Cell Signal Strength Reader Tool for Cellular Booster Installers
Cell Signal Strength Reader Tool for Cellular Booster Installers
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Cell signal reader and installation tool for T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless (VZW), Sprint, AT&T Wireless, and all U.S. regional carrier network cellular boosters, amplifiers, repeaters. This RF strength meter or spectrum analyzer is designed specifically for Internet of Things (IoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), and cell phone signal booster installs by professional installers.
- Rugged carry case.
- AC charger dock.
- Omni-directional multi-band antenna with SMA connector.
Direction Finding Antenna (DF Antenna). Not included, may be purchased separately.
Cell Signal Strength Reader Tool for Cellular Booster Installers
Specific Characteristics of cell signal reader & install tool:
- Designed and manufactured in United States, this professional installation tool 0060OCT supports Verizon, AT-T, T-Mobile, and all regional carriers in USA.
- No subscriptions are required - no signal bars, no multiple phones, and no SIM cards.
- Installers achieve true 3G (RSCP and Ec/Io) and 4G (RSRP, RSRQ and RSSI) measurements.
- It is ideal for anyone installing any brand cell phone booster kit including SureCall Fusion4Home, weBoost Home, and Wilson Pro Enterprise by Wilson Electronics.
- Excellent for EV charging station site surveys and much more.
Few of many applications:
- EV charger installations.
- Smart Meters.
- Wireless POS Terminals.
- Digital Signage.
- Cell Boosters.
- Vending Machines.
About this Indispensable Signal Booster Installation Accessory:
This installation tool has been designed specifically for use by both non-professional and professional signal booster installers to assist in determining the strongest 4G and 3G cellular signals for bi-directional repeater systems (BDR). For enabling installation and optimization of cellular signal boosters (and other products), users of this electronic gadget are guided through a number of simple measurements for antenna alignment to nearby cellular base stations. This innovative tool is an installation tool recommended by our certified installers for WilsonPro products.
How this Professional Installation Tool Works.
This electronic radio frequency (RF) device measures 3G (RSCP and Ec/Io) and 4G (RSRP, RSRQ and RSSI) real-time signal strength, making this the perfect installation tool for moving on to newer 4G networks from older 3G networks.
Designed for easy use by all installers, this phone signal diagnosing tool assists installers in verifying the strongest signal for WilsonPro, weBoost, Flare, EZ4G, SureCall Fusion4Home, Hi-Boost, and a number of other 4G and 3G cellular bidirectional amplifier (BDA) systems.
Cell signal boosters are ideal for boosting mobile signal and are widely used in areas where signal coverage is weak and/or unreliable. Your smartphone's signal bars and field test mode can be unreliable because they are constrained by the phone's carrier, speed, and its built-in antenna design. With this easy-to-use cellphone signal meter, you will be guided through simple menu choices, beginning with your carrier. Should your cell booster only support a specific wireless carrier, or perhaps you have an existing contract with a carrier, simply select that carrier and follow the prompts.
Not Sure Which Carrier to Use?
If you're undecided as to which carrier would be your best choice for your wireless amplifier installation, simply scan all carriers in 4G (LTE), or 3G (UMTS), then using the spectrum analyzer's color touchscreen you can instantly sort the results by signal strength, frequency band, or carrier name. This handheld RF strength meter comes with a standard SMA connector, giving you ability to connect directly to any antenna, and this includes directional antennas which are typically mounted outside.
- Connect antenna line to this RF strength analyzer.
- Find the cellular base station signal you need to boost.
- Go to, "antenna alignment" screen.
- Using instantaneous measurements, you can adjust your antenna so you achieve maximal signal strength.
Other Uses for this cellular signal reader tool:
This commercial grade device (AKA Octopus) used by professional cell phone booster installers is very popular and also used by technicians when installing wireless systems for essential services including fire alarms, security systems, emergency phones, elevators, carbon monoxide detectors, medical emergency services, and more.
Main Benefit: Extremely Accurate Signal Measurements.
Today, more and more people in United States who live in areas where 4G or 3G signal coverage is poor or unreliable are relying on a mobile booster to provide a strong reception. However, you simply cannot depend on your smart phone's signal bars or even field test mode to deliver accurate measurements of all available wireless carrier networks. This is why most professional installers use this high precision RF signal analyzer. In many instances of extremely weak reception coverage range, signal bars or the field test display (FTD) / field test mode (FTM) on your phone are just not accurate enough to provide the real-time, precise measurements you require when installing a cellular signal booster.
