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IoT antennas white paper

Reduce time-to-market by combining antennas and modules

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Factors to consider for successful integration of IoT antennas

As the IoT continues its move into the mainstream with billions of devices entering deployment, organizations are moving from limited pilot projects to hyperscale roll-outs which the digital future of the business depends upon. Alongside connectivity and power, a third area – the antenna – needs to be given equal attention because of the fundamental impact it has on device performance. This white paper describes the different types of antennas, common mistakes, the challenges of installation and use and how Quectel can help handle the complexities associated with antennas.

The antenna is the means by which an IoT device receives and sends signals to the outside world and therefore is a fundamental element of an IoT device. However, antenna decisions are often neglected until the end of the development process, resulting in unnecessary compromises and sub-optimal siting of antennas that could have been avoided with better planning and design.

Embedded and external antennas offer different advantages and disadvantages but correct installation and deployment is critical. Antenna location needs to be correct and performance requirements for the devices need to be accommodated, as well as how and where the devices are to be used. The white paper also details other challenges of antennas and their potential solutions.

A key recommendation is using a single supplier, even though traditional device development usually involves sourcing components from multiple suppliers and bringing them together into an integrated device. By choosing a vendor that can provide the RF front end, the antenna, the wireless module and the interconnection, organizations can streamline the process, which is particularly important when considering the relationship between the antenna and the wireless module which it connects to. Read the white paper to learn more about utilizing wireless modules and the antenna solutions offered by Quectel.

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Embedded vs external antennas

Installation and deployment criteria

Performance requirements