This week, Centurion Wireless Technologies of Lincoln, Nebraska, unveiled the MegaSphere, an approximately 8-inch long, cylindrical-shaped antenna (using a patent-pending design) that works with any ISM 2.5GHz radio band network that needs coverage over a large space.
“The general application for this will be as a wireless LAN antenna,” says Tom Trexler, director of sales, Wireless Products, at Centurion. “Most customers will use it for data access to the Internet or inventory control or security systems.”
The 6dBi gain MegaSphere — higher than any other omni-directional antenna in the marketplace, according to Trexler — is designed for use in manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and other large internal areas, and is meant to be mounted on a high ceiling. The unit has a maximum input power of 50 watts and connects to an access point via 36-inch coax pigtail cable (12-inch versions are available) that is plenum rated for extreme use. There are four connectors to choose from, including N-Female, SMA Male, RP-TNC and RP-BNC.
The unit is “priced competitively” according to Trexler, who would not get specific about price. It’s available now from the company or it’s distributors.