001:Why You Have Bad Cell Signal
Before we talk about solutions, we need to cover the reasons why you’re experiencing bad cell phone signal.
There are three main causes bad cell phone signal:
- The distance you are away from the cell tower
- Obstacles in the way of the cell signal
- Construction materials that make up the exterior of the building or vehicle that you’re in
We’ll cover each of these in more depth.
Distance from the Cell Tower
Cellular signal is broadcast from towers that are installed by your carrier. The closer you are to a tower, the stronger the cell signal is going to be. As you move further away from the tower, the signal becomes weaker, which we call attenuation, until at some point it’s too weak to hold a call or transfer data.
Being too far away from a cell tower is the most common reason for weak cell signal, and the one you’ll often experience if you live or travel in very rural areas.
Obstacles in the Way
The second cause of poor or erratic cell signal is the presence of obstacles between you and the nearest cell tower, like a mountain, hill, or building. You may also experience this cell signal problems if you’re at the bottom of a valley or underground and don’t have line of sight to a nearby tower.
Signal is not usually able to penetrate through large obstacles, so it's not able to reach you. The cell signal may bounce off of other hills or buildings and reach you through reflection, in which case you’ll notice that your signal is weaker and may fluctuate up & down, otherwise you’ll most likely end up with no signal in your location.
That last major cause of cellular signal problems is the construction materials that make up the building or vehicle that you’re in.
Brick, block, concrete, sheet metal and wire mesh construction materials are some well-known and obvious blockers of cell service, but things like energy efficient window coatings, tile or metal roofs, and water fixtures can also cause major signal issues.
If you find that you have a usable cell signal outside of the building or vehicle, but it drops significantly once you step inside, then construction materials are the most likely culprit.
Combinations of Causes
Unfortunately, these causes of bad cell signal frequently work in combination, so you'll find a rural warehouse with weak outside signal and sheet metal walls that completely block the signal from entering the building, or a house in a valley without a clear line of sight to the nearest cell tower, and no other nearby cell towers with which to receive a signal.
When we're looking at solutions to solve your cell phone signal issues, it's good to have an idea of what combination of causes is creating the problem that you're facing, so that the right solution can be put into place.
Chapter 2:How a Cell Phone Signal Booster Can Help
Now that we have an idea of what causes bad cell signal, it's time to look at what we can do to fix it.
First, we'll cover whether cell phone boosters really work, then discuss the basics of how a signal booster works, and finally go into more depth on the two main types of signal boosters:
- Vehicle signal boosters for cars, trucks, RVs and boats
- Building signal boosters for homes, businesses and any structure that needs signal
Lastly, we'll cover how signal strength affects coverage and 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.
Do Cell Phone Signal Boosters Work?
One of the biggest questions that we get, apart from "what is a signal booster?" is "do they really work?". This is a fair question, with all of the scammy products that have been released in the past claiming to give you better signal.
Fortunately, you don't have to take our word on whether these solutions work. The FCC and the major cellular carriers have all independently tested every signal booster that is sold on the market today, and have not only approved them for use, but recommend them as a preferred solution for getting better cell signal in your home, office or vehicle.
We'll cover how cell phone signal boosters work in the next section, so you'll see that it's not a magic solution, but rather a combination of high grade cable, antennas and a powerful signal amplifier that receives, boosts and distributes cell signal where you most need it.
Cell Phone Signal Booster Basics
A cell phone signal booster is a system made up of an outside antenna (called a donor antenna), a cell phone signal amplifier, one or more inside antennas, and cable to connect them all together.
The outside antenna receives cellular signal from the nearby cell towers and passes it over a cable to the signal amplifier. The signal amplifier boosts the strength of the signal, and then passes it over another cable to the inside antenna (or multiple antennas), which broadcast the strong cell signal to the area that needs it.
The signal booster also works in reverse, so when a phone call is made or data is used by a mobile device, it passes through the system, is amplified, and then broadcast to the nearby cell towers.
