The key criteria for amplification is that you have an existing signal being received by the antenna.
If the antenna has a signal then amplification could be a cure for intermittent signal loss. If it doesn’t then amplification almost surely won’t fix your problem.
Amplification isn’t a guaranteed fix for every poor TV reception scenario but it is an option. It also isn’t a fix for getting a TV signal when one isn’t there – meaning an amplifier doesn’t extend the range of the antenna. It merely gives the signal a push along its way from the antenna to the digital tuner (TV, DTV converter, etc). Hopefully, this push is enough to get a good signal to the TV tuner.
Amplified products typically cost more than non-amplified products. So, it’s always a good to troubleshoot some typical scenarios that can lead to signal loss before going to the store and spending your money on a product that may or may not fix your reception issue.
If you use an outdoor antenna then look at the type of coaxial cable connected between the antenna and line going into the house. Your coaxial cable could be the cause of a poor signal coming into the house.
This signal loss is referred to as attenuation, which is a measurement of signal loss over a distance. In the case of coaxial cables, we’re referring to RG59 and RG6. Simply put, RG6 is more digital-friendly than RG59.
In other words, RG59 attenuates more or has more signal loss than RG6. RG59 cable could be the cause of your poor signal. Changing your cable to RG6 (preferably quad-shielded RG6 with gold-plated connectors) could fix your reception problem without using an amplifier.
Of course, buying a cell phone signal amplifier as an amplified product is probably easier than changing out the coaxial cable in your house. Amplifiers or TV signal boosters are most common in antennas, but you can buy them as stand along products too. Product packaging usually advertises amplified or powered antenna. If you see a db rating then you know it’s amplified.
The hard part is that it’s difficult to gauge what’s too powerful for your tuner. Some experts I’ve spoken to recommend amplification around 14db.
If you buy an amplified antenna then be sure to go to Antenna Web to make sure you have you antenna properly aligned before connecting the power.
The RCA Digital Signal Amplifier and cell phone booster for home is just what you need to boost the performance of your TV antenna. Made for indoor antennas, this RCA signal amplifier for indoor antennas maximizes the reception strength of your TV antenna, allowing you to pick up more channels and also display them with more clarity and consistency. While this antenna signal amplifier is designed to work ideally with RCA flat series antennas, it works just as well with any brand of indoor antenna. The RCA Digital Signal Amplifier uses ELN (extremely low-noise) circuitry to ensure a pure signal free of interference and can pick up both UHF and VHF digital signals. This antenna signal amplifier installs easily into a coax cable connection and immediately goes to work strengthening your antenna’s signal. Using the RCA Digital Signal Amplifier will help provide more viewing choices and enhance the clarity and quality of your existing ones.
RCA Digital Signal Amplifier for Indoor Antennas:
• Enhances performance of all passive antenna brands
• Optimizes signal for best possible reception
• Preserves signal purity with extremely low-noise (ELN) circuitry
• Engineered specifically for UHF/VHF digital signals
• Easy coax connection
• Designed to match RCA Flat Series antennas
Cleaning the house has always been a very boring and fatiguing work. But we are left with no choice as we always want our houses to be clean and tidy. To everybody’s surprise, these days cleaning the house is always fun. Thanks to the invention of
Uses a high-efficiency cleaning pattern and a full suite of sensors to map and adapt to real world clutter and furniture for thorough coverage.
Expands the Roomba 980’s coverage to an entire level of your home by using iRobot’s proprietary vSLAM technology to create visual landmarks in its map so it doesn’t lose track of where it is or where it is been.
Runs continuously for up to two hours then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job.
Sentry is SureCall’s revolutionary developement in cellular signal booster, remote optimization and system management. A must-have for building managers where continuous up time is mission critical.
Remotely monitor and adjust performance from a computer.
Optimize installation by monitoring and identifying the strongest signal strength available and adjusting
Quickly pinpoints malfunctions due to unforeseen changes such as newly installed cellular towers or repeater systems
Immediately notifies installers or end-users via email about booster failures or over powering
Remotely adjust and control each link or band.
Sentry is a profound advancement in cellular signal booster installation, optimization and ongoing management. It has been proved essential and easy for installers as it provides fast and seamless installations.
The SureCall Force5 is a self-contained, five-band, Voice/3G/4G LTE cellular signal booster. It is built with high linearity to support upto 100 simultaneous callers and data users for coverage areas of 20-25,000 square feet. The Force5 combines PCS and Cellular dual-bands for all major carriers with LTE and AWS frequencies for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. It is considered to be a commercial grade cellular amplification solution suitable for offices, schools, hospitals, industrial buildings, housing complexes to name a few.
The Force5 kit comes with a choice of two outside antennas:
The SC-288W Omni Outdoor Antenna has 4dB gain. Omni antennas receive and send signals in a 360º radius. They can receive signals from multiple cell towers and are best for boosting signal on many different carriers. They are excellent in most situations where the existing outside signal strength is moderate to strong.
