Posted by Admin on March 09, 2016
Sometimes the most difficult part of installing a cell phone signal booster can be running the coaxial cable into your home. Coax cable is typically used for cell signal boosters in order to connect both the tower antenna and the device antenna to the amplifier unit. Let us show you some tips and tricks to run cable inside home most swiftly and efficiently.
Sometimes the tower antenna is called an "outside antenna" because it is generally mounted outside of the home on a wall or on the roof. It can present quite a challenge running the coax cable from the tower antenna to the booster unit, which is located inside the home. The aim of this post is to give you some ideas on how to make this task easier. Let us start with the ideas that require less time and effort, then we will move to those that require more.
To start with, consider running the cable through a window. You can avoid drilling a hole in the wall by using a short piece of coax cable that fits under a closed window. Simply connect the cable from the tower antenna to the outside end of the flat piece of cable, and connect a cable running to the booster unit to the inside end. Try using a piece of 50 Ohm flat coax cable or 75 Ohm flat cable (depending upon whichever 50 Ohm or 75 Ohm compatible amplifier is being used) under a closed window.
Another handy method is to run the tower antenna cable next to a vent pipe, under the flashing. If you choose this method, make sure you seal the opening really well to avoid leaks. In fact, you might be able to run your cable under the vent pipe flashing.
If you have a vented attic in your home, it should be quite easy to run the tower antenna cable into the attic through the vent. If the vent is screened, you’ll need to punch a hole through the screen. However, if you use this method make sure you seal the hole really well around the cable to stop pests from entering the attic. Alternatively, you may be able to run the cable through the soffit or an attic event.
And finally, if the previous methods are not suitable for your situation, you will need to go through the soffit or a wall. This means that you will need to drill a hole to run the cable, a task you should only undertake if you’re comfortable doing so. As previously mentioned, if you decide on this method, make sure you seal the hole really well around the cable.
These are not the only ways of running the cable into your home, but perhaps they may have given you some ideas. If you require another part or an extra length of cable to complete your signal booster installation, then check out our weBoost Parts and Accessories page. Or perform a quick search by typing the part you require into the search box at the top of the page, then click "enter" or the search icon displaying the magnifying glass.