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

Wide-ranging and Broad cell phone network by Verizon

Verizon Signal Booster for Improved Frequency
Verizon Signal Booster for Improved Frequency

Verizon is the largest and wide-reaching cell phone network operator in the US with over 120 million subscribers. A signal booster for Verizon Wireless can help people with zero, bad or not great signal in their home, office, or vehicle. A Verizon signal booster can help you increase slow 3G and 4G LTE data speeds, eliminate dropped calls and improve poor voice quality.

VERIZON 2G/3G FREQUENCY BOOSTERS

For 2G and 3G service Verizon uses a mix of the 850MHz and 1900MHz blocks. These are the same frequency blocks used by almost all US and Canadian networks, so almost any of our kits will boost these signals. A repeater that works on these frequencies is called “dual band that boosts most voice, 2G and 3G in the US and Canada.

VERIZON 4G LTE BOOSTERS

For 4G LTE Verizon primarily uses the Upper 700 MHz C Block, specifically 746 to 787 MHz range. Verizon currently uses this frequency for super-fast 4G data, while voice, 2G and 3G continues to run on the “dual band” frequencies of 850/1900MHz.

BOOSTING VERIZON “VOICE OVER LTE” (VOLTE) SIGNALS

Verizon has begun updating parts of its networks to use their new “Voice of LTE” (VoLTE) service. VoLTE offers “HD audio” – higher quality transmission than is possible over regular 2G and 3G voice networks. To make sure your kit is fully compatible with these upgrades when they roll out to your area, it is recommended to  buy a kit that supports Verizon’s LTE bands.

 

Ever heard of SureCall CM-METER-01 Five-Band RF Signal Meter

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.

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SureCall Signal Booster for improved Signal Reception

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 identify the locations inside that suffer for poor signal strength to help in locating the inside components.

Verizon and AT&T LTEThe 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.

 

 

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.