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EtherDesigns Cantenna

Connecting the Cantenna does not require hard labor and massive quantities of tools. There are of course two methods of mounting, for indoor or outdoor use. Indoor use doesn’t require any tools whatsoever, with its mini-stand. The legs on the mini-stand are very flexible, allowing you to make adjustments to where it’s pointing.

The other method does require some tools, as it involves permanent installation. Outdoor uses of Cantennas are more practical for such a device, and provide a better boost for your wireless connection (fewer obstacles in the way). You can wrap plumbers tape, available from EtherDesigns.com, around the Cantenna and attach to a convenient object.

As you can see there is some flexibility in installation of the Cantenna. For installing outside, the Cantenna has a weather-resistant lid and powder coating. The connectors are also sealed to prevent water or debris from getting inside the can, using a rubber grommet. And of course that’s what attracted me to EtherDesigns’ Cantennas. The workmanship is superb, well thought-out, and durable. There are no corners cut, though it’s a simple product to build–provided you know something about radio frequencies and such.

The length and diameter of the can is very important in such a device. Proper knowledge makes a better Cantenna with better performance. Also note that the antenna location is another vital part of the Cantenna’s performance.

EtherDesigns has made every calculation possible to make a product that arrives at your doorstep ready to use.

The Cantennas we’re reviewing are the 10″ Deluxe Cantenna, and the Deluxe 5″ Mini-Tenna. Both have the powder-coated high-tech wrinkle black finish and are weatherized for outdoor use if required. One or the other will better match your personal needs.

The longer Cantenna is used for longer distances in a straighter path, while the shorter Cantenna works best improve gain of wider signals. I have found wider angles to work best for going through walls and other obstacles. However, Cantennas in general work best with line-of-sight, and should be pointed directly towards the wireless router output signal. (EtherDesigns Cantenna’s can also be used to boost an output signal.)


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