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Security Camera Signal Booster (Cellular & Wi-Fi)

Sep 28, 2020

Security Camera Signal Booster (Cellular & Wi-Fi)

WiFi signals are weakened and even blocked completely by building materials such concrete, tinted glass, and metal. These common impediments can be mitigated and a stronger WiFi signal created by using a WiFi range booster on your network. This will improve the connection speeds and leave fewer coverage gaps for all your WiFi devices, including security cameras that use WiFi.

You may think that your wifi device such as a monitoring camera is working, but due to weak signals - it may not be working consistently, putting you at risk. Our powerful WiFi range extenders and WiFi boosters will expand the range of your broadband network dramatically. Many of our residential WiFi boosters are simple to install by following the step-by-step instructions, or you can request a quote for professional installation in your industrial or commercial property.

How do WiFi Signal Boosters or Extenders Work?

A Wi-Fi signal booster or Extender spreads out the coverage space of your WiFi network by amplifying or boosting existing signals, thus allowing all wireless devices within the expanded coverage area to connect to internet or other wireless networks. This solution pulls in an existing weak Wi-Fi signal from the transmitter and amplifies it before distributing the signal to more spaces where it is required. A WiFi signal booster helps to extend a current Wi-Fi network efficiently and allows it to reach multiple floors in a building, or all the corners of a home, and even outside along peripheral spaces.

You may have noticed that specific rooms or areas in your home or office have no, or very little Wi-Fi. A WiFi booster will boost the wireless coverage to cover bigger areas. This will result in improved internet speeds as well as other extra benefits that will be clarified below. We have a wide range of powerful WiFi Extenders available that will meet your every need.

When is a Wi-Fi booster or extender needed?

One of the ways in which you can determine if a Wi-Fi booster will be a good investment is to check the current WiFi coverage of the spaces in question. If you find that various areas in your home or business premises have really weak wireless signal, or even no signal at all, a WiFi Extender is a great device to have. It will save you from having to buy extra cables or more expensive networking equipment such as hubs and switches.

The Wi-Fi booster will enhance your current wireless coverage, as the transmission will be stronger because amplified signal is directed to more spaces. This will allow more people to enjoy online connectivity for their internet connected devices, or work with other internet-connected devices such as Wi-Fi Security Cameras in many areas in a building or home.

It should be noted that a poor WiFi connection can be caused by either the router being out of range of specific areas, or obstructions caused by structures or objects like thick walls or furniture, as these interfere with the coverage by getting in the way. Wi-Fi boosters eliminate the problem by capturing the wireless signal at access point or router and transmitting it to wireless devices.

What are the requirements of using a Wi-Fi booster?

A Wi-Fi booster can only be used with existing broadband Wi-Fi Internet connections. Although the connection can be very weak connection, it has to be there. In these cases there will likely already be an access point or wireless router. Access point integration with a router may already exist, or can easily be done by connecting to an existing wired network, if one is available.

Why Do Cellular Devices Sometimes Have Bad Signal?

There are six main reasons for bad cellular signal:

  1. Distance from the cell tower.
  2. Building materials such as concrete, metal, energy-efficient installations, thick walls, etc.
  3. Topography such as hills, trees, valleys and mountains.
  4. Tower congestion, i.e. many people using the same tower at the same time.
  5. Electromagnetic interference caused by metal objects, electronics, etc.
  6. Cosmic events and weather.

Cell phone signals use radio frequency waves. Although this has been designed for long-distance wireless communication, there's however a trade-off. Almost anything between a user and a cell tower can disrupt the cell signal. Those two factors (obstruction and distance) are the most important causes of poor signal.

What is a Cell Phone Signal Booster?

A cell phone signal booster is also called a cell phone antenna booster, cellular repeater or amplifier. Its function is to improve weak 3G, 4G, LTE, 5G cell coverage.

It works like a megaphone for a cellular signal by taking incoming signal from outside, amplifying it, and then spreading enhanced signal inside the home, car, or office.

Do Cell Phone Signal Boosters Work?

