The current rollout of 5G networks creates a pressing need for more network capacity. People are already using more mobile data than ever before, and with 5G, that trend is only going up. 

Signal boosters are one way to deal with that problem, but another option is becoming more popular: the small cell network. These networks employ low-powered antennas called nodes that operate like miniature cell phone towers. Nodes like femtocells and microcells can be used to extend the reach of mobile providers.

However, they do come with certain drawbacks:

The Difference Between Cell Signal Boosters and Small Cell - WilsonPro-min

The monthly fees can increase the costs of a femtocell or microcell network rapidly. Small cell raises some other concerns as well.

Ultimately, the situation in which you'd most need to resort to a small cell network is when there's simply no mobile signal in your area for a signal booster to amplify. Short of that, signal boosters are generally an equally effective and more cost-friendly way to go.

Single-Carrier vs. Multi-Carrier Cell Signal Boosters

Single-Carrier vs. Multi-Carrier Cell Signal Boosters - WilsonPro-min

Cell signal boosters affect certain key aspects of your device's signal. Different kinds of booster technology balance gain  and downlink power in different ways.

A very weak external signal means you need a booster with lots of gain. This is because, no matter how high the gain, the signal's never going to be strong enough to exceed the system's downlink output power. If the signal at the donor antenna is relatively strong, downlink output power is essential to keep signal amplification from going to waste.

For multi-carrier cell signal boosters, the FCC prescribes specific limits on gain to keep them from interfering with one another. A booster that operates in a more limited range of frequencies — usually by restricting itself to a single carrier — can somewhat exceed those limits and provide higher gain. This is the trade-off that single-carrier boosters make.

WilsonPro cell signal boosters tend to have a more balanced approach. A signal booster solution that restricts you to one carrier is a needless limitation to accept for a little added gain that's rarely necessary. WilsonPro technology provides multi-carrier compatibility with maximized and balanced gain and downlink output power.

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Dropped calls, poor service, and the headaches of interrupted communication can be a thing of the past in your commercial facilities and in your rental properties. Contact us today to learn more about how a custom cell signal booster system can make life better for your business.

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