A cell phone signal booster is designed to solve the three main causes of poor cell phone signal in the following ways:
- Distance from the Cell Tower - The signal booster amplifies the weak outside cell signal, both to and from the nearby cell towers, to compensate for the distance.
- Obstacles in the Way - An omni outside antenna can receive and broadcast strong cell signal in all directions to maximize the chance that the signal will make it around the obstacles in the way.
- Construction Materials - The signal booster uses high quality cable to route cell signal around the construction materials that are blocking signal and then distribute it to the areas that need better reception.
As long as you have some usable cell signal outside, a cell phone signal booster should be able to solve your signal problems and provide you with much better service in your home, business or vehicle.
Types Of Cell Phone Signal Boosters
There are two main types of signal boosters:
- Vehicle signal boosters are designed for use while moving (like while driving in a car) and stopped.
- Building signal boosters are designed to be used in one location only and provide significantly more boosting and coverage than a vehicle signal booster.
We'll cover both in more depth below.
Vehicle Signal Boosters
Vehicle signal boosters are engineered to be used in a car, truck, RV, or boat, and thus need to be able to handle the constantly changing signal environment outside.
Vehicle signal boosters typically have a small outside antenna, that is usually magnetic for cars and trucks, and permanent for RVs and boats. That antenna is connected by a cable to the vehicle signal amplifier, and then another cable is run to a small inside antenna, to broadcast the boosted signal to the mobile devices.
The automatic gain control (or ability to adjust the boosting power of the amplifier) is designed to constantly adjust the strength of the amplifier based on the changing outside cell signal and maximize the amount of coverage that the booster can provide inside of the vehicle.
Multi-carrier vehicle signal boosters are limited to a maximum of 50 decibels of boosting power, so the size of the coverage area that you'll receive from a vehicle signal booster is going to be much smaller than you would receive from a booster designed for a building, but every carrier will be boosted simultaneously.
Single-carrier vehicle signal boosters have a higher limit of 65 decibels of boosting power, so you'll receive a larger coverage area inside, but will only work with the carrier that the equipment was designed for.
There is a class of vehicle signal boosters that are designed to boost the signal for a single mobile device at a time. They are lower powered and also lower cost, so they'll work well for situations where only you need your phone boosted and you have occasional dead zones outside, but are not going to be the best solution for extremely rural areas or if you need to boost multiple devices.
A vehicle signal booster can make a huge difference in keeping you connected while traveling in areas with dead spots or weak cell signal, so if you spend any amount of time in a car, truck, RV or boat, and need fast data and voice calls, then a vehicle signal booster is going to be a great option.
Building Signal Boosters
Signal boosters for use in buildings, like a home or business, are designed to be permanently installed in one location and provide coverage to the inside area of the building.
A building signal booster works by mounting a powerful antenna outside on the roof of the building that receives the existing outside cell signal, and then passes it over a low loss cable to a signal amplifier located inside of the building. The signal amplifier will boost the existing cell signal, and then pass it over a cable to one, or many, internal antennas that will broadcast the boosted signal to the inside area that needs the coverage.
The booster also works in reverse, receiving the signal coming from your phone, amplifying it, and then broadcast it to the nearby cell towers through the outside antenna.
There are a different levels of building boosters, from entry level units that cover a few feet of space, to enterprise systems designed to cover vast areas with better cell phone signal. As you move up from the entry level to enterprise, the boosting power of the amplifier goes up and the quality of the components (cables, antennas, connectors) improves.
If you find that one signal booster kit cannot provide the necessary coverage for a large space, then multiple amplifiers and a network of antennas can be used to scale up the system and cover areas of 500,000 sq ft or more in size.
We'll cover how to choose the best signal booster for your home or business below.
Signal Strength & Coverage
The most important thing to understand with cell phone signal boosters is that the strength of the outside signal has a major impact on how much coverage you're going to receive from a booster.
If you have a weak existing outside signal, you're only going to receive a small amount of coverage from a signal booster, since the booster does not have much existing signal to actually boost. If the outside signal becomes stronger, then the size of the coverage area inside of the home, business or vehicle would also grow.
