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Will Cell Phone Signal Booster Help Or Not?

Conducting a Site Survey

Probably the question we're most-often asked is: How will I know if any of your equipment (antennas or amplifiers) will work in my particular situation?

The answer to this question will depend on whether a stronger signal is available nearby, and whether improving that signal will result in improved performance.

The only way to answer these questions is to accurately identify your current signal strength by conducting a few simple tests in, and around an area where you use your mobile device. Therefore, before you go ahead and order expensive equipment, check the results of these tests to confirm whether an amplifier kit will improve your device's performance.

A "Site Survey" is the test we recommend to our customers to determine whether our signal boosting products may be appropriate for their particular circumstances, or not. This is a test which involves comparing both signal strength and performance in various locations. Doing this Site Survey is a very easy process - Simply follow the steps below.

Completing a Site Survey: 3G/4G Modems

Respond to the questions listed below, then choose from above, "Interpret the Results" tab: Your Site Survey results will be analyzed so you can then determine which products may be appropriate for your situation, if any!

If you're unsure where to find your RSSI, click "Finding RSSI" tab for instructions and screenshots. If you're unsure how to do the speed test, click above "Speed Test" tab for further information.

  • At indoor location where you use your Air-card, what is the RSSI?
  • What are your speed-test results at that particular location?
  • What was the best RSSI you found immediately outside and around your building?
  • What are your speed-test results at that outside location?
  • If your outside signal is not significantly better than inside signal, drive or walk in the direction of improved signal until you find a -80 signal for 3G, or -70 for 4G. Note the speed test-results at that location.
  • What is it that is located between you and that reading? Is it trees, elevation, terrain? How far away is it?

Conducting a Site Survey: Phones/PDAs

Conducting a site survey with your phone is slightly different than testing with your 3G or 4G modem. Respond to the questions listed below, then select from above, "Interpret the Results" tab to analyze your Site Survey results. This will determine which products will be appropriate for your situation, if any!

  • At the location you use your phone, what is the RSSI indoors?
  • What is the performance like at that location? You can conduct a Speed Test just like an Air-card-user if you're using an iPhone or other smartphone. However, more subjective techniques will have to be used to analyze performance if you do not have a data-capable phone. This means you will need to see whether your calls get dropped, you hear a lot of static during calls, etcetera.
  • What is the best RSSI you can locate immediately outside and around your building?
  • What is its performance like at that location?
  • If your outside signal is not significantly better than inside, drive or walk in the direction of an improved signal until you find a -80 signal for 3G, or a -70 signal for 4G. At that location, what is its performance like?
  • What is between you and that -80 signal or -70 signal? Is it elevation, trees?
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