Which is better, one big cell booster or 4 little ones?

Before you read this article, here’s the real question: Why not have the best of both worlds?

If you’re looking to provide improved cell service in a really large space — say 100,000 square feet or more — you have some decisions to make. You could put in ten small boosters, each covering 2,000 square feet. That would be really customizable, because you’d be able to really position them for the best possible coverage, taking into account walls, doors, and the like. But let’s face facts, that could be a mess. Ten cables run outside, ten antennas that have to be positioned so they don’t interfere with each other, ten possible points of failure if there’s a problem. Wouldn’t you rather make things simple?

Go big or go home

That’s why there are giant boosters like this WilsonPRO Enterprise 4300 industrial cellular signal booster system. This is serious industrial hardware, with a super-strength booster delivering  scorchingly hot power to get your cell signal out to the world. This is the big boy, and it includes four antennas to distribute that boosted signal out to the edges of your location. Putting them as far away as possible will let you get the most out of the system.

Yes, it’s expensive, and certainly you can get cell phone signal boosters for a lot less money, but there’s a lot more to know here. This booster is designed to give that boost to each of the four antennas, in a completely linear and predictable way. Having four dome antennas instead of one central antenna gives you a lot more flexibility. It’s actually like having four boosters that share one base unit and antenna. It really is the best of both worlds.

If you were to just have one booster with one antenna at the maximum possible output power, you wouldn’t get anywhere near as much range, and multiple boosters, let’s just say “mo’ boosters, mo’ problems,” right? Make it simple by having a system designed for multiple antennas that gives you the boosting power you need.

Another option to think about

Of course, in the real world nothing is perfect and there could still be a corner of that 25,000 square foot space that gets weak signal. That’s where you adopt a hybrid approach… add a residential cell booster at a low price to clean up weak zones. A booster like this our weBoost Home Multiroom installs easily and gives plenty of boost to a local area without a lot of fuss. It can even be picked up and moved for a temporary boost, nearly anywhere you need it.

Get a custom-designed system from Solid Signal

When you’re talking about large installations, every one is going to be different. You’ll need an expert to help you plan everything out. Solid Signal offers this service, and you’ll want to take advantage! We can start with a blueprint of your space. If possible, we’ll arrange for a site visit to test cell service throughout the building. Then, with that information in hand, we’ll plan the cell phone signal booster solution you’ll need. The goal is simple: perfect reception everywhere you want it. You can even tell us where the “really important” spots are, like the boss’s office.

With the plan in place, our Business Enterprise Solutions team will put in the perfect system for you. They will install it properly, test it, and make sure you’re happy! It all starts with a call to our commercial and activations team, Signal Connect. Call us during East Coast business hours at 877-312-4547, or fill out the form below! We’re happy to help, and anxious to get you the cell service you deserve in your large space!

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.