In a nutshell, cell phone signal boosters capture weak, nearby signals from cellular towers, amplifies them, then transmits them to a space that requires a stronger signal, in your home, office, apartment, car, truck, or RV, for example. The best cell phone signal booster can improve a cell signal by a factor of 32x, leading to fewer dropped calls, faster data uploads and downloads, fewer no-signal dead zones, and improved audio quality for voice calls over a handset or a cell phone headset. That’s because a cell signal booster not only increases the signal strength, it also cleans up the signal to help eliminate distortion or disturbance due to obstructions, which means fewer garbled, incomprehensible phone calls that wind up frustrating both parties. Plus, with a cell signal booster in place, you can count on instantaneous sending and delivery of text messages on a cell phone, all of which generally leads to a calming peace of mind knowing you’re connected.
Setting Up Your Cell Phone Booster, in Your Home or in Your Car
Cell phone boosters are usually plug-and-play, and don’t require any particular expertise to install. They include an indoor antenna that distributes the signal within the home or vehicle, an outside antenna you install on the exterior side or roof of the building or the car to get a signal from the closest tower, and the required cables. A cell phone booster for home does not interact with wireless routers, so you need not worry, plus mobile boosters can lead to longer battery life per charge, so you don’t have to use your car charger as often. Additionally, when you’re traveling and using a mobile hotspot to provide a fast, reliable data connection for several devices, you can use your cell phone signal booster to enhance your hotspot speed.
It’s important to note that cell boosters are generally intended for use in your home, or for use in your car, but there aren't any 2-in-1 cell phone boosters designed for both. There is the matter of FCC regulations, which provides that mobile boosters can provide up to a 50 dB gain, while in-home cell phone signal boosters can provide up to a 70 dB gain. That means you can legally use a mobile booster in your home, which can be tricky but is possible with an A/C adapter, but you cannot legally use a home cell booster in your vehicle. You may also consider getting a product replacement plan when you purchase your cell phone signal booster to provide a replacement or store credit in the event your booster stops working properly.