Posted on Wed Apr 21 2021
How to Improve Cell Signal in a Commercial Property
Owning a commercial property or acting as landlord for a rental property is all about responsibility. It's a matter of maintaining building necessities with consistency. An absolute necessity of the 21st century is reliable cell signal.
Unfortunately, property managers or owners often confront the problem of weak or low-quality signal. Some of the reasons for poor signal quality are:
Physical remoteness of a property from the cell tower.
Bad weather conditions.
Interference from construction materials or dense urban development.
A sudden glut of traffic on the carrier network.
When you're battling weak cell phone signal, the best solution is a cell phone signal booster like those provided by the experts at WilsonPro. Find out how our solutions can improve cell signal in your commercial property.
How Cell Signal Boosters for Rental and Commercial Buildings Work
Cell signal boosters can operate in a wide range of spaces. Whether in an office you're operating or a condo you're renting, their function is to provide reliable connections to cell phone networks for every mobile device and user in that building.
They work by bringing together three key components:
An outside antenna, sometimes called a "donor" antenna.
An amplifier or "booster."
At least one inside antenna, but typically more in larger properties.
The outside antenna captures a weak signal outside of the building. The amplifier boosts the strength of the signal. The inside antenna relays the boosted cell signal through the inside of the structure. This model of cell signal boosting is also called a passive distributed antenna system, or "passive DAS."
Any space with at least a weak cell signal available can benefit from a signal booster. Commercial boosters from WilsonPro can serve facilities over 25,000 sq. ft. in size. They don't come with post-purchase recurring fees or the expenses and headaches of small cell networks. With Multi Tower Targeting, our amplifiers work on every network and with all U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and UScellular.
The Benefits of Cell Signal Boosters
With a cell signal booster in place, people in your commercial facility or rental property will enjoy all the benefits that come with reliable access to their mobile provider. It means fewer dropped calls, better voice quality, uninterrupted texts, faster data speeds, improved audio and video streaming, and greater hotspot capability. Having a stable connection to emergency services such as 911 and wireless emergency alerts (WEA) can make all the difference when it counts.
Stronger cell signal also makes for better power management. When cell signal is weak, a mobile device can waste battery power on futile attempts to chase intermittent connections, running down faster. With the reliability of a cell signal booster, users can enjoy longer battery life.
Above all else, for a commercial facility, consistent cell phone signal means the ability to connect quickly with customers, clients, suppliers, teammates, and stakeholders. Without reliable service, it's a struggle to deliver the kind of customer experience that modern businesses depend on. Meanwhile, an inability to connect for simple operational conversations can prove distracting for your team at best and productivity-killing at worst.
You need to be able to anticipate and respond to the needs of all aspects of your business. That's the peace of mind a cell signal booster from WilsonPro provides.
Choosing the Best Cell Signal Booster
There are a range of pre-built signal boosters on the market that can be put to use in commercial or rental settings, but there isn't always a one-size-fits-all solution for a particular property's cell signal problems.
It's for this reason that the experts at WilsonPro believe in understanding your needs upfront, customizing the best possible solution wherever necessary, and implementing that solution to precise standards of quality in the shortest possible time.
These kinds of customized passive DAS solutions take into account unpredictable factors that can complicate either acquiring or amplifying a signal. Sometimes, the building materials that make for a "green" or eco-friendly building can block or degrade RF signals. Sometimes, what's otherwise a great location is also in the middle of a dense city environment that interferes with cell signal.
WilsonPro has found solutions for these kinds of problems for major brands including Ikea, Microsoft, Best Buy, Whole Foods, and ExxonMobil, among many others. In working these solutions out, WilsonPro partners with integrators — companies trained to understand the technology and with installers certified in an advanced training course at the Wilson University Training Facility.
For any installation, the WilsonPro team will find the integrator and the custom design that makes the most sense for you.
The Difference Between Cell Signal Boosters and Small Cell
The current rollout of 5G networks creates a pressing need for more network capacity. People are already using more mobile data than ever before, and with 5G, that trend is only going up.
Signal boosters are one way to deal with that problem, but another option is becoming more popular: the small cell network. These networks employ low-powered antennas called nodes that operate like miniature cell phone towers. Nodes like femtocells and microcells can be used to extend the reach of mobile providers.
However, they do come with certain drawbacks:
Limited carrier compatibility (femtocells and microcells have to be dedicated to one carrier).
Small area of effect, usually one to two rooms.
Recurring monthly fees.
The monthly fees can increase the costs of a femtocell or microcell network rapidly. Small cell raises some other concerns as well.
Clutter. Using small cell networks while preserving the aesthetics of a community can be a challenge. A random or pervasive clutter of small cell antennae can create confusion and bring down property values. A lot depends on the design acumen of your installer.
Permits. Small cell networks can involve permitting headaches that cell signal boosters simply don't have to deal with.
Safety. Concerns have been raised in some quarters about the kinds of radio frequency exposure that small cell networks involve and whether this could be a health concern. That conversation is ongoing, but companies dealing in small cell are happy to reassure their customers that they're operating well within current FCC safety limits.
Ultimately, the situation in which you'd most need to resort to a small cell network is when there's simply no mobile signal in your area for a signal booster to amplify. Short of that, signal boosters are generally an equally effective and more cost-friendly way to go.
Single-Carrier vs. Multi-Carrier Cell Signal Boosters
Cell signal boosters affect certain key aspects of your device's signal. Different kinds of booster technology balance gain and downlink power in different ways.
A very weak external signal means you need a booster with lots of gain. This is because, no matter how high the gain, the signal's never going to be strong enough to exceed the system's downlink output power. If the signal at the donor antenna is relatively strong, downlink output power is essential to keep signal amplification from going to waste.
For multi-carrier cell signal boosters, the FCC prescribes specific limits on gain to keep them from interfering with one another. A booster that operates in a more limited range of frequencies — usually by restricting itself to a single carrier — can somewhat exceed those limits and provide higher gain. This is the trade-off that single-carrier boosters make.
WilsonPro cell signal boosters tend to have a more balanced approach. A signal booster solution that restricts you to one carrier is a needless limitation to accept for a little added gain that's rarely necessary. WilsonPro technology provides multi-carrier compatibility with maximized and balanced gain and downlink output power.
Get Started With WilsonPro Today
Dropped calls, poor service, and the headaches of interrupted communication can be a thing of the past in your commercial facilities and in your rental properties. Contact us today to learn more about how a custom cell signal booster system can make life better for your business.