The SC-230W-S Yagi Outdoor Antenna has up to 8dB of gain. It is a directional antenna that can reach cell towers up to 30 miles away. It needs to be set up pointing in the direction of the cell tower, and because it is directional it will only pick up signal in that direction.
The Force5 kit also has a choice of two inside antennas:
The SC-222W Omni Dome Antenna is a multi-band omni-directional plastic dome antenna with that broadcasts signals in all directions. It has 6dB gain and is designed for central locations with 360º coverage. The antenna range is dependent on three factors namely, 1) physical obstructions, 2) power generated by the booster and 3) reception from outside signal received and distributed by the outside antenna.
The SC-248W Panel Antenna is a directional antenna with up to 10dB gain. Panel antennas allow optimum reception to targeted areas. It can be mounted to either the wall or ceiling.
Number of Inside Antennas
The inside antennas can be either the 222-W Omni Dome Antenna or the 248W Panel Antenna.
The standard kit comes with one inside antenna, one 30’ coax cable, and one 75’ coax cable.
The two-antenna kit comes with two inside antennas, a 2-way splitter, one 30’ coax cable, one 75′ coax cable, and two 50’ coax cables.
The four-antenna kit comes with four inside antennas, a 4-way splitter, one 30’ coax cable, one 75′ coax cable, and four 50’ coax cables.
The EZ 4G booster basically creates a new booster category – it is the first product to market in the ‘Easy Install’ cell phone signal booster category. With only one-cable and a combined exterior antenna and amplifier unit in a beautiful design, SureCall provides a plug and play solution for consumers including those who may not have access to their roof or attic. The Research studies report 92% of U.S. adults own a mobile phone of some kind and 68% of Americans have a smartphone. These mobile phone stats show the priority consumers place on being connected in today’s lifestyle and without a strong signal these smartphones are useless. The EZ 4G is the solution for those who want a strong indoor signal and full use of their smartphone’s resources.
SureCall, the cell phone signal booster leader in combining high quality technology with innovative designs, produces award-winning boosters that dramatically improve cell phone reception for homes, cars and businesses. With customers including Chrysler, Hewlett-Packard and Exxon Mobile, as well as other major institutions, such as Stanford, Duke and Wake Forest Universities, SureCall continues to develop industry-leading boosters that address the changing needs of all types of cellular and mobile broadband users.
With over 40 years of industry-leading telecom experience, WeBoost by Wilson Electronics has been solving frustrating cell phone reception problems with FCC-certified signal boosters for weak signal areas in the city or remote rural areas. Easy to install with a complete DIY kit.
Compatible with all US networks – Works on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk and more. DIY installation. – All parts included in the kit and trained support staff on call to assist. 30-day guarantee from manufacturer and 2-year warranty.
Boosts signal for all U.S. & Canadian cell carriers
Friendly, U.S.-based customer support
All components needed for installation in one package
FCC & Industry Canada Certified
Improved indoor cellular voice and data signal
Reliable cell signal and more consistent data speeds
Faster data downloads
Up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas
Connect 4G-X, Indoor Antenna, Outdoor Antenna, Power Supply, 75’ Cable
The zBoost Mobile1 ZB245 has the topmost cell signal amplifier for a cradle device, but it doesn’t compare to the wireless cell signal boosters. It features dual-band compatibility with 3G and 2G, but on the other hand lacks 4G compatibility. People who need to boost only one phone at a time can use this as it is an outstanding cell signal booster. The zBoost Mobile1 ZB245 performs as well as other cradle signal boosters, but it doesn’t compare to the performance of wireless cell phone boosters. Except for the lower price, very little sets it apart from other cradle signal boosters.
The zBoost Mobile1 ZB245 features a universal cradle design, which means that you place your phone into a holding device that attaches to your dashboard. This design is at its best as long as you’re the only person in your car, because only one phone can benefit from the boosted signal. Generally, wireless boosters allow you to use your phone naturally but the cradle design requires you to use the speakerphone or a Bluetooth connection with your stereo.
For a cradle signal booster, the amplifier’s 40 dB gain is excellent, and the 3 dB noise figure is among the best available. This implies that you’ll receive a strong five-bar signal in areas where you would typically only get a one-bar signal. It also increases the battery life of your cell phone because it doesn’t have to search for a signal.
But one disadvantage to the Mobile1 ZB245 is the lack of 4G compatibility, which is the most recent generation of cellular technology. 4G provides better voice quality and allows you to download data at a rate of 100 Mbps in a moving vehicle. However, national 4G coverage is still inferior to 3G and 2G coverage. In rural areas, you are more likely to find only 3G or 2G signals, so the lack of 4G compatibility is only a minor drawback.
The installation being a simple process comes with a 4-inch outside antenna with a 10-foot coax cable that connects the antenna to the cradle. The antenna is attached to the roof of the car with a magnet. The cradle acts as the inside antenna, so there’s only one coax cable to install. The only other installation step is attaching the cradle to the dashboard, which uses an adhesive.