Posted by Admin on February 03, 2016
Here is an insider's guide to cell phone signal boosters that will give you the skinny on everything important there is to know!
A cell phone signal booster takes an existing signal sent by the nearest cellular tower, amplifies it and broadcasts it to a room or vehicle that has poor or no signal. Cell phone signal boosters, such as those made by Wilson Electronics or weBoost are approved by federal agencies such as the FCC in the US and IC in Canada and are legitimate devices based on a genuine technology.
WilsonPro and weBoost are owned by the same parent company, Wilson Electronics, LLC. Same company, separate divisions: weBoost is the consumer arm offering consumer amplifier units that boost up to 7,500 sq. ft. each. WilsonPro now provides commercial grade boosters for up to 50,000 square feet per amplifier unit. Since "Wilson Pro" contains the term, "Wilson", for simplicity sake, it is referred to as, "Wilson Electronics" by many.
It is important to understand that a signal booster does not generate signals on its own; it just amplifies a weak signal so that it can be received by your smartphone. If you're in an area which has no cellular signals at all, your cell phone signal booster would be practically useless. There has to be at least some signal for the signal booster to use to boost reception.
A cell phone booster consists of a signal boosting amplifier, an external antenna and an internal antenna, all of which are connected together using a cable. In some cell phone signal boosters, called cradle boosters, the signal amplifier and the internal antenna are part of the same unit, but generally the three components are separate.
Cell phone booster kits are organized by the square footage of the area that they are able to cover. Ideally, for a device to offer maximum coverage, exterior antennas should be placed in the best possible location with most reception and there shouldn’t be any obstacles in way of their transmission if at all possible. Since this is not always the case, it is important to buy a more powerful signal booster amplifier graded for more coverage area that would give you the coverage that you expect.
Amplifier power is rated by gain in signal they provide in dBs or decibels. The higher the number of dBs, more powerful is the amplifier. The amplifier strength doubles for every 3 dB increase. You should pick a stronger amplifier if you’re in an area that gets weak signals. Our indoor amplifiers provide 45 to 70 dB gain (increase in reception as measured in decibels), which is excellent.
If the external signal is particularly strong, the signal booster can offer a much bigger coverage. If the antenna is mounted in a spot where the external signals are quite weak, the coverage granted by the signal booster would be limited as well. The only way to compensate for weak signal strength is to buy a higher powered signal amplifier kit. Remember, the square footage coverage advertised by most signal boosters is not achievable if the external signals are particularly weak. You can check the strength of the signals by looking at the number of bars on your phone while walking around the perimeter of the premise. If there are just one or two bars (out of a maximum of 5), that indicates a weak signal.
There are two types of external antennas that come with each signal booster – omni-directional antennas and Yagi antennas. Omni-directional antennas send and receive signals in all directions, and can communicate with several cell phone towers simultaneously. They are great in an area that receives a reasonably strong or moderate signal strength. Yagi antennas send or receive signals in just one direction – now while they do not cover a wide area, but they are very good at picking up weak cellular signals, by focusing on a particular cell tower. Yagi antennas should be preferred in areas that receive weak signals.
There are two types of interior antennas or inside antennas used in cellular signal boosters – dome and panel antennas. Dome antennas cover signals in all directions on just one floor. They are usually mounted on the ceiling or in the center of the space being covered. Panel antennas receive and broadcast signals in a specific direction and work best for rectangular spaces or multiple floors in a building. Panel antennas are usually mounted on a wall facing down the space.
Cell phone signals operate on different frequencies. All carriers use one of two frequencies (850 MHz or 1900 MHz) for their 2G and 3G networks. It is always better to buy a signal booster that works with these frequencies - All of our boosters are already dual band amplifiers, but if you choose the ones that state, "4G", they will also boost signal for AWS & LTE - The two newest wireless communication technologies employed by some carriers, so these are your best bet!