A signal booster is mainly used if you are living in an area where the cell reception is the weakest. Poor cell reception will cause call drops, slow data speed, undelivered text messages, etc. In this modern digital world, a better cell signal is essential for performing many day-to-day activities.
A signal booster is a device designed to increase the strength of the cell signal to a usable level. The three components of the cell phone booster; external antenna, amplifier, and internal antenna works in tandem for improving the cell signal strength.
However, if you do not properly install these components, it will significantly affect the performance of the cell phone booster. Antenna separation is one such thing that you should give your attention while installing a signal booster system.
What Is Antenna Separation?
The external antenna is one of the most important components of a signal booster system. Its main purpose is capturing the existing outside signal and transferring it to the amplifier unit of the signal booster. Therefore, where you install the outside antenna has a great impact on the performance of the cell phone booster system.
Antenna separation is simply the distance between the external and the internal antenna. The antennas should be installed at a significant distance, away from each other to prevent unnecessary interference of signals from both the antennas.
When there is interference between the external and internal antenna due to insufficient separation between them, the performance of the signal booster is negatively affected. It may sometime lead to oscillation, which is one of the main factors that diminish a signal booster’s performance.
The problem of oscillation occurs when the external and internal antennas are installed close to each other. This will cause the antennas to pick up each other’s signals, which will lead to the creation of a feedback loop. When this happens, you won’t get proper cell reception and it may also damage the cell phone booster.
To avoid oscillation, the external and internal antennas should be placed at a significant distance and you need to make sure that there are no other antennas near them. Oscillation will damage your cellular network by interfering with the reception and the cell signal of both antennas.
There are signal boosters available in the market that can detect oscillation and autocorrect it. When normal signal boosters detect oscillation, it will reduce the gain or reduce the power to amplify the cell signal. This will result in a weak output signal and affects the performance of the signal booster system adversely.