Cell phone boosters are growing familiar as a feasible and affordable solution to poor cellular reception. Its working is quite simple. It captures cellular signals using its outdoor antenna, boosts them using its amplifier, and rebroadcast the boosted signal to our cell phones using the indoor antenna.
Why Cell Phone Booster?
There is no denying that cell phone booster is not the exclusive solution to signal issues. You may consider solutions like switching to a carrier that has better signals at your place, using femtocells that act like mini base stations, and improve the signal strength within a small geographic area, etc.
However, none of the solutions can guarantee the efficacy and affordability of cell phone boosters. Its simple operation mechanism is an added advantage.
Installation Of Cell Phone Booster At Home
Here are the important steps for installing a cell phone booster at home.
Find The Best Available Outside Signal
The quality of the boosted signal depends on the strength of the available signal. You can expect a better output signal if you live in a place that receives signals of moderate strength than when you live in a place that receives weak cellular signals. In addition to that, the variations in signal strengths at different points on your location have to be considered. Not all points in your location receive signals of equal strength.
The first step in installing a signal booster is mounting the outdoor antenna at a perfect outdoor point. You have to start off by figuring out the signal strength value at your place using a signal meter, signal testing apps, or by checking the signal bars on your cell phone.
Signal meter shows the signal strength in decibels, with each decibel range corresponding to a particular signal strength quality. Signal bars on your cell phones correspond to different signal strength ranges. Full bars on your cell phone indicate that the location has the maximum signal strength. Lower the number of bars, lower is the signal strength.
Signal meter is the best signal testing method. Walk around your location carrying a signal meter and find out which point in your location has the strongest signals and go ahead with the installation process of the outdoor antenna.
Install The Outdoor Antenna
Rooftop is the ideal location for installing the outdoor antenna. Make sure that the antenna points towards the nearest cell tower. Although you will be done with the process of selecting the outdoor antenna prior to signal booster installation, we would like to brief you about the criteria for selecting the outdoor antenna.
If you live in a remote place that has merely one cell tower operating, your cellular communication solely depends on that base station. Hence the outdoor antenna should precisely point towards the tower location and get the signals from it accurately. The antenna type that is suitable here is the yagi antenna that works 45 degrees and catches even the weakest of signals coming from the cell tower.
Let us look at an altogether different situation. Suppose you live in an urban location that receives signals from multiple carriers. Here you would require an omni-directional antenna that works 360 degrees and captures signals coming from all directions. It is ideal for boosting signals of multiple carriers.
Connect The Outdoor Antenna To Amplifier
After the outdoor antenna is mounted perfectly, it has to be connected to the amplifier kept indoors. The connections are established by means of coaxial cables. You might need to drill a hole on the wall to run the cable from the outdoor antenna to the amplifier. If you do not approve of the idea, you may go with a window entry cable.
While establishing the connections, make sure that wire is perfectly taut. Loosely held wires can hinder the signal transmission while over tightened cables are prone to tear.
Install The Inside Antenna
Depending on the coverage you require, you may install more than one indoor antenna. Installing one indoor antenna per 1000 sq feet coverage is the general recommendation. Indoor antennas of cell phone boosters can be mounted on walls or ceilings. Dome antenna, one among the two common types of indoor antenna, broadcasts signals equally in all directions. If you want boosted signals to be broadcasted around a wide space, take for instance a whole floor of a building, you can go with the option of dome antenna.
The other common type of indoor antenna is the panel antenna that broadcasts signals in a single direction. If you want to cover multiple floors in a building, a panel antenna is the best choice.
Connect The Indoor Antenna To The Amplifier
After mounting the indoor antenna on the wall or ceiling, connect it to the amplifier by means of coaxial cable.
Power Up The Booster
After all the above steps are done, power the cellular signal booster and check whether it is working properly. Green lights that show as the units syncs up indicate that you are good to go.
Taking proper measures for maintenance is equally important as the installation procedures.