The newest addition to Poynting’s product line of state-of-the-art antennas has arrived. Not a replacement for the XPOL-1, but rather a companion within the Poynting omni-directional antenna range, the XPOL-1-5G follows in the footsteps of its predecessor whilst expanding on its capabilities.
The most notable upgrade (the clue is in the name) is the greater spectrum coverage. Now covering frequencies all the way from 698MHz up to 3800MHz, including the new 5G bands of 3300-3800MHz, the XPOL-1-5G retains coverage for 4G, 3G and 2G bands, making the antenna backwards compatible with older technologies, as well as future-proofed for the more widespread adoption of 5G network data connections.
Constructed of a new, UV-resistant plastic, the XPOL-1-5G is future-proofed in more ways than one, now better protected against the elements and offering improved resistance to heat, now safe to operate at up to +80°C with the same tamper-resistant, IP65 rated housing.
The unit comes with a 5m HDF195 cable with dual-SMA (m) connections. As the two SMA connections suggest, the unit actually houses two antennas within a single enclosure. This is, of course, what lends the XPOL-1-5G its 2x2 MIMO capabilities. A 4x4 MIMO option (with a quad-SMA cable) is available too.
MIMO stands for ‘Multi-Input, Multi-Output’ and 2x2 MIMO, in short, means that the antenna has two receiving nodes and two transmitting nodes. By being able to transmit and receive RF signals over multiple nodes simultaneously, the antenna is capable of giving better performance both in terms of the reliability of the signal received and the speed of data transmission.
This antenna is compatible with all cellular LTE networks worldwide and, with its highly consistent radiation patterns, the XPOL-1-5G is capable of providing carrier aggregation across its 4G and 5G frequencies. This means the unit can intelligently receive signals from multiple carriers and cell masts simultaneously, so if one provider weakens or drops out, your connection won’t suffer.
The XPOL-1-5G ships with a number of different mounting options in the box. There’s a pole clamp for pole mounting your antenna, 4 x suction cups for window-mounting and 4 x screws for wall-mounting. This flexibility ensures that, wherever your antenna receives the best signal, you’ll be able to mount it. The suction cups are especially useful if you live in an area where external antennas are not permitted. Simply mount the antenna on the inside of a window for greatest possible performance.
As an omni-directional antenna, the XPOL-1-5G is best suited for congested environments such as urban or suburban areas. Busy towns and cities, especially those with high-rise buildings and other such unavoidable obstacles make establishing direct line-of-sight with your nearest cell tower difficult. Since direct antenna-to-mast communication is impossible, the antenna must interface with RF reflections. These reflections are inherently unpredictable, so an antenna that’s going to be effective in a congested area must be able to transmit and receive signal in all directions. Omnidirectional antennas like the XPOL-1-5G are therefore best suited to such environments.
If you live in a rural area that is not particularly congested and require a 5G-ready antenna, consider Poynting’s XPOL-2-5G, which is the XPOL-1-5G’s directional counterpart.
The XPOL-1-5G is now available to purchase from NetXL.