Posted by Admin on Oct 10, 2017
Upload, upstream, or uplink means the signal sent using a specific frequency from the phone to the cell tower. Download, downstream, or downlink means signal received using a specific frequency from cell tower to the phone. But this broad scope answer is not definitive or explanatory to those who are not familiar with those terms.
With today’s technology and the capabilities for more and more use from the smartphone and the mobile devices, the terms uplink and downlink are thrown around a bit much. Here is what you need to know about upload and download frequencies in terms of how cell phone signal boosters boost signal strength on those frequency channels to provide clearer voice connections and faster Internet on your mobile devices. Phones are typically 3G, 4G, LTE, and soon to be 5G. Most people understand the concept that the higher the number, the faster and better their phone will perform. However, there is a bit of misunderstanding when it comes to the speed. To explain, the signal that one gets on any of their phones ranges from -60db to about -120db. This is the strength of the signal. If you are in -50db then you have close to all bars, -120db is essentially a dead zone.
Where the 3G, 4G, and such phones relate to the speed is in the amount of data which can be uploaded per that Generation. The G stands for which generation the phone is, NOT for gigabyte which is a common misconception. The reality is 3G phones are only capable of 8 megabits per megabyte (or 1.1mb per second) uploads 4.3MBps download, 4G networks are capable of 9.0MBps uploads and 18.5MBps download. Comparatively, the 5G network, theoretically will allow for several gigs of information to be uploaded and downloaded per second.
In order for you to have quick downstream and upstream speeds, the connection to the cell tower has to be strong. The stronger the overall signal is on the phone, the stronger the frequency signal channel will be to the phone for uploads and downloads. Think of it this way: If you have a small cup of coffee, you may get a slight boost. However, if you drink 5 cups of coffee, you are more apt to be very energized. In a sense this is what boosting your signal will do for your frequency. Keep in mind that the networks have their limits (you can not expect 2G phones to work at 4G capabilities), but even so, maximizing the signal will increase speed and functionality.
The best way to ensure that you have the best signal on your phone is to first check the signal strength in decibels on your phone while indoors. Second, test the same on your phone outdoors to see if the signal and download speed is being affected by your building or other deterrents. If the speed is acceptable outside but not acceptable inside, consider a residential or a commercial grade cell phone signal booster. In most cases, a commercial grade Wilson Pro booster can increase the 3G, 4G, or LTE signal strength many times, exponentially. Residential or commercial boosters, when installed properly can increase a phone’s strength by up to the maximum allowed cap by FCC of +70db (making a potential dead zone useful). Tho models vary in cost and capability based on actual anticipated uplink and downlink increase in signal strength so check the specifications sheet of each signal booster and you will see the differences in uplink and downlink dBms.
We specialize in signal amplification within both commercial and residential buildings. Contact us to see how you can increase your upload and download speeds with one of our weBoost or Wilson Pro signal booster kits.