Cellular signal booster is the simplest ways of solving issues in cellular network that are results of multiple obstructions. Even when this claim remains more or less undisputed, there is no denying that how well a signal booster system is installed decides the efficacy of its signal boosting function.
You cannot blame the signal booster for not amplifying cellular signals to the expectant levels if the antennas are not installed properly and the cables are run inefficiently. Fail-safe installation of cell phone boosters ensures optimum performance of the signal booster system and most often you would have to get the help of a trained installer.
Here we discuss some of the recommended practices for installation of signal boosters.
Before going ahead with the installation process, conduct a site survey that gives a better understanding of the signal quality at your location. The results of the site survey will offer insights to the point that has maximal and minimal signal strength.
Putting your phone in test mode and surveying your location for signal strength is a plausible option but the method has several limitations. Cell phones are often slow in updating signal information and you cannot always trust the data with its precision.
Using a signal meter for site survey is a better method to analyze signal strength as the device displays multiple signal parameters like bandwidth, strength and frequency. In addition to that, signal meters update data in real time.
Proper Selection Of Antenna
The strength of the signal as well as well as its origin decides the type of antenna that will suit the booster system best. Omnidirectional antenna captures all of the outside signals as it works in 360-degree field and is suitable for locations that receive signals from multiple towers.
Unidirectional antenna commonly referred to as Yagi antenna works in 45-degree angle and is suitable especially for remote locations that receive signals from a single cell phone tower.
Minimize Cable Length
Cellular signals have to suffer losses as they travel through connecting cables and longer the cables, greater will be the rate of signal loss. Maintain the lengths of the cables that connect external antenna to amplifying unit and amplifying unit to internal antenna at the minimum possible levels.
In large buildings having multiple floors, minimizing cable length is not a possible option and for these locations, high power amplifiers have to be selected.
Prevent Overload And Oscillation
Overlapping of the signals from the inside and outside antenna is called oscillation. Shielding the antennas from one another and increasing the distance between internal and external antennas are suitable methods to prevent oscillation.
To prevent overload that is caused by very strong incoming signals, consider repositioning the exterior antenna to bring less signal in or add inline attenuators.
Following the above discussed practices while setting up a cell phone booster system will enhance the performance of the signal booster system.