A signal booster is an electronic device that is designed specifically to improve the cellular reception in a small area by increase the strength of the incoming cell signal. For a signal booster to operate, there should be some sort of cell signals outside the building. With the use of a signal booster, you no longer have to worry about the data upload and download speeds, call drops, etc.
Here are some tips that will help you to boost the performance of your cell phone booster.
Choosing The Right Signal Booster
Cell phones these days have a lot of functions other than just making a voice call. They can be used for browsing the internet, watching videos, sending emails, etc. Therefore, when you choose a signal booster, you have to make sure that you do not miss these functionalities of a cell phone. This makes it extremely important for you to choose a signal booster that supports the signal frequency of your network carriers.
Most of the signal boosters used in North America operate at the 3G and 4G frequencies on 1900 MHz PCS and 800 MHz cellular frequencies. There are also signal boosters available that operate on other frequencies, such as 700 MHz, 1700 MHz, 2500 MHz, etc. However, a cell phone booster that operates on 800 MHz frequency does not work in areas with these frequencies. Therefore, you need to know the carrier frequency in your region before you buy a cell phone booster.
If you need to boost the cell signals of multiple network carriers with a single cell phone booster, you should choose a multi-band cell phone booster. Therefore, knowing your carrier and their signal frequencies in your area is very important when choosing the signal booster for your house.
Choosing The Right Cable Length
The coaxial cable is mainly used to connect the signal booster antennas and the amplifier unit. The type of cable is your choice but you need to ensure that you choose a cable of the highest quality. If the cable you choose is of poor quality, it will distort the signals and create a lot of noise in the signal.
Even if the antennas are doing their jobs perfectly, you won’t have a proper cell signal if the cable is of poor quality. The next important thing you need to take into account is the length of the coaxial cable. The signal attenuation or loss is very high when the cable is longer.
When the cable runs longer, it takes more time for the signals to reach you and by that time the signal will suffer a considerable loss and it is measured in terms of loss per feet. Therefore, you need to choose a cable that has a lower loss per foot because such cables are of higher quality and improve the performance of the cell phone booster.
Choose The Right Antennas
The type of external antenna used for the signal booster is important in deciding the performance of the cell phone booster. You might have to choose between an omnidirectional antenna and a unidirectional antenna based on the location of your house.
If your house is located in an urban area and surrounded by multiple cell towers, then the ideal choice of an external antenna is an omnidirectional antenna because this type of antenna is capable of capturing cell signals from all directions. However, if you are looking to boost cell signals of multiple network carriers with a single signal booster, then an omnidirectional antenna is the best choice.
Yagi antenna is the most common type of unidirectional antennas and it is the best choice to the signal boosters installed in houses that are located in a rural area. In most rural areas, there won’t be enough cell towers to provide a proper cell signal. You can point the yagi antenna to the direction of the nearest cell tower and it can easily capture the cell signals.
Choosing The Right Location For Antennas
The next important thing you can do to improve the performance of your cell phone booster is choosing the right location for your external and internal antenna. Finding the right position for the external antenna is very important for the signal boosting process. You can do it yourself by putting your cell phone in field test mode and walk around the perimeter of the house to find the area where the cell signal is strongest.
When it comes to the internal antenna, it is important to install it in the room where the cell reception is the weakest. You can otherwise install the internal antenna in the room you use most often.
The most important thing you need to remember while installing the antennas is the problem of oscillation. If the external and internal antennas do not have enough separation between them, they can start to capture each other’s signals and create a feedback loop. Therefore, you need to put enough distance between the antennas to improve the signal booster performance.