MR46 vs. MR46E

ChesterX
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MR46 vs. MR46E

I understand that the MR46 has internal antennas and the MR46E has external antennas, but what does that mean practically?  Does it give better coverage?  If so, how much better?  What does "better" mean?

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UCcert
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Re: MR46 vs. MR46E

I would start with the data sheets for both products.

 

As the MR46Es antenna are external to the AP you can fine tune coverage.

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KarstenI
Head in the Cloud

Re: MR46 vs. MR46E

It does not give automatically "better" coverage, but "other" coverage. By the choice of the correct antenna, you can "direct the signal" to where you want to have it. A well sought of WLAN-requirement and solid WLAN design will tell you if you need them or if you can go with the less expensive models with internal antennas. If it is intended for an office environment, you will likely be fine with the internal antenna-devices.

ww
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Re: MR46 vs. MR46E

For example.

A mr46 is best on the ceiling.

Mr46e could be a good choice for wall mount

Inderdeep
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Re: MR46 vs. MR46E

@ChesterX @The actual difference you need to understand is the difference between the outdoor and indoor antennas. The major difference is signal strength of the antenna with some of the other features which may be not so important. All vendors have same difference most of times

https://superuser.com/questions/151162/difference-between-indoor-and-outdoor-wifi-access-points

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Inderdeep Singh
www.thenetworkdna.com ( Awarded by Cisco IT Blogs award 2020)
cmr
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Re: MR46 vs. MR46E

@Inderdeep all of antennas for the MR46E are actually marketed as indoor antennas, even though they are not internal to the AP.  Though it may or may not be possible to use them outside under a canopy... 😉

Inderdeep
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Re: MR46 vs. MR46E

@cmr : That may be different case but what the real question i got it from @ChesterX is the difference on the outdoor and indoor. May be i misunderstood 🙂 

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Inderdeep Singh
www.thenetworkdna.com ( Awarded by Cisco IT Blogs award 2020)
cmr
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Re: MR46 vs. MR46E

@Inderdeep I've edited my comment to make it clearer, thanks for pointing out the error!

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