If you live in a mobile home you know these dwellings typically present an increased challenge to getting solid cell phone coverage. In this post we discuss and offer solutions to overcome the cell signal issues common to mobile homes.
Factors that causes poor cell reception in mobile homes
As we’ve posted before, there are two main causes of poor cell reception: (1) distance from the nearest cell tower, and; (2) obstacles between you and the tower that block the signal from reaching your location.
The distant-tower issue may or may not affect your cell reception. However if your mobile home is in a less populated area there’s a strong possibility that distance could be a negative factor.
As for signal-blocking obstacles, they are almost certainly a cause of weak cell signal and poor phone reception inside a mobile home.
Signal blockers can take many forms – natural terrain, other structures and even vegetation or weather conditions. See our previous post on the top 5 surprising things you didn’t know could block your cell signal.
While those kinds of obstacles may cause poor reception outside your mobile home, there’s yet another obstacle that almost certainly is blocking signals from getting inside – the materials your mobile home is made of.
Why mobile home construction materials block cell signal
Radio frequency signals – which carry cellular communications – can’t pass through metal. They’re also at least partially blocked by other construction materials like wood, glass and asphalt.
Older mobile homes are typically covered by metal siding, which prevents cell signals from penetrating the structure. Newer models are built to stringent energy conservation codes that require features like metal-oxide coated windows and radiant barrier insulation.
Those energy saving features do a great job of shielding heat and/or air conditioning from escaping a mobile home, thus lowering energy costs. Unfortunately, by preventing energy loss those feature also block cell signals from entering.
You can probably see why it’s sometimes hard to get reliable cell reception inside a mobile home.
Solutions for solid cell signal in mobile homes
There are a number of things you can do that may help improve reception in your mobile home. Take a look at our previous post How to boost cell phone reception in your apartment that spells out multiple solutions.
All those reception-improving suggestions also apply to a mobile home.
However there is only one solution that’s designed to solve the distant-tower problem as well as the signal blockers and building materials problem – a cell phone signal booster.
Boosters work by collecting weak cell signals outside a mobile home with an antenna mounted on the roof or a wall. Those signals are amplified, and then the amplified signals are redistributed inside the mobile home so your phone and other cell devices receive them.
When your device transmits signals back to the cell tower, the process is repeated in reverse.
Cell signals weakened by distance and/or obstacles are boosted, and your mobile home’s signal-blocking construction materials are bypassed. That’s how a cell signal booster delivers strong, reliable reception inside a mobile home.
Cell boosters are available in a variety models and prices. The choice of booster model typically depends on how large an area inside your mobile home you need to provide cell coverage for.
Most people choose to install their booster themselves, but if you’re not comfortable with DIY then professional installation is available.
There’s no longer any reason to put up with poor cell reception in your mobile home. A cell phone signal booster can help.
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