Posted by Admin on April 26, 2015
Due to recurring requests, we would like to talk again in detail about weBoost DT 4G cell phone signal booster system. We will also go through some trouble-shooting tips to make sure that you get the best possible coverage in your home or your office after installing the desktop 4G signal booster. Included with your Wilson DT 4G kit, you will find the signal booster, the outside or receive antenna, the outside antenna cradle, the desktop inside antenna, two lengths of coaxial cable and a barrel connector to connect these two links of cable together should you need to. You will also find all the necessary hardware to mount all of these devices as desired. Everything you need to get your cellular signal boosted in no time.
Before we begin installing your weBoost 4G DT Signal Booster, let us quickly explain how it works. When you make a call, the cell phone tower transmits its signal to the cell phone and then the cell phone picks up that signal and transmits the signal back to the cell phone tower. This is a two way communication that takes place between the cell phone and the cell tower. The cell phone tower has, at its disposal, a huge amount of power to be able to transmit to the cell phone.
The cell phone on the other hand has only a small amount of power to transmit back so the weak link in this two way communication process is the cell phone and its weaker power. The 4G DT amplifier amplifies incoming signal from the cell tower and transmits it at a higher power to the cell phone. It also takes the weaker signal coming from the cell phone, amplifies it, and then transmits it at a higher power back to the cell tower. The signal booster actually bridges this weak link between the cell phone and the cell tower and allows the phone or other cellular device such as a tablet or turbo stick to carry on reliable communication in areas that may not have been possible otherwise.
To get the strongest signal possible, it is very important to set up your outside antenna properly. Outside antenna must be mounted in such a way that it is able to pick up the best possible cell phone signal from outside of the building in order to provide the best possible signal inside the building. The Home DT 4G kit should be set up as follows. The outside or receive antenna should be mounted outside of the home or building as high as possible, facing the cell tower in an area with the best possible signal coverage. The coaxial cable should be run from outside receive antenna into the home or office and connected to the signal booster. Once the outside antenna is connected to the signal booster, you can connect the inside antenna.
Then, place the inside antenna near and aiming towards the area where you need greater cell phone coverage. It is important that the outside and inside antenna be oriented correctly in order for the desktop amplifier to work properly. If there's not enough separation between inside and outside antennas or if they are pointed towards each other, then a problem called oscillation could occur. You may have experienced oscillation before when in some places a microphone's too close to a speaker and you hear a loud squealing sound. Although this is commonly referred to as feedback, it is oscillation between a speaker and microphone.
Oscillation is when a loop forms between the input and the output of the same device. For example, the amplified signal from the signal booster is picked up by the outside receiver antenna and amplified again creating a feedback loop. When this happens, massive amounts of power are blasted into the airwaves, in some cases shutting down entire cell towers. weBoost DT signal booster 4G has built in oscillation protection to protect you and other users from this problem. If the signal booster detects oscillation, it will automatically shut down. This is important to know because if your DT signal booster is experiencing oscillation, you may think it is not working properly or faulty. A simple adjustment of antennas may be all that is needed to get your 4G DT booster fully functioning.
While this desktop 4g signal booster employs patented technology to prevent oscillations from occurring, it is still imperative that the antennas be placed correctly in order for the system to work properly. The outside and the inside antennas must be pointed away from each other and oriented back to back. If antennas are not set up correctly, it will negatively affect the performance of the 4g desktop signal booster system. Our research and testing has shown that the desktop 4g signal booster works best when inside antenna is mounted directly below the outside antenna with at least 12 vertical feet of separation. If it is not possible to mount the inside antenna directly below the outside antenna, then 20 to 50 feet of horizontal separation between the inside and outside antennas is required.
Now that you know how the 4g weBoost DT cell phone signal booster works, let us begin setting it up. To start, you need to find the best possible signal outside of your home or building. There are several methods to help you find the best reception. You can check the bar indicator on your cell phone display and note the location where your signal strength appears to be the greatest. Be sure to be patient because most phones take about 30 seconds or more to update the signal graph on your cell phone.
You can make a few phone calls from several locations from outside your home or building and make note of where you have the quickest and best connection. Some phones have a signal strength test mode that will output an accurate reading of the received signal strength. To find out how to put your phone into test mode, go to http://cellphonesignalbooster.us/blog/field-test-mode-an-overview-enabling-it-on-your-phone/. If you have a smartphone, there are numerous applications that will help you find the location of nearby cell phone towers as well as help you find the best signal area in your house.
First open the app store for your particular phone and search for cell signal. On Android devices, we recommend the free Open Signal app. For other devices, consult the comments and ratings before downloading an app to make sure it will help with your set up. Once you have found the best signal outside of your home or building, you can mount the outside antenna.
We will go into further detail later, but for now, let us discuss the various options available. It is recommended that if at all possible, you use the pole mount method to mount outside antenna on the roof of your building or home as this option produces the best results. The next best option is mounting outside antenna on outside wall of your home or building as high as possible. You can attach outside antenna to the inside of a window.
