MIMORAD General Installation Information
Your new Fullband® MIMORAD® antenna, is designed for both indoor & outdoor use.
We have compiled a few points of information to help you position the antenna, at the most optimum position. The antenna is supplied with 2 x 5m cables, for MIMO operation.
We suggest you try several positions, to achieve best results; the points below are some general rules when installing antennas.
The Antenna is designed to be located in a position where there is a better overall signal than the location you have your router installed. For a quick check you can check your router signal in the normal indoors location then using a power extension cable move your router to the proposed position of your antenna and check the signal using the routers own antennas and see if there is a much improved signal. If the signal is the same outdoors as it is indoors then the benefit of installing an outdoor antenna may not give you the boost you were hoping for. This easy test of moving your router to check service before purchasing and installing the antenna may save you time and money if there is not a better signal outdoors.
- If possible, obtain a signal strength reading to determine optimal placement:
Based on your proximity, there may be a preferred location to mount your antenna. Make sure you keep the antenna away from other RF generating sources, such as electrical & communication cables,
Try and give your antenna, ‘space to breathe’ and do not mount it where the Omni signal could be disturbed, in other words, don’t mount the antenna in an area that is surrounded by high tall buildings, in general, the higher and more open space you install your antenna, usually works best.
- DON’T mount your Antenna in a basement or lower level:
Elevation is essential when finding the ideal mounting location. The mounting hardware included with your Fullband® MIMORAD® antenna should be used to maximise signal reception.
- DO mount your Antenna as elevated as possible:
The Fullband® MIMORAD® antenna is designed to be mounted on your roof, side of a building, in your attic, or as close to the ceiling as possible, if using indoors, If you have aluminium siding or a metal roof, be sure to mount the antenna outside away from the siding or above the metal roof if possible. However, it is possible some blockage or scattering of signals may occur.
- DON’T trap your antenna with any type of interference:
This includes any object (especially metal) that would potentially block a signal from reaching the antenna. In order to have maximum reception, don’t mount the antenna in or near storage areas in attic. Boxes, furniture, clothes and other items near or around your antenna can have an effect on performance.
- DO mount your antenna in the upright position:
For maximum performance we recommend mounting the MIMORAD® straight up, with the cables pinned down, and fed to your router or other device.
- Place the antenna in or near a window, if installing indoors
The fewer obstructions between your antenna and the broadcast towers, the better. And make no mistake–thick walls and ceilings are certainly obstructions. That’s why placing your antenna in or near a window often yields the best results. Many times, this can give you the clearest line of sight to the broadcast tower, provided there isn’t a major obstruction right outside of the window, such as a big tree or your neighbour’s brick wall.
- How terrain and location can affect Antennas
The higher the MIMORAD® antenna, the better the signal will be for you. Although this has to do with the size and quality of the antenna itself, it also has to do with terrain. If a home, office etc. is surrounded by tall trees in every direction, these trees will serve as an interference to the signal. The same goes for the home’s elevation. Being located on the top of a large hill or mountain might mean impeccable reception and a clear signal, but a location in a valley can be the opposite.
- What if my performance changes?
If you have had your MIMORAD Antenna installed and working and then the performance significantly changes then it could be caused by any number of external factors. The most common is that your 4G router connected to the MIMORAD is now connecting to a different basestation. To resolve this you should re-position your antenna to a side of the building facing the basestation you want to connect to.
To confirm the antenna is working you can always move the antenna next to the router and check the performance and if it provides comparative performance to the indoor antenna’s supplied with your router then the antenna is functioning correctly and you will need to perform additional tests to find the optimum location for your antenna.
- Connecting the MIMORAD to a pole.
Use the 2 x U-Bolts to connect the antenna bracket to your mounting pole. Ensure the Antenna is vertical and that the plastic housing is above the mounting pole to reduce any interference. See picture below.
Your Fullband® MIMORAD®, is the latest & most up to date 4G LTE MIMO antenna available