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A brief history of cell phone towers and its stance in modern day communication

As much as we enjoy the convenience of mobile phones, an increasingly prominent issue is that of the dangers of cell phone towers. What are the possible health effects?
The history of cell phones goes back more than 20 years, but they were nowhere near as prevalent back then than they are today. The first mobile phones, largely manufactured by Motorola, were used by business people and other folks who absolutely had to stay connected with the office. But as the technology got more affordable, consumers started to get in on the cellular action and it just started to snowball.
In order to satisfy the needs of this growing demographic, cellular providers such as T-Mobile and Sprint had to erect more towers. Without more towers, they would not be able to offer decent reception and uninterrupted service. Early towers were only few and far between, but the number of cell “sites” has increased more than tenfold since 1994. At this alarming rate of growth, it is nearly impossible to gauge the possible dangers of cell phone towers. What was safe in 1993 may not be safe today, given the much higher level of radiation we are exposed to on a daily basis.
With this increasing need to stay connected, many of us are forgetting about the possible dangers of cell phone towers. There have been several reports of people who have suffered a variety of conditions, possibly as a result of living near cell towers.
Among the health concerns related to exposure to cell towers are:

  • Abnormal cell growth promotion
  • DNA damage
  • Reduced immune system competence
  • Sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, depression
  • Weakened blood-brain barrier
  • Childhood and adult leukemia
  • Eye cancer
  • Infertility and miscarriage
  • Attention span deficit and general memory loss
  • Sleep disturbance and chronic fatigue
  • Brain tumors
  • Cardiac problems
  • Small cell operation
    And the health effects are not only restricted to humans. A study was conducted by the Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy of the Veterinary School of Hanover (Germany) which found that dairy cows were affected by their proximity to cell phone tower sites. The cows had reduced milk production and increased behavioral abnormalities. When the cows were removed from the area, the strange behavior subsided after five days but upon returning to the antenna site, the symptoms relapsed.
    According to few studies, there is some evidence supporting the claim that there are significant dangers of cell phone towers, particularly affecting the health of residents in the area. If you live in a metropolitan area, there is a good chance that you are being exposed to the radiation on a continual basis and it’s hard to say for certain how significant are the effects of this exposure.

    Wi-Fi Signal Boosters and Antennas – A Fabulous New Gadget

    Wi-Fi is a fantastic new gadget, but its reach is only about 50 to 100 meters. Fortunately it is possible to build our own antenna cheaply (less than 10 US dollars) in an hour or two. Present days, more individuals, businesses and local governments are enjoying wireless internet access proliferating Wi-Fi hotspots, home, office, and public wireless networks. However, Wi-Fi users are rarely completely satisfied with the signal strength offered by the off the shelf Wi-Fi cards, routers, access points and USB adapters. Compounding to the coverage problems, many locate their routers, access points or desktop Wi-Fi cards in a closet, against the wall or under a desk, diminishing signal strength and limiting bandwidth.
    Wi-Fi signal booster antennas, also called Wi-Fi signal amplifiers are attached to routers or access points to boost the signal. Good quality and powerful Wi-Fi signal amplifiers can increase the signal strength threefold. Bidirectional Wi-Fi signal boosters increase the strength of transmitted, as well as received signals. That is, they work both ways. They boost signal strength by as much as 600%. They can be used as laptop Wi-Fi signal boosters and extend range of Internet access far beyond your home. The need for seamless, uninterrupted and reliable communication is one of the top priorities of every house. The wide access to some really useful information base, for every kind of user makes it extremely important to set up a repeater, which delivers high performance.
    Repeater is a networking device which, as the name suggests, repeats the signal or increases the reach of the existing wireless network. Very often, it happens that a device has to be connected to an existing wireless network, but it is away in a remote place in the house or a building, where the signal strength is too low or unreachable. A wireless repeater is used in such cases to boost the signal strength or simply repeat the signal so that the said computer comes under the coverage area. Wireless signals are susceptible to a lot of data loss. When it comes to the wireless signal strength that will be received, the topography of the place where we stay is also a deciding factor. If a large number of trees or buildings come in between laptop and the router we are connecting to, the signal strength will be almost zero. Besides everything, the wireless network cards, that come inbuilt, have very limited power and range. The answer then lies in using a wireless signal booster. A simple solution is getting a wireless card with a higher power or attaching an external USB antenna to the laptop. Wireless signal boosters are simple devices and can simply be plugged into the USB port of your laptop. The taller the antenna of your wireless booster, the better the reception. The working of the wireless booster is pretty simple. It accepts strong signals from the router and amplifies them inside your network, thus increasing the signal strength to a great deal.
    A wireless signal booster consists of two antennas – the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna. The receiving antenna is connected to an intermediate amplifier. The other input to the intermediate amplifier is a radio signal source. The intermediate amplifier amplifies the difference between the two signals; the received signal and the radio signal, and passes it over to a low-noise amplifier. This is done to remove any unwanted signals. The low-noise amplifier is connected to the transmitter. The low noise amplifier further amplifies the received signal and sends it to the wireless card. The wireless signal antennas in the laptops are located internally. Generally, there are two parallel antennas located on the two sides of the LCD screen. The internal location of the wireless antennas causes bad reception of the wireless signals. So, the first problem that a wireless signal booster needs to solve, is to provide an external high gain antenna. This antenna needs to be directed to the access point. The biquad is defined as a high gain antenna with an exceptionally large beam width. The problem faced with high gain antennas are the beam width that the antenna is capable of.
    The Aim is to design different Wi-Fi booster antenna and analyze the performance to improve the signal strength for long distance. To overcome drawbacks of existing technology such as
    Manually Designed Wi-Fi Cantenna and its Testing in Real-Time Environment
    • The High Cost of booster Antennas available in the market
    The booster antennas available in market costs very high in dollars and are easily available in foreign countries. This adds to the cost of travelling or shipping the product to the user destination. This aims at increasing the number of access points but in spite of these there are some hot spots or locations where the range is not available because of which we receive weaker signal strength. It provides us with improved signal strength. To achieve this, we need to study the various parameters of booster antenna available in the market, and increase the signal strength thereby improving the performance of our antenna.
    The Work can be done on Real –Time basis by testing the performance of Booster antenna in the campus at locations where the signal strength is weak. The proposed plans of work for booster antennas include:
    • To Design different booster antennas and then analyze their performance to increase the signal strength (Manual building and software based testing).
    • To Implement Wi-Fi monitoring application.
    • Test booster antennas for internet connectivity.

