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1) For proper installation of the repeater system make sure the spot where you mount the external antenna has the maximum bars available in your home or office, because the strength of the signal given at the input of the system will determine its performance
2) Make sure you keep enough separation, at least 20 feet between the external antenna and the base unit to avoid any feedback effects resulting in improper working of the booster system. One way of doing this is by strategically mounting the external antenna and internal antenna so that you have some sort of barrier like a meshed wall, metal wall or enough distance between the two.
3) Keep in mind to reduce reflection by installing the external antenna away from objects that tend to reflect signals like a tree or building.
For all types of boosters the installation is the most crucial difference between a booster that works and a booster that does not work.
The booster is a device that amplifies the given signal, depending on the input signal the output signal gets amplified. Find a location outside the house where you get the most signal (you can use your cell phone and look at the bars) Typically the roof top and find a location that is free of obstructions like buildings or trees.
If you can see the cell tower from your roof, its better to point the antenna in the direction of the tower.
Once you identified the spot to install, fix the external antenna in a place 3 feet away from (metal pipes, metal siding, A/C unit, etc.)
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Mount the external antenna vertically and run the cable to the base unit, attach the base unit with antenna in upright position . (dome antennas, panel antennas does not have pointing antenna)
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To get the maximum benefit, you will want to take special care to make sure you point the antennas in the direction of the best signal for your wireless service provider. To aim each antenna for maximum signal, you may need more than one cell phone, one operating in the Cellular band (typically Cingular, Verizon or Alltel ) and one operating in the PCS band (typically Sprint, T-Mobile, Metro PCS, Cricket).
1. Using the phone operating in the Cellular band, place the cell phone on a non-metal surface
about 6-8 feet from the Base Unit.
2. Turn the signal booster ON and wait 30 seconds. Note the number of signal bars or dB if you have enabled your phone to be in the “Test Mode” displayed on your cell phone.
3. Record the number of signal bars ________(A) on your cell phone. Leave the phone in exactly the same place and pointing in the same direction for the following steps.
Note the direction of the Yagi antenna starting position_________________________.
4. Rotate the Yagi antenna mast 90 degrees and then record the phone signal bars _________(B).
5. Continue to rotate the antenna mast another 90 degrees in the same direction and record the
phone signal bars _________(C).
6. Again, rotate the antenna mast another 90 degrees in the same direction and again record the
phone signal bars _________(D).
7. If you desire to optimize further, then look for the two highest signal bar readings above and move the antenna between these two points to find the highest signal bars reading.
8. Look for the highest reading above. Set the antenna to that position and tighten the antenna to the mast.
9. With a PCS cell phone, repeat steps 1 through 8 rotating the Panel antenna for maximum signal strength as indicated on the PCS cell phone.
10. Once you have determined the highest reading position for each phone, tighten the antennas
securely to the mast.
You have now completed the Directional Signal Antenna installation and you now have “Wireless Where You Want It.”