Due to the unreliability of signal coming from satellites, signal boosters are getting more popular in homes and establishments that rely on internet connectivity. A signal booster works by getting an outside signal and then, amplifies and directs it to an area with weak signal or no signal at all.
But before jumping into the bandwagon of buying signal boosters, what are the things that are essential to consider?
The more range a signal booster reaches, the pricier it becomes.
Before buying a signal booster, check the width of the floor area it’s being installed in. If the building has a lot of walls and rooms, signal strength is also affected. Buy a booster that extends its range to more than the floor area it’s intended to cover.
When buying a booster at a physical store, sellers will tend to ask about the floor area, so better take note of it first before buying.
Portable boosters are smaller than the regular, mounted ones. But since they are smaller, the coverage and number of users who can connect are also smaller.
It is still better to buy a portable one if only one person uses it most of the time and if one constantly travels. Portable boosters also don’t need to have an antenna installed outdoors.
Some signal boosters are custom-made for vehicles and are very portable, like the WeBoost drive 4G-X. These boosters supports 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE networks, and are tested with Canadian and US service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, Alltel, and T-Mobile, among others with similar frequencies.
The cheapest and smallest boosters are cradle boosters, which accommodate only one device at a time. They are cheaper than regular boosters, but the device needs to be inside the cradle to get the boosted signal.
A cradle booster is a better option for people who do not have any other device but one mobile phone.
Support and Reviews
Reading customer reviews is one of the best ways to check the quality of a certain product. Tech blogsites provide comparisons of signal boosters in the market. If buying from online shopping websites, check reviews from customers with verified purchases. That way, one can know the review is genuine.
Also, when buying a signal booster, check if the manufacturer has a warranty and money-back guarantee program for its products. Companies usually allow at least two years on warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. These manufacturers are well established and have customer support lines that can provide assistance.
Before buying a signal booster, also check if it is compatible with the frequency of the mobile service provider that’s subscribed to. Some countries follow a different frequency range for its standard, and that is why one should ask first if a booster works in places where it will be set up.
Lastly, some mobile service providers sell signal boosters, but these boosters only increase the signal of their own service provider. These boosters can be very effective since it is tailored to enhance only one frequency. However, it’s still better to buy a signal booster that can accommodate a selection of frequencies since most people do not rely on only one provider.
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