RussellHltn wrote:Well, I'll defer to the two microwave experts, but I don't understand why that basic tutorial claims that you can't point the lobes downward with a omni. Because I've seen other articles that talk about doing exactly that with a single vertical.
We're kind of getting a bit off topic here, but a typical 1/4λ or 5/8λ ground-plane antenna has a natural tilt to the surrounding pattern because of the additional reflections off the supplied ground. This tilt can be made more pronounced or even nullified by manipulating the antenna's relationship to the ground (and other things). Because low-end WiFi antennas found on this type of gear are generally 1/2λ dipoles (printed or external) that do not required a ground plane, this type of electrical tilting can't easily be done. You can physically tilt an external antenna to make one edge of the "doughnut" shaped patter better cover the "hole" found directly underneath it, but the result will be the other edge of the pattern will be elevated, probably making overall coverage worse.
With that in mind, these ARE low-end, low-gain antennas and as such have a doughnut shaped pattern that's very round and fat and will not have a well defined "hole" under them. (One definite advantage of using a lower-gain antenna.) Nor will they care much if they are mounted right side up or upside down. Only if you switched to a high-gain WiFi antenna
do you have to be at all concerned with these things.
Finally, IMO the 1041N looks enough like a typical smoke or motion detector commonly found in public buildings that I don't think kids will show much interest in them at all, but that's just my take on it.