Although cell phone boosters work very well under specific conditions, there're cases where they won't work at all, or will only work partly.

Cell phone boosters depend heavily on outside signal. Signal boosters don’t create signal, but take existing weak signals and amplify them.

A cell phone booster has an inside and outside antenna. One takes existing signal from the tower and the other sends amplified signals indoors. To avoid oscillation, the two must have enough separation between them.

A cell phone booster won't work if there is not enough signal to start off with. At least -110 dBm of outside signal is required.

Cell phone boosters are problematic in scenarios where there's enough signal, but antennas are too close to each other causing interference with the signal by creating a feedback loop. Optimal boosting is possible with at least 6 meters vertical separation and 15 meters horizontal separation between antennas.

If you have a problem with clear, consistent cell phone reception in your office, home or car, our wide range of Cell Phone Boosters for all US carriers will improve your situation dramatically.

Nowadays, there're numerous other devices besides cell phones that use cellular communications directly, including for example Cellular Security Cameras that have an active SIM card in them. These devices will also not be able to connect properly if the cellular signal is not good. However, a cellular signal booster will fix that problem as it does for a cell phone. However, machine to machine, or more commonly known as M2M signal booster is used to boost wireless signal for standalone devices that require consistent mobile network connectivity.

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  • The case of the confused camera. I see more security cameras in the neighborhood and I think a big reason they’re all over the place is that costs have come down and you don’t have to wire them. The drawback to them is when you have problems with the wireless or cellular signal that’s supposed to send the images to the cloud or your hard drive. I’m confident when I install my security camera system that I’ll be okay because I already have a wi-fi booster in my home.

    Paul McCown on
  • After reading this blog and some of the comments, I’m wondering why security camera packages don’t have an option for coming with a wi-fi booster (or cell phone booster). I’m not arguing they should be mandatory, but vendors should make them an option. I imagine they don’t because they’re afraid customers will think they’re being upcharged.

    Bo Hansen on
  • Bill, you ask “What interferes with a wireless security camera and how would a signal booster help?”
    Wireless cameras can be a great addition to your home security setup and convenient because there’s no wiring involved. The only drawback is since the wireless cameras send a signal that can be weakened (or even blocked) by things such as your home’s building materials, weather, and other things that many people don’t even think of. This page has a useful list of things that interfere with your wireless security camera.

    Quinn Martindale on
  • I want to install a wireless security camera but I’m worried about weak signals. I’ve read reviews for wireless cameras and people complain about lag times between something entering the camera’s line of sight and the camera actually recording. What interferes with a wireless security camera and how would a signal booster help?

    Bill Dickerson on
  • Wow! I didn’t know that wireless security cameras can be unreliable if there isn’t a strong signal coming in. I’m glad there are options (like signal boosters) for ensuring a steady signal for your cameras.

    Patrick Meyer on
  • Derek, if your camera does not work when it should, it’s possible that it’s not getting the right cellular or wi-fi signal. You should check your settings on your camera (or cameras) to see if you’re getting a strong signal. The same thing applies to your camera if it uses wi-fi.

    Debra B. on
  • This never crossed my mind (that you need a good cell or wi-fi signal if you want your cameras to work at 100% effectiveness). Will have to test my camera and see if it’s having any problems due to weak signals. Any tips on how to do this?

    Derek Blassie on
  • Security cameras have become very cost-effective. It doesn’t matter if you want one for your home or business because you can do so much with them yourself without having to hire a security or electronics firm. The key with wireless cameras is to make sure your wi-fi connection (or cellular connection) works well. If not, the cameras might not be worth the money. This is a good article on the importance of cellular and wi-fi boosters as they pertain to cameras.

    Dan Shepard on
  • It’s ironic you wrote this article because I was thinking of buying some home security cameras that are wireless. However, a handful of reviews noted problems with the cameras and after reading your article, I think it’s possible the people with problems had bad wi-fi (as opposed to problems with the cameras themselves). I will look into getting a wi-fi booster when I get my security equipment.

    Danielle LaCosta on

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