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Can you think of a single electronic device category today that doesn’t have at least the potential for cellular connectivity? If you can think of one today, that likely won’t be the case tomorrow. Phones, computers, tablets, medical and scientific devices, even automobiles are connected to cellular networks.
The problem is that those networks are being taxed to the limit due to providers’ desire to play catch-up after demand threatens user connectivity, rather than prepare for increased demand beforehand. Add to that the other factors affecting your cellular reception - structural interference, interference from adjacent channels, or the fact that your current location is simply a cellular Bermuda Triangle where signal vanishes inexplicably and without warning – and what options do you have for improving signal strength?
Gyver Networks understands your frustration, which is why we offer an array of cellular amplification technologies that will ensure connectivity is available when you need it most. Bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs) differ greatly in antenna design and amplification capabilities. Let our expert team explain the differences and help you select the optimal solution for your environment and circumstances.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Robust cellular signal at your place of business is an imperative, as nearly every device brought to market today is designed with mobility in mind and BYOD (bring your own device) policies have – despite IT managers’ reservations – become the norm from enterprise to small business. Poor cellular reception, however, can lead to reduced productivity and even a drop in worker morale. The following are a few of the more common questions we encounter with regard to cellular reception issues, causes, and solutions:
Why does my cell phone lose signal? Why do I keep experiencing dropped cell phone calls?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to poor cell phone reception and dropped calls. The issue may be related to coverage gaps. In urban environments, cell tower coverage areas overlap many times due to the proximity of the cell sites; in more rural areas, the coverage spheres may overlap to a certain extent, but there may still be a number of dead zones due to fewer towers covering a larger area. Still, the biggest problem carriers contend with is building materials. Some materials in buildings reflect the signal away, preventing it from penetrating a structure, while other materials absorb the RF signal before it can get through.
Is cellular signal line of sight?
Cellular signal for mobile devices do not require line of sight due to the nature of the low frequencies on which carriers operate. However, the macro network (cell tower repeaters) depend on line of sight propagation to a certain extent, which is why carrier radios are placed as high as possible in their respective areas, and why donor antennas for BDAs are placed in clear view on rooftops and are generally directional antennas.
Do building materials block cellular signal?
Yes, building materials such as metal, concrete, brick, foil-lined insulation, and other products can significantly diminish the cellular signal reception inside a facility.
How can I improve the cell phone and mobile device reception in my office building, warehouse, small office, or on my campus?
Oftentimes, a BDA (bi-directional amplifier) can alleviate dead zones by increasing the gain of the outside cellular signal and rebroadcasting it using lower powered antennas in specific areas of the facility. In cases where a facility gets little or no cell phone reception, it may be necessary to install a BDA to utilize a DAS (distributed antenna system) throughout the entire facility . Another option that is available for larger sites such as campuses, arenas, or stadiums is a base station (similar in concept, if not scale, to a femtocell).
How do cellular repeaters, bi-directional amplifiers, and base stations work?
Cell repeaters and BDAs rebroadcast – or repeat – cellular signal by first collecting the signal with a directional antenna aimed toward a nearby cell tower, amplifying the signal, then redistributing it to cellular clients via a series of interior antennas. A base station is a mechanism through which a cellular carrier’s service is delivered directly to the site via hardline, then distributed to interior or exterior cell clients by means of antennas.
Do cell repeaters require a license from the FCC?
Consumer grade repeaters are manufactured in accordance with FCC specifications and operate on frequencies owned by the cell carriers. Most carriers have approved the use of cell repeaters. Enterprise grade BDAs are custom configured and should be engineered by a professional. Failure to configure this type of BDA properly can cause interference on licensed frequencies and violate FCC laws. Starting in 2014, all consumers who are using consumer grade or enterprise grade cell repeaters must register their product with each carrier/licensee on whose spectrum they wish to use the repeater.
Which cellular carriers and frequencies do you work with?
Gyver Networks works with all existing cellular technologies, including 3G/4G from AT&T (GSM//UMTS/HSPA/LTE), Verizon (CDMA/EV-DO/LTE), Sprint (CDMA/iDEN/EV-DO/WiMAX/LTE), TMobile (UMTS/HSPA+/LTE/AWS), and more.