So you finally decided to get a cellphone amplifier to end your signal reception woes? The next logical step is usually to fine-tune the system according to custom needs. For customization and performance-enhancing purposes, a large number of amplification accessories are available in the market today. Some are used for customization purposes solely, while others offer proactive solutions to unforeseen situations like extreme weather conditions. Let’s take a look at some of the more common accessories that are used with phones today.
High-power users often feel the need to setup multiple antennas within the base amplifier. This might sound easy, but does come with its own set of obstacles. To set up multiple antennas, one needs to control the amount of power sent to each antenna. To ensure uniform distribution of power, splitters are used. A splitter allows users to determine an appropriate balance of power that is to be distributed across multiple antennas. Just like a phone splitter, amplifier antenna splitters enable up to 4 inside antennas to be fitted. With splitters, there is a small amount of power loss though, increasing as the number of antennas increase.
At times, one might need to set up two antennas, but instead of distributing power uniformly across all the antennas; one might want to skew the power balance for customization purposes. Taps are employed to put such a system in place where one antenna gets a stronger signal than the other. Most of the time, this is done when one antenna is close to the amplifier while the other one is quite far and is connected by a longer cable. To compensate for the power loss due to longer cable length, that antenna can be assigned additional power using Taps.
To combine two inside or outside antennas with one or more than one amplifier, we use a Combiner Diplexer. This accessory is often used in areas with incredibly poor cellular reception. One can use multiple outside antennas to point at different cellular towers to develop a significantly stronger signal. A Combiner Diplexer can also be used to set up a system that is compatible with various cellular networks; for example, combination of a 4G LTE antenna, with one that supports the iDEN system for Nextel carrier. The accessory comes with N-female connectors.
Lightning Surge Protector
Most, if not all, in-building phone amplification systems come with an inside antenna and an outside antenna. In case of lightning strikes, the outside antenna is at risk of being hit. Thus, to protect the amplification system from electrical surges, a lightening surge protector accessory is your best bet. In-building signal boosting systems tend to be on the expensive side, and can be ruined if lightning strikes the outside antenna. A lightning surge protector is a one-time purchase that prevents harm to the system. To ensure complete protection from lightning, integrating a power strip surge protector is recommended. One must keep compatibility in mind when purchasing a lightning surge protector though.
Emergency Vehicle Kits
Mobile amplifiers are an absolute necessity for emergency vehicles like fire trucks and ambulances, since a dropped call might be the difference between life and death. For such purposes, advanced amplification accessories are implemented to create a fool-proof signal amplification system. In most cases, the extra accessories are combined in bundle packages, like the Mobile SOHO Ambulance Kit. The kit is designed specifically for emergency vehicles and comes with all accessories to form a complete system. The boosted signal is powerful enough to provide a small building with boosted signal strength. Almost all 2G and 3G network carriers in North America are supported with this system.
Phone adapters have been around since forever, but are still frequently used with cellphone signal amplifiers. Nowadays, phone adapters are commonly used to connect the phone directly to an amplifier or an outside antenna foregoing the need of a coaxial cable. The phone can be connected to an amplifier or an antenna using different ports, depending upon the type of adapter in use. Connecting the phone to an outside antenna enables one to get superior signal strength, since the adapter effectively removes the inside antenna and directly connects the phone to the much more powerful outside antenna. Phone adapters can be a very effective accessory to get higher signal strength. Cables will still be required to connect the outside antenna with the amplifier.
Mobile Home Antenna Brackets
For truckers, RV’s and mobile homes, specialized antennas are needed. Since such vehicles are designed to be on the road most of the time, antennas that are used with them need to be highly durable. The outside antenna is critical where such large vehicles are concerned, and due to the size of the outside antenna, proper mounting accessories are required. Mirror-mounted and spring-mounted brackets are commonly used to attach the outside antenna to the mirror brackets on large trucks. For roof access, separate NMO (Non-Magnetic Option) mounts are used to connect an outside antenna to the roof of the vehicle.
Connectors and Crimps
Probably the most common accessory in mobile amplifier systems or almost any electrical system for that matter, connectors and crimps are used to join cables and components of an amplification system. A wide variety of connectors are available, differing for each platform. Different connectors are used in the dozens of separate types of antennas and amplifiers. To ensure compatibility, all sorts of connectors and crimps are widely available. Connectors are usually used to extend cable length. Two separate cables can be joined together using a simple compatible connector. For a detailed breakdown on types and compatibility of various connectors and crimps, take a look at the Wilson Amplifiers website.
Choosing the Right Accessories
With so many accessories available, one is bound to be confused. The simplest way is to first determine what function you need to achieve from your signal amplifier system, and then choose accordingly. Once you have your needs clearly defined, choosing the right accessory is a breeze. We have outlined the most commonly used accessories in this article.
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