When searching for a new apartment, everybody has a list of dealer breakers. The prices, storage space, windows and many times cellular reception can be included. Although many of these items cannot be changed, the poor reception of cell phones is one that can actually be resolved. We have compiled a list of options to boost mobile telephone receipt and make finding your ideal place much easier.
- Jump Ship
The first choice is the simplest, namely to change mobile phones. If your contract is not signed and a different carrier provides better service in your apartment, the easiest way to resolve your signal problem is by switching carriers.
The other option is a device, called a femtocell (also known as a microcell), which the cell carriers sell or give away. A femtocell is a system that looks like a wireless router and functions in your apartment as a mini cell phone tower. It links to your apartment’s broadband internet link and routes all your calls via the Phone, rather than via the cell tower. In the past, some extremely badly handled consumers were able to get a femtocell free of charge, but this is very unusual these days. Femtocells may also be able to help with cell tower congestion receiving problems, rather than merely signal strength problems.
A femtocell may be a perfect solution, but other drawbacks are recognized. The device needs quick and reliable connections to the Internet, which does not work if the connection is slow or spotty. Most femtocells have an integrated GPS receiver to make sure it is used in a permitted position, so that the femtocell often has to be placed near the window to get a GPS signal. Eventually, since your carriers sell femtocells, depending on your location, the nearness of the neighbors and other factors, you will not qualify for one.
When everybody in your apartment has the same carrier and has a stable Internet link, the solution to your mobile signal problems will definitely be a femtocell. Call your cell phone carrier to learn more and if it works for you.
- Signal Booster
A mobile phone signal booster is the ultimate solution. Alternatively, a cell phone signal booster for home and workstations amplifies an existing mobile signal to provide the intensity required for the entire apartment rather than to produce a new signal such as a femtocell. This operates by removing from the area an existing mobile phone signal, e.g. from outside of your building, to raise it and retransmit. It is much harder than femtocell to mount a cellular signal booster; however, it has some advantages which can make it worthwhile.The key advantage of a cellular signal booster is that, unlike femtocells that only operate with a single carrier, it can amplify several carriers’ signals simultaneously. It is important if you have other individuals in your apartment with different telecommunications providers, or also have guests who need to make calls or have access to 3 G data. Furthermore, no Internet connection is needed for a signal booster to operate. Ultimately, when you purchase a mobile phone signal booster for home, a third party does not control it, and you can put it anywhere you want without regulating it in your apartment.Although signal boosters have certain advantages compared to Femtocell, they have certain inconveniences. As the name suggests, only if an existing signal is amplified can a signal booster operate. When a window is enough to send a call or a text message secure, a signal booster will work, but it will not work any less so it won’t work. Small signal boosters are in the same price range as a Femtocell, but a larger flat or house is likely to cost a bigger signal booster.Boosters need to be far enough outside and inside antennas so that no input is available between the antennas (think of having a microphone too close to the speaker), which can make it more difficult for you to set up an antenna on the roof to get enough range or a good signal. Eventually, with the launch of 4 G, it has become more difficult to select the right signal booster. With the majority of carriers’ 2 G and 3 G networks, a traditional dual band signal boost will work, but modern four band networks use slightly different frequencies, and you need a carrier specific booster if there is a need to improve the 4 G data signal as well.Mobile signal booster systems differ depending on how much area they can occupy, their frequencies, and where an external antenna can be mounted, etc. Contact provider AVA Systems Signals, who will answer questions that you may have and help you select the best solution for your needs to find out more about the mobile phone signal booster of your home or workplace.