Posted by Admin on Jul 22, 2016
Amplifier kit optimization may do the trick to get your Wilson cell phone booster to begin boosting your cellular reception indoors. When there’s poor cell phone coverage inside a commercial building or a residential home, it can adversely affect everything - Business/ work life, and home/ personal life! Besides being totally frustrating for individuals in residential home settings, businesses can be completely disrupted due to the poor call quality and data reception being received within a building. A reliable solution for improving reception is a Cell Phone Signal Booster. A Signal Booster is capable of collecting existing cell signal from outside a building, amplifying it, then rebroadcasting the amplified signal inside the building. However, what if a Wilson cell phone booster does not work properly to boost indoor signals? What can you do? Optimize the installation, of course! See the topics discussed below to see whether there're areas where system optimization would do the trick.
If you’re a signal booster installer, please see below for some best-practice suggestions to follow during installation; thus ensuring that all your customers get maximum power from their cell signal booster equipment.
Your initial task should be to pay attention to cell signal carriers and their frequencies, because some signal boosters only enhance the signal for certain carriers. Other boosters are agnostic, which means that they improve the signal for all carriers on all available frequencies. This is a very important step, particularly in commercial settings where a building might house multiple phone users on multiple service carriers. Therefore, a crucial first step when installing boosters in commercial buildings is to choose a booster that will boost the signal for all major providers - like Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, T Mobile, and AT&T. To determine which carrier’s signals are available, plus where they are coming from, you will need to use a Signal Meter.
When installing a cell signal booster, there're different types of donor antennas to choose from. The component of the cell signal booster known as the donor antenna is the part that communicates with the cell tower. The majority of cell signal boosters use a stand-alone donor antenna which is connected by coax cable to the booster unit. Directional and Omnidirectional are the two types of donor antennas.
This type of antenna has been designed to point directly at the cell tower. For prime performance, a directional antenna must be pointed at the signal source because they work by receiving signals from a specific direction. These types of antennas are commonly used in environments where the signal outside the building is too strong (greater than 45 dB) or too weak (less than 80 dB).
This type of antenna receives signals in a 360° pattern, which means it is capable of picking up signals from all directions. An omnidirectional antenna is generally used when different carrier's cell towers are situated in various directions from the building’s location, or when an outside signal is sufficient for the building’s coverage needs – meaning it is not too strong or too weak. These antennas are often the best choice for commercial installations and are best used when there’s no need for the targeted accuracy of a directional antenna.
There are certain practices for connecting the booster to the donor antenna (in addition to the indoor broadcast antenna) that will ensure maximum efficiency from the equipment.
The coaxial cable that comes with some booster kits is not always the best cable for the job. You need to ensure that you’re using the best quality cable, because anything less can contribute to signal loss. In our opinion, Wilson-400 cable is better than RG-58 cable, and RG-6 cable would be a better choice than RG-59-Mini.
Use the shortest length of coax cable possible when connecting cables and amplifiers. There’s more potential for signal loss across the cable run when longer lengths of cable are used, so to avoid excess signal loss always choose shorter cable runs if possible.
If you don’t position your donor antenna and broadcast antenna with enough distance between them, your signal could get lost in a feedback loop: this is also known as oscillation. If you’re not able to move the antennas farther apart, you may need to install a shield to prevent cross-talking between the antennas, because this is what causes oscillation.
In order to cover irregular shaped spaces or to reach distant rooms, commercial buildings may require multiple broadcast antennas. A cable splitter can be used to divide the signal and send it to two separate broadcast antennas. You should be aware, though, that when you split cables you halve the strength of the signal being sent to each broadcast antenna.
Do you still need more boosting power? Perhaps you have followed all the above tips but you still don’t have sufficient power. When using splitters or long cable runs, an in-line booster can help replace signal loss. They can be used to augment the signal to or from an antenna or they can be used to increase the power of the whole booster system.
There’s more than one way of optimizing a cell phone signal booster, and it should be remembered that every residential or commercial install will be different and that there are various solutions for improving a poor signal. Contact the experts at AFC Houston if you need assistance with your next installation.