    America’s Fastest 4G LTE

    The Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router is a high-performance, reliable broadband router for your home or small office. It offers high-speed Internet access for multiple users, via firewall-protected wifi and wired Ethernet connections.

    The Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router is a great Internet solution if you:

    • Need high-speed connectivity at download speeds up to 12 Mbps
    • Need portability with a powerful signal
    • Live in a dwelling not serviceable by HomeFusion® Broadband (condos, townhouses, high-rises, 3 stories or greater).
    • Need a more powerful solution than a Verizon Jetpack® for your residence or a small business
    • Don’t have Internet access
    • Have dial-up or low-speed Internet service
    • Need a router that can also be used as a backup solution when your existing broadband service is down

    You can take advantage of high speeds from America’s fastest 4G LTE network at your home or small office. Access the Internet on up to four wired Ethernet-connected devices and over 20 Wi-Fi devices, like tablets, computers and gaming consoles.

     

    You can connect over up to 20 devices via Wi-Fi at one time and up to four devices with a wired connection (Ethernet).

    Actual range and speeds will vary based on the radio frequency conditions and obstructions within your home. Most devices should be able to connect within 150 feet of the router and may be able to connect at up to 300 feet unobstructed.

    You can connect your devices to your router with Wi-Fi or with an Ethernet cable.

    • Connect with Wi-Fi

      There are two methods of connecting your router to your Wi-Fi network:

      • Push ‘N’ Connect (also known as WPS or Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
    1. Press the Push ‘N’ Connect/WPSbutton on the front of the router.
    • On your mobile device, go to the connection manager and select the WPS connection s
    1. If prompted for a WPS PIN, enter in the WPS PIN found on the label on the back of the router.
    • o Wi-Fi Network Name and password

      Note: Your Verizon 4G LTE Broadband Router comes with a unique Wi-Fi Network Name (SSID) and password located on a label on the router.

      1. Ensure that your device supports Wi-Fi and that it’s enabled.
      2. Using the device’s wireless connection manager, connect to the router using the SSID and password information provided.
    • Connect with an Ethernet cable
      1. Insert one end of an Ethernet cable into the yellow Ethernet port on the back of the router.
      2. Insert the other end of the cable into your device, such as a laptop or gaming console.

     

    Why is SureCall TriFlex-V Tri-Band 4G LTE Verizon Cellular Signal Booster Kit Highly recommended for Home/Office

    SureCall’s new TriFlex-V is a tri-band cellular booster solution that’s ideal for homes and small offices <a/>where cellular reception is weak due to distance from towers, topography, building materials or structural design. This kit is specifically designed for Verizon 2G, 3G and 4G voice and data reception. These competitively priced booster kit provide enhanced voice and data for all indoor environments, the kit is designed to provide the ultimate in cell reception. The TriFlex-V signal booster kits support up to 10 simultaneous users.

    Frequency: Uplink: 824-849/1850-1910/776-787 Mhz; Downlink : 869-894/1930-1990/746-757Mhz

    Standard kit (model # SC-TriVH/O-72-OP-Kit) includes: outdoor Omni antenna, inside panel antenna and 30′ & 75′ CM coax cables

    Most wireless providers consent to the use of signal boosters. Some providers may not consent to the use of this device on their network. If you are unsure, contact your provider.

