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What is a Cellular 'Dead Zone' and How Do I Fix It?

With 95 percent of the U.S. population owning a cellular phone, and 77 percent of those owning a smartphone, adequate cell coverage is something Americans have come to expect. We want to be constantly connected whenever — and wherever — we’re using our mobile devices. And we’re using them a lot. In fact, U.S. consumers, spend an average of five hours per day on mobile devices.  

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Commercial

As Commercial Real Estate in Oregon Explodes, How Will the Cellular Infrastructure Keep Pace?

The commercial real estate market in Oregon is booming, with construction exploding at a feverish pace. A prominent Portland real estate firm recently confirmed that there are no signs of the market slowing, as both businesses and individuals continue to flock to the great Northwest.

With more businesses taking up residence in Oregon, cellular signals have become increasingly taxed. Overall, the United States ranks 10th out of 25 in cellular coverage compared with the rest of the world, according to MobileNEX’s 2016 Global Mobile Network Customer Experience Index.

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Small Business

I Have Poor Cell Signal in My Office Building, How Do I Fix It?

Estimated Reading TIme: 3 minutes

If you’re a building owner or manager dealing with a poor cell signal in an office space, the question of how to remedy the problem is likely familiar. This may be especially true if you’re regularly hearing the grumblings of unhappy tenants or employees who expect quality cellular coverage to be a given as part of their lease.  

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DAS

Why You Need the WilsonPro 4000R in Your IT Closet

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Connectivity is the lifeblood of business today. Whether you’re managing the IT infrastructure within a new business or one that’s already well-established, it’s up to you to implement the technologies that will keep your operation connected. You’ve invested in computer hardware and software, phone systems, and printer networks and you know the importance of ensuring that these systems stay connected and online for maximum efficiency.

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DAS

The Direct Connection between Strong Cell Service and Better Patient Care

As hospitals and other medical facilities become more technologically advanced, administrators face the prospect of upgrading old systems and leveraging new digital resources to advance patient care. This can take many forms, including the transfer of paper patient data files to digital format and enhancing communication infrastructure hospital-wide to meet the needs of computers, cell phones, tablets and other personal devices.

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Small Business

What is a Good Cell Phone Signal Strength?

Estimated Reading TIme: 3 minutes

No matter what type of building you own — residential, commercial, office building — the people that step inside of it demand reliable cellular coverage. If your tenants, patrons, or visitors are dropping calls or unable to get online to conduct business, it’s time to re-examine how you measure good cell phone signal strength in your building or buildings.

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Passive DAS

Could your cell service be the cause of poor customer ratings?

Estimated Reading TIme: 2 minutes

These days, customers shopping in retail stores expect to be able to use their cellular devices for any number of reasons during the buying experience. They want to call friends for advice, read reviews, check and compare prices, and access digital coupons.

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Commercial

My facility is expanding: how can I improve the cell phone connectivity?

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Facility managers are facing a growing contradiction in large commercial spaces — employees need to conduct business on cell phones, but large offices cannot maintain a cellular signal. One study found 88 percent of small and medium companies use cell phones for business, and yet only two percent of commercial buildings have dedicated technology to offer reliable cellular coverage. Poor cellular coverage is an addressable issue that leads to unnecessary stress, lost productivity and compromised security.

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DAS

The Importance of Strong Cellular Service for Telemedicine and Medical Mobile Apps

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Modern healthcare consumers look far beyond their general practitioner's office when seeking medical advice these days. Websites like WebMD were the first digital resources patients turned to, but now the rise in telemedicine and medical mobile apps means people have even more outlets to turn to.

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DAS

How Many Tenants Has Your Office Complex Lost to Weak Cell Coverage?

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Today’s hyperconnected business world requires strong cellular coverage and lightning-fast internet speeds. Businesses large and small rely on this connectivity to interact with clients, fulfill orders, and drive revenue. Without it, those businesses are stuck in the mud, unable to operate with any great effect.

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Commercial

How to Improve Cellular Signal at Colleges and Universities

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Cellular connectivity is as important on a university campus as it is on a hospital campus. Faculty and students need to connect for academic purposes, and cellular service also enhances safety on campus. Unfortunately, colleges and universities can’t always provide consistently strong cellular signal for students, faculty and staff.

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Cell Phone Signal Booster

Keep Your Data Secure with Strong Cellular Connectivity

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Modern consumers demand connectivity at all times. What’s the first thing most of us do when we sit down at a restaurant or walk into a hotel room? Check for a Wi-Fi network to connect to. The decision makes sound financial sense. Why waste precious data when you can surf the internet and send text messages and emails over free Wi-Fi?

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M2M

How Direct-Connect Cellular Boosters Can Enhance Point of Sale

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The intricacies of running a retail or restaurant business commonly get overlooked by consumers and patrons, but there’s plenty more that goes into running an operation than clothing racks and menus.

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DAS

Passive DAS Boosts Metropolitan Market’s Connectivity

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Metropolitan Market is an award-winning Washington grocery store chain known for offering the highest quality ingredients from local artisan growers and producers. Their newest branch was opened in the Sammamish, WA in March 2017. As construction on the 35,000-square-foot retail store was underway, it became clear that inside the building cell signal was poor.

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Resellers

Wilson Continues to Lead Cell Phone Amplifier Market

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Cell phone amplifier integrators can choose to offer their clients a number of brands. Despite the variety of options, Wilson Electronics’ brands continue to be the leading choice for cell phone booster integrators nationwide.                        

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Passive DAS

Passive DAS Connects Minnesota School Auction

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National events like the Oscars and New York Fashion Week are big business, but what about local events? The stakes at local fundraisers, small concerts, and other festivities are no less important than their national counterparts.

