Everything You Need to Know About Cellular Amplification

Written by Dan Star

Understanding cell phone amplifiers may seem complex, but this article will shed some light on how it works. 

Cell phone amplifiers are also known as signal boosters and are especially useful in remote areas. Cellular amplification will help facilitate constant connectivity for businesses in large “urban jungle” cities, such as New York, London, Paris, and Japan. These areas have a lot of structures, such as buildings, that interfere with cell phone signals. 

People use amplifiers daily in devices, such as loudspeakers for electric guitars, hearing aids, cell phones, and other electronic devices to increase the power of an input signal. 

Let’s take a closer look at the definition of an amplifier, specifically cell phone amplifiers. 

Cell phone sound amplifiers funnel power from a power supply and boost/change it to match the sound waves of the input signal. Therefore, the power of input amplification will depend on the amplifier’s capability. Enhanced signal strength combined with input signal strength is called “gain.” The greater the gain, the more advanced and powerful the amplifier. 

What are some of the top benefits of having a cell phone amplifier? 

  • Provides you with a stronger signal
  • Promotes a longer battery life
  • Enhanced security
  • Increases call clarity
  • Reduces the amount of dropped calls

An amplifier is designed to provide a more robust signal for sharper sound quality. This is especially imperative when you are on a very important phone call or any phone call, really. Whether you are using your phone for business or pleasure, clearly hearing the other person on the call is essential to the outcome and overall experience of using a cell phone. 

How does it work with cell phones? 

A cell phone receives incoming signals from a cellular tower, and with the help of an amplifier, this signal will increase those signals to a higher level, which improves the reception of the call. It improves quality and speed and decreases the possibility of dropped calls. 

You may wonder why your cell phone has a weak signal in the first place. This can be answered by taking a closer look at urban vs. remote situations. 

Why would you need an amplifier if the cellular towers receive a cell phone signal in your area? 

Although cellular networks are all over the place in urban areas, rural and remote areas have fewer towers required to receive signals to allow their cell phone to work seamlessly. Without adequate signals from cell towers, the greater the chance you’ll face difficulties with your cell phone’s functionality. 

Conversely, if you look at cell phone signals in metropolitan or urban areas, a signal can be disrupted by man-made structures, such as skyscrapers, bridges, and tunnels. 

Also, the weather can affect cell phone reception in any area. For example, heavy rain, snow storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme cold, extreme heat, and earthquakes can disrupt signals resulting in poor reception. 

So, how exactly is the signal amplified? 

Cell phone amplification works differently from other amplifiers in that new signals are not formed in the amplification process. Instead, the original signal from the cell tower is repeated after being boosted and sent back in input signal form.

This is why cell amplifiers (or signal boosters) are often referred to as “repeaters.” The signal is simply enhanced rather than a new signal being created. 

Standard cellular amplifiers are compiled of three main components: 

  1. Outside antenna – this receives the signal from your surrounding cell tower
  2. Amplifier – receives the signal from the cell tower and connects it to an inside antenna
  3. Inside antenna – amplifies the signal and broadcasts it to your cell phone 

This configuration is not set in stone, and other methods are available, but these are typically the three-connecting components that allow your input signal to be amplified. 

Understanding the risks. 

Earlier, we mentioned how input signal strength and amplified signal strength are known as “gain.” However, “the more, the merrier” is not always a good thing regarding gain. You may think that higher gain equals better amplification, but that is not always the case. 

First, if your amplification does not require higher gain, you may be wasting resources, giving you no additional benefits or advantages. Secondly, if a phone’s amplifier’s gain is much too high, it can cause operating problems in cell towers that are in close proximity. Unnecessary amounts of higher gain can lead to cell tower damage. 

Although quite a few laws regulate amplifiers, there are fewer laws about gain from amplifiers. This is something that individuals should consider in order to keep amplifier gain in check. Minimizing unwanted gain falls in the hands of users of amplification. Attenuation is king.

What is Attenuation? 

Attenuation is the measurement of the loss of signal strength and is typically measured in decibels (dB) or voltage. Attenuation can occur with types of cables or wireless connections, including the following: 

  • Satellite
  • Radio signals 
  • Copper cables
  • Wireless networks
  • Fiber cables

Attenuation is basically the opposite of gain – meaning loss. The reduction (loss) in signal strength can be achieved when various cables, crimps, and connectors are used. In addition, top-quality cell phone amplifiers will often include embedded components, reducing the signal gain. 

Be aware of the risk of purchasing amplification equipment from a non-reputable brand. They will often have extremely high gain. The promise of a more powerful amplifier will almost certainly lead to higher gain. And as we said previously, a higher gain is not always a good thing. 

Risks to cell towers are only one of the things that can be affected by unnecessary gain. Emergency frequencies can also see broadcast disruptions, including ambulance radios and other emergency radio frequencies. 

It is safe to say that you get what you pay for. When looking for the right company to provide you with quality amplifiers, look no further. Groove Technology Solutions will provide you with technology that works. Let the professionals give you the quality you need and deserve. Contact Groove Technology Solutions today and get amplifying!