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What Is The Difference Between An Omnidirectional Antenna And A Directional Antenna?

There are two types of antennas that provide distinct radiating patterns. The first type radiates and receives energy equally in all horizontal directions is called an Omni-Directional Antenna. These antennas are best suited for applications requiring All around coverage. In addition, the Omni-Directional Antenna's prominent feature is their pole like radome, such as a monopole. The terms "Rubber Duck" and "Whip Antenna" are commonly used. 

In contrast, for some applications, all-round coverage is not required or the focus of available energy needs to be radiated by the antenna in a particular direction. This is known as a Directional Antenna.

Depending on where coverage is needed, this will dictate the choice of antenna.

Please see examples of Radiation Patterns Below:


Omni-Directional Antennas Elevation Plot
Omni-Directional Antennas Elevation Plot
Omni-Directional Antennas Azimuth Plot
Omni-Directional Antennas Azimuth Plot
Directional Antennas Elevation Plot
Directional Antennas Elevation Plot
Directional Antennas Azimuth Plot
Directional Antennas Azimuth Plot

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Some examples of our Omni-Directional Antennas include our ECO, DOD, OD, PSKN, MOD, Base Stations, and so forth.

In addition, our Directional Antennas include our Yagi, PS, PND, SCR Series and more.

Check out our WiFi Omni-Directional Antennas or our  WiFi Network Directional Antennas. Otherwise, visit our eStore to customize an antenna online. 

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