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Tips for Buying the Right TP-Link Wi-Fi Antenna

If you are considering a TP-Link antenna for your Wi-Fi connection, there are multiple factors you need to analyze before moving forward with an investment.

What Basic Technical Specifications Should You Look For?

The wide selection of wireless antennas can be overwhelming at first glance, but an awareness of what to look for makes the decision-making process far more straightforward. Check out the basic specifications that are part of these wireless TP-Link devices:

  • Size: TP-Link Wi-Fi antennas come in a variety of sizes. Longer antennas often produce better signal gain and have a longer range.
  • Brand: Confirm that the antenna you are viewing is TP-Link by looking for its brand listing.
  • MPN: Model numbers often resemble "TL-ANT2415D." Write down the model number for your records. It can also help you determine compatibility with your router.
What Range Should You Look For?

Determine what range you will require to meet your wireless needs. As stated before, the TP-Link antenna's size measurement is helpful in making this determination. The measurement will be designated in decibels relative to the isotropic radiator, or dBi. Sizing varies per item, but common ranges within the TP-Link brand are 12dBi and 15dBi.

Where Should You Put the Antenna?

Where you plan on situating your wireless device is an important factor to consider. After choosing your wireless antenna's future location, contemplate which of the following features are pertinent for that location.

  • Indoor or outdoor: Will your device go indoors or outdoors? TP-Link antennas meant for the outdoors are made to be durable and weather-resilient, while the antennas meant for indoor use may be less resilient but more practical.
  • Directional or omni-directional: Both directional and omni-directional devices are available. An omni-directional antenna will give the clearest signal to your router if you do not have a direct line of sight to your router. If you do have a clear path to your router, you may elect for one of the directional options.
Are These Devices Compatible with Your Router's GHz?

One of the most important considerations is the processing speed, measured in GHz, that your TP-Link device can tune in to. To ensure it is compatible with your wireless router, your TP-Link antenna should be compatible by running on the same GHz frequency. Though 2.4 GHz is the minimum processing speed you will find with a router, devices with high gain at 5 GHz for routers with faster processing speeds are also available.

How Do You Use This Wi-Fi Enhancer?

If you are frustrated about a weak wireless connection and want to be able to expand the perimeter and strength of that connection, a wireless enhancer from TP-Link may be the answer you're looking for. If you enjoy the outdoors, adding one of these devices can even allow you to enjoy improved wireless connectivity outside, allowing you to work wirelessly on your laptop or tablet.