Booster Interference

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Do some cell boosters interfere with cell networks. Had a guy show up at a friends door and told them they had to shut off their cell booster. He was a bit rude about it..
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Shawn Kleebaum

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Posted 5 months ago

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Dan, Champion

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Yes it can.
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A good one shouldn't.  But there are some cheap ones out there that can be bad news.

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Hi Shawn,
That is an excellent question.  The short answer is yes, they definitely can, as Dan mentioned.  And to add to what Jeff stated, a good booster that is properly configured should not.  The most common issue we see is when a booster is either put in place when it's not needed or it's not configured correctly. This could be that it's pointed at the wrong tower or the re-broadcast strength is set to high and is actually blocking the original signal for other users.  If you are in a situation where your booster is affecting the signal for other users you can try to adjust the direction of your antennae (if it's directional) or you can try to lower the transmit power (if that option is available).
Hope this helps.
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So with a booster you have to sign in with your phone or does it just send off a radius boost to any phone near it? i was under the impression that anybody near one would benefit. Hey Shawn how far away is your buddies neighbor.  And Jeff did your sister show any interest in your booster? cool cool cool thanks
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It's at her place right now, I'm not sure if my brother in law has set it up yet to give it a shot.  I brought it there about two weeks ago, was my nephews 2nd birthday so we didn't get a chance to set it up while I was there.

Might go back this weekend, have to see if they are around.
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Shawn Kleebaum

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Thanks all for the feedback. Josh - Friend lives out of town and no neighbours close. Where told that the booster was causing problems on the ‘back end’. Not sure what problems it was causing.
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Wow that's crazy so having close neighborhoods would make it suck for them. I guess just depends if you like them or not. Hehe
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Boosters regularly wreak havoc on our network, a misconfigured booster can end up screaming at the tower, dulling its sensitivity and any decrease in sensitivity will result in increased dropped calls, slow data, and blocked calls for everyone in that area. At a certain point the tower can't hear anything and basically shuts down.

As an analogy, a tower is like a person on stage who is able to hear whispers from the audience, a misconfigured booster is like a guy that starts yelling very loudly, repeating what one whisperer is saying. At that point the person on stage can no longer make out what other people are saying and at a high enough level will stop listening to the screamer as well.

Boosters are technically transmitting on spectrum that telcos have paid for at auction and thus have the ability and responsibility to control that transmission so that all customers in the area have as best of an experience as possible.
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I remember back in 2013 when the LTE network was new the entire city of Winkler had a massive issue with someone’s misconfigured booster. There was a ticket open for months because they couldn’t locate the issue. Every time I visited winkler my phone would become a paperweight. This went on for months and months
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