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Dual-band compact planar antenna for a low-cost WLAN USB dongle

: Dias, M.H.C.; Franciscatto, B.R.; Adel, H.; Vuong, T.-P.

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International journal of antennas and propagation : IJAP (2014), Art.793191, 10 S.
ISSN: 1687-5869
ISSN: 1687-5877
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IIS ()

Among the present technologies for WLAN devices, USB dongles still play a noticeable role. One major design challenge regards the antenna, which unavoidably has to comply with a very small volume available and sometimes should also allow multiband operation. In this scope, the present work discusses a dual-band WiFi compact planar IFA-based antenna design for a low-cost USB dongle application. Like most of the related published solutions, the methodology for deriving the present proposition was assisted by the use of an antenna analysis software. A prototype was assembled and tested in order to qualify the radiator design. Practical operation conditions were considered in the tests, such as the influence of the dongle case and the effect of the notebook itself. The results complied with the design constraints, presenting an impedance match quite stable regardless of the stick position alongside a laptop base.