If the outside cell signal remained at the same weak level, then the next best way to provide more coverage inside would be to purchase a signal booster with a more powerful amplifier.
For this reason, it's very important to know what your existing outside cell signal is, since that will determine what size booster you should purchase to adequately cover your inside area with boosted signal, or whether you need to install multiple systems.
2G, 3G and 4G LTE
You've probably heard the terms 2G, 3G and 4G LTE mentioned before and wonder how those fit in when improving your cell phone signal.
- 2G was the second generation of cellular technology and was used for allowing people to make and receive voice calls using their cell phone, as well as send text (SMS) and picture (MMS) messages. 2G is in the process of being decommissioned and the frequency bands repurposed for new technologies, like 4G LTE and 5G in the future.
- 3G was the next generation of cellular networks and allowed data to be sent over the cellular networks, in addition to voice calls and text/picture messages.
- 4G LTE is the newest generation of cellular technology and is characterized by significantly faster data rates, as well as allowing voice calls to be sent over the data network, called VoLTE. All cell phones and mobile devices sold in the past few years support 4G LTE and prioritize this network for calls and data.
- 5G is currently in development, but we won't see any widespread deployment for another couple of years. It will be characterized by significantly faster data rates than 4G LTE.
Even if you are only interested in boosting voice calls and not fast data, we still recommend that you purchase a signal booster that amplifies 4G LTE. With all modern phones supporting and prioritizing 4G LTE, getting a 4G LTE capable booster is the best way to future-proof yourself and ensure that your booster will continue to work even as the carriers decommission their older 2G and 3G networks. Every signal booster that supports 4G LTE should also support the 2G and 3G networks, so you've covered all of your bases.
Now that you know the basics about cell phone signal boosters, it's time to figure out which signal booster is right for your situation.
We've taken decades of signal booster experience and distilled it down to the best solution for every situation. Get started finding your solution:
- Best for Vehicles
- Best for Homes
- Best for Businesses
- Best for Rural Areas
Best Vehicle Signal Boosters
If you're looking for better signal on your daily commute, while exploring the country in your RV, or during your day on the lake, then we have a signal booster for you. Below you'll find our recommended signal booster solutions for every situation you may encounter in your car, truck, RV, or boat. We also have a solution if you only want to boost signal for a single phone at a time.
Best for Cars & Trucks
If you need a solution that can handle any type of outside cell signal and give you miles of extra distance from the nearest cell tower, then the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 is going to be the best signal booster for your car or truck.
It has the maximum boosting power allowed by the FCC for a multi-carrier mobile signal booster, supports all of the major networks & carriers, and can provide boosted signal to multiple people in your vehicle.
How to Install the Fusion2Go 3.0
The installation for the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 is very easy and can be completed in just a few minutes. Here is the process:
- The kit comes with a 4 inch magnetic mount antenna for the roof of the vehicle. You should place this on the roof, away from your sunroof, if you have one, and then run the attached cable through the molding of one of your car doors, and connect it to the outside antenna port of the amplifier.
- The amplifier can be located under one of the seats, as long as it can be reached by the power cable and both antenna cables.
- Attach the inside antenna cable to the inside antenna port on the amplifier, and then run the cable to the front of the vehicle. The inside antenna broadcasts in all directions, so it can be mounted to the dashboard using the attached vent clip or to the side of the one of the front seats.
- Finally, plug in the power supply to the amplifier and your cigarette lighter, and you should start to receive boosted signal right away.
Take a look at the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best for RVs & Large Vehicles
If you're traveling in an RV, then you're most likely going to be spending a lot of time far away from cell towers, both while you're on the road and parked at your final destination. Unfortunately, this also means that you'll be frequently dealing with poor reception and weak cell signal.
With the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 Extreme RV kit you'll be able to be miles further from your carrier's cell tower and still be able to make voice calls and have fast data. It has the strongest mobile amplifier on the market, boosts all networks and carriers in North America simultaneously, and is the perfect addition to your RV.
