We all know the problem of dropped calls or poor data connections, and we all know that weak radio signals play an important role in this problem. Many factors can cause weak radio signals between our mobile devices and cell towers. In fact, our modern environment is an obstacle to poor radio reception. Elevators, cars, parking lots, large buildings, and even basements sometimes interfere with wireless signals from mobile devices. These impairments can be annoying, but when they occur in medical or other critical situations, they can endanger people’s lives.
So what can you do about it?
Are we doomed to have our data limited by the vagaries of the environment? Not at all. The answer is to use a cellular signal booster to improve data reliability and speed.
What is a cellular signal amplifier?
It is a technologically complex but conceptually simple device that uses two antennas with an amplifier in between to amplify radio signals between the mobile device and the provider’s local cell tower. One antenna transmits and receives signals to the operator’s cell tower. A second antenna transmits and receives signals from a nearby mobile device, such as a phone or tablet.
When the outdoor antenna receives a weak carrier signal, it is amplified and sent to the indoor antenna connected to the booster. Your mobile device detects the strong radio signal. The indoor antenna then receives the signal from your mobile device, boosts the signal and sends it to the operator’s mast antenna.
Cellular signal boosters can be used in emergency situations as well as at home, at work and on the road. Today’s emergency vehicles are equipped with laptops, cameras, medical devices and communications equipment. Regardless of the weather, they need a reliable wireless cellular connection. Because signal boosters work great in other situations, some jurisdictions have begun using boosters in their vehicles.
These devices are technically quite complex. This complexity stems from the need for good connectivity to existing cellular networks and the carriers that serve them. High-quality cellular signal boosters are “network safe,” amplifying only the channels and frequencies your equipment needs, leaving the rest untouched. Boosters must be tested in certified laboratories, labeled according to European regulations, and approved by the certified laboratories. If you use a signal booster for mobile networks, the device must be registered with the network operator. This way, such devices cannot interfere with your or other people’s devices or slow down the provider’s mobile networks.
There are many different cellular signal boosters that vary in quality and capacity.
As more and more people rely on wireless cellular services as their main source of Internet connectivity, the ability to eliminate weak radio signals in your home, work or mobile environment is a valuable tool in your wireless communications toolbox.