A DAS (distributed antenna system) might appear to be a perfect product for boosting cellular signals inside a property. It is usually more powerful as compared to a cellular signal amplifier. However, compare the products’ advantages and disadvantages, and you will find that the latter helps to achieve the desired result without more expenses and hassles.
A DAS costs around three to eight times more than an enterprise-grade signal amplifier of the same coverage. A cell phone signal booster just picks up the available signal, boosts it and broadcasts the improved signal again to the area in need. On the other hand, a DAS requires pricier components for more or less equal output.
For instance, almost every DAS has optical fiber cables to enable transmitting cellular signals between two components. A DAS works well, but it needs custom wiring, complex setup and specific hardware for data decoding to and from those cables. With more components in place, the higher will be the maintenance fee.
Conversely, a cell signal repeater comes with the usual RG6 coaxial cables. Several properties usually have RG6 sockets in place, which facilitates antenna setup, and in turn, reduces the cost and time of installation.
It takes some months for a DAS to be deployed fully. Usually, the time of DAS deployment is about six weeks. The deployment may require carrier’s permission, connecting hardware to the core networks of that cellular service provider, custom wiring, and setting up antennae.
Reason For Weak Signal Has To Do With Property Construction Materials
We use mobile phones for almost every call and most other uses in properties. Most weak cellular signals occur in buildings when their own construction materials obstruct the signals. That is particularly the case in locations surrounding urban development. Certain construction materials make cellular signals weaker before these reach mobile devices situated in buildings. These materials include metal, glass, and concrete.
Therefore, 3G and LTE signals are weak indoors, although these are enough or robust outdoors. A cell signal amplifier works through antennae. The antenna placed on the roof of a building picks up the signal and sends it to the booster installed inside. The main unit sends it to the internal antenna, which then retransmits the enhanced cellular signal to the intended space. A DAS needs pricey hardware to connect itself to the carrier’s core networks, which necessitate multiple cell service provider approval. One pays more money for a DAS, but the result will likely be the same as with the other system.