Signal Booster DIY Mistakes
04
December

You just finished setting up your office at home. You live in a remote area and cell service is a problem. Since your cellphone is an important communication tool for your business, family and personal life. You are probably going to need help boosting the signal. The local big box electronics stores have several options, but you have no idea what or where to begin, and the salesperson is little to no help.

The first step is choosing the right signal booster system for you. This is a more involved process than one may initially think. Are you trying to boost your carrier only (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc.)? Do you want to boost all carriers (think long term…what if you change carriers or have family or friends over!)? Once you answer those questions you are ready to determine the booster type, but now which model? This is where you need signal survey equipment and knowledge in how to properly use it. Next you will need the ability to find the location of the tower that serves your area and understand how the land (hills, valleys, etc.) affects your signal. Based off of these readings you can choose the right booster make and model to give you the optimal dB (decibel) boost for your location. The layout of your home will determine which antennas you will need for the interior (dome – ceiling mounting or panel – wall mounted) and exterior (omni – mutli-directional or yagi – single direction) for your home. Now that all of this is determined we can move on to the installation process.

Installing the system may seem simple on paper, but if done incorrectly you will see little to no difference in your signal strength. Proper placement of both interior and exterior antennas is a common mistake we see in DIY installations. As previously stated knowing the lay of the land and tower locations will give you the knowledge needed to properly install the exterior antenna (roof mount, pole mount, antenna type, etc.). Interior antennas need to be a proper distance from the exterior antenna (height and length) and cables should be custom cut to minimize signal loss over long cable runs. Splitters will be necessary when multiple interior antennas are needed. Attenuators will need to be installed to help carry the signal over longer than average cable runs. Another item to consider is attenuating the booster. Some boosters self-attenuate (adjust themselves to maximize signal output) others may need to be manually adjusted. This can be a frustrating process if you are not familiar with booster attenuation and do not have the proper equipment to test it while adjusting.
CellTeks has trained, certified, and experienced technicians that have the knowledge and tools to do the installation right. We take the proper readings, determine which system best suits your needs and budget and we guarantee all of our work. During the installation process we will check the system and make the adjustments needed to give you the best signal possible at your location. Without the knowledge and equipment an installation could take days or even weeks before the right signal boost is achieved, if it is achieved at all. Another benefit of this professional installation is we also offer our 360° Protection Plan. The Plan covers the vast majority of issues you may experience throughout the life of your system. This will also allow you a discount on future system upgrades.

In the end a signal booster system is a big investment. A proper installation by an experienced team like CellTeks will save time, money, and headaches. Let us help you find the right booster and equipment and install it correctly, then protect that investment with our 360° Protection Plan.

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