Monthly Archives: May 2016

4 – Way Splitter

The Wilson 859106 is a four-way splitter which allows you to split the amplified signal with minimum signal loss to four inside antennas in similarly sized areas. This splitter is specifically fitted with F Female Connectors and works with 75 ohm systems.

The F connector is a coaxial connector  commonly used for “over the air” terrestrial and cable television and universally for satellite television , usually with U cable.

The F connector is not expensive, and has good 75 Ω impedence match for frequencies well over 1 GHz  and has usable bandwidth up to several GHz. One reason for its low cost is that it commonly uses the solid conductor of the specified types of coaxial cable as the pin of the male connector. Universally, stainless steel is used for all types of F connectors.

The design is subjected to the surface properties of the inner conductor (which must be solid wire) and is not corrosion resistant.  Hence waterproof versions are needed for outside use (for example, on aerials).

Corrosion resistance can be improved by coating all bare copper wires with silicon grease. The male connector body is typically crimped, or sometimes screwed, on to the exposed outer braid. Female F Type connectors have an external 3/8-32 UNEF thread (9.5 mm diameter). Most male connectors have a matching internally threaded connecting ring, though push-on versions are also available.

Application/Usage:

  • For splitting the amplified signal with minimum signal loss to four inside antennas in similarly sized areas.

Package Includes:

  • Wilson 859106 4-Way Splitter

Product Features:

  • One input – four equal outputs
  • F-Female connectors

 

SureCall Force5 Signal Booster

Force5™ | 3G – 4G Five-Band Adjustable Cell Phone Booster Kits are designed primely for Large Buildings up to 25,000 sq ft.

SureCall’s Force5 is a self-contained, five-band, cellular signal booster. The Force5 is an alternative solution to a DAS system at a small fraction of the cost. Modular in design, each Force5 provides enhanced cellular and data reception for areas of 20-25,000 square feet with up to 100 users. The Force5 combines PCS and Cellular dual-bands with LTE and AWS frequencies for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile for a complete 2G-4G voice and data reception solution. Our three-year warranty is a testament to the quality. Following are the features that make this product stand out in the market

  • Highest 4G data rate in the industry
  • Industry’s only highly linear product line of wideband signal boosters
  • Since 2009 intro, thousands of successful installations throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • Independently reconfigurable for each band
  • Covers all U.S. Cellular and PCS bands including Verizon, AT&T and G-Block
  • Independently, digitally adjustable uplink and downlink
  • First 5-band cellular booster compliant with FCC certification standards
  • Reconfigurable in the field through software
  • Dual Embedded CPU for smarter technology
  • Eight RSSI detectors for all inputs and outputs
  • Stealth technology incorporated – uplink becomes dormant when not in use, providing green, power saving operation
  • Auto Gain Control (AGC) with AGC Pre-Warning
  • Automatic shut down
  • Lowest Out of Band Emissions (OOBEto date
  • Quality metal construction, durable and resilient
  • Offers the industry’s best three year warranty Kitting Options:
  • Force5 Omni with 1 dome antenna: SC-PolyO-72

 

 

Ways to Boost iPhone WiFi Signal (in iOS 7.x) on iPhone/iPad

It is not often that you face WiFi issues on the iPhone. Apple designed the smartphone to latch onto an already network pretty good. But there are always exceptions. It is not hard to boost the Wi-fi signal reception/strength on the iPhone when it feels like things are slowing down.

Here are few point one can try and follow to enhance the signal quality:

Restart Everything
Restarting a router is one of the first things you ought to try. As simplistic and silly as it sounds, restarting a router/Wi-fi modem clears a few clogs within the system. Restarting a router after letting it be switched-off for about a minute can actually work wonders if you have been facing intermittent WiFi issues. While you are at it, you might also want to restart Wi-fi on your iPhone. You just have to turn off the toggle, wait for a minute and then switch it on.

Case On/Off
Have got a case on your iPhone. That could be interfering with the WiFi reception. No case is designed to block the Wi-fi – at least, not consciously. Since most cases are TPU, plastic or silicone rubber, they have no effect on the reception but if you’re using a case that goes a bit beyond these materials, it might cause an issue. The easiest thing to do, in this case, would be to remove the case-cover off your iPhone and test the WiFi reception

Setup DNS Manually on iPhone/iPad
Setting up a manual DNS in iPhone’s WiFi preferences is known to create a massive difference. Sometimes, it’s not about the Wi-fi reception at all. Technically, by altering the DNS setting, we’re not boosting the WiFi reception. We’re only going through some other DNS to fetch data from the internet.

