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Published: 04/10/2017 2:36 pm
Last Edit: 13/10/2017 2:14 pm
Category: Case Studies/Guest Posts, WiFi Articles

LTE Antenna installation advice from Andre Fourie, Chairman of Poynting Antennas

LTE Antenna adviceI recently had the following questions from a customer and thought it might be useful for other people installing a LTE or 3G antenna  at your house or office for fixed broadband.

“I hope you can assist me. I have an XPOL-006 antenna that I need to install.  From the specifications on the website I see the band, dbi as well as that it is directional. I am about 300m from my nearest cell tower with a high rise building in the middle.” Continue reading…

Published: 04/10/2017 2:29 pm
Last Edit: 13/10/2017 2:14 pm
Category: Case Studies/Guest Posts, WiFi Articles

How to choose a LTE Fixed Wireless Antenna. By Andre Fourie of Poynting

How to choose a LTE Fixed Wireless Antenna


With 4G/LTE services becoming very fast, it is now an option for people to use it as their primary internet connection. But in some cases download speeds are lower than expected (or advertised), due to poor signal from the cellular tower. By installing a fixed wireless solution (4G router and outdoor antenna), you can improve your download speed dramatically. With this article we are looking at the 4 major considerations when selecting an outdoor LTE antenna for a fixed wireless installation: Continue reading…

Published: 23/03/2017 10:55 am
Last Edit: 23/03/2017 2:44 pm
Category: New Products, News, WiFi Articles

New IP COM Access Points


IP-Com are in the process of rolling out a new range of indoor and outdoor access points. The key changes over the previous model range include extra features such as load balancing, airtime fairness (so WiFi access is fairly distributed between connected clients) and higher client count.

The new Access Point range also comes with a clutch of new management/controller units which add some exciting new features like multiple SSID based captive portal (that means a different captive portal per SSID!), cascading controllers and cloud control – further details on the revised controller range to follow.

The new Access Point models currently launched are:
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Published: 09/02/2017 11:35 am
Last Edit: 09/02/2017 11:36 am
Category: Case Studies/Guest Posts, WiFi Articles

Case Study: Bishop David Brown School

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Bishop David Brown School is a mixed secondary school on the outskirts of Woking and with 575 students it is rapidly expanding.  A refurbishment project was completed in August 2016. The refurbishment included an extension to provide two new classrooms, four new Science laboratories, two ICT room, a Textiles classroom as well as the refurbishment of ten English and Maths classrooms.
School buildingAt the heart of the refurbishment was the requirement for a new WiFi system to replace an existing solution that was poorly performing and not meeting the teaching requirements for an ever expanding number of pupils whose IT requirements were becoming more intensive with new client devices being added to the network on a monthly basis. In addition to that there was also a requirement for outdoor WiFi to cover the external playing fields and gardens for Sports Days and other potential learning activities. Continue reading…

Published: 01/11/2016 4:24 pm
Last Edit: 02/11/2016 12:51 pm
Category: WiFi Articles

What is 11ac?

802.11ac was introduced to handle the boom in devices that need to use a wireless network at faster speeds. Whereas we would still argue that you can’t beat a lan cable for the fastest and most reliable network connections, you can’t get away from the fact that the vast majority of users prefer the mobility that a wireless network offers; this is especially true where the client device is a phone or tablet.

802.11ac is the next evolution in wireless technology, going forward from 11n which has been around since 2009. 11ac wireless technology represents a significant performance increase over its highly successful predecessor, 802.11n. The 802.11ac IEEE standard allows for theoretical speeds up to 6.9 Gbps in the 5-GHz band, or 11.5 times those of 802.11n. The first draft 802.11ac was ratified in Jan 2014 (referred to as Wave 1) with PHY* rate speeds up to 1.3Gbps. Wave 2 is the second release of 11ac products which is hitting the streets in late 2016 and promises some new, exciting features with PHY* rate speeds up to 3.47Gbs (well in some countries anyway!). However the full IEEE specification for 11ac actually allows a PHY rate up to 6.9Gbps; assuming, of course, that there’s the frequency bandwidth to support such things! Continue reading…

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