Cell Phone Boosters for Your Business in Eugene
Cell phone boosters have the ability to amplify an existing cell phone signal and broadcast it over an area which where the signal is weaker or nonexistent. Typically, a cell phone signal booster consists of an external antenna, a signal boosting amplifier and an internal antenna all connected through cabling. However, in some instances, the amplifier and the internal antenna are assembled in a single unit.
For the system to work, you will need an existing, stable signal to receive and amplify. Again, cell phone boosters are not able to generate the signal, they can only amplify it. If you do not have access to a location with a stable signal, a cell phone signal booster will not work properly.
At TTC Communications, we set up cell phone signal booster kits according to the square footage of the area where you would like to receive the signal. Each external antenna is be placed in an ideal area where there is a very strong signal and no obstacles. The reality is that, in most situations, it is necessary to select a stronger signal booster kit to compensate for a weak signal or any obstacles inhibiting the signal. If you have a rather unconventional coverage situation, we would be happy to discuss your needs and provide you with the best solution possible.
Booster Signal Strength
You coverage area is entirely dependent on the strength of the cell phone signal where you plan to mount your external antenna. The exact coverage radius is dependent on the booster system you select, and the advertised coverage assumes you have an optimal, strong signal. Obviously, if you have a weaker signal, your coverage area will be much smaller than the advertised coverage radius. You can measure the strength of your cell signal using the bars on your cell phone. While many cell phones have more or less than the traditional five bars, for most phones, each signal bar is approximately five to ten times the power of the previous bar. If you notice that your cell phone is only picking up one or two bars, you will definitely need to consider using a stronger cell phone booster to achieve your desired coverage area. You can also check the strength of your outside signal by putting your phone in to field test mode where it will display the actual decibel reading of the broadcast signal.
When selecting an external antenna, you’ll typically encounter two different models: omni-directional antennas and directional or yagi antennas.
Omni-directional: These antennas are intended to receive your cell phone signal in all directions. This allows you to reach multiple cell phone towers at the same time to boost the signal for multiple providers. If your area has a moderate to strong signal, you should definitely consider an omin-drectional antenna.
Directional: If you are only using a single cell phone provider and you are going to be placing your external antenna in a weak signal area, a yagi antenna is the right choice for you. Directional antennas do not cover quite as broad of an area, but they have the ability to reach significantly further to cell phone towers than an omni-directional antenna.
If you want to amplify a weaker signal to meet your coverage needs, you will need a more powerful amplifier. The strength of your amplifier is measured in decibels (dBs). When you increase your amplifier by three decibels, you are doubling it’s overall strength.
When selecting an inside antenna, you have two options: dome and panel antennas.
Panel: These antennas are designed to receive and broadcast a signal in one specific direction, and are intended for either long, rectangular spaces or multiple floors in a house or building. They are typically wall mounted and can broadcast a signal down and out through multiple floors.
Dome: These antennas are intended to cover a signal floor by broadcasting the signal in all directions. The unit is typically installed on the ceiling in the center of the broadcast area and are not used for multiple floors.
Cell phone networks use radio waves to pass along signals at various frequencies. This means that you need a cell phone signal booster designed specifically for the frequency you need. Most of the major cell phone carriers use one of two frequencies for their 2G and 3G netowrk. These frequencies, 850 MHz (cellular) and 1900 MHz (PCS), are so common, that many signal booster companies create dual band amplifiers that can use both of these frequencies.