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Signal Booster Accessories - Taps

on November 20, 2018

Tap

Welcome to the third in our series on Signal Booster Accessories! This week, we’ll be covering Taps (also called a Coupler). Last time we covered the Diplexer - click here to read about those.

Our first week we covered the Splitter, click here to read about them.

Multiple Indoor Antennas, Long Cable Runs

Having multiple indoor antennas can greatly improve your booster’s coverage by getting around building material. But what happens when you have an especially large area to cover, but only have limited space to store the amplifier? As you know from our guide, the longer the cable run, the more signal loss occurs. So how can you ensure even signal output from each antenna along that run?

The humble tap is your answer.

What are Taps?

Like splitters, taps are designed for multiple antenna runs. Taps allow for a user to set up two or more inside antennas while providing a stronger cellular signal to one inside antenna than the other. This is mostly for a set up which has one inside antenna close to the amplifier with the other being far away (requiring a long cable). Due to the loss of the signal from the longer cable, sending a stronger signal through the cable would be the smartest way to go.

Take for example a 6dB tap and a 10dB tap. A 6dB tap would send a loss of -6dB to one end and a loss of -1.5dB to the other while a 10dB tap would send a loss of -10dB to one end and -0.5dB to the other. For example, feeding a signal of -70dB to a 6dB tap would send a signal of -76dB to one end and -71.5dB to the other while feeding a signal of -70dB and a 10dB tap would send a signal of -80dB to one end and -70.5dB to the other.

We got pretty technical there for a moment, but in simple terms, the difference between the two taps lies entirely in how much loss you can expect on either end.

When Should I Buy a Tap?

There are two major reasons to buy a tap over a splitter.

First, the goal of any signal booster accessory is to best preserve your boosted signal and distribute it in the most effective way possible. Taps are an effective tool for this because they can outperform a splitter in certain situations by keeping the antennas at roughly the same strength. A splitter will have very strong signal at antennas near the amplifier but much weaker signal at antennas far from the amplifier.

Second, as previously mentioned, you’re looking to run a single length of cable over a long space. A splitter will require two or more cable runs, each of which gives a certain amount of loss depending on how far the runs are. This not only increases the total amount of cable to run, but it costs more. A tap performs with just a single line of cable.

And that's it! Hopefully you've learned a little about our friend the tap - if you're interested in purchasing one or have any questions, follow the link below.


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