Interference from Neighboring Signals – Change the Channel
One of the biggest issues in a neighbourhood with lots of WiFi networks is interference. It’s hard to exactly quantify or measure the impact of neighboring Wi-Fi signals but your iPhone’s Wi-fi latching technology works this way: it pings for the strongest signal and catches on to it.

The strong 2.4 GHz signal that most routers operate on a lot of channels. If you are in the US, you can pick a channel between 1, 6 and 11 or if you’re outside, pick from 1, 5, 9 and 13. There are softwares that detect Wi-fi signals from your neighborhood and tell you what channel these are on. You can then configure your WiFi to stream through another channel.

Get a New Router
Although the possibility of your router being the source of all WiFi troubles on your iPhone is very less, it does happen. A new router can fix this.

Routers usually don’t go berserk. In the off-chance that they do, it’s hard to figure out if it’s the router that’s causing the poor signal issue. One efficient way of finding it out is to use a spare router and test it for a couple of days. If WiFi strength is good and stable on the iPhone using the alternative router, you can say that your router has got problems.

 

Boost Wi-Fi Signal for Androids

The out of trend mobile Data is taken over by Wi-Fi, which is more cost effective and fast. Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere, not just at our homes but also at outdoors like cafes, shopping malls, offices and even educational institutes. Android smartphones have comprised the Wi-Fi compatibility since the beginning and this useful feature has improvised since then. Services like Wi-Fi direct, Wi-Fi remote etc are some examples.

1: Use an App

The most user-friendly and easy method that can get the job done faster is using an app. There are tens of apps available on the Google Play Store to tweak and boost Wi-Fi signal, but the one that is on the top of the list is Wi-Fi Booster & Analyser . The app has proved itself worthy to any Android user who is seeking the desire to see increments in his Wi-Fi Signal. Since the time of its release, the app has changed and improvised drastically, offering relevant functions to assist its user.

2: Update to Latest Radio

This is not your regular FM radio, but your device’s connectivity firmware. Every new firmware update brings changes not only to the user-interface but also internal improvements. Radio or baseband, what you may call it, is one of it. It is the sole structure to your device’s wireless connections like mobile signal, data, Wi-Fi etc. Keeping it updated brings in the latest upgrades directly from the OEM. Updating it requires different tools for different devices, but on using acustom ROM, you might want to update it manually.

3: Use External Equipments

Extra equipments are provided by most router manufacturers. A Wi-Fi extender or repeater feeds on the existing signal and creates a second network range to expand the coverage. These could be of great assistance when it comes to enhance the Wi-Fi signal strength. Another handy and comparatively cheaper equipment is an external Antenna to extend your signal to a more wider range. Rubber Duck Antenna are the most common type of equipment used with Wi-Fi routers. Using these external equipments could be very helpful to boost Wi-Fi signal strength.

4: Choose Location Wisely

One of the most effective aspects is the location of both, your Wi-Fi router and device. A Wi-Fi router should always be placed in an open environment. Locations like a table-top and wall mounts could be of great use, and tends to deliver way better and steady signal strength. A living room or hall might be a good choice, since they are open and big. Placing your router in a corner or in middle of other electronic equipments will affect its range in a bad way.

 

A wireless Wi-fi Booster!!

As the name goes, Wi-Fi extenders simply piggyback on your existing Wi-Fi connection and rebroadcast it so further away places can get a stronger signal.

They won’t reach as far as wired connections and they won’t improve your overall network speed, but if you simply want to ensure the top floor of your house finally has some signal they’re a really easy option. Generally they’re cheaper and less hassle than any alternative.

Most offer simple automated setup procedures, with them either connecting automatically using WPS or having their own open network to which you connect to then configure them through a browser. Generally you only need to know the SSID of your existing Wi-Fi and its password to get setup.

The main consideration with Wi-Fi extenders is what sort of Wi-Fi standard you need. Now things have become more complicated with two radio frequency bands available – the older 2.4GHz and newer 5GHz – as well as a new standard called AC. On top of that there are different rated speeds for Wi-Fi N and AC, ranging from the basic 300Mbps of N right the way up to routers that claim 1900Mbps.

Aside from speed the next possible extra you might consider is an extender with an in-built Ethernet switch. These models will enable you to connect wired devices to the extender, such as an older network-equipped TV, and potentially help improve overall speed because there will be fewer Wi-Fi signals interfering with each other.

A few models also have USB sockets so you can attach printers or external hard drives to share them on the network. Some even have audio outputs so you can plug them into a remote audio system and stream audio from your phone or tablet.

Most range extenders are fairly simple devices that, like Powerline adapter, are incorporated into a single mains plug/transceiver, though those with more features and external aerials (for greater range and performance) look like routers, with a separate power supply and external aerials.

