In addition to improving your WiFi at home to strengthen your Internet signal, you may find a need to strengthen your cell phone signal. While your cell phone provider will tell you that you can tap into your WiFi, it doesn’t always give you enough or any additional cell phone coverage.
If you are struggling with being able to talk on your cellphone, you may need a cell phone signal booster. The basic principle behind signal boosters is to create an additional antenna within your home for your cell phone to attach to before capturing the signal from your carrier. This signal will clean and amplify the signal coming in and going out from your tiny cell phone antenna that isn’t strong enough.
Boosters work with weak signals, but not when you have no signal at all. The cell booster does not increase the signal strength that is received at the physical location of the house. It only relays the outdoor signal to inside the house, i.e. if there are only 2 bars of signal strength while standing outside of the house, the performance level of the cell service inside the house will still be 2 bars even if the signal strength meter shows 4 bars.
If you have no signal outside most carriers offer a Micro Cell that connects to the household interconnect connection for service. These devices are typically locked down to a particular carrier. (AT&T will not work on a Verizon Micro Cell as an example) We have even seen where they will only work with cell numbers that are associated with the same billing account that the Micro Cell is on.
If you want to go the route of getting a booster, stick with these companies that have been certified by the FCC: Cel-Fi, HiBoost, SureCall, and WeBoost.
Our preference has been the SureCall booster, specifically the Fusion 4Home.
Fusion4Home features 2XP technology which doubles the uplink transmission power to maintain your cell signal throughout the weakest cell signal environments. Assembled and tested in the USA with outstanding build quality, award-winning technologies, omni-carrier compatibility, and world-class support, the Fusion4Home is a quality booster for around $500.00.
There are other boosters, some which can cost around $1000 and some less than $400, but we found that this product competes well with them for medium sized homes.