Let’s set the scene here: Just picture it…You’re at home. You are nice and comfy on your couch, relaxing from a long day. Your phone rings. You answer but all you hear is “beep, beep, beep”. Perplexed, you gaze at the phone screen and see the dreaded blank space where your signal indicator should be (Queue cheesy horror music here…) Welcome to the dead zone! Rather than just throwing your hands up in frustrated disgust over another dropped call, bring your cell signal back from the dead zone with signal repeaters and boosters.
Signal Repeaters and Boosters
Even the best wireless networks often can’t deliver a consistent signal inside your house. When you’re indoors, even within your carrier’s coverage area, the network’s signal sometimes simply isn’t strong enough to support voice calls or data services. With so many consumers ditching their landlines for cell phones, poor reception at home is no longer acceptable. Signal repeaters – also called boosters – act by amplifying the signal sent by cell phone towers and strengthening your reception. Signal-boosting products generally fall into one of two categories: femtocells or signal repeaters. Both types of equipment can deliver strong signals within buildings, but they work in fundamentally different ways.
Femtocells act as miniature cell phone towers that connect to a home network router and use your wired broadband connection to move voice calls and data services to and from your carrier’s network. They work with specific frequencies, independent of carrier; some support more than one frequency. On the frequencies they support, repeaters improve both voice calls and data speeds. Femtocells don’t rely on the carrier’s towers at all, but because they use technology that can direct data and calls back to the carrier networks over the Internet, most of them are sold by the carriers themselves.
Repeaters and boosters, on the other hand, amplify and rebroadcast cell tower signals. Since they don’t require carrier support, they tend to be manufactured and sold by third parties. Many repeaters have multiple parts, starting with an antenna that you place as close as possible to the strongest cell tower signal–typically, near a window or even outdoors. The antenna transmits signals over a cable connected to an amplifier, which boosts the signal and retransmits it indoors. In some cases, the amplifier and indoor antenna are integrated; in others, the amplifier hooks up to a separate, centrally located indoor antenna in the home or office. The area of coverage depends on the strength of the amplifier and of the signal being amplified.
Signal repeaters or boosters allow you to get the best possible signal. Don’t let dead zones get the best of you. Give us a call. We’ll help you boost the dead zone back to the stone ages. Ok… maybe not the stone ages. But you get the idea.