Choosing The Right Indoor Antenna For Better Signal Reception

| by Carlos Hasbun

Paired with the right antenna, cell phone signal boosters can provide the best experience and improved signal in your home, apartment, or even your office. These antennas are compatible with almost every phone signal booster on the market which makes them one of the best options for getting better coverage. This is one of the reasons why you need to invest in the best antenna possible for improved performance and signal quality. Here are a few tips and ideas on how to choose the right antenna for your booster.

Indoor antennas come in 3 different forms and designs; dome antennas, whip antennas, and panel antennas. These antennas come in handy when you wish to customise or replace the original antennas that come with the phone booster kits. The custom antennas provide better reception than the stock ones, one of the reasons most people choose to replace these. It is worth noting that, all cell booster kits come with stock indoor and outdoor antennas. The kit mainly comes with an outdoor antenna, an indoor antenna, and the base signal amplifying unit.

The best 4G indoor antennas are capable of providing full 2G, 3G, 4G LTE coverage despite their low profile; dome antennas are also ultra-thin hence don't take too much space in your home or office. The standard indoor dome antennas can also provide full WLAN system coverage with ease. The standard indoor antenna offers a maximum gain of 10-dB, with higher gains creating stronger/more extensive signal coverage and power over an even larger radius. Factors such as frequency range, signal gains, and the type of antenna should also be taken into consideration when comparing individual gain.

 

Some of the crucial factors to consider when choosing between various indoor antennas include:

1. Whip Antennas

This type of antenna is recommended for smaller spaces such as a home office, car, truck, or an RV. Installing a whip antenna is very easy too. The antenna attaches directly to the booster providing an omnidirectional signal. A whip antenna is considered appropriate for entry-level signal amplifiers and is capable of delivering a signal gain of up to 2dB (on 698 – 960Mhz band) and 5dB (on 1700 – 2700 MHz band).

2. Dome Antennas

These antennas are recommended for a single storey, square-shaped buildings, and rooms. Installing the antenna entails accessing the crawl space or area above the ceiling attic. Once installed, the antenna provides a signal boost all around (non-directional). There are however two types of dome antennas to choose from; the standard indoor antenna, and the ultra-thin dome antenna. The standard indoor dome antenna is only capable of providing a signal gain of 5dB on the 1700 – 2700Mhz band, and 2dB on the 698 – 960Mhz band. The ultra-thin dome antenna is however more powerful capable of 3.5dB gain on the 698 – 960Mhz band and 7.5dB gain on 1700 – 2700Mhz band.

3. Panel Antennas

Panel antennas are commonly installed in offices, homes, narrow rooms and hallways, and multi-storey apartments. The process of installing this antenna is relatively easy. It can be installed on the ceiling or walls. You don’t have to access the craw area or inner wall to install panel antennas. Unlike dome and whip antennas, panel antennas are slightly directional only capable of transmitting to a 45-degree angle. This antenna is the most powerful, capable of providing a signal gain of up to 7dB on the 698 – 960Mhz band and 10dB on the 1700 -2700Mhz band.

Conclusion

The antenna alone isn't enough to provide optimal signal reception and stability in any setting. It takes the combined effort of indoor antennas, outdoor antenna, and the signal boosting kits, and the available signal for these to work. That said, you need to invest in the best quality cell signal booster, as well as powerful enough indoor antennas to experience the difference. You can be assured of superb quality and performance with our kits. Contact us today to make an order or if you need help choosing the right signal booster or antenna.

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