Some windows may block cellular signal. Therefore, please make sure you do some signal tests inside and outside of the desired window before deciding on this option. As mentioned before, if at all possible, use the pole method to mount your antenna to the roof of your home or building. This allows outside antenna to pick up the strongest signal possible. The stronger the signal you are able to receive outside of the building directly results to the strength of the signal you will have inside.
To begin, use hardware packet "A" that is included with your DT 4G booster system to mount the antenna cradle to a pole. Insert the "U" bolt through the holes in the cradle and slide one of the bracket assemblies onto the "U" bolt. Place this assembly onto the pole and slide the other half of the assembly onto the "U" bolt on the opposite side of the pole and secure it with the supplied lock, washers, and nuts. Place the antenna in the cradle and aim the weBoost insignia towards the cell phone tower. The cable connection should protrude from the bottom of the cradle. Connect the supplied coaxial cable to the connector on antenna and route the cable as desired to the location where the signal booster will be located.
Depending on the distance that the booster is from the amplifier, you may need to use one or both lengths of the supplied cable. If it becomes necessary for you to hook both lengths of cable together, then you can use the supplied barrel connector to attach the two cables. For the outside wall mounting option, use hardware packet 'B' that is included with the 4g desktop amplifier kit. Select the location on an outside wall as high as possible, and at least 20 feet away from where the booster will be physically located.
Using the antenna cradle as a template, position it on the wall and mark the screw holes with a pencil. Drill a hole on each of the two marks that you made for the screw holes for the cradle using a 3/16th drill bit. Insert the screw anchors. Line up the holes of antenna cradle with the screw anchors and use two screws and washers to attach the cradle to the wall. Place the antenna into the cradle facing the cell tower and away from your home or building and attach the coaxial cable to the antenna connection that protrudes from the bottom of the cradle. Then route the cable to the location where the booster will be located.
Some windows have materials in them which block cellular signals from passing through. Make sure your windows do not block signal before installing your outside antenna on the window. Select a location on the inside of the window as high as possible and at least 20 feet away from where the booster will be physically located. You can attach the suction cups to the cradle through the mounting holes. Then attach the suction cups to the window.
Place the outside antenna in the cradle facing the cell tower and directed away from your home or building. You could also install your outside receive antenna in an attic. Be aware that many roofing materials can negatively affect or even block the signal coming into your home. Metal, concrete and tile roof all negatively affect cellular signals, while asphalt shingles, wood shingles or tar roofs do not. Do some tests inside and outside of the area where you want to install the outside antenna before installing it in an attic.
Now comes the exciting part when you are ready to install the desktop booster itself. First attach inside antenna to the signal booster by screwing it onto the threaded connector on the booster. You can place the signal booster in a discrete location, behind a desk or another piece of furniture and out of the way, maximizing your desk space. Only inside antenna needs to be visible for your DT system to work properly or you can place it on a desk, table or other similar surface. Position antenna on your desktop pointing away from the amplifier and outside antenna and toward the area you want to cover. Attach the coaxial cable to the connector on the booster.
Now you are ready to power up the booster! Before powering it up, let us run through a checklist to make sure we have everything connected correctly. Make sure the distance between the inside antenna and outside antennas is greater than 20 feet, unless they are positioned vertically in which case only 12 feet of separation is required.
Make sure the coaxial cable is securely attached at both ends. Make sure that inside antenna is securely attached. A wrench can be used to tighten all cable connections and ensure the maximum possible performance of the Wilson DT 4G signal booster system. However, over tightening could break the connectors. If all of these requirements are met, then it is now safe to power up your weBoost DT 4G signal booster.
Connect the supplied power cord to the booster. Then plug the power supply into an AC power outlet. If you have set everything up properly, then your signal booster should now be working and you should be enjoying a better cellular signal.
Let us go over a few of the different indicator lights that you might see when operating the signal booster. The light will blink green when the unit is powered up and working properly. After a 15 minute installation period, the light will switch from blinking to solid green. If one or both of the lights are blinking orange, the booster has set down due to close proximity to a cell tower. First turn down the gain control on the band that is blinking orange until you get a blinking green light. If after adjusting the gain you do not have adequate cell coverage in your building, you will need to adjust the gain to maximum and then turn the outside antenna away from the cell tower until you get a blinking green light.
If either of the two lights are red, your booster has shut down to avoid oscillation. If this happens, make sure all connections are tight, then reduce the gain of the booster in small increments by rotating the gain control counter clockwise. Wait five seconds between each adjustment. Continue this adjustment until the light turns green. If after adjusting the gain your cellular coverage is not adequate, you will need to create more separation between antennas. Move the inside antenna and outside antenna further apart as described earlier in this video and then increase the gain on the booster.
If you have questions about your installation or have any other questions that we have not covered here, feel free to give our technical support team a call. They will be happy to assist you. We hope that this weBoost DT 4G desktop signal booster (weBoost 470101) guide has been helpful in getting you set up with your new desktop 4g signal booster kit. Have a wonderful day!