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July 22, 2014 — by WEBOOST

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Happy Tuesday! This week for our tech tip we’re talking about…cable! (can you tell we’re excited?!)

We often get questions about cable. People usually want to know max and minimum distances they can run. In this article we are going to talk about some guidelines to follow for cable.

All cables will have attenuation or signal loss. Higher quality has less attenuation which allows you to run longer lengths. So, let’s take a look at min and max distances.

Minimum Distances

As of May 1st 2014 the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) new rulings came into full effect. Part of that ruling was that all consumer grade boosters are required to be sold in kit form. So, the FCC certified kits include the minimum approved cable lengths. That means the minimum cables distances one can use are in the kits. Easy enough right?

Maximum Distances

Max distances are a little more complicated. For max distances you have to look at starting signal strength from the outside antenna (measured in -dBm), type of cable being used, desired length, and the desired coverage area inside of your building. Once these factors are known, we will have a good idea how much cable can be ran. Running cable for extreme distances will not work well, or not at all (usually more than 100 feet in one run).

Like always, when in doubt, call our Tech support line at 866-294-1660 if you have already purchased your booster, or call our Customer support at 866-294-9234 is you still have yet to purchase.

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