Factors That Adversely Affect Your Smartphone's Antenna Performance.

Posted by on September 05, 2016

Find out which factors adversely affect your smartphone's antenna performance so you can make the most of your important communication device. The cell phone penetration in the United States is close to 100 percent. It is only natural for most Americans to expect to get an excellent cell reception all the time; whether they are in the office, car, or at home. Yet, it is rare to find a cell phone user in the country who has never experienced poor signal reception or the occasional dropped call. Obviously this is very frustrating, but it is not always the fault of the cell phone carrier: it could be as simple as something standing between you and the cell tower.

Things That Obstruct Cell Phone Signals.

Cell phone antenna reception problem causes and solutions.

Your cellular signals come from the cell towers nearby. If there are no cell towers in the vicinity, then it is quite obvious that you would get a poor cell phone reception. Now, the United States certainly does not lack in cell towers, but there’re a number of other reasons why the signals from these cell towers may not be reaching your device.

  • Terrain: Mountains and hills can stand between the tower and your device, absorbing the signals before they’re able to reach you.
  • Distance: If you’re in a remote area with few cell towers, a strong signal may not be able to reach you due to the distance between the tower and your device.
  • Vegetation: Tall trees, forests, and other forms of vegetation can create natural barriers to the cell signal.
  • Vehicles: The glass and the metal that makes up the body of a car can prevent cell signals from entering the vehicle.
  • Man-made Obstructions: Concrete, brick, and steel materials in buildings, bridges, and other man-made projects are all capable of obstructing cell signal.
  • Internal Antenna Blocked by Hand: Some manufacturers have focussed too much on making their phones sleek and overlooked importance of placement of internal antenna in a spot on the phone that is not used to hold the phone.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Thick fog, storms, and other weather conditions are capable of disrupting cell signals.

All of the above factors are responsible for obstructing the cell signal and preventing the signal from reaching your phone or other devices. The result can be a poor or non-existent cell reception. Building materials are particularly effective at blocking cell signals.

How Building Materials Block Signals.

Most large objects built by humans are capable of interfering with cell phone connectivity, and because we spend so much of our time inside buildings we have come to depend on strong indoor cell reception. But now we know that radio-frequency signals are not capable of filtering through building materials such as concrete and metal.

In fact, even the walls of your office within a large building can distort or deflect signal waves. This explains why cell reception is almost always disrupted when you drive into a parking garage with concrete ceiling above - it is because the signal finds it difficult to work its way through thick concrete walls and multi-storey floors.

Other building materials such as drywall, shingles, stone, brick, and wood can have a similar effect – weakening, and sometimes completely blocking cell signals. Even glass, particularly energy-efficient windows that are coated with metal oxide, can cause cell signals to bounce off their surface.

The reception is almost always better outside a building than it is inside; so how does one improve the indoor cell reception? Answer: Cell Signal Booster.

What Is a Cell Signal Booster?

A Cell Signal Booster does a very simple thing - it catches and amplifies the outside signal – even one that is very weak - and broadcasts it inside the building. A cell phone signal booster, also known as a Bidirectional Amplifier, makes a huge difference to cell reception and ensures a much stronger and more reliable signal for your cell phone and other devices. Then, when you use your phone to make a call, the process works in reverse - an amplified signal is transmitted from your phone back to the cell tower.

Depending on the building materials, the layout of the building, and the size of the interior space, it may be that you will require multiple antennas and amplifiers to provide the coverage you need. A professional installer would be able to help you optimize your booster system for the best results.

Why not contact us today and we can show you how a Cell Signal Booster can dramatically improve cellular coverage inside your building!

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