How long does it take to install a Cell Phone Signal Booster?
Every cell phone signal booster installation has its own unique set of circumstances and therefore time for installing a signal amplifier system varies greatly. However, on average, it takes between 3 to 4 hours.
Indoor plug and play cell signal boosters.
Simple plug and play cell phone boosters require only about 5 minutes for installation because no exterior antenna installation is needed. Interior antenna is also plug and play type or usually built into the window unit.
Indoor cell phone boosters with Built-in interior antenna + Rooftop exterior antenna.
These cell boosters where base signal amplifier unit and interior antenna are both combined in a single unit are the next quickest to install. SureCall Flare and Fusion4Home with Whip antenna are such examples. Only time-consuming part of their installation would then be their exterior antenna. Depending upon the building structure and how easy it is for you to place exterior antenna on the roof and run its cable inside the house, it may take total of 1 to 2 hours.
Medium size Home and office cell boosters with separate interior antenna + Rooftop exterior antenna.
This is the most typical type of cellular amplifier system which is more powerful but at the same time more time consuming than other two types discussed above. A typical installation scenario requires a booster, an exterior antenna, and an internal antenna. These type signal amplifier kits may take 2 to 3 hours to install.
Large Home and office signal boosters with multiple interior antennas + rooftop antenna.
These are typically used for large homes and businesses requiring up to 7000 sq. ft. cellular coverage boost. Fusion 5s is an example of such a kit. It is even more powerful providing larger cell coverage area inside big homes and business office spaces. It is more time consuming than other three types discussed above. A typical installation scenario requires a booster, an exterior antenna, and multiple internal antennae. This type signal amplifier kit may take 3 to 5 hours to install.
In-Building commercial cellular signal boosters with multiple internal antennas + external antenna.
Commercial cell phone signal booster installations are most complex and require installation by professional installers. These installations require engineering and testing, which does take additional time. A typical installation scenario requires a booster (or more than one booster), an exterior antenna (or more than one exterior antenna), and several interior antennas. Perhaps the biggest challenges experienced during the installation of a commercial cell phone signal booster is the initial designing of the system to ensure it provides reliable coverage, and then accessing the installation points. This type signal amplifier kit may take 8 hours or more to install depending upon number of booster kits and antennas included in the system design. The main challenge for newer homes is determining where the booster should be installed and ensuring installers have access to key points in the home. Added insulation is very common with many new homes, and many newly constructed homes are built within tight building envelopes; both of which can make the installation of a commercial grade cell phone signal booster system very challenging and cause increase in installation time.