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DAS

Cell Phone Signal Booster Resolves Connectivity Challenges for Hyatt Place Houston

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The Hyatt Place Houston in Katy, TX is a brand new facility established to accommodate Houston’s booming tourism and business traveler markets. The spacious new hotel includes both a business and fitness center, 2,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces, as well as high-end dining options - amenities designed to exceed customer expectations and earn the hotel repeat business.

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DAS

How a Building’s Cell Phone Booster Improved Connectivity and Enhanced Public Safety

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Municipalities cannot accept compromise when it comes to public safety and emergency operations. Staff and infrastructure need to operate at the highest level at all times, but especially in times of crisis. Failure to connect with the right people at the right time can jeopardize lives.

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DAS

How to Improve Cell Phone Coverage in Large Areas

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In the modern digital world, people are reliant on their cell phones in both their personal and professional lives. According to the Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans own a cellphone and 77% own a smartphone. Cell phones can be found everywhere from office towers and hospitals to natural gas drilling projects and remote government outposts.

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DAS

Is Your Condo Complex Losing Buyers (or Tenants) Due to Weak Cell Service?

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The luxury residential condominium market is more competitive than ever. The latest and greatest amenities — from swimming pools to entertainment spaces to concierges — are a must for the most discerning buyers. As a developer or property manager, you need to stay up on all of the latest “must-have” features. But, in the struggle to remain competitive, are you forgetting some of the most basic and critical services?

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Resellers

Cell Phone Signal Booster System Saves Basilica’s Connectivity

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We’ve covered quite a few interesting cell phone signal booster projects in this blog. Some obvious (like a Montreal condo building) and some not so obvious (like the University of Minnesota Men’s Basketball locker room).

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DAS

Considering a DAS Solution for Your Hospital? Read This First.

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As a hospital administrator or IT manager, smooth delivery of patient services is your number-one priority. Likewise, facilitating emergency and specialist care, along with coordination between caregivers, are among your top responsibilities.

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Resellers

WilsonPro Signal Booster and University of Minnesota Men’s Basketball Make a Perfect Team

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College sports are big business for major universities. Nowhere is that more true than at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where football, basketball, and ice hockey drive significant revenue for the school.

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Commercial

Minimize Cable Run Signal Loss with the WilsonPro 1050

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For passive distributed antenna system (DAS) installers, it’s no secret that signal loss from long cable runs can impede an otherwise perfect project. For those of you who don’t know, the concept is simple: cellular signal loses strength when it travels through cable. An additional 50 or 100 feet of cable run could mean the difference between being restricted to placing two indoor antennas or covering more ground with five.

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DAS

WilsonPro Releases the Pro 1050 – The First Commercial Inline Cellular Amplifier System

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Unique dual-amplifier design compensates for cell signal that is lost over long lengths of coaxial cable to ensure strong cellular service and boost company productivity.

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Resellers

It’s National Telephone Day, Time to Evaluate Your Connectivity

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April 25 is National Telephone Day and there’s no better time to consider the critical role the telephone has played in business, public safety, and personal connectivity. While the story behind the invention of the telephone has been disputed for over a century, one thing is clear: telephone technology has come a long way since the first phone call was placed in 1876.

Today, more than half of Americans live in cellphone-only households. Many businesses are going the same way, eliminating landlines and replacing them with cloud-based phone systems. This shift can save money and provide geographic flexibility for remote employees and on-the-go salespeople. But unreliable cellular signal can quickly negate these benefits.

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DAS

Your Event Planning Checklist Is Missing This Crucial Item

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From Hollywood awards shows and Big 4 fashion weeks to small family gatherings and weddings, every event begins with the checklist. That checklist lays the groundwork for a successful event with dates, budget, and entertainment. Following the list, and staying on budget and on time can mean the difference between success and failure.

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Resellers

An Elegant Solution: Safeguarding Cellular Service in Dense Urban Areas with XDR Technology

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Most people think of passive distributed antenna systems (DAS) as solutions for when there’s not enough outside cellular signal. The larger problem, though, comes from areas where there is too much signal, especially dense urban locations where dozens of cell towers flood the area with overwhelming cellular signal.

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Case studies

Why Cell Service is Key to Providing a Complete Patient Experience

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The healthcare industry has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past decade. From telemedicine and online patient communication to digital patient files, the delivery of care has been revolutionized. The value is clear: a 2015 study by Ricoh showed 74 percent of hospitals that use tablets or other mobile devices to collect information from patients are more efficient than those that don’t.

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DAS

Don't Lose Business to Big Box Stores Because of Poor Cell Service

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As a small business retailer, you strive to differentiate yourself from big-box stores with personal service, quality products and a unique customer experience. For all the conveniences of modern big-box shopping, those brands simply can’t match the personal touches or mom-and-pop feel of a local business.
One area where big-box stores tend to surpass their mom-and-pop competitors is in the area of cellular connectivity. If your brick-and-mortar store is housed behind walls of, well, brick and mortar, those
building materials may affect the cell signal strength in your shop. That’s a problem because a 2015 study found that 90% of shoppers use their phones while shopping in stores.

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Resellers

Weatherproofing Cable Connections

It is a good idea to weatherproof any cable connections that are located outside to keep any water from getting into the cable and causing any issues. Weatherproofing the cable is easy to do and is inexpensive.

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Commercial

Connecting the Marriott Oak Brook Hotel

The hospitality industry is changing; clean sheets and friendly personnel are no longer enough to satisfy the average guest anymore. Fast Wi-Fi and strong cell signal are the new necessities that can have a strong impact on customer care and a guest’s overall experience. The Chicago Marriott Oak Brook hotel understands this and used an indoor-cellular amplifier system to improve back-of-house cell signal to improve employee communications and overall guest service.

