Review: MIMO Desk Antenna by Panorama (Cellular Antennas)

Panorama's MIMO desktop antenna with 2 TS-9 connectors works for signal enhancing a cellular mobile hotspot device with two antenna ports.

MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) is the use of more than one antenna to increase signal performance. All LTE devices internally have at least two antennas to take advantage of this technology. This antenna is designed with two antennas inside it's panel case, and then had two plugs that can go directly into a device with TS-9 ports (typically used on mobile hotspots like JetPacks and MiFis).

You can mount by sitting on a desk or other flat surface, or with the included suction cups to a window most closely facing the cellular tower you're connected to, or use the included clips to attach to the screen of a laptop. No tricky roof installation needed. It's portable and rated for indoor use.

Specifications

  • Model: DMM-7-27-2SP
  • Type: MIMO
  • Frequency Range (MHz): 698-960 / 1710-2700
  • Cable Type & Length: 6.5' long cable
  • Connector: 2x TS-9 connectors, SMA adapters included
  • Dimensions: 5.4” x 5.94''
  • Mounting: Includes clips & suction cups
  • Frequency / Gain: Stated as 698-960MHz - 2.5dBi; 1710-2170MHz - 4dBi; 2.2-2.7GHz - 3dBi
  • Retail Price:  $44.99

Testing Status: We have purchased this antenna to test against our top rated Netgear MIMO antenna of similar specs.

Results will be available to members in our Testing Lab at Cellular Signal Enhancing Field Testing – weBoost Drive Sleek | MIMO Antennas.

 

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Thoughts & Analysis

Favorite Features:

  • Affordable
  • Hardly any installation needed - bring it out only when needed
  • TS-9 connectors built in, designed to plug directly into mobile hotspots (minimal signal loss).
  • Includes SMA adapters for use with other cellular embedded routers
  • Portable - you can take it with you in a backpack, purse or briefcase
  • Three mounting options included - fold out feet, suction cup and screen clips.

Potential Downsides:

  • Suction cup can easily fall off when moving around.
  • Using on a desktop is awkward - the wiring comes out the bottom of the antenna, and the legs aren't tall enough to route the wires without bending them.
  • Only works on devices with dual TS-9 or SMA antenna ports, which are primarily mobile hotspots or some embedded cellular routers.
  • If your windows are coated with a metal based film (for privacy, heat reflection, etc.) - this could block the signal. In this case, having the antenna on the inside of the window would see little to no gain. (Solutions: try the front windshield and/or placing the antenna on the outside of the window).

Device Compatibility

This antenna will work on devices with dual TS-9 antenna ports. Popular mobile hotspot models that include these ports are:

The antenna also includes SMA adapters, which allow the antenna to be used with some embedded cellular routers too.

To check to see if other models have dual antenna ports, check our Mobile Hotspot Review Center and click the search button for 'Dual Antenna Ports'.

If your device does not have antenna ports, then antenna only options will not work - cellular boosters are the best option in this case. If your device only has a single antenna port (such as the Verizon 6620L), this antenna may work with just one cable plugged in - but be sure to experiment as both the hotspot and the antenna tend to have 'primary' and 'secondary' connections. You'll probably be better off using a single antenna option.

Smartphones do not tend to have consumer accessible antenna ports anymore, and thus will need a booster to enhance their signal.

Initial Impressions:

Out of the box, this antenna impressed solidly - nicely organized package with an instruction booklet.

It has integrated 'feet' that fold out for sitting on a desk, and included laptop mounts and a suction cup. It also includes TS9 to SMA adapters, making this antenna also suitable for other devices. And the 'X' shape does look kinda cool.

The directions clearly state this is an omnidirectional antenna - so placement is flexible.

On a desk, we found the rigid wires coming out the bottom made it difficult to sit flat - and you definitely don't want to bend the wires too much. The wires are longer than the Netgear and far more rigid which we found made it more difficult for the connectors to stay in the Jetpacks. The TS9 connectors are also a bit on the flimsy side - we easily damaged one of them when we slightly missed the port on the 7730.

Thankfully, performance didn't seem to be impacted. Performance wise, initially, it seems the Urant performed slightly better.

 

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Quick Take

Panorama's MIMO antenna with 2 TS-9 connectors is a great compliment to any mobile internet setup that includes mobile hotspots with dual antenna ports.

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