How to Install the Fusion2Go 3.0 Extreme RV
The installation for the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 Extreme RV kit is fairly straightforward, with running the antenna cable from the outside to inside being the most difficult part. While every RV is slightly different, here is the general installation overview for the Fusion2Go 3.0 RV kit:
- The kit comes with a small omnidirectional outside antenna and mounting hardware to afix it to a vertical pole. Ideally, you would attach the antenna to the ladder at the back of the RV (if you have one). Otherwise, you may have to be creative with attaching the outside antenna to the roof of the RV. As long the antenna is not obstructed in a 360 degree view, then you should be ok.
- Run the included cable from the antenna into the RV. You may need to drill a hole at this step, in case there isn't an existing opening to take advantage of. Run the cable to the location where you frequently use your mobile devices and mount the amplifier, and then connect the cable to the outside antenna port.
- Mount the amplifier and then attach the included whip antenna to the inside antenna port of the amplifier.
- The kit comes with both AC and DC power supplies, so choose the one that makes sense for your installation, then plug it in to the amplifier and power source. The system should power up and immediately start providing you with boosted signal.
Take a look at the SureCall Fusion2Go 3.0 Extreme RV product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best for Boats & Marine Craft
Any time you're away from land, the cell signal is going to suffer. If you want to extend your voice calls and fast data as far as possible from the shore, then the Drive Reach Extreme Marine kit is going to be the signal booster for you.
The Drive Reach Extreme Marine kit has the maximum boosting power allowed by the FCC, so you can be miles further from shore than normal and still receive good cell signal. It supports all of the major networks & carriers, comes with marine grade components, and the installation requires minimal effort.
How to Install the Drive Reach Extreme Marine
The installation for the weBoost Drive Reach Extreme Marine kit is fairly easy, with the most difficult part being the mounting of the marine antenna and running the attached cable to the inside of the cabin. While every boat is different, here are the general instructions for installing the Drive Reach Extreme Marine:
- The kit comes with a marine grade external antenna and marine mount, which you'll want to mount up as high as possible on the boat. If you have a sailboat, then this would be on the top of the mast. Then run the included 20ft white cable from the marine antenna into the cabin of the boat, to the location where you plan to mount the amplifier.
- Connect the outside antenna cable to the outside antenna port on the amplifier, and mount the amplifier in a location that is out of the way and near a power source. Then connect the included 20 ft black cable to the inside antenna port, and run to the location in the cabin where you need better cell signal.
- Attach the white panel antenna and mount the antenna with the front pointing towards the area that needs better signal.
- Finally, plug in the power supply to the amplifier and your cigarette lighter, and you should start to receive boosted signal from the inside antenna right away.
Take a look at the Drive Reach Extreme Marine product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best for Single Device Use
If you need a signal booster that will work for only one mobile device at a time while you're in your vehicle, and you're ok with the device sitting in a cradle while it's receiving boosted signal, then the weBoost 470135 Drive Sleek Cradle Signal Booster is going to be the best and most economical option for you.
The weBoost Drive Sleek has been designed to be able to accommodate any size phone and will provide boosted signal directly to the antenna located in the back of the mobile device. The booster supports all carriers and networks in North America, installs in just minutes, and looks great in your vehicle.
You'll need to use a bluetooth headset or speaker phone while making calls, as the device must stay in the cradle at all times to receive boosted signal.
How to Install the Drive Sleek
The weBoost Drive Sleek is one of the easiest mobile signal boosters to install. It only takes a few minutes to be up and running with boosted signal. Here is the installation process:
- Start the installation by placing the magnet mount antenna on the roof of the vehicle, towards the back of the vehicle and away from any sunroof. Run the attached cable through the molding of one of the doors or trunk, to a location under one of the seats where you plan to locate the signal amplifier.
- Connect the signal amplifier and then the cable attached to the cradle inside antenna, and run to the front of the vehicle.
