Getting less boost from your signal booster than usual? Try these quick and easy fixes for better signal booster performance.
Cell phone signal boosters are a great way to improve your cell service for all cell carriers, cell phones, tablets, and other cellular devices. A stronger signal not only means clearer, more reliable calls, but also means better data transfer which makes internet browsing, GPS functions, and text messaging more reliable.
Signal boosters work by adding power, or gain, to distribute a stronger signal to a larger area. Naturally, in order to get the best signal booster performance, the booster and its components should be installed correctly and should not be damaged.
While cell phone boosters and amplifiers do not typically require much maintenance, regular equipment checks and maintenance can help extend the life of your signal booster and give you better signal booster performance to keep your signal strength at max reliability.
If the problem has to do with the cell tower or cellular provider, you’ll need to contact your cell company.
How to extend the life and reliability of your cell phone booster or signal amplifier
To extend the life of your cell phone booster or amplifier, we recommend performing the following simple actions every 2-6 weeks:
1. Check the signal amplifier’s temperature
An amplifier will usually operate at about 20 degrees over ambient temperature but can function effectively at temperatures as high as 150 degrees Fahrenheit. If you feel excessive heat or are worried that your booster may be producing too much heat, please contact one of our technical support experts at 888-465-6283 or email@example.com.
2. Check the signal amplifier’s connections
Make sure all connections are fully inserted and tightly secured, without being overly tightened. Strive for a nice, finger-tight connection. Loose connections can interfere with your amplifier’s ability to receive or transfer power or cell signals. Overly tightened connections can also hinder a better signal booster performance by breaking or damaging small components.
3. Check cables for any damage or pinching
Make sure your cables are well-maintained and free of damage. Damaged, frayed or tightly pinched cables are not only detrimental to achieving better signal booster performance but but it can also can pose a safety risk to your home.
4. Check both inside and outside antennas
In some cases, a loss of signal strength may be due to a poorly maintained antenna. Each antenna should be in a place where there is not in the way of daily activity obstructed by any other objects.
Placing the antennas in a high traffic area increases the likelihood of being damaged by passers-by. Avoid obstructions like locating inside antenna inside of a metal or thick wood cupboard or placing the outside antenna underneath a structure, in a tree canopy, or anywhere else with obstructions between the antenna and the nearest cell phone tower. Extremely warm climates may also want to avoid direct sunlight to protect the antenna from overheating.
5. Power-Cycle the Signal Booster
Power-cycling your signal amplifier essentially means restarting the booster. To do this, simply turn off the amplifier completely. For boosters installed in homes, offices, and large buildings, simply flip the power switches on the booster to Off. For SureCall mobile units in vehicles, simply unplug the power adapter from its power source. Wait 15-30 seconds, then power the signal booster back on.
Does Your Cellular Signal Booster or Amplifier Have Less Coverage Than Before?
There is no single reason that your cellular signal booster may have less coverage. Many different elements come into play and, to name a few, this can include: incorrect installation of the signal booster kit; weather and plant foliage by season; new construction nearby; changes to nearby cell towers; seasonal influx that increases a large number of cellular users; deterioration of booster components; misdirection of antennas; too little antenna separation.
We suggest checking that the signal booster is installed correctly, no wires are knocked loose, no components are damaged, and, lastly, that you have enough separation between your inside and outside antennas.
To be sure you have enough separation between your inside and outside antennas, use the table below for reference. Also, keep in mind that when it comes to antenna separation, vertical separation is better than horizontal.
Antenna Separation Table
|Amplifier Gain||Min. Amount of Separation|
|40 dB||5-6 feet|
|45 dB||15-20 feet|
|50 dB||50 feet|
|55 dB||60 feet|
|65 dB||75-80 feet|
|72 dB||100-110 feet|
Once you have confirmed everything is in place, in good shape and the booster is still delivering less than the better signal booster performance you had before, contact one of our technical support experts at 888-465-6283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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