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DAS

Cellular infrastructure to-do list for IT managers

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Few businesses chain staff to their desks these days. Between remote employees and on-the-go executives, connectivity is more fluid than ever. Many companies are even getting rid of landline desk phones, meaning employees are more reliant on their smartphones.

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DAS

3 Ways Strong Cell Service Can Increase the Value of Your Retail Business

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Smartphone use has become an integral part of the shopping experience. In fact, a 2015 study found that 90% of shoppers use their phones while shopping in stores.

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Resellers

What's The Difference Between dB and dBm?

dB and dBm are common terms used when discussing cellular signal strength and signal amplifier systems. But what exactly do these terms mean?

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DAS

Will my cellular carrier pay to solve my cell signal problem?

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The major carriers spend nearly $50 billion each year on improving their networks, but cellular service continues to be a challenge for many businesses. And it’s not just remote locations that have trouble getting adequate cell reception. Large, commercial buildings also struggle with weak or nonexistent indoor signal due to building materials that block cellular frequencies.

Cellular carriers often won’t spend the time and money to solve a single customer’s cell reception problems, especially if outside signal strength is adequate and it’s the building itself that’s causing the problem. Instead, they might recommend installing a “small cell” inside the customer’s building.

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Case studies

Cell Phone Signal Booster Connects Luxury Montreal Condo Building

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Website: www.cellworx.ca

When it comes to luxury condominium buildings, tenants want top-of-the-line amenities: doorman, views, gyms, lounges, outdoor terraces, and more. Developers spare no expense because of these high-end demands and you’d think best-in-class cellular connectivity would be part of the package, but not always.

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DAS

How Do You Know if a Cell Phone Signal Booster Will Work?

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Dropped calls can happen for a variety of reasons. In a business environment, dropped calls most commonly occur because of interference from building materials such as concrete and cinder block, or because of significant distance between high-rise office locations and the nearest cell tower.

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Commercial

Cell Phone Signal Boosters Deliver Connectivity for IKEA Distribution Center

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The development of IKEA’s 500,000-square-foot distribution center in Baytown, Texas marked the Swedish multinational’s first expansion into the southern region of the U.S. IKEA joined Walmart and Home Depot, which also operate distribution centers in Baytown. Together, these retailers are turning the Houston area into a major hub of distribution.

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Resellers

WilsonPro Connects Chamberlain Headquarters

When construction began on Chamberlain Group's new building, staff quickly noticed poor cellular coverage in the building. In search of a solution, Jesus Robles, Global Network Engineer for Chamberlain Group, called the company's main carrier, Sprint, to discuss possible solutions. Sprint recommended Konecta USA, a WilsonPro integrator.

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DAS

Why the WilsonPro 1000 is the most powerful and effective signal booster under the new law

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In May 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a report and order known as the Network Protection Standard. The guidance, backed by major cellular carriers, introduced new regulations for cell phone signal boosters, including specific technical requirements designed to minimize interference from consumer signal boosters to wireless networks and towers.

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Small Business

How a Zonal Approach to Signal Booster Installation can Improve Cell Phone Signal Strength

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You can resolve poor cell phone signal strength on many projects by using a passive distributed antenna system (DAS) consisting of a single booster and a few strategically positioned indoor antennas. However, some larger buildings and more complicated projects require a more robust system.

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Resellers

Cell Phone Signal Booster System Helps Hospital Connect

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Hospital infrastructure sometimes stands at odds with the impressive advances in medical technology. That’s because many hospitals were first constructed in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s and then built upon continuously over the past half century.

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DAS

Signal Boosters in the HetNet: Economically Extending Cellular Coverage

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You’ve probably heard a lot about the HetNet, but knowing how the term applies to cell phone boosters can stump even experienced installers.

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DAS

Would the Oscars Be as Glamorous without Award-Winning Cell Service?

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For the last decade, cell phones have been the de rigueur fashion accessory at every major Hollywood event. It’s commonplace to see stars strolling down the red carpet with their phone in hand, taking selfies along they way so they can Snapchat, Instagram, Tweet and Facebook as they hobnob with their celebrity pals.

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DAS

3 Ways To Solve the “Near-Far Problem” with Cell Phone Signal Boosters

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Cell phone signal boosters, also known as passive distributed antenna systems (DAS), offer a cost- and labor-effective solution for common connectivity problems like dropped calls and slow data speeds. One of the biggest selling points about these solutions is that they’re carrier agnostic. No matter which cell phone network you’re on, you can count on improved performance.  

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DAS

Cell Phone Signal Boosters: Fast, Cheap, Right

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There’s a saying in business: “Fast, cheap, right—you can pick any two that you want.” It’s very difficult to get away from this reality, even when it comes to cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS).

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Resellers

How to Calculate Coverage Area for a Cellular Amplifier

Calculating coverage area for your cellular signal amplifier is a simply process once you understand the basics. This week's pro tips video teaches how to calculate the coverage area for a building and walks through an example to see how it's done. There are a few things needed to be done to determine coverage area.

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Resellers

Fashion Amplified: How WilsonPro helped give New York Fashion Week a Boost

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The haute couture community of New York gathered this week for one of city’s most anticipated events of the season; Fashion Week. Tweeting, texting, posting and live streaming are a key part of this stylish event, but a few weeks ago, even making a simple phone call was nearly impossible in the steel and concrete structure that houses fashion week, Skylight Clarkson Square.

