Wilson AG Pro Quint Universal 4G Signal Booster

October 21st, 2013

5 Band 4G Signal Booster – Voice, 3G & 4G Data

Wilson Electronics 4G Signal Booster

Wilson AG Pro Quint 5 Band 4G Signal Booster

Ahhh the good old days when you only had to be concerned with 1 cellular frequency and you usually only had 2 cellular service providers in your area. Sure it cost a bunch more and service wasn’t as reliable and phone connections were not real good in some area but, you only had 1 frequency to deal with.

Enter the new age of more competition and faster data speed. On the good side, service is better and more reliable (sometimes) and it cost far less. You can also do much more on your mobile device than just talk.

For years we had 1 frequency, then for more years we only had 2. Now we have many depending on where you are located. To boost cellular service these days is a bit trickier. With 4G mobile broadband, we bring many new frequencies.

Wilson Electronics has just come out with the new Wilson Electronics AG Pro-Quint in-building 4G signal booster (803670). This is a 5-band booster that provides universal signal improvement. It includes 4G improvement for faster data speeds in areas where the 4G signal is weak. It benefits subscribers of most U.S. carriers’ networks (except Clearwire). With 75 dB gain, the AG Pro-Quint can provides reliable voice and 4G data coverage inside today’s energy efficient – but cellular unfriendly – homes, offices and larger commercial spaces.

The AG Pro Quint 4G signal booster features simple-to-use controls. They allow quick and easy customization of the gain level on each band. This simplifies installation and provides an installer with greater flexibility in the placement of inside and outside antennas.

The Pro Quint 4G Signal Booster is the only universal 5-band cellular signal booster on the market today that features automatic gain adjustment on each band to prevent signal overload from a nearby cell site.

AWARDS!

The Wilson AG Pro Quint is a Best New Product finalist in the 2013 CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards.

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To purchase or get more information, visit our web site: Wilson AG Pro Quint Signal Booster. We will be happy to help you use the this signal booster or any other to boost the signal in your building.

Machine To Machine Signal Boosters

October 11th, 2013

Machine to Machine Signal BoosterMachine to Machine (M2M) wireless communications are growing at a rapid rate. The locations of these devices usually presents the challenge of getting a good wireless signal.

Some locations challenges are:

  • Rural Areas
  • Inside Buildings that block signals
  • Mobile – Moving in and out of signal areas

Alternative Wireless provides signal boosters and antennas that help tackle these challenges. We can connect an external antenna to just about every wireless modem that uses cellular – 2G, 3G or 4G.

We also carry powered signal boosters including a small booster made specifically for M2M applications – The Wilson DataPro M2M Signal Booster.

Visit our web site for a full range of signal booster options.

M2M Signal Boosters & Antennas

 

Tech Tip – Using a Cell Phone’s Test Mode

July 17th, 2013

Q: What is putting a phone into Test Mode and how can I do it?

A: Putting a phone in Test Mode is a good way to accurately measure the strength of an available signal in a specific location. We urge people to use Test Mode because it provides an actual numerical measurement of signal strength. By contrast, the graphical “bars” representation displayed by most phones is a simple approximation of signal strength that varies widely among manufacturers and devices.

Test Mode displays the true strength of signal a phone is receiving in decibels (dB). The reading is always displayed as a negative number, and the closer to zero the stronger the signal. So a reading of -65 dB is much stronger than -95 dB.

The directions for accessing Test Mode vary among devices. For most Android devices, select “Settings” – “About Phone” then “Status” and look for signal readings, We have more information on putting your phone into test mode on our web site at:

http://www.alternativewireless.com/cellular-antennas/building-cellular-repeater-systems/cellular-repeater-coverage-calculations.html

 

Signal Booster Simultaneous Connections

June 19th, 2013

A common question we get is how many cell phones or data devices can be connected to a signal booster at the same time. Wilson Electronics answers that question below:

Wilson does not limit the number of simultaneous connections a booster can support. So there is no artificial cap on the number of connections. However, there are factors that affect the number of cellular devices that can operate simultaneously.

