Which Bolt models can use external antennas?
Bolt models which feature external RP-SMA antenna connectors can use external / directional antennas, such as individual patch panel antennas or the Antenna Array offered by Teradek.
- 1st generation Bolt 2000
- 2nd generation Bolt 600
- 2nd generation Bolt 2000
- 3rd generation Bolt 1000
- 3rd generation Bolt 3000
These models are not compatible with external / directional antennas because they have built-in omnidirectional antennas which cannot be modified or replaced:
- 1st generation Bolt Standard
- 1st generation Bolt Pro
- 2nd generation Bolt 300
How do external / directional antennas help?
Directional antennas or the antenna array can also help for most scenarios in which you're getting shorter-than-expected range.
Generally speaking, directional antennas will not only help focus/amplify the signal in the direction which they are pointed, but they will reduce the noise.
Reducing the noise often makes a bigger impact than amplifying the signal.
As an example, directional antennas can help in crowded venues (e.g. concert halls, convention centers or arenas) where there is interference caused by Wi-Fi or other wireless audio or video systems that is in the same unlicensed frequency range used by Bolt.