- Attach the cradle to the dashboard of the vehicle using the magnetic vent clip and place your phone or mobile device in the cradle.
- Finally, connect the power supply cable to the amplifier and then plug the DC adapter into your cigarette lighter, and you should start to receive boosted signal to the phone in the cradle right away.
Take a look at the weBoost Drive Sleek product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best Signal Boosters for Home
The term "home" can mean a lot of different things to different people, from an apartment to a mansion, or a condo to a cottage. No matter what your definition is, we have a solution that will allow you to have better signal in your home.
Get started with our recommended solutions for single rooms, small to midsize homes, and large homes.
Best for Single Rooms
If you need to boost signal in a single room or a small space, like a home office, studio apartment, or living room, then the SureCall Flare Signal Booster is going to be the best solution for you. It's one of our most economical signal boosters, supports all networks and major carriers in North America, and is fairly easy to install on your own.
How to Install the SureCall Flare
The most difficult part of installing the SureCall Flare is running the cable from the roof into the home. If you're able to do that, then the rest of the installation should be fairly straightforward.
- Climb up on the roof of the house, and walk around (if possible) with your phone to determine the side that has the strongest signal. This will be the side of the roof to install the outside omni antenna on.
- The omni antenna can be mounted either to a vertical flat surface, like the peak of the roof of the house, or to a vertical pole. Mount the antenna whichever way works best for you, then attach the included RG6 cable and run into the house through an existing penetration, or you may need to drill a hole at this step.
- Run the cable to the location in the house that needs better cell signal and attach the signal booster unit, then place on a desk or table in the center of the space that needs better signal.
- Connect the power supply to the signal booster and then plug into an AC outlet to start the system and begin boosting signal.
Take a look at the SureCall Flare product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best for Small to Midsize Homes
If you have a small to midsize home, cottage, cabin, etc. and need to cover the inside with boosted signal, then our #1 bestselling signal booster, the weBoost 470103 Connect 4G is going to be the best option for you. It comes with a powerful yagi outside antenna, is a step up in power from our entry level line of boosters, and will boost all networks and all carrier in North America.
The weBoost Connect 4G is a great balance of boosting power and cost, and should be a good option for you if you have a smaller house (up to 1,000 sq ft) with any strength signal outside, or midsize home (up to 2,500 sq ft), with a medium to strong existing outside cell signal.
If you have a weak outside cell signal or a larger home, then we recommend you choose our bestseller for large homes.
How to Install the Connect 4G
The weBoost Connect 4G installation does require you to climb up onto the roof of the house and mount an antenna on a vertical pole, and then run a cable into the house. If you're comfortable doing that, then you should be able to install the Connect 4G. If you're not comfortable with that level of installation, then we recommend you hire an electrician, general contractor or cable repair person to complete the installation for you.
Here is the best way to install the weBoost Connect 4G for maximum performance:
- Start by walking around the house and taking a signal reading on each side to determine what side has the strongest signal. You'll want to install the outside antenna on the side of the roof where you have the strongest signal.
- Next, climb up on the roof, and mount the yagi directional antenna on a vertical pole as high up on the roof as possible, ideally on the side of the house where you took the strongest signal reading.
- Once the antenna is mounted, connect the included RG6 cable and run into the house through a soffit or existing entrance. You may need to drill a hole or you can use the included flat cable to run the cable under a closed window.
- If you have an attic, we recommend locating the rest of the equipment in there. Run the cable from the outside antenna into the attic and connect it to the "outside antenna" port on the amplifier, then connect another RG6 cable to the "inside antenna" port on the amplifier and run to the center of the attic.
- Connect the included panel antenna and lay it face down on the floor of the attic, so that it's broadcasting boosted signal through the floor and into the living space below. If there is a specific area in the house that you want to make sure receives good signal, then try to locate the panel antenna above that space.
- Plug the power supply into the amplifier and then into an AC outlet to power up the amplifier and start boosting signal.
- Please Note: The yagi antenna on the roof may need to be adjusted so that it is aimed towards the cell tower for your carrier. Please follow our instructions for aiming a directional antenna to fine tune your antenna direction.
