The ideal solution to resolve network connectivity issues for cell phones is to use a cell phone service booster. This device receives weak cellular signals, amplifies them, and relays the boosted signal to your mobile phone. This ensures that there will not be issues like poor call quality, reduced internet speed, etc. So, more people are installing signal boosters at their home, office, or other establishments. Often it is provided by the cellular service provider or a third-party vendor authorized by the service provider. In this article, we will investigate the mistakes that people make when selecting this device.
Not Measuring Cellular Signal Strength
The performance of a cell phone service booster depends on the quality or strength of the cellular signal at your place. So, at places where there is no network connectivity or reception, this device cannot be used. Likewise, excellent signal strength also negatively affects the performance of this device because it is built to boost weak cellular signals. This is called signal overload, and it lowers the output signal quality. It is usually indicated by an orange blinking light on the amplifier of the signal booster and is resolved by reducing the power or gain of the amplifier.
To avoid these issues, you must check for accurate signal strength at your place using a signal meter. Install the outside antenna of the signal booster where you get signal strength that is within the range stipulated by the manufacturer of the device.
Not Considering The Coverage Area
Apart from boosting the strength of cellular signals, a signal booster also increases the coverage area. This is determined by the gain of the amplifier, i.e. the number of times it boosts the cellular signal. The higher the number, the greater the coverage area, and vice versa. Manufacturers of this device build units that are designed to be used in vehicles, homes, offices, large commercial places, warehouses, etc. So, you must have a clear idea of the area to be covered by the signal booster before purchasing it.
Choosing Inappropriate Antenna
Different types of outside and inside antennas are used in a cell phone service booster, and their choice affects the performance of the device. There are mainly two types of outside antennas, omnidirectional antenna and unidirectional antenna. The former is useful for urban and suburban areas where the cellular signal strength is moderate. Whereas, the latter is used in remote and rural areas where the cellular tower is far away. This is because it has a higher forward gain.
There are two types of indoor antennas, dome antenna and panel antenna(s). The dome antenna transmits signals in all directions and is suitable for covering large areas on a single floor. But, if you must cover multiple floors, then the panel antenna will be better.
Keeping these points in mind will help to avoid making mistakes when selecting a cell phone service booster for your place.