max input power. The 5G/4G antennas also include backward compatibility to work with most worldwide 2G and 3G bands, making this antenna incredibly useful and multifaceted. The MA1509 Synergy’s capabilities have been well documented and come with a 76 page data sheet so users know exactly what to expect from this antenna. As with many of the other antennas on our list, the high price can become a factor. It also requires professional mounting and installation.

Pros

  • Best documented data sheet 
  • All antennas conveniently housed in a single dome
  • Can be located away from router with cables

Cons

  • Higher price point
  • Requires effort to mount it

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Kelvin Aist is Founder and Sales Manager at Westward Sales. He has designed and sold networking and communication solutions his entire career. He frequently blogs for Westward Sales.

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