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How to Know When You Need a Phone Signal Booster

How to Know When You Need a Phone Signal Booster

When calls get dropped or sound choppy, it is possible that the cell signal is not strong enough. One remedy to that is to go where there is better reception, where there’s a cell tower nearby.

A more permanent solution to bad phone coverage is getting a signal booster. A signal booster is a device that takes in the signal from the cell tower, amplifies that signal, and retransmits it to the booster’s local area, thereby extended the range of cell signals. One example of a signal booster is the popular WeBoost Connect 4G, which boosts voice, 3G, and 4G signals of all major phone carriers.

But before spending money on a signal booster, there are a number of things to be considered. These are just some of the factors that can affect cell signal:

Obstructions and Optimal Positioning

Highly dense urban areas are filled with rows and columns of concrete walls. Homes in the middle of those locales tend to be hemmed in with obstructions.

These obstructions, including electronic appliances and other metallic objects, will interfere with and dampen cell signals. Cell signal is strongest out in an open field with no obstacle to impede it. In those areas, it’s a simple matter of finding the signal.

But if you’re getting bad reception due to living in an urban area, you should consider getting a signal booster. Once you buy a booster, it should be installed in an ideal location, like somewhere in the middle of the building, to maximize its effectiveness.

Multiple Floors

If you live in, work at, or own a building and the reception is weak in some floors, you should buy a signal booster to ensure that all floors have decent phone coverage.

Some households use basements as leisure rooms, where kids and adults can relax and enjoy while being in an isolated part of the house.

However, basements have more solid concrete walls, and cell signals get weaker for every obstruction. In that case, having a signal booster can also be beneficial for homeowners who need good cell signal in the basement.

Building Materials vs. Cell Signal

Signal strength is measured in decibels, and different wall materials also reduces signal strength varyingly. A common brick wall, 3.5 inches thick, could reduce signal strength down to 50 percent. The same reduction amount is applied by 2-inch marble and 1.75-inch solid wood.

With this in mind, one can get the idea that two walls of these materials between oneself and the cell tower will reduce signal strength to almost nothing, depending on what kind of material and how thick it is.

When a Decision Has Been Made

Websites of major suppliers of signal boosters have an interactive interface where the user can specify if the booster is for a house, vehicle, or office building, and then specify the area and what kind of signal that needs to be boosted.

After providing the specifics, the site recommends the best signal booster for each consumer. Make sure to inquire about a device’s warranty. If the booster is bought at a physical store, ask if they can help with the installation. Some signal boosters need an antenna to be installed outdoor or on top of the roof, so better leave the hard work to the experts.

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