How to Improve Signals on your Mobile Phones

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Veronica Carter
Last updatedAugust 31, 2017

Poor signal strength could be your carrier’s fault, or it could be because of signal blocking elements in your home’s walls. Don’t fret, because you can boost your phone’s signal at home.

Use Wi-Fi to make calls, as it will somehow forget the need for a strong cellular signal wherever you have a good Wi-Fi. Various cellular carriers offer in-expensive or maybe even free devices that you can plug in at home to extend a cellular signal, but Wi-Fi calling is a better solution that will remove the need for a strong cellular signal wherever you have a good Wi-Fi, as long as your carrier offers it.

Your cellular can give you a “signal booster” device that can repeat and boost a cellular signal that you get already in your house. For example, if you consistently have one bar of coverage outside, but no coverage inside your house, a booster can take that one bar and turn it into more bars. If you have pretty less coverage elsewhere, except near your window, a booster near that window can capture the signal and boost it, giving you a strong signal throughout the home.

Femtocells or Microcells

Femtocell or Microcell is a small, low power cellular base station which connects to the cellular network via broadband internet connection. This is useful for situations where you don’t have a signal bar of coverage which you can boost at home. If you can use Wi-Fi calling on your devices, that is a better solution which doesn’t need any more hardware. But femtocells can provide a signal to older devices that can’t have Wi-Fi. Enquire with your cellular carrier if they offer this kind of product and find out how much it will cost you. Watch out, though microcells create a cellular signal anybody can connect to, and they use your Internet connection as the backbone. If you’re living where many people surround you, a lot of devices may connect to your microcell, taking up your precious bandwidth and pushing you towards your Internet service provider’s data cap. Some of the microcells allow you to create a white list so only your own devices can connect, but many just allow anyone to connect.

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