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Commercial

Cell Phone Signal Boosters in Parking Garages: An Inexpensive Way to Enhance Public Safety

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As I’m sure you’ve experienced, underground parking garages are horrible for cell phone reception. These subterranean parking structures are often constructed of signal-sapping materials like concrete and brick.

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How to use a Signal Meter

A signal meter is an essential tool when helping you set up a signal amplifier. This tool allows you to identify the direction of the source of the cell signal and give you signal strength for all carriers on voice and data, neither of which are possible by just using a cell phone.

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Resellers

WilsonPro 1000/1000R – Wilson’s Most Powerful and Reliable Single Output Amplifier Now Shipping

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The newest product from Wilson's professional line of cell signal amplifiers receives approval from the FCC and is now available for purchase.

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Which frequencies does a cellular carrier use?

Understanding which band or channel a carrier is using is a big part of setting up a signal amplifier correctly. This can be confusing to many who are not familiar which channel frequency. To make this easier, in this week’s Pro Tips video, we discuss how to use the FCC Spectrum Dashboard to determine which frequencies a carrier is using in your area. This applies to all major carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or any other carrier.

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Commercial

A cellular infrastructure to-do list for commercial real estate professionals

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A reliable cellular and data network plays an integral role in any successful modern business, and is particularly crucial in the commercial real estate space.

With 68 percent of U.S. adults owning a smartphone (according to the latest Pew Research), keeping your tenants connected is more important than ever if you want to stay competitive.

Commercial real estate professionals face the unique challenge of ensuring reliable service without overloading a building’s data infrastructure in the process, which can result in dropped calls, lost signals, compromised cellular security, and consequently, unhappy residents.

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Resellers

Designing a Basic Cellular Amplifier System

A lot goes into designing a cellular amplifier system. Understanding the basics will help you create more elaborate and complex designs to fit any client’s indoor cellular coverage needs. To do a system design you will need:

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Using commercial cell boosters to decrease credit card fraud

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As a retailer, you place considerable priority on enhancing the customer experience. No matter the shopping destination, modern consumers demand a reliable cellular and data signal to download coupons, access apps, send text messages and make calls.

While an enhanced -- and secure -- connection can positively impact the shopping experience, it can also help protect against credit card fraud. With the migration toward chip cards moving full-steam ahead, now is a great time to enhance fraud protection measures in your store.

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Resellers

How to Terminate RG-11 Cable

RG-11 is a common cable used in setting up a cellular amplifier. As an installer, it’s important to know how to properly terminate, or put the connectors on, these cables. Poorly terminated cables can result in poor connections to the booster – which leads to less amplification, less of a boost for your cell signal, and less coverage area inside your large home or office building.

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Commercial

Cellular Signal Solutions for Your Commercial Real Estate Portfolio

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When it comes to poor indoor cellular signals, you need a 21st century solution to a 21st century problem.

In telecommunications networks, a standard base station (or cell phone tower) generally has a frequency range of up to thirteen square miles. Sometimes you find yourself in rural areas just at the edge – or even outside – of that range, resulting in frustratingly poor cell phone reception.

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Monitoring Cell Signal Quality Based on Performance, Not Bars

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Whether it’s for phone calls, texting, internet surfing or streaming, we’ve all become accustomed to relying on our cell phones for connectivity. But what happens when we drop calls or the latest episode of our favorite show continually buffers? The first thing we look at are the signal bars on our phone.

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Resellers

WilsonPro 4000 & 4000R Commercial Signal Amplifier Interface

The 4000 and 4000R, some of WilsonPro’s most powerful cellular amplifiers, feature an easy to use interface with a color LCD screen and button pad for easy navigation to all of the amplifiers features. The menu and button pad make it easily check the amount of gain applied to individual bands, see uplink and downlink power, even turn a port off if it is unused. Once installed using the LCD screen you can troubleshoot or tweak the system with the built in signal meter for maximum performance!

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DAS

Poor Cell Signal in an Unforgiving Environment

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Cellular communication has become mission-critical in today’s business environment, but cell signals are unable to penetrate inside many commercial and other large buildings. This was, until recently, the case for one particular industrial building.

A multinational specialty chemical corporation, with production plants in 24 countries and nearly two dozen sites in the United States, owns and operates a chemical production and R&D facility in a major North Carolina city. Each floor of their eight-story building is divided into separate sections for wet and dry chemical production.

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Small Business

3 Regulation Myths About Cell Phone Signal Booster Installation

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As a business executive or homeowner considering a cell phone signal booster, also known as a passive distributed antenna system (DAS) to enhance cellular connectivity, you may have heard about the possibility of building codes and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations interfering with your plans to install new hardware.

The truth is that installation of individual cell phone signal boosters involves few major infrastructure requirements, which leaves building inspectors and the FCC with little jurisdiction.

Let’s take a closer look at the regulation myths associated with cell phone signal booster installation.

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Resellers

How to Terminate or Put Connectors On Wilson400 Signal Booster Cable

Terminating or correctly attaching the connectors of Wilson400 cable will ensure a good connection to all of the various components of a WilsonPro cell signal booster system. When this is done incorrectly, it can result in poor connections to the booster – which leads to less amplification, less of a boost for your cell signal, and less coverage area inside your large home or office building.

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DAS

Cell Phone Signal Booster Provides Reliable Connectivity Solution in Metal Building

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With a 10,000-square-foot space, 30-foot ceilings and sturdy metal construction, the building Jasper Plumbing chose for its new home in Lindon, UT seemed to check all the boxes.

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Small Business

3 Ways Cell Signal Boosters Enhance Public Safety

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During times of emergency, time is of the essence and keeping communication lines open is critical.

