Traveling with your Wireless Reception: Mobile WiFi Antenna
We have all heard about WiFi networks and hotspots. Business and leisure travelers can stay connected to the office, e-mail friends, or check bank accounts thanks to WiFi networks available at hotels and airports throughout the world. Students, telecommuters, and people who generally prefer to work or study in non-traditional places, such as the park bench, a city café, or a favorite shopping mall, can use their laptops and PDAs to access the Internet thanks to WiFi networks set up by an increasing number of organizations.
But what of people who enjoy the remote outdoors? What of people who want to explore their country's wonders by vacationing on an RV? What of people who drive throughout the country for a living, such as truck drivers? And what of people who live in rural areas, but telecommute, or have clients half way around the globe? Is there a solution for people situated outside of WiFi networks, but who must, or want to, nevertheless have access to the Internet? The answer is "yes": the mobile WiFi antenna has been designed especially for people who need to access remote networks, but whose livelihood or lifestyle requires them to be constantly on the move.
What is a Mobile WiFi Antenna?
As its name implies, a mobile WiFi antenna is an antenna that transmits and receives WiFi signals, thus increasing the reach of a wireless device, but that can be attached to a moving object, such as a vehicle, thus giving the owner the ability to move to different locations. A mobile WiFi antenna works in essence as a cell phone: as long as the antenna can pick up WiFi signals from any WiFi network within a certain radius, you can connect to the Internet from any region in the world, regardless or whether or not you are stationary at the moment.
There are two different kinds of mobile WiFi antennas: directional and Omni directional. A directional antenna is much more focused than an Omni directional antenna, and therefore allows for a much better reception. Directional antennas can transmit and receive signals from other antennas, which makes them better suited for direct, or point-to-point connections.
Omni directional antennas are not focused, and instead transmit and receive signals in a 360° angle, which makes the reception much weaker, compared to an Omni directional antenna. This kind of mobile WiFi antenna is quite useful when you are in very remote locations, however, because the antennas will look for WiFi signals all around their current location.