Take a look at the weBoost Connect 4G product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best for Large Homes
If you have a large home or a space to fill with boosted signal, then you need the Wilson 465134 Pro 70 signal booster, which has the FCC maximum allowed boosting power, the highest quality components, and the built in tools you need to maximize your boosted signal.
The Wilson Pro 70 boosts all networks on all carriers, and can take a weak outside signal and amplify up to a level that can cover around 2,000 sq ft inside of your home. If your outside signal is stronger, then that coverage area will be even bigger. It has a built in LCD display to show you what your signal booster is doing and allow for easy tweaking and troubleshooting, if necessary, and an industry best 3 year manufacturers warranty.
Finally, it includes a lightning protector so your amplifier is safe from electricity surges running down the outside antenna cable and frying the booster.
How to Install the Wilson Pro 70
The Wilson Pro 70 is going to be the most difficult of our signal booster for home because it has the most shielded cables included in the kit. The more shielding a cable has, the less flexible it is, so it makes running this cable a bit more difficult than your standard RG6 cable. If you're able to mount an antenna on the roof and run the low loss cable, then you should be able to install the Pro 70.
Apart from the more shielded cable, the installation for the Pro 70 is the same as the Connect 4G:
- Start by walking around the outside of the house and take signal readings on a phone that is from the carrier you want to boost. Determine what side of the house receives the strongest cell signal, and then mount the external antenna on that side of the roof of the house.
- The included yagi directional antenna must be aimed away from the house, so temporarily point it in that direction, and then connect either the 60 or 75 ft cable to the outside antenna. If you can make the run from the outside antenna into the house with the shorter cable length, then use the 60 ft, otherwise use the 75 ft.
- Once inside of the house, connect the cable to the included lightning protector, then connect the jumper cable, and finally connect it to "outside antenna" port on the blue amplifier and then connect the other cable to the "inside antenna" port. If the house has an attic, we typically recommend locating the amplifier and inside antenna there, otherwise try to find a location in the house that the amplifier will be out of the way and has power.
- Run the cable to the location where you plan to mount the inside antenna, either the center of the attic or the ceiling of the upper floor of the house, mount the antenna, and then connect the antenna cable.
- Connect the power supply to the amplifier and then plug it in to a standard wall outlet to start amplifier and begin boosting signal.
- Please Note: The yagi antenna on the roof may need to be adjusted so that it is aimed towards the cell tower for your carrier. Please follow our instructions for aiming a directional antenna to fine tune your antenna direction.
Take a look at the Wilson Pro 70 product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best Signal Boosters for Business
In this day and age, it is a requirement that businesses have good cell phone signal for its employees and customers. Our professional level signal boosters are designed to provide maximum coverage and handle a large number of simultaneous users for consistent, reliable signal.
While our standard signal kits should be sufficient for smaller businesses, if you have a large or uniquely shaped space, you may need a custom system designed and installed by our team of experts to ensure complete coverage and maximum performance.
Get started with our recommended solutions for small spaces, midsize spaces, or large spaces in your business, or take a look at our M2M solution for your internet enabled devices.
Best for Small Spaces
For businesses that only take up a small space, but need quality signal throughout, the weBoost 470103 Connect 4G is going to be a great balance of boosting and affordability. It can provide boosted signal between a few hundred to a few thousand sq ft, depending on the outside signal, and supports all networks on all major carriers simultaneously.
As long as you're able to mount an antenna outside of the building that the business is in, and run a cable inside, then the Connect 4G will be able to boost it and broadcast the quality signal throughout the space that needs it.
How to Install the weBoost Connect 4G
The weBoost Connect 4G is fairly easy to install, as long as you're able to mount an antenna outside, ideally on the roof, and run a cable into the building. While every business is different, we'll run through the installation from a high level, so you can determine if the Connect 4G will work for you.
