Having proper cell phone coverage and network speed is important in this digital age as we depend on cellphones for many of our daily activities. So, issues like bad call quality, low internet speeds, dropped calls, etc., can be quite frustrating and this is something businesses try to avoid at all costs. One of the most reliable solutions to avoid bad cellular signal reception is to use a cellular signal booster. It receives a weak signal, amplifies it, and retransmits to your phone so that you get excellent call quality. Shared below are details on optimizing signal boosters for the best performance.
Carrier Signal Frequencies
The very first step when installing a cellular signal booster is assessing the frequencies of the carrier whose signal you want to boost. This is because, some devices are carrier-specific, while others boost signals from all carriers. The first type is usually provided by the carrier and is more suitable for homes; the other is more suitable for commercial settings where people use the services of different carriers. The carrier signals available at a location can be assessed using a signal meter.
Choosing The Right Type Of Donor Antenna
Outside antennas are also called donor antennas and have a significant effect on the output quality of the cellular booster. There are two types of outside antennas, they are omnidirectional antennas and unidirectional antennas.
- Omnidirectional Antenna: This type of donor antenna captures carrier signals from a 360o field and is more suitable for capturing signals from multiple carriers. Also, it works better only if the signal(s) is moderately strong because of its low gain.
- Unidirectional Antenna: Directional antenna capture carrier signal from a specific direction and their field of capture range from 45o to 90o. Because of this smaller angle, it has high forward gain and is suitable for capturing weak signals that are less than 80dB.
Proper Connection Of Antennas And Cables
The quality of the coaxial cables used determines the performance of the cellular booster, low quality cables can cause signal loss. Also, when connecting the cables to the amplifier, use minimum length cables to reduce the loss in signal strength. Signal loss is also determined by the quality of the cable used. There must be a minimum separating distance between the inside and outside antennas to avoid oscillation. But, if you cannot get the minimum separating distance, you can use a shield to avoid oscillation. Finally, you must use multiple inside antennas to increase the coverage area, especially in commercial buildings.
Taking into account the above-mentioned things will help in the installation of the cellular signal booster at your home, office, or commercial establishment.