Before any building cell phone signal booster is installed, a thorough building survey must be conducted. This involves measuring cellular bands and frequency from outside the building, locating the nearest cell towers, and checking potential problem areas by walking from room to room. At the same time clients will be asked about their concerns and any questions they have, will be answered.
With the details of the building survey in hand, including the building layout and floor plans, a certified signal boosting technician will calculate the options available. This includes potential signal coverage, the most appropriate signal boosting equipment for that particular scenario, dB gain and loss, cable runs and accessories. This information will be shared with the client and a discussion will be held about products, coverage expectations, and costing. Once the client is on-board with the plan and a deposit has been received, a date is determined for the installation of the cell phone signal booster system.
Why is a building survey required prior to installation?
In order to start a dialogue about various cell phone signal boosters and installation solutions, a building survey is carried out to give the customer a proper representation of their current signal coverage, plus any other problems that may exist. Basically, a building survey is the preparatory work required prior to the installation of a cellular phone amplifier system.
Using a signal meter, the building survey will accurately determine where the strongest cell signal is coming from, and show where the donor antenna should be installed. The building survey also checks out inside areas of a building to determine where the weakest and strongest signals might be, thus determining the most appropriate installation locations for indoor antennas. From this building survey, the installer will be able to work out the minimum amount of coaxial cable required and related accessories or peripherals like filters and splitters, that may be needed.
If a strong cellular signal is available, the donor antenna will be placed at the point of the strongest signal, which is typically above the roofline. Knowing where the home's occupants typically use their cell phones can help determine where cellular phone amplifier kit components like antennas and cables should be installed. If a large amount of cable will be required, it could well degrade the strength of the cellular signal, thus affecting the performance of the booster kit so a more powerful one may be required. All the above are the objectives of a building survey. To learn more, read our guide on performing site survey.
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