In the event of a car accident, major injury, fire or other serious event, a reliable cellular signal can make a measurable impact on response time and increase the odds of a positive outcome. A boosted cellular signal could also be the difference between getting through to loved ones or struggling to connect during a larger scale emergency, when cell phone networks might be overloaded.

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DAS

Automatic Gain Control (AGC) for Cellular Amplifiers - Why you need it

What is AGC or Automatic Gain Control and why should you care if your cellular amplifier has it? Automatic Gain Control is crucial in keeping your cellular amplifier performing at its best. AGC adjusts the gain output so you can handle a strong incoming signal and provide maximum coverage area within the building. It also continually adjusts the signal output to keep your booster working at peak performance. In strong signal environments, the booster will reduce its gain for each frequency spectrum individually as to not overload or shut down, thus giving you great coverage area inside. 

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Resellers

Best Practices for Cell Signal Booster Installation

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The performance of a cell phone signal booster system relies heavily on proper installation practices. Poorly placed antennas and inefficient cable runs can quickly mitigate an enhanced cell phone signal.

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Support, Warranty and Management of Commercial Cell Phone Boosters

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When it comes to installing a commercial cell phone booster, customers want to know the equipment will function without problems for the foreseeable future. Indeed, this is an important differentiator when choosing WilsonPro. The company’s reliable integrators, ongoing technical support and a three-year warranty on all hardware sets it apart from the competition. Ordering equipment from WilsonPro means counting on long-term functionality and performance, as well as maintenance and support when you need it.

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Commercial

What Does Uplink & Downlink Mean on a Cell Signal Booster?

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This is a question we often get from enterprise customers.

Cellular devices such as smartphones and tablets operate within a certain radio frequency we know as 3G & 4G. When you’re experiencing dropped calls & slow internet, a cell phone signal booster basically acts as a reliable go-between your cell phone and the cell phone tower. Because of weak signal and the dreaded one bar of service disrupting your talk, text, internet and emails, a cell phone booster amplifies your 3G & 4G signal coming to and leaving your phone.

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Commercial

What to expect when implementing a cell signal booster

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There are several reasons you might decide to implement a cell phone signal booster system in your home or commercial building. Perhaps you’re having trouble sending or receiving texts. Maybe you are constantly experiencing dropped calls or poor call quality on your cell phone. Problems like this not only affect business operations and financial transactions but personal communications and productivity as well.

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Commercial

Cell Phone Amplifier Systems – Cellular Amplifier Basics | WilsonPro

This week’s pro tips video covers the basics of installing and maintaining commercial cell signal amplifier systems.

A WilsonPro Certified Installer takes you through system functions, what the status lights and screen messages mean, system installation tips, typical indoor square footage coverage areas, troubleshooting, FCC regulations and more. WilsonPro offers online training each week with a focus on technical info and installation training.

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Small Business

Powerful Signal goes to the ends of the earth (literally) to boost cell signal

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The mighty Mississippi River ends at the Gulf of Mexico in an enormous delta region, covering more than 4,000 square miles of barrier islands, marshes, swamps, and forests. In addition to oil drilling, shipping, and commercial fishing, this area provides access to waterfowl, rabbit, and deer hunting, along with boating, camping, recreational fishing, and nature study. The area’s river channels, bayous, and man-made canals are accessible only by boat.

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Small Business

WilsonPro Helps Hospital Connect - Cellular Coverage Improvements for CHI Hospital 

CHI St. Luke's Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, Texas had a problem many organizations face – there was little to no cellular coverage inside the hospital buildings. The problem is that the concrete and metal in the buildings blocks the cell signal from getting inside where it is needed by the staff. In many areas of the hospital, the staff simply could not use their cell phones.

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Small Business

Boost Cell Signal vs. Implementing Wi-Fi for a Better Retail Customer Experience

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In today’s digitally enhanced world, the overall customer experience represents a key component of modern retail industry success. Despite the many benefits of increased technology, store owners and operators commonly express concern about effectively engaging customers on their cellular devices without sacrificing security or ease of access.

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Case studies

Mob Museum Finds a Cellular Coverage Solution it Can’t Refuse

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When visitors to the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas experienced cellular connectivity problems in its 80-plus-year-old building, the museum’s technology team contacted BlueCable Networx to devise a unique solution with a WilsonPro passive Distributed Antenna System (DAS).

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Commercial

SureCall vs WilsonPro - Which commercial cellular amplifier performs better?

This week’s pro tips video compares Wilson’s commercial grade signal boosters to others on the market. This video discusses the main difference of two of the top brands in the commercial booster market from the perspective of a professional technology contractor or installer. We give an in-depth comparison of the technical differences as well as some user interface contrasts between WilsonPro and SureCall including: 

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DAS

Why Sell Cell Signal Boosters over Active DAS?

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As a WilsonPro representative, you strive to provide comprehensive solutions to your customers at the best value, while maximizing the time you spend interacting with prospects. Numerous options exist in the marketplace to solve even the most severe cellular connectivity problems, but which of them generates the highest return on your sales effort?

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DAS

Debunking the Top 3 Myths of Passive DAS

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Many users view active Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) as the most reliable and robust cellular connectivity solution because this particular technology generates and distributes its own cellular signal. While DAS is a good solution for some businesses, the cost and complexity that comes along with this infrastructure-intensive option rarely presents a viable remedy for average commercial businesses.

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Small Business

Stance Achieves Modern Design & Cellular Connectivity with a Passive DAS

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When the construction materials at Stance’s new corporate headquarters began to affect cellular connectivity, the clothing company knew it needed a more reliable solution. Stance contacted WilsonPro dealer BlueCable Networx to install a passive distributed antenna system (DAS) that enhanced cellular signal and added internet service redundancy without compromising the building’s design.

