I have poor cell reception, is a booster right for me?

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Many people have issues with weak cell reception and they may think a booster can solve all their problems, well maybe not.

A booster simply catches an existing cellular signal and re-broadcasts it through a secondary antenna.  It is mostly used to boost penetrating power if you get weak or no signal inside your home or business.  So if there is no signal for it to initially catch outside then it wont do you any good inside.

The best way to test if a booster is worth it for you is to step outside for a few minutes.  Do you get a decent and consistent signal?  If the answer is yes, then go inside.  Does that signal drop to almost nothing as soon as you go in? If the answer is again yes then a booster may help you out.  The receiver should be placed outside where a consistent signal can be obtained.  This may be on an exterior wall, or in heavily treed areas may have to be on the roof or even on a small tower.  Then another attached antenna goes inside your home.  And you should only turn your signal high enough to broadcast inside your home.  If it's too strong and penetrates outside then it can cause a sort of feedback and degrade the cellular service outside (that used to be good) for you and possibly even your neighbors.

Boosters can be expensive, and nothing is more frustrating then shelling out big bucks for something that ends up being useless for you in the end.  So before you run out to pick one up or even if someone suggests one.  Do your own checks, see if it's really going to be right for you.
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ultimately, the way I explain it, is nothing multiplied by anything is still nothing. There has to be something there.

It will ultimately be around a $500 investment before installation for a decent booster, so it's good to have all the information.

and if you're not sure, call someone in!