Cellular DAS Repeaters
What do they do? Do you need one? How are they installed? How are they commonly used?
What Does a Cellular DAS Repeater Do?
A cellular DAS repeater operates similar to a cellular booster service. But while a cellular booster service collects and amplifies the cellular signal within the building, the DAS repeater connects directly to the service provider. The DAS system will collect the signal and then transmit it, making it more suited to locations where the cellular signal cannot be reliably found.
A DAS repeater is like putting small, cellular towers inside of your building. Devices inside the building will get excellent cellular service, both in terms of speed and stability. Cellular repeaters can be placed anywhere in your building and can ensure that there's coverage throughout.
This is true even if there's something about the structure of the building that inhibits cellular signal, such as particularly thick concrete and metal walls. Because the cellular DAS system connects directly to the service carrier, it can transmit and carry signals into the building from outside.
Our Cellular DAS Installations Include:
- Concrete Construction Buildings
- Convention Centers
- Large Office Buildings
- Large Tenant Buildings
- Other Commerical Buildings
Commercial cellular antenna repeaters installation
Do You Need a Cellular DAS Repeater?
How can you tell whether your business needs a cellular DAS repeater? The easiest method is to audit connectivity throughout your building. Run a speed test in different locations of your building to see where connectivity may be slow or absent. From there, you can decide whether a DAS repeater is needed.
But the easiest way to find out whether your business needs a cellular DAS repeater is to call a professional. Professionals are able to test the different areas of your building to determine the overall quality of your connectivity.
Where Are Cellular DAS Repeaters Most Commonly Used?
But these aren't the only use cases. Office buildings, warehouses, and retail outlets can all benefit from DAS repeaters. DAS repeaters can help anywhere that the cellular signal isn't strong enough, as it serves as a cellular service booster.
There are some alternatives to cellular DAS repeaters, such as cellular booster services. These are similar to DAS repeaters, but they require existing signals; they cannot create their own.
But these alternatives are best discussed with a professional.
Many buildings are filled with "dead spaces" where the cellular signal is either poor or absent. Cellular DAS repeaters can help. Contact KACE to learn more about how a commercial cellular antenna repeater installation can help.
Some signs you might need a DAS repeater include:
- Calls dropped in your building. You may find that there are specific "dead zones" where you can't make calls and where your calls will immediately drop.
- People stepping outside to make calls. A sign might be that you frequently see people outside making calls or using their devices.Cellular signals may be weak inside of your building for specific services.
- Tenants complaining about poor connectivity. When tenants start complaining about poor connectivity, the time to act is immediate.
- Long messages and big attachments failing. Sometimes connectivity isn't immediately obvious.You may see long messages and larger attachments failing.
DAS repeaters are often used for:
- Wireless coverage throughout hotels. Hotels need to have wireless coverage throughout their building.. And that's not just WiFi; they also want to be able to use their phones and tablets.
- Subways and other underground installation. It's very difficult to transmit cellular signals into underground installations like subways.
- Cellular signals at airports. Airports are incredibly large campuses. Many of them are also in rural areas. Part of an airport, for instance, might be out in a field.
- Wireless signal throughout convention centers and halls. Convention centers and halls have the unique issue of distributing cellular signals to a large volume of people at once.
- Signals for medical offices and hospitals. Medical offices and hospitals need to maintain extremely reliable internal networks. They also need to provide cellular service despite a large amount of potentially disruptive equipment.
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How Are Cellular DAS Repeaters Installed?
A base station will be installed in the building to connect to service providers. From there, copper or fiber optic cabling will be used throughout the building to transmit data directly to internal antennas. The cellular data will be transmitted across hard-wired lines to these antenna repeaters, thereby ensuring that the signals are not disrupted.
To install cellular DAS repeaters, a professional cellular DAS company will first analyze the building and identify the zones that need to be improved. The professional will place the antennas as needed and will put the base station in an area that is best suited to distributing the signal across the entire campus. Once cellular DAS repeaters have been installed, the building should immediately have better connectivity.
The cost of cellular DAS repeaters depends on the size and extensiveness of the installation. After reviewing the site, the professional installation team at KACE Communications will be able to give a quote for the work.
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