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DAS

3 ways commercial cell phone boosters improve customer experience for retailers

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As a retailer, you prioritize providing a positive in-store experience for your customers. You likely focus on key areas like an intuitive store layout, sufficient staffing, and eye-catching product displays to best serve your clientele, but don’t overlook the role of technology in the customer experience. If you haven’t already, consider strong in-store cellular connectivity as integral to a great customer experience.

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Resellers

Understanding Panel Antenna Placement

As a certified installer, you know inside panel antennas play a critical role in passive Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) by transmitting the amplified cellular signal to phones and other devices indoors. That’s why proper placement and mounting of panel antennas is key to system performance.

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Small Business

Cell signal solutions for buildings roll out nationwide

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Over the past decade, Powerful Signal has developed ProWay (Professional Way) to address poor and unusable cell signal in large buildings and unique environments. Using WilsonPro professional cell signal boosters from Wilson Electronics, Powerful Signal designs and installs solutions that improve cellular reception for large and small businesses across the United States.

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Understanding Proper Placement of Cables and Antennas in a Passive DAS

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The effective performance of a passive Distributed Antenna System (DAS) relies on the optimal placement of cables and antennas within the building needing better connectivity. The placement of antennas and cables depends on a number of factors, including outside signal strength and interior building layout.

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DAS

How Much Does a Commercial Cell Signal Booster System Cost?

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When it comes to solutions that boost cell phone signal quality, commercial users have a variety of wireless options. These choices include a traditional, active Distributed Antenna System (DAS) or a more flexible passive DAS, also known as a signal booster system.

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DAS

Signal boosters vs. Distributed Antenna Systems: The fiscally responsible choice

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In today’s tech-savvy world, consistent connectivity is a must — and so is financial responsibility. Distributed antenna systems (DAS) can help boost cellular connectivity in a commercial setting, and choosing passive DAS (another name for cell signal booster systems) can save time and money while providing enhanced accessibility for all users.

In today’s world, we rely on consistent connectivity wherever we go. Whether at home, in the office, or while at school or a shopping center, poor or nonexistent cellular service can be a real disruption to our communication and productivity.

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Resellers

Pro Tip - Can I paint my antennas?

Today's Pro Tip video addresses a question we often get from our customers: "Can I paint or camouflage my antenna?" You will probably get this question from customers as well, or maybe you already have. The answer? Yes! Our antennas can be painted as long as the paint does not contain metal flakes. The particles in metallic paint will alter and disrupt the antenna’s signal transmission characteristics.

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Small Business

4 Myths about Cell Phone Signal Booster Systems

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As more and more employers realize that an office full of cell phone dead zones is not only bad for communication but is equally bad for business, the prospect of adding a commercial cell phone signal booster system begins to make more sense.

Like many new technologies, a litany of questions and half-truths about the effectiveness of cell phone signal boosters have arisen. Let’s take a moment to address some of those myths, and talk about the benefits signal boosters really can provide.

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DAS

In-Building Cell Signal Coverage & LEED Certified Buildings: 4 Things You Should do to Get a Better Signal

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Let’s face it, cell phones have become intertwined into every part of our daily lives.  According to a recent Pew Research Report, in 2015 nearly 2/3 of all Americans owned a cell phone, which is double what it was 4 years earlier.  Nearly half of those have multiple mobile devices and nearly 60 percent of homes no longer have landlines.

Undoubtedly, at some point within the past 24 to 48 hours, you have experienced a weak or non-existent cell phone signal somewhere along your path, whether it be at home, at work or at play.

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Resellers

Cell Phone Amplifier Systems – Rooftop Donor Antennas

This week's video discusses donor antennas, or outside antennas. These antennas take the cell signal from outside and supply it to the amplifier. The donor also takes the cell signal and sends it back to the cell tower. There are two types of antennas: yagi directional, and omni directional. It is important to understand the difference between the two different types of antennas in order to ensure that youcell signal booster install is the most effective.

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Commercial

The Battle of Cell Signal Booster Antennas: Dome vs. Panel Antennas

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When evaluating the needs of your wireless solution, consider whether dome or panel antennas are right for you. Variables in the decision-making process include the details of your coverage needs, as well as the initial outside signal and building materials. Together, these factors will determine which antenna is a fit. In this blog, we discuss the specifications of both antennae options and which projects they’re best suited for.    

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DAS

How does a Passive Distributed Antenna System (DAS) work?

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A cell phone signal booster system, also known as a passive Distributed Antenna System (DAS), eliminates cellular connectivity problems by capturing and amplifying the existing cellular signal. Ideal for large buildings, commercial spaces and sprawling homes, this carrier-agnostic solution increases signal power up to 32 times.  

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Small Business

WilsonPro Cell Signal Booster Enables Restaurant Technology for Nevada Hotel Casino

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When a Nevada Hotel Casino’s Restaurant Row decided to shift from wireless pagers to SMS notifications for waiting patrons, the resort’s I.T. administrator needed an enhanced cellular connectivity solution for the densely constructed building. The administrator contacted the team at Powerful Signal, a Utah-based WilsonPro dealer, who recommended a WilsonPro cell signal booster system, or a passive DAS. This solution enhanced cellular service in a 40,000-square-foot area of the resort and allowed patrons to gamble in the casino as they waited for their table.

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Resellers

The Value of Creating a Cell Phone Signal Booster Carrier Network

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Cell phone signal booster dealers and integrators play a key role in bringing people better cellular service. Yet, finding business can be touch and go without a reliable manufacturer, account manager, or cellular carrier to rely on.