First, strength of the signal outside the building; the stronger the signal outside, the more devices inside can be supported simultaneously. Second, the output power of the booster unit; a booster with higher output power can support more simultaneous connections.

If you have other questions about using or installing Wilson boosters or antennas, contact our feel free to Contact Us @ AlternativeWireless.com

Weak Zones & Dead Zones

May 15th, 2013

You’d think we would have the total US covered by cell service by now. If you listen to service provider commercials and if you look at their coverage maps, you see very few spots that have no service. You would think the whole world is covered by their service. You would think but… unfortunately, it’s still not the case and it’s not just you that has trouble getting cell service at home, work or when on the road.

Internet Service Too!

Cellular networks now provide Internet service too. The potential to Internet access away from where wired connections are available, is huge. Alas, no cell signal, no Internet service (at least cellular broadband anyway).

WHY?

So, the big question is why. There are a ton of companies selling cell service and you see towers all around as you travel, so why isn’t it everywhere?

There’s basically 2 areas of bad service; rural or metro. Yes, you can have a great signal all around you but still not be able to make a call.

First let’s look at rural areas.

Investment in Technology

There are 4 service providers that are considered “nationwide”. They are AT&T, Verizon,  T-Mobile and Sprint. According to the FCC, combined they cover 91% of the US population. Other regional or metro service providers (Cricket, MetroPCS, Leap cover larger populated areas. All combined, the FCC reports that 99.9% of the population is covered. However, “coverage to the extent that a provider’s reported coverage is greater than its actual coverage. Additionally, coverage does not quantify network quality variables such as signal strength, bit rate, and in-building coverage. This is where the issue of coverage is challenged. The coverage maps and service provider commercials look and sound great, but the reality is that total “usable” coverage area is much smaller than what service providers report.

Carriers want to serve areas with large population to recover their investment in the large amount of technology required to bring service to a particular area.

Limits of Technology

Some of the limits of cellular technology are distance from towers, terrain between you and a tower and man made buildings or other obstructions between you and a tower.

Metro Area Challenges

Within Buildings

One of the biggest challenges of weak or non existent cellular coverage is within buildings. This can be huge office buildings or small metal buildings. Having trouble getting signal in your home but the signal is great outside? It’s probably that metal roof on top of your home.

Terrain

Down in a valley, up on a hill? Both can impact the quality of the cell signal you are receiving. Got a lot of trees around you? Again, can negatively impact your signal.

What Can You Do About Poor Cellular Coverage?

Unfortunately, 100% cell coverage is not with us yet. What can you do? First, contact your service provider. If you have a broadband Internet connection like Cable or DSL, they may offer you your own cellular tower called a Femtocell or MicroCell. It broadcasts a cell signal but must be connected to your home WiFi network. Doesn’t do you any good on the road of if you were relying on broadband from cellular.

If you don’t have a Broadband Internet connection, take a look at today’s newer signal boosters. They don’t require a broadband Internet connection. They basically take the signal outside, amplify it the re broadcast it inside. Cellular Signal Boosters are available for homes, offices, large buildings and vehicles.

 

 

 

 

Optimizing Directional Outside Antenna

May 12th, 2013

How do you reposition an Directional Outside Antenna to optimize the available cell signal?

Directional Antenna

Directional Antenna

There are two ways to do this. The easier way is to use the Wilson RF Signal Detector (867501). The RF Signal Detector indicates available cellular signals in four frequency bands allowing the user to determine precisely where to point an outside antenna. If you don’t have access to a signal detector use the procedure below.

It’s best to do this as a two-person team – one person outside to reposition the directional antenna, and one inside the building to monitor resulting changes in signal strength. If you already know the location outside your building where you get the strongest cellular signal, start by pointing the antenna in that direction. If you don’t know, it’s not a problem. Just pick a random direction and start there.

