Select antennas that support the full range of bands supported by the Notecard modem.
|Notecard SKU||Description||Modem Datasheet Link|
|NOTE-NBGL-*||Narrow-band global coverage: LTE Cat-M, NB-IoT, GSM||Quectel BG95-M3|
|NOTE-NBNA-*||Narrowband North America coverage: LTE Cat-M||Quectel BG95-M1|
|NOTE-WBEX-*||Wideband Europe, Middle East, Asia coverage: LTE Cat-1, WCDMA, GSM||Quectel EG91-EX|
|NOTE-WBNA-*||Wideband North America coverage: LTE Cat-1, WCDMA||Quectel EG91-NAX|
|* designates all SKU of that type|
Antennas we have used successfully across our product line
LTE CAT-1 / CAT-M / Nb-IoT / GSM
|Pulse W3796||surface mount component|
|Maximus FXUB66||flexible printed circuit single-channel|
|Molex 2091420180||flexible printed circuit single-channel|
|Taoglas MFX3.07.0150C||flexible printed circuit single-channel|
|Pulse W6112B0100||flexible printed circuit dual-channel|
|Taoglas MA256.A.LBI.001||dual channel + active GPS|
Diversity Antenna for Wideband Notecards
NOTE-WBEX and NOTE-WBNA have two U.FL cellular antenna connectors. You must connect an antenna to the MAIN connector. The purpose of the DIV connector is to use LTE Cat1 antenna diversity to improve reception in applications where the antennas see reflected copies of the received signal, such as in a basement. A connection to the DIV connector is optional and is only necessary when a single MAIN antenna does not perform adequately.
We recommend the use of an active GPS antenna for adequate performance. You should select an active antenna with 50 Ohm impedance which accepts voltages in the 3.3V-4.0V range, for compatibility with current (3.9V) and future Notecards. Notecard supports the use of a passive GPS antenna, but performance will be significantly degraded.
GPS Antennas we have used successfully:
|Active||Taoglas MA256.A.LBI.001 (dual channel + active GPS)|
|Passive||Pulse W3010 (surface mount component)|
Using GPS Antennas with Notecarriers
If the Notecard is mounted on a
Notecarrier-A* : Use the built-in active GPS antenna. An external active antenna connected to Notecard will not be powered by Notecard. An external passive antenna connected to Notecard will work, but not as well as the built-in active antenna.
Notecarrier-B : Select an active GPS antenna only. DO NOT connect a passive antenna to a Notecard mounted in Notecarrier-B. It will permanently damage the Notecard by presenting a DC short circuit to the GPS antenna connector which has a 3.9V DC bias.
Notecarrier-Pi : We recommend that you select an active GPS antenna and set the ACTIVE DIP switch to the ON position. If you wish to use a passive antenna, you MUST set the ACTIVE DIP switch to the OFF position. Otherwise, the passive antenna will permanently damage the Notecard by presenting a DC short circuit to the GPS antenna connector which has a 3.9V DC bias.