All of us have cell signal problems from time to time. A call drops, the audio will fade in and out or a video will start to buffer.
If you occasionally visit us here you know we mostly talk about cell phone signal boosters as a solution to weak-cell-signal problems.
Boosters are not the only weak-signal solution, of course, but they work pretty well in a variety of situations and that’s why the market has grown so much over the past few years.
But there are some conditions under which a cell booster just won’t work. We wrote a blog post about those a couple of years ago. You can read it here When Will a Cell Signal Booster Not Work?
Often when you can’t get a cell signal in your home or workplace, it’s because the signal outside the building just can’t get inside so your phone can connect. In other words, the exterior walls of your home or workplace are blocking the signals from reaching your phone or other cellular device.
Building materials such as brick, concrete and cinder block are effective blockers of radio waves, like those that carry cell phone signals. Even glass, like those environmentally-friendly, LEED-certified windows, can keep cell signals out.
So what can you do? Well, this is a situation when a cell signal booster may be able to help. A cell booster captures and amplifies the existing cellular signal from nearby cell towers. It then distributes the amplified signal inside your home or workplace so phones can connect to it.
Plus, everyone in your home or workplace can access the improved signal and get better reception because cell phone signal boosters are carrier agnostic, which means the signal works with all devices and cell service providers — whether you subscribe to one of the major national carriers or a smaller regional carrier.
But how do you know if a cell booster will work under your specific poor-signal conditions? Here’s a pretty reliable test to help you tell.
Walk outside the building where you have bad cell reception. If you can get at least some cellular signal outside, a cell phone signal booster system can help enhance your indoor connectivity. And, the stronger the outside signal, the more coverage area a booster will provide indoors.
But, when you walk outside if you’re still having trouble getting a reliable cell signal, then a signal booster may not be the best option to improve your reception. You may have to look at another device, like a microcell. We explained how those devices work in this post Is a Microcell worth it?
So if you did our little test and it seems like your home or workplace might be a good candidate for a signal booster to enhance your indoor cellular coverage, give us a call or click the button below to learn more about cell signal boosters.
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