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Signal Booster Installations & Regulations: Things You Need To Know!

Posted by on Mar 03, 2017

Did you know that you don't need a pre-approval prior to installation of commercial cell phone signal boosters, but you do need approval prior to installation for installing a DAS (Distributed Antenna System)?

Dos and Donts of Commercial Signal Booster Installation.

One of the things that disturb most business owners and decision makers who consider installing passive DAS (Distributed Antenna System) or a cell phone signal booster system is possible regulations by Federal Communications Commission and guidelines surrounding building codes. The misconception here is that the regulatory bodies will interfere with installation plans.

However, this is not the case. Individual installation of a single cellular phone signal booster doesn't require gigantic infrastructural requirements. As such, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and building code inspectors have very little jurisdiction.

Installation of cell phone signal boosters doesn't require FCC approval.

Right off, it is worth noting that installation of passive DAS or cellular phone boosters doesn't require an approval from the FCC. Our FCC certified cell phone boosters themselves have pre-approved status and regulated by FCC for use by all American carriers. This means that the signal boosters are allowed for use in homes, cars and offices. To install the booster you have bought doesn't require an approval in this case. Nonetheless, if you're going for an Active DAS (distributed antenna systems) and not Passive DAS (cell phone signal boosters), it has to pass approval from other carriers affected in accordance with the regulations laid out by FCC. Before commencement of installation, the process of regulation has to be completed.

Passive DAS doesn't require building inspectors approval.

Installation of a cell phone signal booster seldom requires a building inspector's approval or special permit. There's no fiber cable being used in installation of a cellular device signal booster; the building code inspectors have no jurisdiction.

A possible occurrence that might require meeting some regulatory measures is when using plenum-rated cable or when such cable system is needed for installation. A number of building codes have regulatory guidelines on such an installation. Such codes indicate that low-fire and low-smoke plenum cables are used within any space that handles air like a ceiling section where air is cycled by a HVAC or air conditioning unit. It is also possible to find areas where cable can only be pulled by a low voltage licensed contractor and no one else. Installation of the repeater will then be managed by the installer, including adjusting and fine tuning of the signal booster system.

Approval might not be required but that does not mean installation can be done by anyone.

As observed, installation of a cell phone signal booster does not have a lot of strict regulatory guidelines and tight assessment. However, this does not mean just about any individual can perform installation. For instance, a commercial-grade WilsonPro cell phone signal booster system should not be handled by just any maintenance person, or even IT department personnel, or even a property management team. The passive DAS in its entirety has diverse features and best installation practices that only a professional installer knows. You have to use a trained professional installer to ensure all the regulations that apply have been met and that the device, once installed, will perform perfectly.

FCC regulations and building code inspection might not be needed, but if the system is installed poorly, FCC could have jurisdiction on your case if installation begins to interfere and obstruct other cellular networks. Using a trained professional cell phone booster installer ensures the signal booster system works as required. The good thing is that we have weBoost and WilsonPro certified installers across North America, ready to efficiently put up the repeater system for you.

Commercial cellular signal boosters aren't illegal.

Another misconception is that people think installation of a cellular device signal booster in a warehouse, office or any other workplace is illegal. Of course, most carriers in United States would love their customers to use their branded proprietary service signal booster. In some rare instances, they provide amplifier solutions to improve the reception. However, those boost signal only for the respective carrier’s network! Cellular carriers, according to the FCC must require consumers with their own signal boosting systems to register those devices with them. Examples of such systems are the powerful cell phone commercial grade signal boosters we provide that boost the signal of virtually every carrier in USA & Canada.

Note that all the cell signal boosters by weBoost and WilsonPro are regulated by FCC and approved for use with all the cellular carriers in the U.S. and Canada. They are fully legal to use in any place of work. You don't have to be stuck with a cell phone reception booster that is carrier-specific! Go with a weBoost/ Wilson cell phone signal booster that allows you and co-workers using diverse carriers to enjoy boosted signals through a single signal booster system.

Questions? Call us for a FREE product recommendation or try our automated Cell Phone Signal Booster Selector Tool. Need a cell phone booster installer? We offer installation services by a certified installing team that installs boosters nationwide across USA and Canada. Submit location details for cell phone signal booster system design & installation quote to have your amplifier kit installed by professionals.

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