When you can’t talk on the phone without being interrupted inside your house, when you have to run outside the office to get a Skype message, it’s still not a dead end. People use mobile signal boosters to combat this kind of signal troubles. However, all they know about this equipment is that in most cases it’s able to increase bars but nor more. As a result, the notion of a signal booster gets overgrown with prejudices. We decided to make top 5 things you have hardly ever heard about a mobile signal booster, so that you can check what you really know about this kind of equipment.
We bet you were always sure that a mobile signal booster would improve a signal anyway and how well it would do it fully depends on the quality of the booster. You’re partly right but that is not the whole story. If you can’t pick up the signal outside your house at all, it’s strong possibility that you won’t be able to improve cellular signal. It’s connected with the booster working principle. In fact the device doesn’t literally amplify the signal, but repeats good signal from the outside and spread it inside the area. That’s why more or less good signal reception outside the building (at least 2-3 bars) is obligatory for future booster users.
It’s commonly believed that despite mobile repeater being rather efficient in cellular signal enhancement, as any electronic device it emits great amount of radiation and is extremely harmful for humans. In actual practice it doesn’t emit more than a hair dryer or a washing machine. Moreover, this little portion of electromagnetic emissions produced is divided between the booster and antennas. Since outdoor antenna is placed outdoors, there is even even less radiation in your home.
Strong believers that cellular signal booster emit a lot of radiation would consider this statement absurd. In fact, it’s really so. When some area is out of service a powered-on mobile phone will automatically search for a strong signal there unless it picks up the network. When searching for a strong network mobile phone spends a lot of energy and emits heavily. Mobile booster installed in the area fills in the coverage limit and provides seamless signal reception. As a result, a mobile device will start communicating with signal better and produce less electromagnetic emissions by up to 60 times.
In order to improve cellular signal that mobile operators provide, mobile GSM/3G/4G booster has to work on the same frequencies they do. Consequently, there appears possibility of overlapping cellular operators’ networks and here comes very delicate question of booster legacy. If the booster really intervenes with the operators and creates noise on their network, the user can be fined for a huge sum of money. However, the issue centers around low quality boosters with which Ebay and Amazon are simply overloaded. Respected booster manufacturers equip their devices with smart gain controls and noise protection systems which completely secure users from cell tower interference.
Most people think that a booster is applicable only to small homes with a rather moderate number of users. In fact, the number of mobile phones and data sessions the booster allows depends on its power. Even least powerful models support up to 100 users at a time, and powerful models allow almost unlimited number of users in the area. So, the equipment can be used to cover supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, parking lots, subways and even airports.
Guess you were surprised and some of your illusions were definitely dispelled. If you know more interesting facts about a signal booster, share with us in comments!