This high technology RF detecting instrument will walk you through a series of easy menu choices. Once you have selected a carrier, you will notice the signal strength and peak measurements displayed brightly in real-time. This is in addition to large text showing band strength, the carrier name, and signal strength in 4G (RSRP and RSRQ) and 3G (RSCP and Ec/Io). With all these measurements being shown in one unit, this proves it is the perfect tool for moving towards the newer 4G networks and away from the older 3G networks.
Using the standard SMA connector that comes with the kit, a direct connection can be made to any antenna. This includes directional antennas which are typically mounted externally. Start by connecting this electronic device to the antenna line. Then determine which signal you want to boost. Then navigate to the antenna alignment screen. You can now receive instantaneous measurements while adjusting the antenna to achieve maximum signal strength. If you're unsure of the location of the best wireless base station, simply use this tool in DF mode and a direction-finding antenna. Then start searching in every direction.
Notable Product Features:
- It provides support for all regional carriers in United States, including Verizon, AT-T, and T-Mobile.
- There're no subscription requirements, no need for multiple phones or checking signal bars, and no SIM cards.
- Using this spectrum meter allows you to easily move from a 3G network to a newer 4G network.
- Results from using this professional tool are not only faster, but more accurate than any smartphone used in Field Test Mode.
- Anyone (professional or otherwise) can use this easy to operate device.
- It is perfect for all brand boosters including WilsonPro, weBoost, HiBoost, SureCall and all the rest.
- This wireless repeater system installation accessory makes antenna alignments fast and easy.
- It can also be used for optimizing wireless installations for essential services like emergency phones, elevators, fire and security alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, medical emergency services, and more.
- Designed and manufactured in United States, this hand-held receiver fits snugly in your pocket.
- One single charge will give you 10-hours of use.
- You will be able to achieve accurate 4G (RSRP, RSSI,AND RSRQ) AND 3G (RSCP and Ec/Io) measurements.
Please Note: Because not all modulation standards are supported by carriers in every country, you should check with carriers in your own country to verify support.
Using the power transformer and charging dock supplied, fully charge the handheld cell meter. Check to make sure that unit is sitting correctly in the charging dock by ensuring that the metal contacts underneath are connecting and creating a constant charge. You will note that there's a mini USB port on the side. This is only to be used for firmware updates via your computer.
Next, you need to ensure that you have the latest firmware, and update if needed. It is important that you only use an authorized antenna, or the provided multiband antenna that will fit this device. Using the recommended antenna ensures that all carriers, bands, and frequencies are scanned at maximum sensitivity.
Connect antenna before you power up.
Underneath the touch screen of the handheld unit, you will see a white button. Press on that button to power it up. Note that this is the only physical button on it, and it is this button that is also used for powering down (simply hold down for a few seconds to power down).
You will see the unit immediately scanning base stations nearby, even though they may not be listed. Approximately 10 seconds after seeing the start-up screen, you will see the main carrier choices, while the tool continues scanning for surrounding signals.
You now need to choose your carrier whether 3G or 4G. Within around 30 seconds, you will receive a list of base stations (depending on your choice of 3G or 4G and the number of base stations close by). You will know that scanning is still in progress when you see three small dots in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. If you need to change the vibrating and audible alerts, or check the unit serial number or current firmware number, you can go to the settings menu at any time.
Scanning and Categorizing.
Once the touch-screen shows it has completed its scanning, you can then categorize your base station signals by strength, carrier, or frequency. 4G signal strength is measured in RSRP and RSRQ, while 3G signal strength is measured in Ec/Io and RSCP. Therefore, you simply push the appropriate button to list your choice of frequency, carrier, or measurement. Should the frequency detector detect more than five distinctive base stations, you will notice a "Page Down" button to press so you can search through all additional pages of base stations. On the next page you will see the "Page Up" button allowing the user to browse through all pages.
Selecting a Base Station.
Now that you have chosen your base station, you need to go to the active single carrier measurement screen, so touch on this base station. In addition to aligning external antennas to base stations nearby, you will be able to view the real-time signal strength and channel number as you move around. If you can see a thin watermark line on top of the vertical signal strength bar, this is your peak measurement from the entire session. (For 4G, choose between RSSI and RSRP measurements).