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DAS

Arizona Business Boosts Cellular Signal Performance in 2 Weeks with WilsonPro

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Seeking a fast solution to the cellular connectivity problems in their 20,000-square-foot office, STOTZ Equipment contacted WilsonPro dealer BlueCable Networx. From first contact on March 28, 2016, it took just two weeks to complete the installation of a carrier-agnostic WIlsonPro cellular signal booster system, improving signal strength by April 11, 2016.

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Resellers

Choosing an Omni vs. a Yagi Donor Cell Signal Antenna

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In many commercial environments, building owners want to improve their cellular signal for all carriers and on all frequencies. In a broadband commercial environment, this is possible with commercial-grade cell signal booster systems, which include outdoor cell signal antennas that are installed on the roof to bring an outdoor cell signal inside.

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Resellers

WilsonPro 4000R – The World’s First Rack Mounted Cell Signal Booster Starts Shipping Today

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The WilsonPro 4000R receives approval from the FCC and is now available for purchase.

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Small Business

WilsonPro Offers the Most Powerful FCC-Approved Cell Signal Boosters

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In the United States, nearly three quarters of the population own a smartphone — and the numbers are climbing. Most people have come to expect the ability to use cellular reception no matter where they are. From making and receiving phone calls, to sending text messages, to using cellular data, cellular connectivity has become more than just a nice thing to have. It’s become a must.

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Small Business

Changing the Battle Between Buildings and Cell Phones with Signal Boosters

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One of the greatest challenges in today’s office environment is having perfectly acceptable outside cell signal that’s blocked from getting inside by steel, concrete, and low-e glass. The same materials that block heat (solar infrared energy) from entering your office building also block other longwave electromagnetic radiation, including wavelengths used by cellular devices.

The problem, of course, is that smartphones and cellular-enabled tablets and laptops have become indispensable in today’s work environment. Companies expect to stay in touch with their employees; contractors and independent businesses need to be able to communicate with their clients from any location. Office construction materials are doing their best to prevent that, but the solution is at hand.The result is that you can be carrying on a conversation just fine outside as you walk to work, but suddenly drop your call the minute you step inside the building. Other buildings may have acceptable cellular voice and data coverage in certain areas (especially closer to exterior walls), but “dead zones” in certain spots, especially in the center of the office floor and on floors below ground level.

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Small Business

NYC Luxury Department Store Boosts Cell Signal Coverage with WilsonPro

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When a luxury New York City department store announced in 2013 that its remodeled flagship location would open in Chelsea in its original 1923 location, shoppers rejoiced.
Store officials planned for a modernized version of the beloved Big Apple brand, with a contemporary design and updated technological amenities.

Yet, the age of the building and the modern materials used in the renovation created challenges when it came to achieving cellular coverage inside the building.

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Small Business

The Future of Connectivity is Now: Taking Signal Booster Solutions Into Our Own Hands

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When you purchase a cell phone, you expect it to work wherever you go. After all, you’re paying a cellular carrier for the opportunity to make calls, send texts, and access cellular data when streaming videos or using your GPS. 

However, cell phone reception isn’t guaranteed with your cell phone carrier. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that cell phone coverage is not included in most carrier contracts. In the event of poor reception, people need to take matters into their own hands.

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Small Business

Pokémon Go: How Your Business Can Get in on the Game with an Improved Cellular Signal

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Some of us remember Pokémon from the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the trading cards and Nintendo video game inspired gaming trends among youths in America, Japan, and around the world. Since then, Pokémon has been relatively out of the limelight — that is, until Nintendo, Niantic Labs, and The Pokémon Co. released the augmented-reality mobile game, Pokémon Go, earlier this month.

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DAS

Cell Phone Signal Boosters: A Reliable Solution | WilsonPro

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With the widespread acceptance and usage of cellular phones, it is more and more rare for homes and businesses to rely on traditional telephone line. After all, now that more than 90% of Americans own a cellphone, many people have no need for a landline.

Indeed, landlines — those conventional, telecommunications cables strung across telephone poles or buried underground — are becoming obsolete. Today, a quarter of American homeowners have already disconnected from their landlines, with about 700,000 additional homes dropping the service every year. Some predict that U.S. landlines will be completely out of use by 2025.   

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Small Business

Safeguard Your Environment With Improved Cell Phone Connectivity

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People of a certain age remember having a home phone line and single phone number for an entire family. Kids would memorize important numbers by heart, and learn how to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

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Small Business

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): The Effect on In-Building Cell Signal Coverage

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You’ve heard of restaurants with policies allowing guests to “bring your own beverage,” or “BYOB.” These days, it’s more and more common to see people who bring their own device (known as “BYOD”) just about anywhere they go — from the restaurant, to the gym, to their place of employment. Bringing your own device means carrying your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with you, using it alongside or in place of work devices in a professional setting.

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Resellers

Commercial Cell Phone Signal Booster Oscillation and Overload

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When a person makes a call on a cell phone, the device sends and receives radio frequency (RF) signals between its own antenna and the nearest cell tower. If there’s a strong signal, making a call is no problem. But when that signal is somehow weakened or blocked, then poor reception, low signal quality, and dropped calls are a common result.

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Commercial

Optimizing Your Cell Phone Signal Booster

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Poor cell phone coverage inside a commercial building can affect call quality and data reception, potentially disrupting business and resulting in frustration. A cell phone signal booster is a reliable solution for improving reception because it collects the existing cell signal outside the building, amplifies it, and rebroadcasts the amplified signal  inside.

