MR46E + MA-ANT-3-A recommended height to install


MR46E + MA-ANT-3-A recommended height to install



Good morning.


I have a customer who installed MR46E + MA-ANT-3-A in a ceilling about 10 meters. He has many issues because the coverage in the floor is about 58 to 65dBm.


What is the recommended height to install these APs with theses antennas?


Do you recommend to use other antennas by this height?


The antennas for Meraki MR46-E are the following:

  • MA-ANT-3-A6: Meraki Dipole Antenna (3.8/5.5 dBi)
  • MA-ANT-3-B6: Meraki Dipole Antenna (3/5.7 dBi)
  • MA-ANT-3-C6: Meraki Panel Omni Antenna (4.9dBi)
  • MA-ANT-3-D6: Meraki Downtilt Panel Omni Antenna (2.9 dBi (2.9) / 3.7 dBi (5))
  • MA-ANT-3-E6: Meraki Wide Patch Antenna (E6: 7 dBi (2.4) / 6.3 dBi (5))
  • MA-ANT-3-F6: Meraki Narrow Patch Antenna (11.2 dBi (2.4) / 10.8 dBi (5))


Thanks in advance.



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From a pure RSSI standpoint, those signals are right in the sweet spot for most designs. I'd hazard a guess that signal strength isn't the main culprit with the reported issues.


If this was a greenfield design at 30 feet, I'd lean towards a patch or maybe a downtilt Omni depending on the building layout. You really should do an AP on a stick survey though to validate the antenna choice. 

Hi techiejames,


The customer has installed these APs Meraki MR46 with MA-ANT-3-A6: Meraki Dipole Antenna (3.8/5.5 dBi) about 32 feet or 10 meters.


In the floor, the endpoints has between -58 and -65dBm are we are specting many issues about coverage, continuos roaming,...


The customer only use 5 GHz frequency.


Maybe we have to  raise the power of the APs from 10dBm to 24dBm or maximun power?


We did a Site Survey On Site.


Do you recommend to change the antennas from MA-ANT-3-A6 to:

  • MA-ANT-3-E6: Meraki Wide Patch Antenna (E6: 7 dBi (2.4) / 6.3 dBi (5))
  • MA-ANT-3-F6: Meraki Narrow Patch Antenna (11.2 dBi (2.4) / 10.8 dBi (5))

Thanks in advanced.





Building a reputation

Raising the AP power will almost always cause more problems.

Installing omni antennas at a large height (over 3-4 meters) is not recommended.

Choise of antennas and installation height should be done at least with a simulation and later verified on-site.


You probably have a few APs installed in the same area and you are seeing most of them due to the antenna's and height used. Patch antennas can be used to localize each APs coverage area and reduce signal overlap between APs, but you will need more APs.

Getting noticed

I often use MA-ANT-3-E6 antennes to cover ground areas if the ceiling is above 8m (in designs). Below that I'd advise you to use a downtilt omni antenna. Main advantage of the 3-E is that you get a smaller coverage cell than with an omni so if roaming is required this will give you a more predictable wireless environment.


This is a MR42E with a 3-E antennes at approx 11m in a warehouse. 3-F antennes are used for getting the signal between the racks (also mounted at 11m) and standard APs at the docks (mounted at 3m).






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