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Do You Need a Cradle, Wired, or Wireless Antenna?

on February 25, 2014

Getting weak reception is one of the biggest woes of most cellphone users. Office-goers in buildings often need to head to the roof just to get a clear enough signal to talk on the phone. Even with cellphone signals on every other corner these days, the signal reception problem persists.

Need is the mother of invention though. To resolve signal woes, we’re presented with a solution in the form of amplifiers. These amplifiers are specifically designed to boost cellphone signals, reducing dropped and unclear phone calls, while also improving mobile internet connectivity.

Considerations When Going For an Amplifier

When deciding on making a cellphone amplifier purchase, several factors need to be kept in mind. First and foremost, your purchase decision needs to be based on the number of signals you are currently getting. One needs an increasingly powerful amplifier the lower the signal. If you have no signals at all, an amplifier is useless; since there is no signal to boost.

The carrier you use with your cellphone also needs to be considered. Many cellphone amplifiers these days cater to all carriers, but it is generally recommended to use one that is specifically designed for your carrier; unless you do not intend to stick with the same carrier for long. Carriers like Nextel can only be boosted by a specific Wilson amplifier.

Purchasing an amplifier from an obscure brand is never a good choice. Cellphone amplifiers need to follow certain regulations; but obscure brands often disregard regulations in favor of more powerful signal amplifiers. Such amplifiers often generate frequencies powerful enough to conflict with emergency frequencies and cellphone towers. To ensure safety and conformity to regulations, buying from a respectable manufacturer is highly recommended.

Another major consideration when going for a cellphone amplifier is the type. Signal amplifiers are divided into three major categories: Wired, Cradle, and Wireless. So how do you know which one is best for you? Let’s take a look.

The Wired Way

The first thing one needs to know when considering going the wired way is that it is a single-user solution. Wired antennas connect directly to one’s device using a Velcro strip or a phone adapter. Such solutions only boost the signal for your own phone only, but since they are directly connected and tailored for a single device, they provide a superior signal boost; albeit at the cost of reduced mobility.

In the wired amplifier antenna category, the Ultra Slim Antenna is the most popular model in the US region. The antenna is attached to your phone using a Velcro strip; the phone is required to have one attached to its back. The antenna is then plugged into the amplifier directly. One might also plug the phone directly onto the amplifying device using a phone adapter though. This removes the need for a coaxial cable. The Ultra Slim antenna comes in two types. The 301149 model comes with a male connector, while the 301143 has a female connector.

Opting For the Cradle

Next up are cradle solutions. Cradle antennas are also wired, and as such, a single-user solution. Cradle solutions require the phone to be docked onto a cradle to receive boosted signals. The cradle is connected to the amplifying device. For calls, a Bluetooth headset or speaker needs to be employed when the phone is placed onto the cradle for signal amplification. Cradle solutions, being wired, provide high-grade signal amplification, as compared to wireless solutions.

Choosing a cradle interior is not too tough, since the list of good ones is narrowed down by yours truly. The two most common cradle solutions are the Cradle Plus and the Cradle Sleek. The Cradle Plus provides only an interior antenna; thus the amplifier needs to be purchased separately. It comes in the two types: the 301148 with a male connector; and the 301146 with a female connector. The Cradle Sleek on the other hand, comes with an amplifier built within the cradle. This one comes in 5 different types and caters to most carriers in the North American region. All 5 variants of the Cradle Sleek come with female connectors. The primary difference between them is 4G signal boosting capability with respect to each carrier. Of course, people who can afford the Cradle Sleek would do well to go with it; if considering cradle solutions.

Going Wireless

The most common category of signal amplification devices these days, wireless amplifiers provide unparalleled mobility and convenience; with the added advantage of being a multi-user solution. That means, if you have a wireless amplification system at your home, all cellphone users will be able to get boosted signal strength within the vicinity. Due to the mobility wireless solutions provide, they are most commonly used in vehicles and small areas where multiple people might need signal amplification. Compared to wired and cradle solutions though, wireless amplifications provides lower signal boost.

Due to the popularity of wired amplification solutions, many specialized options exist in the market. Among these, the Hershey Bar Antenna is often referred to as the most versatile solution. The 5-inch wireless system can be mounted on the dashboard or a wall using strong adhesive tape. The Hershey Bar Antenna is ideal for small areas, automobiles, or a boat. For larger areas like an office floor, the panel can be fitted with a larger antenna. The MobilePro is also a very reliable wireless amplification solution and is a full-fledged wireless amplifier with the antenna built within. Its versatility is such that it can easily be moved from a vehicle to an outdoor setting without much ado.

Still Confused?

All you need to make a decision between wired, wireless, and cradle solutions is to clearly define your requirements. If you feel that you might want amplification in mobile environments, wireless is your best and only bet. For large stationary spaces, wired solutions are great; while cradle solutions can be ideal for personal spaces like your study or office room. At Wilson Amplifiers, we provide extensive consultation so you can make a definitive purchase.

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