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​Things That Adversely Affect Cellular Performance.

Posted by on Nov 04, 2016

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 mobile 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.

Causes of Weak Cell Phone Reception

Things That Obstruct Cell Phone Reception:

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

  • Terrain: Mountains and hills can stand between the tower and your device, absorbing the waves before they are able to reach you.
  • Distance: If you’re in a remote area with few cell towers, a strong connection 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 wireless waves.
  • Vehicles: The glass and the metal that makes up the body of a car can prevent cell waves 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 mobile reception.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Thick fog, storms, and other weather conditions are capable of disrupting cellular waves.

All of the above factors are responsible for obstructing the cellular connection and preventing their radio frequency waves 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 RF waves.

How Building Materials Block Wireless Connection.

Most large objects built by humans are capable of interfering with cell phone connectivity. Since we spend so much of our time inside buildings, we have become dependent on strong indoor cellular reception. But now we know that radio-frequency waves are not capable of properly 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 RF transmissions. This explains why cell-phone reception is almost always disrupted when you drive into a parking garage – it is because mobile waves find it difficult to work their way through thick concrete walls.

Other building materials such as drywall, shingles, stone, brick, and wood can have a similar effect – weakening, and sometimes completely block reception. Even glass, particularly energy-efficient windows that are coated with metal oxide, can cause cell phone waves 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 Phone Booster.

What Is a Cellular Booster?

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

Why not contact us today and we can show you how a cellular amplifier can dramatically improve cellular coverage inside your building?

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