You know that feeling.
That helplessness you feel when you’re somewhere you know has poor reception.
You feel like you have to go back to the last place you know you had reception and notify you next of kin just in case they need to find you. You need to make arrangements with everyone you might try to call, text, or email you while you’re in a poor coverage building.
You feel like you’re on some other planet that hasn’t evolved their technology enough to have reliable in-building wireless reception everywhere.
While it’s an inconvenience for cellphone users, poor coverage in a building can mean a life or death difference for first responders.
We have reliable packages for improving cell phone coverage and radio range in your building as well. If you have a building where a lot of people gather (e.g., convention center or stadium), we can get you increased cellular capacity as well.
What Causes Poor In-Building Wireless Coverage?
This is kind of a loaded question because there are so many possible answers. The possible combinations of building materials and external interference are limitless. Below are some of the potential causes of poor in-building wireless coverage.
Natural barriers such as hills, trees, and the distance to and height of the tower in relation to your building are all factors that decrease in-building wireless reception.
Materials like concrete, steel, and newer structural materials are well known for decreasing in-building two-way radio and cell phone reception. The tint used for building windows typically has metal in it. These metal flakes hinder signal from two-way radio and cell phone towers.
The way a building is laid out also plays a part in your wireless coverage inside a building. Elevators and stairwells are definitely blocking the wireless signal. The combination of concrete with metal rebar is a one-two punch that knocks out the signal in most buildings.
Your Position in the Building
When you are in a building, there are spots where the two-way radio and cellular signal has a hard time reaching. If you are in or near an elevator, the combination of metal and concrete will make it difficult to get reception in the elevator shaft.
The same applies when you are standing in a basement. The combination of being below ground and the building materials make it near impossible for a reliable two-way radio signal to reach you in the basement. Couple that with being near an elevator shaft, stairway, machinery, or a boiler, and you are going to be hard-pressed to get any reception.
There are steps we can help you with if you are interested in improving cell phone coverage and radio range in your building. Our preferred solution is to install a DAS.
What is a Distributed Antenna System (DAS)
A DAS is essentially an antenna system that allows cellular or two-way radio signal to enter and leave a building easier. These types of antenna systems come in many different configurations to solve different problems, but essentially they all do the same thing.
A cellular DAS has a couple of options; one is to increase the coverage in your building, the other is to increase the capacity.
When you are at a football game, and everyone is texting, making calls, and using social media, you know how slow the data is and how difficult it is to connect to a call? Having a lot of people with slow data and not being able to connect to a call is when a cellular DAS that adds capacity would be needed.
After the Installation
When you have an in-building wireless system installed, the system doesn’t get a second thought until there is a problem. Something we can do for you is come out and check your system on a regular schedule. Regular checkups will ensure you have the best performing system possible.
Contact us for more information or a quote.