Cell phone booster is the trending solution to signal issues that have been bothering you for a long time. The working of the device is analogous to a signal repeater. Cell phone booster does not require Wifi signals for its operation and works with available cellular signals in your location. However, it cannot work in a dead zone that hardly receives cellular signals.
Transforming weaker cellular signals insufficient to facilitate quality communication into stronger signals is the ultimate function of signal boosters. In this session, we attempt to answer all the questions you have about cell phone booster installation.
How To Choose Outdoor Antenna For In-Building Boosters?
How efficiently the outdoor antenna captures the external cellular signals decides the overall performance of the signal booster. The better the performance of the outdoor antenna, the better is the signal booster efficiency. The selection of the right outdoor antenna and positioning it correctly is important to ensure the performance of the signal booster.
Most of the donor antennas have associated gain that adds up to the overall gain of the signal booster system. If you live in a place that receives weak cellular signals, installing an outdoor antenna with high gain can improve the downlink power of the system and increase the coverage area of the internal antenna. Directional antennas allow you to focus on the direction from where the strongest signals are coming and exert a direct influence on the coverage area and signal reception.
Omnidirectional antennas are the opposite of directional antennas as they can capture signals coming from all around. They are especially useful when a relatively strong outdoor signal is available. Its installation process is quite simple because it need not be aimed, unlike directional antennas.
How Many Indoor Antennas Should Be Purchased?
In an attempt to improve cell reception, we can install additional indoor antennas if needed. When the number of antennas you use increases, the signal reception increases as well. It is far easier for cellular signals to travel through coaxial cables than to travel through walls and air. Hence, distributing cellular signals throughout the building via coaxial cables ensure consistent coverage within the building.
As a rough rule, it is recommended that one antenna will be required per 1000 feet of coverage. The clarity of the signal in your location, the gain of the signal booster amplifier and the area of the space to be covered decides the number of antennas that have to be installed indoors. An open space with fewer walls would require a lesser number of antennas.
Which Type Of Indoor Antenna Should You Select For Buildings?
Two main types of indoor antennas are panel antenna and dome antenna.
Panel antennas are unidirectional and broadcast signals in a particular direction. They have to be used when:
- The area that is to be covered is long and thin.
- The space behind the ceiling is inaccessible.
Panel antennas are generally fitted on walls. As the coaxial cable pigtail comes out of the bottom of the antenna, you do not want to make a hole in the wall to fix the antenna onto it. When you cannot access the space behind ceilings, it is best to pick a panel antenna.
Dome antenna broadcasts signals in all directions. Dome antenna can be used when:
- You have to cover a wider area
- You can access the space behind the ceiling
As the cable of the dome antenna emerges from the backside of the device, you should have access to the area above the point where you install the dome antenna. Consider, for instance, you are installing the antenna on the ceiling that has removable tiles. Here dome antenna seems to be a perfect choice. If you are installing the antenna on the top floor of your house, then it should have an attic above to run the cable through it.
As the dome antenna distributes signals equally to all directions, it has to be installed in a centrally in the area that requires coverage. If the space is not wide enough, a panel antenna would be a better choice.
What Do The Terms Gain And Downlink Power Mean?
Two common terms you might have heard in the context of cell phone boosters are “gain” and “downlink power”. Let us discuss each of the terms.
Gain indicates the extent to which the cellular signal is amplified by the amplifier. The gain of a signal booster is measured in decibels(dB). Higher value of gain indicates that the signal was amplified many folds.
Downlink output power indicates the maximum signal that is retransmitted by the amplifier of the signal booster. The maximum overage area is decided by the maximum downlink output power of the signal booster.
A cellular signal booster proves to be worth every penny you pay for it, as it offers a failsafe solution to pestering signal troubles.