A cell phone booster is a device that is used to improve the strength of cellular signals available at a place. This way, the device plays a great role in improving the quality of cellular communication. Cell phone boosters can be installed at homes, buildings, vehicles and public spaces.
What Are The Components Of Cell Phone Booster?
As the central theme of the article is the installation of a cell phone booster, it is important to discuss its core parts.
The main components of the cell phone booster are:
The input to the cell phone booster is the signals that come from the transmitting tower. The external antenna of the cell phone booster captures the outdoor cellular signals and transmits them to the next unit, the amplifier. The external antenna is placed at outdoor points like roofs (of buildings and vehicles) where it can capture the maximum available signal strengths.
The external antenna can be of two types:
- Unidirectional antenna: It captures signals coming from one direction alone. It is usually installed in areas that have one cell tower alone.
- Omnidirectional antenna: It captures signals coming from all directions. It is usually installed in places where multiple carrier signals facilitating multiple carrier boosting are available.
The amplifier can be considered the most important unit of a cell phone booster. It takes in the signals supplied by the external antenna and boosts them. The boosted signals are then sent to the indoor antenna.
The indoor antenna is placed indoors to broadcast the boosted signals within its coverage area. The cell phones that are within the coverage area of the indoor antenna receive better signals. Depending on the area in which amplified signals are required, you may use more than one indoor antenna.
Indoor antenna can be of two types:
Dome antenna: It broadcasts signals to all directions and is usually mounted on the ceiling. It can be effectively used to cover a large area like the single floor of a building.
Panel antenna: Panel antenna broadcasts signals along a single direction. It is usually mounted on the walls. They can be effectively used to cover multiple floors on the same vertical level of a building.
Installing Cell Phone Booster At Home
Here are the 5 steps of installing a cell phone booster at home. What we discuss here is a small scale installation that doesn’t necessarily require an installer. You can try doing it on your own.
Locating The Outdoor Point With Maximum Signal
The signal strength is never going to be the same at all outdoor points. If you want optimal signal booster performance, the external antenna has to be placed at a point that receives the maximum available signal. For that, you have to measure the signal strengths at various outdoor points using a signal meter. You may also count the signal bars on your phone but using a signal meter is more effective.
On finding out an outdoor point that has the maximum available signal strength, mark that point for installing the external antenna of the cell phone booster.
Install The External Antenna
The external antenna has to be mounted on the point with maximum signal strength. It is usually installed on the rooftop with a mounting pole although you may use a gable or fascia. The outside antenna has to be placed either on or near the roof edge. In case you are using a yagi (unidirectional) antenna, it has to be directed away from the roof towards the nearest cell tower.
Establish The Connection To The Amplifier
The amplifier is usually placed inside the house and the connection between the external antenna and amplifier is made using coaxial cables. You can choose different ways to run the coaxial cable into the house. Some run it into the attic while others prefer window entry.
Install The Indoor Antenna
The indoor antenna has to be placed at a point where boosted signals are required the most. You may place the indoor antenna either on the wall (if you are using a panel antenna) or on the ceiling (if you are using a dome antenna). Connect the included cable to the amplifier.
It is important to ensure that there is a 20 feet vertical or 50 feet horizontal distance between inside and outside antennas in order to prevent oscillation that could cause your booster to shut down on its own.
Plug in the power supply to the amplifier unit and to the wall outlet. If the amplifier has synced up, it will be indicated by the green lights. You can check the boosting levels by using a signal strength meter by standing near the inside antenna.
To make any changes post installation, you will have to reboot the amplifier by simply unplugging the power supply for a few seconds.
Following proper installation guidelines is important to ensure the optimal performance of cell phone booster.