Choosing an antenna that suits your needs involves a number of considerations – from device specifications like gain, pattern, form factor, and power handling, to other variables like cost, availability, and which supplier to source from.
Choosing an Antenna Supplier
Most of these evaluations are relatively straightforward, without much room for variability. The one that stands apart from the list is choosing a supplier.
In an increasingly competitive and global market, there could be a number of product options that suit your specifications and price range. And with global disruptions to supply chains and logistics driving increased costs, you’ll want to carefully consider which supplier you can depend on -- now and in the future.
If you already have a good idea of what antenna you need, it's time to focus on selecting the right antenna (from the right manufacturer) -- which can be a little more difficult.
An antenna is a tool, and just like with any household tool, there are a handful of brands that you know you can trust. Even if there are other, possibly cheaper options available, you know that if you choose one of the trusted brands you’ve used all your life, you won’t run into any problems.
A lot goes into having a reputation like that–it doesn’t happen by accident. The same is true for antenna suppliers.
Key Factors to Consider
What makes a solid reputation, and an impressive track record? An overall dedication to quality.
Top suppliers are dedicated to providing above industry-standard quality in the following areas:
- Production and safety standards
- Avoiding all conflict materials
- Decoupling from Chinese sources
- Product service
- Warranty service – in case things should go wrong
- Customer service
You can often see these aspects of a business through content on their websites or partner's websites. Keep an eye out for:
- Relevant case studies or white papers
- Robust adoption of products in the marketplace
- Longevity of their business*
*Now, that isn’t to say that newer companies can’t display all of the green flags. But, a company that’s been competitive in the market for a long time, usually has a good reason for their success.
It's important to understand and have a relationship with the supplier you ultimately choose. Cyntony vets each of our suppliers to an extremely high standard, so that our customers can benefit from quality products, and peace of mind.
For more information on vetting manufacturers and suppliers, download our free guide, here.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!