At the heart of the latest push for speed in Wi-Fi is the introduction of a 5GHz frequency. Its main advantage is that nearly all existing Wi-Fi devices use the 2.4GHz band, which makes it highly congested. By using 5GHz you’re far less likely to get problems with interference from neighbouring Wi-Fi signals.

The 5GHz band actually has a lower theoretical range than 2.4GHz so drop off at distance (and through walls) is much more dramatic. However, the latest AC standard only uses 5GHz, combining it with techniques such as MIMO and beamforming to improve peak performance and range. As such, as shown in our tests, a top-notch 5GHz AC router provides very fast performance, even at long distances. So much so that if you’re thinking of upgrading your router anyway, spending the extra on a top-notch one may well eliminate the need to buy an extender.

 

SureCall Fusion 5s – An Ice Breaker for humdrum Home Cell Phone Signal Boosters

The SureCall Fusion5 is one the more powerful and popular solutions. But not resting on their laurels, SureCall has managed to bring that same power for big business to the home.

It’s a commercial-grade signal booster for big businesses that boosts 3G & 4G LTE signal strength. Despite all the cell towers popping up all over the country, cell signals still need to reach inside your home or office. However, building material like concrete, glass, metal and energy-efficient construction weakens cell signals. So if you’re deep inside your office building, getting good signal is a bit of a challenge. That is why there are few companies that depend on a cell phone signal booster to get better reception.

SureCall has a great reputation for providing well-built signal boosters. All their boosters are made of metal and not plastic. This helps with dissipating heat which helps internal components last much longer and avoids overheating issues. Hold a SureCall amplifier in your hands and you’ll definitely feel the robust weight and construction.

The Fusion 5s boosts talk, text, 3G and 4G LTE up to 6,000 sq ft. While some cell phone signal booster manufacturers may be generous with sq ft coverage, SureCall is the most accurate with their listings and ratings.

The booster also features adjustable gain knobs for precise dB (decibel) gain. This is a nice feature, because some signals may be stronger than others and don’t need to be boosted as much. Think of a concert and the audience members in it. If you’re in the front row and near the singer, do you need the speakers to be on full blast (unless you like not hearing for a full week)? However, if you’re in the back row, full blast would be perfect.

With adjustable gain knobs, let’s say if the Verizon signal is ok, you only need to boost it a little. If the AT&T signal is terrible, then it needs the maximum boost.

In the case of signal boosters, too much signal creates a feedback loop. In laymen’s terms, it means the inside antenna is broadcasting so strongly that the outside antenna starts to pick up signal from it instead of the cell tower. With respect to signal, this is called oscillation or feedback.

 

 

SureCall Force 7 Prime Features

SureCall’s Force7 is a one-of-a-kind, all-in-one, cellular, Wi-Fi and HDTV signal booster for large buildings. Key feature include:

Auto Gain Control (AGC) for simplified antenna placement

Independently turn off individual bands

Supports all voice and 4G LTE data standards

Stealth technology incorporated – uplink becomes dormant when not in use, providing green, energy-saving operation

Meets or exceeds FCC technical standards for cellular signal boosters

Patent-pending 7-band technology

Supports SureCall’s Sentry remote monitoring system

Components required additionally:

An outside antenna, such as the SC-230W Yagi antenna or SC-288W omni antenna

HDTV antenna, SC-305 or SC-306 and HDTV coax

Sufficient low loss 50 ohm interior/exterior cable

Cable splitter if installing multiple antennas

Grounded surge suppressor for DC power supply

SureCall Force 7 – Industrial

A perfect solution for larger installations such as schools, hotels and healthcare facilities, the Force7 incorporates SureCall’s patented, all-carrier cellular technology to enhance indoor cell phone signal for reliable voice, text and 4G LTE data performance. Additional benefits:

– Virtually eliminates dropped and missed calls for all North American carriers with each system providing 80,000 square feet of coverage for 100+ simultaneous users.

– Built-in Wi-Fi router that provides fast and reliable data and extends network coverage for areas up to 50,000 square feet. New installations will benefit from the incorporated 100MB router, without the need to install additional hardware.

– “Cut the cord” with cable companies – Force7’s HDTV booster brings locally aired broadcast stations into your building and along with the built-in Wi-Fi, provides dependable streaming content for on-demand streaming media such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Force7 Booster Kit includes:

1 Force7 Signal Booster

8 Dome Antennas (SC-222W-RP-TNC)

1 75 ft. of LMR400 Cable (SC-400-RP-TNC)

2 4-Way splitter (SC-WS-4-RP-TNC)

1 2-Way splitter (SC-WS-2-RP-TNC)

26 RP-TNC Connectors

1 Lightning Protector (SC-LP)

Additional optional components needed for installation:

An outside antenna, such as the SC-230W Yagi antenna or SC-288W omni antenna

HDTV antenna, SC-305 or SC-306 and HDTV coax

Sufficient low loss 50 ohm interior/exterior cable

Cable splitter if installing multiple antennas

Grounded surge suppressor for DC power supply

Additional cable options:  SC-400 LMR cable is available in 50, 75, 150, 500 & 1000 foot lengths

 

 

HDMI ARC

The Audio Return Channel in HDMI 1.4 enables a TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data “upstream” to an A/V receiver or surround audio controller, increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection.

