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 its panel case, and then has two plugs that can go directly into a device with TS-9 ports (typically used on mobile hotspots like JetPacks and MiFis).
Suction desk / flat surface mount through single suction cup. No tricky roof installation needed. It's portable and rated for indoor use.
- Model: B01MSK4WZT
- Type: MIMO - 4G Only
- Frequency Range (MHz): 791-821MHz / 832-862MHz / 1710-1785MHz / 1805-1880MHz / 2500-2570MHz / 2620-2690MHz
- Impedance: 50 Ohms
- Cable Length: 6.5' long cable
- Connector: 2x TS-9 connectors
- Dimensions: 6.8'' x 2.1'' x 6.6''
- Mounting: Includes clips & suction cups
- Frequency / Gain: Stated as 35dBi
- Retail Price: $18.50
Testing Status: We have purchased one of these antennas to test head to head with our top pick Netgear MIMO antenna.
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Thoughts & Analysis
Hardly any installation needed - bring it out only when needed
- Suction cups screw into the antenna. There are two mounting locations - the bottom (for desk mounting) and the back (for window mounting.)
- TS-9 connectors built in, designed to plug directly into mobile hotspots (minimal signal loss)
- Portable - you can take it with you in a backpack, purse or briefcase
- 4G Only
- Only works on devices with dual TS-9 antenna ports, which are primarily mobile hotspots (our top pick 7730L, AC791L, Unite Explore, Unite Pro and Sprint Fuse will all work with this.)
- Suction cup desktop mounting is a bit awkward and requires a non-porous surface to stay attached.
- 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.
This antenna will only work on devices with dual TS-9 antenna ports - and only for the 4G network. Popular mobile hotspot models that include these ports are:
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.
It's not always a good impression when the box says 'Antenne'.
Opening the box left little to be desired - just the antenne and a suction cup. No directions included.
We were impressed however that the suction cup screws into the antenna itself, either into the bottom or the back. However, the form factor is a bit odd. If you want to sit this antenna on a desk, it has to be done with the suction cup - and if your desk surface is even slightly porous, that doesn't work so well. And the white box is a bit on the top heavy side for a single mounting point like that, adding further balancing difficulty.
For window mounting, at least in our initial location, we found the more active side was left pointing into the interior of our boat and we found we wished the antenna mount was on the opposite side for better performance. The wires are longer than the Netgear and stiffer - and we found the TS9 connectors were solidly built and stayed in fine with our Unite Explore and 7730 mobile hotspots.
Overall however, it did seem to perform well in our first testing. We'll continue testing this in different locations and results can be found here:
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Urant MIMO Antenna Ratings
Urant's MIMO antenna with 2 TS-9 connectors is a compliment to any 4G mobile internet setup that includes mobile hotspots with dual antenna ports.