Did you choose the best Cell Phone Signal Booster for your Home?

A weak cell signal is frustrating, and it can happen anywhere. Dead spots aren’t just a plague for people living out in the boondocks. I have experienced this a lot of times when I lived in a small apartment I rarely had more than one bar of reception inside my apartment. I always dropped calls, failed to download apps and had incoming calls go straight to voicemail. Something was obviously blocking the signals from reaching me, because as soon as I went outside, the single bar of reception turned to five and everything returned to the way I expected. I could have avoided this with a cell phone signal reception booster.
There are two types of consumer mobile phone signal boosters – vehicle cell phone boosters and home cell phone boosters . An outside antenna receives a signal from a cell tower and sends the signal to an amplifier that emits the boosted signal through an inside antenna. The difference between the two types is the FCC regulations that cap the vehicle gain at 50 dB, which has a coverage area that will cover your vehicle but nothing else. Home cell phone boosters are less regulated and can have a max gain as high as 72 dB, which covers about 6,000 square feet.
There are few standard criteria one should follow when choosing a cell phone signal booster.
Needed Coverage Area
The first consideration for a home cell phone booster would be the coverage area you need. Does your entire home suffer from weak signals, or is it a specific area? There are home cell phone boosters designed for a single room or an entire house. The higher the max gain, the better the range. The best cell phone signal boosters for a home have a max gain of 72 dB with a range of approximately 6,000 square feet , but you can also get cell phone boosters that only cover the range of a desk.
Outside Signal Strength
Once you’ve determined how much area needs to be covered, you’ll need to check out the strength of the outside signal. Wherever you find the strongest signal is where you’ll install the outside antenna.
Antenna Type
Unlike with cell phone boosters for cars, there are several different types of outside antennas to consider. An omnidirectional antenna is ideal for urban or suburban areas where the outside signal is strong but the inside signal is weak or non-existent. This is because it can receive signals from all directions and has a short range. Its main objective is to pump the outside signal inside.
A directional antenna is ideal for rural areas where the weak signal is the result of being too far from the cell tower. It has a much higher forward gain than an omnidirectional antenna. The best directional antennas have a forward gain of 14 dBi, which is like the difference between binoculars and a telescope. It can see much further, but it has to be pointed in the right direction to be effective.
Cable Length
Home cell phone boosters have two coax cables. The longest one leads from the antenna to the signal booster, while the shorter one leads from the signal booster to the inside antenna. You want to keep the length of the outside cable as short as possible, because the signal strength decreases by up to 3.9 dB for every 100 feet of cable. When you consider that every 3 dB change in a signal represents an exponential increase or decrease, cord length is important.

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