Will a Cellular Antenna Help You?

The answer is… help you with what? Solid Signal has tons of available cellular antennas, but just buying one and putting it up isn’t going to help you with your cell service. At least not without a lot of other stuff.

There was a time in the past when cell phones had external antenna connections. It was a long time ago… the last one I remember seeing was about 2005. Manufacturers stopped putting them in because they take up space and with more and more towers being put in, they thought no one needed an external antenna.

Of course, they were wrong.

Here we are over a decade later and more than 90% of people experience poor cell service at some point or other. The best answer is a cellular signal booster, but there’s more to a booster than just an antenna. It’s a complex two-way amplification system that takes weak signals from outside and turns them into strong signals inside. Due to FCC rules, every booster must be sold with everything needed for them to work, and that includes at least one antenna, usually two. One antenna generally goes indoors or by a window, while the other one goes at least 15 feet away.

Of course this makes you wonder who’s buying all those cellular antennas. Sure, there are a few people who are buying them because they think that they don’t need anything else, but most of the people who use cellular antennas are adding onto an established booster system. That’s a perfectly legal thing to do, and there’s no danger to it since your cell booster system will automatically shut down or reduce power if there is a danger of overload due to a poorly placed antenna. Cellular antennas are used to custom-tailor the coverage area of a cell booster or provide extra gain for picking up weaker signals.

If you’re thinking of a cellular antenna, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have low signal outside? Usually this means you need a larger outdoor antenna.
  • Do you need better coverage indoors? Usually this means you need an additional indoor antenna.
  • What kind of connectors are on the booster you’re using. That will help dictate the kind of antenna you can buy.

You also need to know if your system works with 50 ohm or 75 ohm cable. If it has F connectors similar to those used for cable or satellite TV, that’s 75 ohm. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by buying an antenna designed for the right system. There are adapters, but they’re expensive.

With the proper cellular antennas, you can get great signal throughout your building. Think carefully, and if you have questions, call Solid Signal at 877.312.4547.

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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.