Aligning Your Antenna.
While you're viewing the single carrier screen, disconnect the omni directional SMA antenna (which came with installation tool) and connect it directly to your soon-to-be mounted antenna fixture. Start with a wide sweeping motion, then continue with slower turns so you can fine-tune the adjustment, ensuring that the antenna is specifically aimed at the distant base station you need. Once you have achieved a maximum signal strength, install and tighten up the permanent antenna. Then connect it to your cellphone signal booster. That is all you need to do. You are now free to scan for further base stations and, if needed, install additional cellular amplifiers.
|4G LTE Bands Support:||B12/ B17 (700 MHz), B2 (1900 MHz), B5 (850 MHz), B13 (700 MHz), B4 (AWS 1700 MHz).|
|3G Bands Support:||B2 (1900 MHz), B13 (700 MHz).|
|Receive Modes:||Passive receiver. Does not transmit. Does not require SIM card.|
|4G LTE Measurements:||RSRQ. RSSI. RSRP.|
|3G UMTS Measurements:||EC/IO. RSCP.|
|Antenna:||Multiple-band. Impedance 50 Ohm. SMA connector.|
|USB Port:||Firmware updates.|
|Alerts:||Audible beeps. Inaudible Vibe.|
|Warm-up Time:||From few seconds to less than 1 minute.|
|Runtime:||More than 10 hours on a full charge.|
|Power:||Internal Lithium Polymer battery system. 12V jack for external power and charging dock.|
|Display:||315 x 235 LCD touchscreen (resistive).|
|Dimensions:||5 1/2 inches x 3 inches x 1 1/4 inches.|
Questions & Answers
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Is this for only 3G and 4G (Data)? What about voice?
It measures all signal strength meaning data as well as voice traffic over cellular signals.
Antenna power measurement device question: Can we hook this cell signal strength reader tool to an antenna that is installed in our equipment? Or does it only use the built-in antenna? If not, do you have a device that can test the power of antenna in our equipment?
While it comes with a right angle removable SMA female omni directional wide band antenna (see picture with orange band around antenna), you can also use any antenna by unscrewing and replacing the stock antenna.
We also offer wide band long range directional antennas that you can connect to this tool and use to steer toward the base station you are looking to hunt down by rotating it on its axis while mounted on a tripod, etc.
Keep input signal to the antenna port to 10 dBm or lower. A signal greater than 10 dBm may damage this sensitive device.
We need a RF measurement device like the squid.
Are you referring to Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID)? The closest RF measurement device would be this Cell Signal Strength Reader Tool for Cellular Booster Installers.
A lower end option is: RF Spectrum Analyzer.
The lowest end basic option is: RF Signal Meter.
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Note: For any signal booster to help, outside signal strength must be at least -110 dB or there must be a clear line of sight to a cell tower that is within twenty miles. Before ordering, please check outside signal level in decibels or ensure that you can make and hold a phone call at any good spot outside where you can mount an exterior antenna. Square footage stated in signal booster listings is based on good signal outside. If it is any weaker, the boosted sq. ft. area will be considerably lower, accordingly.
Kevin K. of Anderson, California gave the following review:
Website is easy to use with plain straight forward info but could have had more on testing signal strength to make sure you get a strong enough booster.
Therefore, please note that stated sq. ft. coverage is based on good signal outside. For best results: If outside signal is weak, we suggest choosing the next higher sq. ft. coverage kit. If outside signal is very weak, we suggest choosing the kit with even more higher sq. ft. range bracket. Basically, higher the sq. ft. bracket, the more powerful the signal amplifier with greater Gain as well as higher uplink and downlink output power.
If outside signal is too weak (weaker than -110 dB), submit request for cell coverage solution assessment. Upon receipt of questionnaire, we will perform residential or business site survey. This will help us determine the system that is needed to improve cell coverage. Then, we will create system design using that system such as femtocell, active or hybrid distributed antenna system (DAS), or other carrier feed signal enhancing method available that will work at your signal-challenged location. Finally, we will schedule for installation after equipment and installation service quote has been approved by you, or your company.
Please note: Most home / office / building cell signal booster kits only include bracket to mount exterior antenna on outside wall, edge of roof, or existing pipe up to 2 inches in diameter. Mounting pole not included with most kits, unless stated specifically that it is included for free. Therefore, a mounting post must be purchased separately if you will require it to mount exterior antenna.