How to Improve Lousy Cell Phone Reception in your Office


There are many reasons why you might be getting poor wireless reception indoors. Office buildings are exposed to numerous types of interference that create signal problems. External factors – such as weather conditions, hills or trees – can impact the quality of signal that reaches your building.

The construction of the building itself can also play a major role. For example, construction materials like wire mesh, metal, insulation, concrete or tinted windows (such as in LEED buildings) play a big part in degrading or interrupting signals. That’s why you may get dropped calls or no signal at all indoors, while you get a perfectly good signal as soon as you step out of the building. This indoor/outdoor disconnect is exactly the type of issue that a signal booster will solve.

Here’s how it works. When you make a call, your phone automatically connects to the cellular tower with the best signal from your carrier and continues to communicate with it unless you travel to an area where another tower can offer you better service, in which case your call is transferred (handed-off) automatically to the next tower. Sometimes however, you may simply be too far away to get a strong enough signal, or you may travel into an area where there is no other tower for your carrier to ‘hand off’ your call. At other times, things such as the terrain simply get in the way and block the signal.

An easy way to solve the problem is with a smart signal booster. It is designed to capture the weak signal that reaches into the building, boost it and retransmit it, thus ‘lighting up’ the building from the inside out. As a point of comparison, the receiver on a signal booster can be 4 to 10 times more sensitive than a mobile phone in terms of picking up signals, and of course it boosts this stronger signal to give you even better coverage.

The Cel-Fi Smart Signal Booster in particular, performs much better than traditional signal boosters by using very powerful and advanced technology, often with greater than 1,000 times the gain than other legacy boosters. Cel-Fi is the first of a new generation of digital signal boosters designed to be in compliance with the new FCC regulation on consumer signal boosters that come into play in March 2014. Cel-Fi is also the only consumer booster approved by T-Mobile and AT&T (and another 136 carriers in 66 countries around the world). No other booster is authorized by these mobile carriers in the US.

By the Cel-Fi Team

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