- The installation of the Connect 4G starts with mounting the included yagi directional antenna outside of the building, ideally as high up as possible, such as on the roof. Before mounting the antenna, walk around the outside of the building in the areas where you have the opportunity to mount the antenna with a phone from the same carrier as the one you're trying to boost, and determine where the best signal is. Once you've located the best signal, mount the antenna on a vertical pole in that location, as high up as possible.
- Attach the included RG6 cable, and run into the building through an existing wall or roof penetration. If that does not exist, then you can use the included flat cable to run the cable under a closed window. Run the cable to the location inside where you plan to locate the amplifier.
- Connect the cable to the "outside antenna" port of the amplifier, then attach the other cable to the "inside antenna" port, and run to the location where you plan to mount the inside panel antenna.
- The panel antenna can be located either on the ceiling in the center of the space that needs better signal (preferred), or on the wall facing across the space that needs better signal. Mount the panel antenna in the desired location and then connect the cable.
- Plug the included power supply into the amplifier and then plug it into a wall outlet to power on the unit and start boosting signal.
- Please Note: The outside yagi antenna may need to be adjusted so that it is aimed towards the cell tower for your carrier. Please follow our instructions for aiming a directional antenna to fine tune your antenna direction.
Take a look at the weBoost Connect 4G product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best for Midsize Spaces
Since every business is unique, it can be difficult to recommend a single product to cover as many scenarios as possible, but the SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 signal booster kit is as close as we can get to doing just that. The Fusion5X 2.0 is designed to boost all networks from all carriers simultaneously and can handle every possible outside signal environment, from very weak to very strong signal, and provide the maximum boosting possible. It also comes with a choice of inside and outside antenna types, so you can customize the kit to your specific situation.
The SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 is the best signal booster kit for any business that does not need a professionally designed and installed passive DAS system. You can install the Fusion5X 2.0 yourself, or our team of signal experts can work with you to design a custom solution for free. Contact us for more information on that.
How to Install the SureCall Fusion5X 2.0
The SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 allows you to choose the type of outside and inside antennas for maximum customizability for your situation. Every situation is different, especially for midsize businesses, so we'll cover the installation from a high level, and then feel free to contact us to discuss your situation in more depth and receive assistance on antenna placements and additional customization for maximum performance.
- The SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 comes with either an omni or yagi directional outside antenna. Start the installation by mounting your chosen antenna type as high up on the building as possible, in the location where you receive the strongest cell signal for the carrier that you're trying to boost. Connect the included 400 series cable and run into the building to the location where you plan to mount the Fusion5X 2.0 amplifier.
- If you have a lightning protector, connect it to the cable, then connect the jumper cable to the "outside antenna" port of the Fusion5X 2.0 amplifier, otherwise just connect the outside antenna cable to amplifier. Then connect the other cable to the "inside antenna" port and run to the location where you plan to mount the inside antenna.
- If you're using a dome inside antenna, then mount the antenna to a drop or suspended ceiling in the center of the space that needs better signal, or if you're using a panel antenna, mount it to either the ceiling or a wall in the center of the area that needs better signal. Once the antenna is mounted, connect the cable from the amplifier to the antenna.
- If you're using multiple inside antennas, then you'll want to run the cable from the amplifier to a splitter, and from each port on the splitter run cables to each antenna location, then mount as previously described.
- Finally, plug the included power supply into the amplifier and then into a standard wall outlet to start the amplifier and begin boosting signal.
- Please Note: If you're using the outside yagi antenna, it may need to be adjusted so that it is aimed towards the cell tower for your carrier. Please follow our instructions for aiming a directional antenna to fine tune your antenna direction.
Take a look at the SureCall Fusion5X 2.0 product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best for Large Spaces
Unlike smaller spaces, large spaces, like manufacturing plants, hospitals, warehouses, hotels and apartment buildings, typically require a full site analysis, custom system design and professional installation. The custom system is built around one or many enterprise level amplifiers, like the SureCall Force5 2.0, WilsonPro 1000, or the WilsonPro 4000 and use a network of high performance components, cables and antennas to distribute the amplified signal evenly throughout the space.
