Cell Phone Amplifiers and Repeaters, A Buyers Guide!

Before any thing else is determined, you must determine if cell phone booster is the right solution for you. A lot of times our customers ask us if they are making the right decision in selecting a certain model. How to pick a cell phone repeater system is pretty tricky if you are not informed about the essential guide lines to follow. Firstly, a few vocabulary needs to be explained.

What is a dB?

A dB (decibels) is what the amplifier in a cell phone booster system is measured in, telling you what kind of strength the overall system is capable of delivering. The dB stands for decibels measured in logarithmic scale and hence a 62 dB is almost twice as powerful as a 55 dB system. A typical small home building with at least 2000 Sq ft can use a booster system 55 db, the more the dB the more the signal amplification.

What is gain?

Gain is the unit of dB, like meters for distance or liters for liquids.

What band should you choose?

Their are 3 main bands of antennas when it comes to picking an amplifier. Single band, dual band and tri-Band .

Single band is either 850 Mhz or 1900 Mhz depending on who your carrier is this will change. Talk to your carrier to find out what frequency they provide at your location or go to this website and find it out with your zip code.

Dual band is what we recommend just because it takes the guess work out of knowing your frequency and gives you the freedom to change carriers in the future without having to change the amplifier.

Tri-band is a newer version of amplifier that also include the 4G along with 3G and 2G.

What kind of Antenna should I pick?

The selection of what type of antenna to go with a specific amplifier will play a major role in how the booster system works. Fortunately, their are only two types of antenna when it comes to picking one.

Omnidirectional Antenna: This antenna is used in locations that has more then one tower and multiple carriers are distributed on multiple towers. This antenna has a radiation pattern that broadcast and receive signal at a circular pattern to provide a all around the building. The draw back however is that these antennas tend to be less sensitive then the yagi antenna.

Yagi Antenna: The Yagi antenna is simply your old television antenna in functionality, so in order to install a yagi antenna the procedure is similar to what you did when you installed the TV antenna. Yagi antenna is direction sensitive but receives and broadcasts signals more effectively then the omni direction antenna. The downside is that it will be only effective in any one direction or in this case one cell tower.

Watch Video For Yagi Antenna Installation

Will my booster system work for data?

Yes, all our booster system work with increasing your data connectivity as well. If you are on dial-up and want to get better speed. Our cell phone booster systems are very good device to add.