Signal Boosters For Metal Buildings
Metal buildings offer a challenge for cellular signals. Steel or aluminum walls are very good at blocking wireless signals. Even if you have a perfect signal outdoors, you might get little or no cellular coverage indoors.
The easiest way to improve the cell phone signal inside a metal building is to use a building cellular signal booster system. These systems can boost the signal indoors for one or several cell phones. They will also improve the cell signal to a hotspot or cellular router to improve your data speeds.
The right system for metal buildings will depend on a few factors. Factors like the signal strength outdoors and the size of the area you want to cover indoors.
First - What does a Cellular Signal Booster System Consist Of?
A basic metal building signal booster system might consist of four parts:
- Outdoor Antenna
- Indoor Antenna
- Signal Booster (Sometimes Called A Repeater or Amplifier)
- Cable - Connecting Everything Together
Both antennas connect to the signal booster using coax cable. The outdoor antenna sends and receives to and from your service provider's tower. The indoor antenna does the same with your cellular phones or data devices like hotspots. The booster takes the outside signal, amplifies it, then re broadcasts it indoors. The amount of coverage area you'll get indoors depends two things. It depends on the outdoor signal strength and the components of each system. To get good coverage from any system, you'll need at least three bars of signal, outdoors. You'll want to mount the outdoor antenna where the signal is the best. This is usually on top on or near the roof of a building. If you have less than three bars of signal outdoors, a systems coverage area will be significantly reduced. Sometimes you may need more than one system to cover large areas in big buildings.
Which Signal Booster System?
Here is some information on selecting a building signal booster system. Although each system consists of similar parts, the indoor coverage area will vary.
weBoost Home 4G
For a small building, say a few hundred square feet, a small area system like the weBoost Home 4G will work just fine. It works well in a small workshop or garage. It will also work fine in a small area within a larger building - say around your desk or work area.
weBoost Home MultiRoom
The newest weBoost Home Signal Booster System. It is similar to the weBoost Connect 4G but a different, more home decor friendly look to the indoor antenna and amplifier. It will cover up to 5,000 square feet with a very good signal outdoors but more in the 1,000 to 2,000 square feet with a medium signal outdoors. We also have a custom version of the Home MultiRoom Signal Booster System that includes an antenna mount for the outdoor antenna as well as a lightning surge protector.
weBoost Connect 4G
For a bit larger metal building, the weBoost Connect 4G system will work better. It will cover one or two thousand square feet if you're getting at least 3 solid bars of signal outdoors. It will cover more area if your outdoor signal is better.
For very large metal buildings (like hangers or warehouses), you might also consider the WilsonPro line of Commercial Building Signal Booster Systems. Custom WilsonPro systems can cover pretty much any sized building.
If you need help or have questions about selecting asystem for your metal building, feel free to Contact Us.