Have the inside person check signal strength, if possible using a phone in test mode. Test mode shows signal strength in decibels (dB), a much more accurate measurement than the “bars” on your phone screen. If you don’t know how to access test mode, check the phone’s user manual our use the Standard Phone Test Modes document on our website.

Now that you have a baseline signal strength measurement, turn the antenna 45 degrees and note any change in inside signal strength. Repeating this action a few times should help you dial in the optimum position for the directional antenna. NOTE: Each time the antenna is moved, you must wait – typically 10 to 15 seconds – for the phone to register the signal and display any change in signal strength.

If you have other questions about installing or troubleshooting a Wilson booster or antenna, Contact Us for more help.

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Wilson Cellular Signal Tester

April 15th, 2013

Cellular Signal Tester

For building cellular signal booster installers, getting a cell signal strength reading to help calculate coverage area a building signal booster system will provide can be a challenge. If the signal booster installer is only concerned with one service provider, it’s fairly easy and straight forward – just put a cell phone into test mode or, for most Android devices, check Settings, About Phone, Status.

For larger installs where the need to boost the signal for multiple service providers, the installer could use a device for each provider or invest in a much more expensive spectrum analyzer. To meet this need at a more affordable cost, Wilson Electronics has developed an cellular signal strength tester that tests the wireless signal for most service providers in the US.

The Wilson Cellular Signal Tester allows the installer to test downlink signal strength before and after cellular amplifier system installation. It works with the 800 MHz , 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz) and 700 MHz LTE (bands 12 and 13) frequency bands for carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others.

Wilson also has a handy Directional Antenna kit to use with the device.

You can find it on our web site at: Wilson Cellular Signal Tester

In Line Antenna Amplifier

April 12th, 2013
InIine Antenna Signal Booster

In-Line Antenna Signal Booster

On larger cellular signal booster system installations, sometimes the installer needs more power to an inside antenna or two. In Line antenna booster fits the bill.

An In-Line booster is typically be used in big buildings when you have long stretches of cable and you need to boost the signal to the inside antenna the cable is connected to. It is also used to compensate for signal loss because of the use of taps or splitters to accommodate multiple interior antennas.

The In-line Booster is installed between a the main in-building signal booster unit and that booster’s inside antenna.

The In-line Booster can be installed in the middle of a cable run or near the inside antenna, as needed.

PURCHASE / MORE INFO: In-Line Antenna Booster

Explaining 4G

April 10th, 2013
4G & LTE Explained

4G & LTE Explained

We found this four-minute clip posted on YouTube by Marques Brownlee. He provides a very understandable explanation of what 4G (as well as the other “G”s) without getting bogged down in technical details.

At one point during the video Marques digresses into an interesting discussion of quad core chips versus dual core and their effect on device battery life If you choose to tune out that short segment of the audio you won’t miss any relevant 4G information. Here’s the video link.

If you find the video useful, be sure to click Like and show Marques some love for his good work.

Wilson Electronics Announces Warranty Upgrade

April 5th, 2013

Wilson Electronics

Wilson Electronics announced that they have increased their warranty on signal boosters to 2 years. Here is their press release:

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North America’s leading maker of cellular signal boosters, announces that effective immediately all Wilson signal booster models are covered by an industry leading two-year warranty from date of purchase.

The company has long warranted its signal boosters for one year against defects in workmanship and/or materials. But now the time is right to extend that warranty, said Laine Matthews , Director of Business Development at Wilson Electronics.

“Wilson unofficially has been honoring a two-year warranty for some time,” Matthews said. “Now we decided to make the policy official. We strongly feel Wilson quality, customer service and technical support are second to none.

“As the leader in this industry Wilson cares deeply that our products work as designed for those who purchase them, and that our customers have a good experience. We’re known for standing behind our products, and we take great pride in their quality.”

The new two-year warranty applies to all new Wilson booster purchases, and retroactively from date of purchase to all Wilson boosters currently in use.

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