Cisco Aironet 2.4-GHz access point antennas are compatible with all Cisco RP-TNC-equipped access points. Coupling the appropriate antenna and access point allows for efficient coverage in any facility, as well as better reliability at higher data rates.
Dipole antennas provide a large, circular coverage pattern. These antennas are available in three colors (white, black, and gray) so that they blend better into the area in which they are placed. The white and black dipole antennas can be bent in different angles to modify the coverage for wall and ceiling mounting as needed. The gray dipole does not offer this option and is shorter than its counterparts. If you need a reduced-sized antenna (for example, in an area where it’s undesirable to have dipoles projecting into the space), you should consider the short, white dipole.
Other applications for dipoles include large, open areas like conference rooms or lecture halls. Areas requiring shared coverage – in which the access point is placed in the middle of the room or in a hallway, such as in a hotel or medical facility – are also a good use for the small form-factor dipole. Because of the circular pattern of coverage provided by dipole antennas, rooms located directly off the hallway may receive coverage as well.