FAQ

Cell Phone Signal Booster Installation Tips & Guides

Some Frequently Asked Questions About Signal Boosters:

 

How does a signal booster work?

Signal boosters work by receiving an outside signal and amplifying it before broadcasting it over the area with the internal antenna again but stronger.

Does a signal booster amplify both voice and data signals?

Yes both of these are transmitted over radio waves which signal boosters affect.

Are signal boosters dangerous?

Actually signal boosters reduce the amount of electromagnetic radiation that are emitted by mobile devices making them safer.

Can I use an Industrial signal booster for my residence?

No, the FCC has special regulations for Industrial boosters as they require special care to ensure that they do not interfere with cellular networks. You can find more information on FCC regulations on our post here.

How do I choose the right booster for me?

There’s no magic bullet booster that we can say works for everyone as we all have different needs. We can however tell you what you should look for in your booster. The two most important attributes to consider are the square footage of the area you need covered and the type of signal required (2G,3G, 4G LTE).

What’s the difference between signal boosters and DAS ( Distributed Antenna Signal )?

A DAS is a network of antenna nodes that are connected to a single common source. This provides signal to an area or building. Generally these are much larger in in scale than signal boosters.  A graphic showing how a distributed antenna system works. This system is different than a traditional signal booster in that it does not use a signal amplifier.

What happens if I have less coverage than before?

If you have less coverage than before it could be caused by a number of issues. First check your antennas and make sure that they are the appropriate distance apart and if you have a directional antenna outside make sure it is not pointing at your indoor antenna. You could also have overheated your amplifier, make sure it is in a cool place, outside of direct light, and with good airflow. Also if you have had a power surge recently you should check to make sure that did not damage any of the equipment. If none of these suggestions help call your providers technical support.