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It’s hard enough to get a steady signal across your house, which is typically an area under 2000 sq ft. But when the same needs to be done for a big supermarket, warehouse, mall, or a farm, you can be sure you have a problem on your hands. Luckily, there is a key for every lock and this problem also has solutions. The most effective of those solutions is installing a phone signal booster. Even if you get a decent reception on some part of the territory, the chances are, there are going to be areas inaccessible to the mobile signal, because of the amount of concrete and metal wiring in the walls and roofing. That’s where a mobile booster comes in to save the day. If you are a Verizon subscriber, you can try the Verizon cell phone booster. Let’s talk about the device itself in more detail, in case you are not very clear on what it is and how it works.

What is a mobile signal booster and how does it function?

 A mobile signal booster is a device that makes sure your mobile signal is strong and steady over a certain area. It has several key elements to it:

  • External (outdoor) antenna.

It has the objective of receiving the signal from the cell tower. It is mounted on the roof of the building for maximal gain and transfers the received signal through a coaxial cable. There are two main kinds of these antennas: directional (yagi) and omnidirectional (omni). Now, if your business is a farm, a ranch, or a hotel deep in the country and the outside signal wasn’t strong enough to begin with, you should get a yagi antenna, which is more powerful than an omnidirectional one, so you can point it to the direction of the nearest cell tower, in order to get a better signal. They have more gain and are generally better suited for areas with low signal. Omni antenna is equipped to receive signals from any direction, so as you can guess, it is very much suited for areas with a strong outside signal. But at the same time an omni antenna has less gain, so if you are not sure which one to use, contact the manufacturer to consult you on their product.

  • Amplifier.

This part of the booster receives the signal from the outside antenna and makes it stronger. It is designed to recognize and enhance only a certain frequency, so watch that aspect before you make a final purchase. Operators typically use different frequencies, so if you run a hotel or any other business that deals with customers, you might want to consider a broadband device functioning on multiple frequencies. Also, there might be different frequencies for different services, like Call, 3G/4G, and 4G/LTE. Don’t confuse the last 2, as the devices covering 3G and 4G might not work for 4G/ LTE and vice versa. Don’t overlook this point, while searching for the right device for your business.

There are only a few limitations on where to place your amplifier. It has to be in the proximity of a plug and accessible to the staff.

  • Indoor antenna.

It gets the strong new signal from the amplifier through a coaxial cable and then broadcasts this signal over a certain area. The coverage can be very different, so make sure you take it into consideration before choosing a booster for your business. If the area is big, you might need a few of these antennas, to make sure every corner is covered. In any case, make sure you contact the manufacturer to get a better idea of the number of antennas you need and the appropriate cable length too, which is very important to consider. The indoor antennas can be dome, or panel, depending on the shape of the area you need to be covered. Panel antennas are perfect for corridors and elongated rooms, whereas dome antennas are better to use in square-shaped areas.

What to consider?

To sum up, these are the key characteristics you need to look for when you are choosing the right booster for your business:

1.Coverage. As we said, there are devices for 1000 sq ft area and up to 20000 ft and more. It’s the area where the booster is most effective, so for a massive territory, you are going to need a device with large coverage.

2.Frequency. If you own a business in the service industry, you might want to look for your booster in the broadband section, as you need all providers and services covered, especially 4G/LTE and Call.

3.Location. If your business is located in a remote area, and you are experiencing a weak outside signal, the Power Line boosters will suit you better than the regular ones. On the other hand, if the outside signal strength is sufficient, there’s no need to overpay for a device more powerful than you actually need.

In the world of signal boosters, it’s very important to consider every detail to get the most out of your device. So thorough research will be most helpful and if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact the customer support line and get the answers you need.