As design and construction trends change, more and more structures are being constructed using metal and glass to take advantage of the modern look these materials can provide. Building owners and corporations are seeking a sleek new-age look for their workplaces and are turning their gaze away from conventional brick and mortar constructions. Composites such as fibreglass and metals like aluminium and steel have become essential in modern constructions.
Using these materials allows for faster and stronger construction but sacrifices cellular connectivity in the process, as these materials are more difficult for cellular signals to penetrate. What’s more, fiberglass and similar composites are used for insulation purposes and for doors and reinforcing, which will further weaken the signal strength. The signal strength outside the building may be strong, but indoors, it dwindles to a couple of bars on your phone’s signal indicator. Sending text, casually browsing through the web, checking out videos on YouTube starts to become a tedious and harrowing task! The end result is dead zones and spotty reception in the building on any floor. It’s pointless to pick up your phone and scream at your network provider, so what can you do?
The signal being broadcasted from the cell tower is of high strength and diminishes very little over the distance it covers. The issues happen when the signal needs to be brought into the building. There are a couple of things you can do to help ease things along:
Use A Cell Phone Signal Booster
A signal booster works by amplifying weak signals and passing it over to your phone. This is perfect if you have an indoor home office or even a medium-sized office of around 2500 square feet. These mobile repeaters are very easy to install and are quite inexpensive.
Use A Passive DAS System
If you are talking about a much bigger space such as a stadium or a mall (>50000 square feet), then it makes sense to install a passive DAS (Distributed antenna system) instead. Their cost ranges and depends on your requirement and the number of people who are expected to use at the same time. These are available to be used in homes as well as vehicles. The passive DAS works by amplifying the signal through its unique system and rebroadcasting it throughout the metal structure.