    One must operate this device with approved antennas and cables as specified by the manufacturer. Antennas MUST be installed at least 20 cm (8 inches) from any person.

    One must cease operating this device immediately if requested by the FCC or a licensed wireless service provider.

    Please note, the four largest carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint – and more than 90 regional carriers have given blanket consent for use of all boosters certified to the new FCC standards.

    Key Features of the product include:

    • Highest 4G data rate in the industry
    • Supports 2G and 3G voice and 4G data standards on Verizon Network Only
    • LTE, HSPA+, CDMA / WCDMA,GSM,EDGE,TDMA AMP etc.
    • Auto Gain Control (AGC) and manually adjustable dB gain and attenuation
    • FCC certified for new regulations and technical standards

     

    SureCall CM-METER-01 Five-Band RF Signal Meter

    The SureCall RF signal meter precisely measures wireless signal for Voice/3G/4G/LTE for all carriers
    The SureCall RF signal meter precisely measures wireless signal for Voice/3G/4G/LTE for all carriers

    Are you thinking about the use of this meter? Here comes its uses – to map the frequency environment, point directional antennas, and maximize signal booster coverage installation projects.

    The SureCall CM-METER-01 Five-Band RF Signal Meter is designed exclusively for professionals to conduct site surveys and help aim directional antennas. The SureCall Signal Meter measures signal on the five main frequency bands used in North America.

    The signal meter can detect and measure existing signal strength which can be used to determine the best location for outside antennas or to help aim directional antennas. An added advantage of the CM-METER-01 is that it can also be used indoors to identity the locations inside that suffer for poor signal strength to help in locating the inside components.

    The CM-METER-01 is a five band signal meter that can measure signal strength on the two 700 MHz bands used for Verizon and AT&T LTE, 800 MHz Cellular & 1900 MHz PCS which are used by most carrier’s 2G and 3G networks, and AWS which is used by T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and others. The built-in display shows you which band you’re measuring, if any block is selected, and the signal strength in decibels. The meter is highly sensitive and can detect signals as weak as -110 dB. The meter includes 4 AAA rechargeable batteries which can power the meter for up to 2.5 hours.

    The CM-METER-01 includes an SMA-Female port for connecting an external antenna. During a system installation, the meter can be directly connected to an outside antenna to help determine the ideal mounting location and aiming direction. By improving the location or aim of the outside antenna, you help get more existing signal to the amplifier which can greatly improve the coverage area and performance of the signal booster system.

    The SureCall RF signal meter precisely measures wireless signal for Voice/3G/4G/LTE for all carriers in North America (Canada & Mexico included). It features a digital LCD readout for each band. The meter can be used to receive and measure an outside RF wireless signal from the air, an installed outdoor antenna or directly connect the field antenna. Unit can also be used to measure signal loss in long cable installation runs. It has proved to be an amazing tool used to determine an ideal location to install outside antennas and achieve optimal signal booster coverage installation.

     

     

    Signal Boosters – From Small Businesses to Large Home Applications

    The SureCall Fusion5 kit is a Voice/3G/4G LTE signal booster system that is specially designed for small businesses, professionals and large home applications. The Fusion5 is built in such a way that it combines PCS and Cellular dual bands with both LTE and 4G AWS frequencies for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile voice and data reception. It covers an area of up to 10,000 square feet, 5-10 simultaneous users and is configurable for all indoor environments.

    Adjustable and easy to use control dials are used to balance all carrier frequencies independently. The SureCall Fusion5 is approved by all major carriers and equipped with built in safeguards to completely eliminate interference to cell towers.

    Features

    • Highest 4G data rate in the industry

      Cell Phone Signal Booster KIts for small to large Homes
      Cell Phone Signal Booster KIts for small to large Homes
    • Simple Plug and Play operation
    • Fully compliant with new FCC certification standards and approved by all major US carriers
    • Eight RSSI detectors for all inputs and outputs

    The SureCall Fusion5 kit comes with a choice of two outside antennas:

    The SC-288W Omni Outdoor Antenna has 4dB gain. Omni antennas receive and send signals in a 360º radius. They can receive signals from multiple cell towers and is best for boosting signal on many different carriers. They are excellent in most situations where the existing outside signal strength is moderate to strong.

    The SC-230W-S Yagi Outdoor Antenna has up to 5dB of gain. It is a directional antenna which can reach cell towers up to 30 miles away. It needs to be set up pointing in the direction towards the cell tower, and because it is directional it will only pick up signal in that direction. It’s very powerful at picking up weak signal in one particular direction.

