Selecting the right cell phone signal booster for your home can be very confusing. (It's difficult enough trying to decide if one will even work in your home!) Here's the information you need to make the right decision.
There are many reasons you might need a cell signal booster in your home:
A stronger cell signal in your home can:
There are four basic components in a residential cell signal booster kit (with some slight variations in entry-level systems):
Let's look at each component in detail and see how it's used:
A cell signal booster system uses coaxial ("coax") cables to connect the exterior and interior antennas to the cell signal booster.
Coax cable comes in many different forms that work best under different circumstances. The longer and/or thinner the length of a piece of coax cable, the more signal is lost as it makes its way from the booster to the antenna. (Higher frequencies also experience more signal loss over a given length of cable than lower frequencies.)
There are three main types of coax cable used in home cell phone signal booster systems:
Cell signal amplifiers have been available for many years, and the technology is very solid and well-developed, so the answer to this question is "probably." There are certain conditions under which a booster system will not perform, including:
There are two kinds of cell signal booster technologies available on the market:
In our opinion, you shouldn't buy a 3G cell signal booster. The major cellular carriers no longer sell 3G smartphones, and they are in the process of converting their 3G cell towers to 4G. 3G service may not be available at all by 2020.
If you use a 4G smartphone, a 3G cell signal booster won't improve your reception; your phone is using frequencies that your booster doesn't amplify. If you use a 3G phone, though, a 4G amplifier will amplify its frequencies.
Single-room boosters are designed to cover small work areas or a single small room within a home or apartment. The boosters used in these kits have lower power and performance; they're entry-level systems in the $350–400 range.
The next step up from one-room cell signal boosters are systems that cover two to three rooms—a large apartment or a small house. These cell signal amplifiers are larger and more powerful than single-room units, so they're also a little more expensive (in the $550–570 range).
The final level for home cell signal boosters is coverage for larger homes, around 2,000 to 3,000 square feet (possibly more, if the outside cell signal is strong). These are the largest and most powerful cellular amplifier systems for residential use, and so they're correspondingly more expensive than the previous units in this review (in the $900–1,100 range).
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