The outside antenna is one of the important components of a cell phone booster. Its purpose is to capture the existing outside cell signal and send it to the amplifier unit. The amplifier will increase the strength of the signal and improves cell reception.
The outside antenna is of two types; omni-directional antenna and uni-directional antenna. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two.
What Are Omni-Directional Antennas?
If your house is surrounded by multiple cell towers and still not getting a proper cell signal because of the obstacles that block the cell signal, an omni-directional antenna is the best option for you. This type of outside antenna is able to collect cell signals in a 360-degree pattern.
Omni-directional antennas can capture cell signals of multiple carriers at once. The main disadvantage of this type of antenna is that it does not give much gain to the incoming cell signal. The shape of the omni-directional antenna is like a cylinder, like the radio antennas in a vehicle.
What Are Uni-Directional Antennas?
There are two types of uni-directional antennas; yagi antennas and log periodic antennas.
Yagi Antennas are the most common type of uni-directional antenna used in a cellular repeater. This type of antenna is used to collect cell signals from a single direction; more specifically in a 45 to 90-degree angle.
Yagi antennas are three times more powerful than omni-direction antennas. Yagi antenna is very effective in boosting 5G, 4G LTE, and 3G signals if the distance from the cell tower id the main reason for poor cell reception.
Log periodic antennas are thirty times more powerful than yagi antennas. They can pull in all types of call signals, including 5G, 4G LTE, 3G, and Wi-Fi. Log periodic antennas are the best choice for capturing cell signals in remote areas.
Log periodic antenna can pull in cell signals coming from cell towers that are located up to 10 miles away. One major drawback of log periodic antenna is that it can hit only one cell tower at once.
Which Antenna Is The Best Choice?
A yagi antenna is the best option if you are living far from the nearest cell tower, but not too far. You will probably need a log periodic antenna if you are living so far off the grid because you need the most powerful antenna available to capture the cell signal.
If you need to boost cell signals of multiple network carriers, an omni-directional antenna is an ideal choice for capturing the outside cell signals.