    The SureCall Fusion5 kit also has a choice of two inside antennas:

    The SC-222W Omni Dome Antenna is a multi-band omni-directional plastic dome antenna that gathers signals from all sides. It has 6dB gain and is designed for central locations with 360º coverage. The antenna range is dependent on three prime factors:

    1) Physical obstructions

    2) Power generated by the booster and

    3) Reception from outside signal received and distributed by the outside antenna.

    The SC-248W Panel Antenna is a directional antenna with up to 10dB gain. Panel antennas allow optimum reception to targeted areas. It can be mounted to either the wall or ceiling.

     

    Strong outdoor signal (5 bars) up to 10,000 sq. ft. coverage
    Medium outdoor signal (3-4 bars) up to 8,000 sq. ft. coverage
    Weak outdoor signal (1-2 bars) up to 6,000 sq. ft. coverage

     

     

     

     

    A guide to Boost Cell phone Signal on the Boats

    While carriers continue to expand their coverage areas by adding more towers on land, water showcases a hassle for providing adequate coverage for the passengers on boats. To deal with this problem specifically, cell phone boosters are designed wherein they take weak signal from land based towers, amplify it and broadcast it to the passengers on the boat. For a better and faster reception while docked or out on the water, the best option for the passengers would be a marine cell phone signal booster. A marine signal booster works by using an external antenna mounted on the boat which receives a cell signal from the closest tower, that is then passed to an amplifier, and then broadcast the boosted signal to the cabin via an inside antenna. The system also works in reverse when a call is being placed from a phone on the boat.

    The three major prominent marine signal booster kits being the SureCall Flex2Go Marine Kit, that boosts 2G and 3G for most major carriers, the Wilson Mobile 4G Marine Kit, which boosts 2G, 3G and 4G LTE for most major carriers, and the Cradle booster, which is meant for only one phone at a time.

    The Wilson Mobile 4G Marine Kit boosts voice calls, 3G data and the new 4G LTE networks for the major carriers in North America to the inside cabin of the boat or marine vehicle. It has the strongest mobile amplifier allowed by the FCC, but if there is a very weak outside signal, the coverage area may extend only a few feet from the inside antenna.

     The Sleek 4G Cradle Booster will boost the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE signals of all major carriers for one individual device at a time. The device should generally sit in the cradle at all times to receive boosted signal, hence requiring speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset for voice calls.

    Marine Signal Booster
    Marine Signal Booster

    The SureCall Flex2Go Marine Kit normally boosts voice calls and 3G data to the inside cabin of the boat or marine vehicle. It is believed to have the strongest mobile amplifier allowed by the FCC. The coverage area extends only a few feet from the inside antenna if there is a weak external signal.

    Important point to be noted is that a marine signal is solely meant for its use within the boat living area and not the deck. If a booster is being used on the deck, then the signal from the internal antenna can be transmitted back to the external antenna, causing oscillation or feedback, which will immediately shut down the system. A marine signal booster provides greater convenience for voice calls and data usage, as well as peace of mind in case of emergency situations.

     

     

    Are ANTENNAS the Supreme Segment of Cell Signalling Boosters??

     With any external antenna, it becomes a necessity to remember about its exposure to Mother Nature that can be pretty tough on the equipment. In particular, antennas are susceptible to lighting strikes as they are made of metal and have some level of electricity flowing through them. Another thing to consider is wind. There are two different types of external antennas that one will encounter when deciding on a cell phone signal booster omni-directional and yagi -directional.

    Omni-directional antennas are particularly designed to send and receive signal in all directions, so that one is able to reach multiple cell phone towers at the same time and boost cell phone signal for multiple providers. Omni antennas are best suited for circumstances where one needs to support multiple cell phone carriers, each with their own cell tower, and are already receiving at least three bars of signal outside of the house or workplace. It then becomes easier for the Omni antenna to pick up the signal from each of the carriers which is then supplied to the amplifier. This will thus boost the signal inside our home or office.

     Yagi antennas on the other hand are designed to send and receive signal in a specific direction. When one is not able to spread over a broad area, you are still   able to reach significantly larger distance to cell phone towers that you would not be able to do with an omni antenna. On placing an external antenna in an area which has weak signal, and when we have only one cell provider that we are looking to boost the signal for, then a yagi antenna proves right for our use.

    Similarly there are two types of internal antennas – Dome and Panel antennas.

    Panel antennas are designed to podcast and receive signal in only one specific direction and they are proved to be the best suited for either long, rectangular spaces or multiple floors in a building. They can be either mounted on the wall facing down a space or mounted facing downwards at the top of a space and broadcast down and out through multiple floors.

    Dome antennas on the other hand are designed to cover one floor with signal in all directions and they are meant to be mounted on the ceiling at the centre of the space in order to broadcast and receive signal equally in all directions. They are not advisable to be used for multiple floors of coverage.

     

    Cell Phone Signal Booster Antennas
    Cell Phone Signal Booster Antennas