TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B-2.4GHz-24dbi Directional Antenna review.

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Well here is our long-awaited review the of TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B long range outdoor WiFi 2.4Ghz antenna.

There are many clones of the TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B being they all come from China (like most items these days) but is a great Wifi antenna. The TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B has a stunning 24dbi, what this means is it can pick up or send your WiFi signals from miles and miles. Or this outdoor WiFi antenna can be used for a short-range and create a rock solid connection. Or is can be used at long-range and still be quite stable. I’m using one with a 400Mw output from my wireless access point at 2000 feet. The signal strength I’m getting is superior to any of the other antennas I have used in the past. (5 wifi bars thru trees, houses, cement, this antenna is a beast at 24dbi!

At $$44.77 from Amazon.com it truly an amazing deal on a fantastic outdoor WiFi antenna.

http://www.amazon.com/TL-ANT2424B-Directional-Parabolic-connector-resistant/dp/B003CFATOW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386294631&sr=8-1&keywords=TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B

If your not trying to point this WiFi antenna a very long distance it is easy to get a good signal. Just use your eyes. I used the software built into my Wireless Access point / Client-Bridge and with my laptop.

Here is a close up view of this great antenna! it has been through thunderstorms and rain all year long and still looks brand new!

TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B 2.4GHz-24dBi-Directional Grid Parabolic Antenna up close!
TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B 2.4GHz-24dBi-Directional Grid Parabolic Antenna up close!

 Some of it features of the TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B are :

  • Mount Style: Pole Mount / Wall Mount (comes with a nice mounting system, seen better but for $49.95 simply the best wifi antenna on the market!)
  • Mounting Mast Diameter: 30~50 mm (will accept a good site mast, the one I used was 36′ high, so I could clear some trees.)
  • Rated Wind Velocity: 216 Km/h (this outdoor WiFi antenna went through a hurricane like it was nothing being its grid style!)
  • Application: Outdoor (can’t see why you’d use it indoors, this thing is quite large.)
  • Polarization: Vertical or Horizontal (you simply rotate the antenna, quite simple.)

Below you will find a photo of a close up view of the pole or wall mount for this WiFi antenna.

I just used some quality electrical conduit pipe for my setup. If you use low-quality metal, the cement or Quikrete will eat away at the metal. This will cause your mast to fail at some point. Make sure you post hole dig your mast 1/3 the length of your mast so it till will remain level and true. A simple level will allow you to make sure your mast is perfectly vertical.

I highly recommend you get a friend to help you install your mast length will be high.

Or do what I did and just install an 11′ conduit pole and get that true first. Then you screw on your other pieces as need be. You can spend a ton of money on a mast. But for most people simple conduit from any local electric supply place will work just fine. Just be sure to by quality conduit, the ones I used were only $13 for each 11′ pole.

I’d just use Quikrete for your mast, it’s available at any hardware store, you can learn more about Quikrete below:

http://www.quikrete.com/ (most people know what this stuff is, but in case you don’t, here is a link.)

Few tips I’ve learned over the years of working with outdoor WiFi setups.

TIP 1: Don’t pour all your cement or Quikrete in your mast hole at once. Add a little Quikrete at a time and keep checking your level.

If you do this and the mast turns out unlevel, you end up having to dig out 120 pounds of dry Quikrete! so add a few inches (3″ works well) of Quikrete at a time.

This is where having a friend around can come in handy if your mast length is high. If you pour it in all in at once, and the level is slightly off. You’ll end up having to dig out the Quikrete! Even when Quikrete is dry, this stuff will lock your mast in place. This is why I recommend you install one pole at a time and keep your mast height as short as possible. If you only need a short mast, you won’t have to dig a very deep hole to keep you mast in place. Thus making the adjustments even after pouring your Quikrete easy. Just push on the conduit / mast.

TIP 2: Continue to check your level after you have poured water into the hole you dug for your mast of at least 15 minutes.

TIP 3: Allow the Quikrete to set for at least 24 hours before you mount your antenna. You don’t want to put weight / load on it before it has truly set. It will continue to set for days, but 24 hours will work just fine.

TIP 4: Find a friend to help you! holding up one of these heavy antennas and mounting them well it hard to do solo. Hopefully, you have to good ladders.

TIP 5: Use Blue Loctite when you assemble this antenna. You don’t want your nuts and bolts to come loose. Don’t use Red Loctite, it’s overkill, and will need heat to remove. Red Loctite is mainly used for things you never plan on taking off again, granted heat from a blow torch will loosen the bolt to nut seal. i.e. you can still remove Red Loctite, it’s just not easy.

Here is the type I use for just about anything I assemble.

http://www.loctiteproducts.com/p/t_lkr_blue/overview/Loctite-Threadlocker-Blue-242.htm

TIP 6: These antennas do not come assembled.  There are many YouTube videos online on how to assemble this antenna. But any do it yourself-er can figure it out.

Below is a close up view of the mount for the TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B.

Close up view of the mount for the TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B, a great mounting system for such a low cost wifi antenna.
Close up view of the mount for the TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B

Here is a view of the built-in cable that leads to the N-Type female end. Sorry but I already taped it up before I got a screenshot of the connector itself.

But you can learn all about N-Type connectors here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N_connector (Use low loss LMR-400 Military Grade cable for the lowest loss of signal strength. Don’t go for cheap cables if you plan on your setup to last a long time.)

TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B-2.4GHz-24dBi Directional Grid Parabolic Antenna N Female connector taped up to water proof it.
TP-LINK-TL-ANT2424B-2.4GHz-24dBi Directional Grid Parabolic Antenna N Female connector taped up to water proof it.

Well, that about wraps it up for this review of the TP-LINK-TLANT2424B outdoor WiFi antenna.

Hope you enjoyed it and learned a few things along the way.

Here is a final screenshot of a setup I did using the ENH210EXT.

TP-Link 24 dBm WiFi Directional Antennas
ENH210EXT Upgraded with two TP-Link-24 dBm 2.4GHz Directional Antennas

 

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