TVs have always been able to receive multi-channel audio through an HDMI connection, and this is still a typical use-case, with the TV positioned “downstream” from content sources and any connected audio equipment. However, if a user had a TV with a built-in tuner or DVD player, and wanted to send content “upstream” from the TV back to the audio system, a separate connection had to be installed, typically an S/PDIF cable.

An ARC-enabled TV can either send or receive audio via HDMI, upstream or downstream, depending on system set-up and user preferences.

LipSync functionality, introduced in HDMI 1.3, ensures that the audio stays matched to the video, automatically compensating for any processor delays whether the audio is traveling upstream or downstream.

 

ARC, uses a single HDMI connection to send audio from a TV to the sound bar or AV receiver.

In theory, ARC is supposed to let you have one connection between your TV and whatever you use to create sound: a receiver or a sound bar. You send video to the TV with an HDMI cable, and that same HDMI cable sends audio from the TV back down the same cable.

This is great for smart TVs, where the TV itself is creating the audio (via apps like Netflix and Pandora). Instead of suffering through a TV’s terrible speakers, the audio gets sent to the receiver/sound bar for a massive improvement in sound quality.

Another way this is great is if you have multiple sources (Blu-ray, cable box, Roku), but only one input on your sound bar. With ARC, you can connect everything to the TV, and the TV will send audio down an HDMI cable to the sound bar. No extra cables needed (i.e. an optical cable).

Audio Return Channel is convenient and can simplify your setup. However, it might also mean you don’t get surround sound, and it definitely means you won’t get the high-resolution audio formats from Blu-ray.

So for the best sound quality, it’s still recommended to use individual HDMI cables to link to a sound bar or receiver when you can.

To check ARC functionality, one can:

  • Look for devices that feature Audio Return Channel functionality.
  • All HDMI cables will support Audio Return Channel functionality when connected to Audio Return Channel-enabled devices. You can use your existing HDMI cables or choose a different cable type.
  • Connect your devices through Audio Return Channel-enabled HDMI ports. HDMI Licensing has strongly recommended that Adopters label all Audio Return Channel-compliant HDMI ports with the letters “ARC” for easy identification, but does not require manufacturers to do so. Please check with your manufacturer to determine which HDMI ports (if any) will support Audio Return Channel functionality.

 

 

Want to improve Cell Phone Signal Reception in metal buildings?

The problem is that the metal roof prevents microwaves from being transmitted from the cell phone towers as well as from the cell phones. There is no infallible way to avoid the annoyance of dropped calls, there are technological fixes available that allow for improvement in the reception and transmission of cell phone signals.

An electronics store should be able to sell you a cell phone signal booster and an external antenna. This is the most effective method of treating the problem. You will have to connect power booster to the RF port of the cell phone. The cables should come with the power booster. The power booster will be plugged into an electrical outlet inside the building.

Now, connect your power booster to the external antenna. The store where you bought the booster should carry the cable you need. Now, test it out by making a call. The signal should be at least ten times stronger than before, possibly even stronger.

zBoost YX-510 Cell Phone Signal Booster Dual-Band Unit for Home or Office is one such product that helps in enhancing the signal.

Features include:

Extends cellular coverage for single or multiple users in homes or offices–provides up to 2500 square feet of coverage

Dual-band device works with 800/1900 MHz frequencies from all major carriers–AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Alltel, Cricket, and more (not compatible with Nextel)

Omni-directional signal antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers

Antenna can be installed outdoors above the roofline or indoors in the attic or near a window

Extends phone battery life–uses less power when signal is stronger.

 

You can fulfil all your cellular phone needs with the Wireless Extenders YX510-PCS/CEL zBoost zP Wireless Booster, which works with both cellular frequencies (800 and 1900 MHz) and can extend cellular coverage up to 2500 square feet. This unit can handle signals from all the major U.S. cellular carriers.

 

The package includes: amplifier base unit, power supply, base unit antenna, low-loss SATV coaxial cable (RG6), signal antenna and mounting hardware. The omni-directional signal antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers.

Using a revolutionary, patent pending technology that protects the carrier network, the YX510 improves indoor cell phone coverage by capturing and repeating the outside signal, bringing it into the building and enhancing it. This process creates a “Cell Zone” in your home or office.