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Small Business

5 Reasons Professional Installation is a Must for Commercial Cell Signal Boosters

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Whether it’s due to the frequency of dropped calls, poor indoor reception, or just generally unreliable signal, you’ve decided that it’s time to install a cell phone signal booster. After all, if better cell reception can lead to an uptick in workplace productivity and improved reception for every user regardless of their carrier, then it may be worthwhile for business growth as well as your own peace of mind.

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Commercial

The Necessity of a Site Survey to Determine Cell Phone Signal Quality

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In this day of cell phones and data usage, being able to use our phones wherever we go is increasingly important. However, cell signal quality can vary greatly from one location to another, from outdoors to indoors, and even from one room to another.

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Resellers

The 4 Steps to Commercial Cell Signal Booster Design & Installation

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If you have experienced frequent dropped calls, poor cell signal quality, or low internet speeds within your commercial building, you can probably assume there’s a problem with your cell signal. It could be that the surrounding landscape or other buildings are blocking the signal from a nearby cell tower. It’s also possible that the signal from the closest cell tower is too faint for your phone to pick up. Even your building materials themselves might be the problem, blocking an otherwise strong signal from reaching your devices. Any of these factors could indicate the need for a commercial cell signal booster installation.

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Case studies

Cellular Signal Booster Transforms West Hollywood Residence

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A luxury home in West Hollywood sounds like a dream, but not when the homeowner can’t get cell reception. That’s exactly what was happening to this homeowner, who was fed up with the lack of service throughout his 6,000-square-foot home overlooking Los Angeles.

The homeowner already had a cell signal booster installed in hopes of improving cell coverage within the home. However, that system—installed by a WilsonPro competitor—hadn’t worked properly from the start. What’s worse, the competitor never took the time to troubleshoot the issue. Frustrated, the client called a WilsonPro certified dealer to correct the problem.

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Resellers

Enterprise Cellular Connectivity with New WilsonPro Offerings

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The team at WilsonPro recently launched a new suite of products for commercial end users who want to improve their indoor cell coverage. The launch includes the WilsonPro 4000R signal booster—a professional cell signal amplifier that expands cell signal coverage in large buildings of more than 100,000 square feet—as well as new filters to amplify a signal from a specific carrier of choice.

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Small Business

How Building Materials Affect Cell Phone Signal Booster Performance

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These days, most of us own a cell phone. With a wealth of mobile possibilities literally at our fingertips, it’s hard not to expect strong cell reception all the time, whether we’re at home, in the car, or in the office. Yet, we’ve all experienced the occasional dropped phone call or lost signal. While this can be frustrating, it’s not always the cell phone carrier’s fault. Often, there’s just something between the cell tower and you.

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Small Business

What Commercial Realtors Need to Know About Cell Signal Surveys

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As a commercial realtor, your goal is to get people in buildings that suit their needs. Those needs often include things like adequate office space, easy parking, a spacious common area, and room to grow. These days, most clients also include good cell phone reception in that list of needs.

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Small Business

How one independent contractor increased sales with a commercial cell phone booster

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With the wireless revolution continuing, full speed ahead, we’ve all become accustomed to the convenience, simplicity and sense of connectedness we feel from having regular and reliable cell phone access, 24/7.

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Small Business

Is your business a candidate for WilsonPro signal booster solutions?

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Perhaps you’ve reached a critical point of frustration and you’d like to dig yourself out of the cell phone signal black hole that you, your employees and your visitors have experienced at your building – possibly for years.

You’ve probably also done your research and learned that a commercial-grade cell phone signal booster system might be the answer to your company’s connectivity problems.

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DAS

Affordable cellular signal booster alternatives to DAS systems

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As businesses begin to take action and address a technological challenge that’s common in many American workplaces – “Why doesn’t my fancy and expensive smartphone get reception here, ever?” – many employers quickly realize that a fix is not an inexpensive proposition.

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Small Business

Will a cellular signal booster work for everyone in the office, regardless of carrier and service?

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American consumers have a bewildering variety of cell phone options to choose from as carriers both large and small spend billions of dollars expanding – and marketing – their wireless voice and data products.

It’s given rise to some of the stiffest competition ever seen in the U.S. marketplace, as each company tries to improve upon the existing technology, each with better, faster and cheaper services.

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DAS

Why Choose a Cell Phone Signal Booster vs. a Distributed Antenna System?

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If you’re one of the many business owners or property managers who struggle with the issue of less-than-perfect cell  phone reception – or a total lack of service in your building – you face an array of options as you look for a solution.

When contemplating technological solutions for enhancing the unfortunate weak cell phone signals found in your neighborhood, business complex, or the floor of your particular building, the options usually come down to two different systems.

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Small Business

3 Ways a Cell Phone Signal Booster Promotes Office Productivity

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While the notion of using a personal cell phone at work was still a bit of a taboo just a few years ago, times have changed. The smartphone has vastly transformed the way we communicate - and the need to be connected, 24/7.

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Small Business

5 Things to Look For in a Commercial Cell Phone Booster

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You’ve finally made the decision to pull yourself out of the cell phone signal black hole that you and your employees have long dreaded when coming to work.  Now what?

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Small Business

Do cell phone signal boosters really work? How?

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In an age of electronic hyperconnectivity, we’ve all become increasingly reliant on a steady and constant stream of data to our digital devices – a lifeline to our friends, our families and our work.

But as many of us remember from the pre-4G LTE era, getting a consistent cell phone signal was never a guaranteed situation, in virtually any location. We’ve all experienced that digital anxiety when a carrier’s signal suddenly disappears while using a smartphone or a tablet in a brick building, an older home or in an underground meeting complex. In fact, a recent article in Building Review Journal cites that over 80% of all data traffic originates or terminates inside a building.

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