The SureCall Force5 2.0 is designed to adapt to any outside signal environment, from extremely strong outside cell signal all the way down to very weak, and can handle as many simultaneous users as the nearby cell towers can. Depending on the outside signal, multiple SureCall Force5 amplifiers can be used throughout the facility to amplify and provide the necessary coverage in the most efficient manner possible.
About Professional Design and Installation
While most of our signal booster kits are designed to be able to be installed by someone how is fairly handy and provide boosted signal for small to medium size spaces, at some point, the size and complexity of the situation will be too much for a single booster kit with pre-terminated cables to handle.
At that point, a custom system must be designed to take the existing outside cell signal, adequately amplify it with one or many enterprise amplifiers, and then distribute that signal evenly throughout a network of internal antennas, ensuring that coverage is sufficient throughout the space.
In order to design such a system, a lot of information is required, including:
- The existing outside signal strength and quality for all of the major cellular carriers
- Floorplans or diagram of the building
- Visual inspection of the existing cable runs, penetrations, and construction materials throughout the space that requires signal
- Building regulations and applicable codes
- Geographic or man-made obstructions in the surrounding area
This information is used to model and design out a system that will provide the necessary coverage throughout the required space.
Once the design has received signoff, the installation can be performed by our team of highly qualified signal specialists, or the components and cabling can be installed by an in-house crew, and our team can tune and balance the amplifiers for maximum performance after the installation.
Take a look at our professional design and installation services for more information or to get started.
Best for Machine to Machine (M2M)
With the increasing popularity of the Internet of Things, cellular connectivity for data to each device is becoming much more important. In order to serve that need, we have a whole class of signal boosters, called Machine to Machine (M2M), that are designed specifically to provide boosted signal directly to the antenna port of the any cellular enabled machine, such as ATMs, vending machines, security equipment, remote gate openers, and more. If you need better, more consistent data to a cellular enabled device, then the Wilson Signal 4G is going to be the best option for you.
The Wilson Signal 4G will boost the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks for all of the major carriers in North America, so will work with any device. The Signal 4G sets up in minutes and provides a reliable data connection to devices that are currently experiencing interrupted or inconsistent cell service.
How to Install the Wilson Signal 4G
The Wilson Signal 4G Direct Connect signal booster is very easy to install and should only take a couple of minutes for anyone to set up.
- The Signal 4G comes with a small, magnet mount antenna that you should locate on the top of the device, on a metal surface for the antenna to stick to. Run the attached cable to the location on the device where you plan to locate the M2M amplifier.
- Connect the cable to the "outside antenna" port on the M2M amplifier, and then connect the included jumper cable to the other port, then run to the antenna port of the device that needs better signal.
- Connect the jumper cable using the SMA-Male connector to the antenna port of the device. You may need to unscrew and remove the existing antenna in order to do this. The Signal 4G will now act as the antenna for the device.
- Finally, connect the power supply to the amplifier, and then either plug it in to a standard wall outlet, or hardwire to the device, depending on what power supply you purchased. The amplifier should immediately start supplying quality signal to the device.
Take a look at the Wilson Signal 4G product page for more information about the kit and installation.
Best Signal Boosters for Rural Areas
Rural areas frequently have cellular signal problems due to distance from the tower, terrain (mountains, hills, valleys), and obstructions, like trees & leaves, so a strong cell phone signal booster is necessary to take the weak signal you'll find outside and boost it to a usable level.
In addition, it is often necessary to make long outside cable runs in order to place the outside donor antenna as high up on the roof or mast as possible, so ultra-low loss cable is needed to ensure that minimal signal is lost on the way to the amplifier.
The following signal booster solutions are ideal choices for anyone who lives or frequents rural areas and experience weak outside signal. They'll create the largest possible coverage area inside of your home, office or other type of building, so you have reliable cell signal, no dropped calls, consistent text messaging, and fast data speeds.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to discuss your situation in more depth and have one of our signal experts help you determine the best solution for your needs.