What is Multi-Tower Targeting?
Most cell phone signal boosters only have one donor antenna port. This can make it difficult to optimize for multi-carrier coverage, especially when using directional antennas since they have to point in the direction of your targeted cell tower. The antenna will not capture any cell signal outside its radiation beam. So, if you want AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile coverage in your building, but all carrier towers are in different directions, additional equipment is needed to accomplish that at the expense of performance.
To combat that challenge, WilsonPro introduced Multi-Tower Targeting (MTT) with their Enterprise 1300/1300R and Enterprise 4300/4300R commercial cell phone boosters. They are equipped with three donor antenna ports, allowing them to communicate with multiple cell towers at the same time without hurting performance.
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How Does Multi-Tower Targeting Work?
Multi-Tower Targeting enabled WilsonPro cell phone boosters make use of three outdoor antenna ports. Each port is dedicated to specific frequency bands. Antenna port 1 supports bands 4/25, antenna port 2 supports band 5, and antenna port 3 supports bands 12/13.
The connected directional antennas will only be able to send and receive cell signals operating on those specific bands. This helps maximize cellular reception for all carriers throughout your building. Without MTT, signal strength, signal quality, and coverage suffer.
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A turnkey installation is recommended for WilsonPro’s Enterprise line of commercial cell phone boosters. When installing the cellular boosters, integrators will analyze your signal environment. They will locate each carrier’s closest cell towers and point each antenna at the best cell tower.
Can I Use Omnidirectional Antennas with Multi Tower Targeting?
Using three omnidirectional antennas to target multiple towers is not recommended.
Omnidirectional antennas have a 360-degree radiation beam. A single omni antenna can send and receive cell signals from multiple cellular towers in any direction at the same time.
If you were to use three omnidirectional antennas for your setup, there could be a lot of interference. This will affect performance.
MTT is best for those using directional cellular antennas with their cell phone signal booster.
What if I Don’t Want to Use Three Antennas?
Muti-Tower Targeting is an added feature to help deliver stronger cellular signals inside buildings for all cellular providers. However, you don’t have to use it.
For situations where only one cellular antenna is needed, the cell phone booster can be switched to common mode.
Why Not Use an Omnidirectional Antenna and Common Mode Rather than Multi-Tower Targeting?
Using an omnidirectional antenna and common mode is perfectly acceptable for areas with decent outside cell signal. However, performance will not be nearly as good as if you were to use MTT.
In areas where cell signal is on the weaker side, a single omnidirectional antenna is not powerful enough to get you the coverage you desire. Directional antennas are stronger and have more reach, allowing them to capture the strongest cell signal possible for greater results. Using MTT would be the best option to optimize for multiple carrier coverage.
Wilson Amplifiers is a leading provider of FCC-certified WilsonPro Signal Boosters. All of our units work with all American carriers and devices. We offer a complete turn-key commercial booster installation. You don’t have to worry about anything. Our integrators will set up Multi-Tower Targeting to get you the best possible coverage in your building.
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