Installing a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) in your building strengthens mobile phone and wireless signals, while simultaneously strengthening your business. Not only is reliable coverage necessary during an emergency, it’s important for day-to-day tasks. After all, dropped calls and dead zones slow down productivity. Not only is it convenient to have good coverage, it’s also the law.
A DAS is a configuration of spatially separated antenna nodes installed with expert configuration regarding the cause of interference. The system picks up wireless signals and transports them through a fiber to an antenna where it disperses throughout the building. One Distributed Antenna System can offer support to several cellular and public safety technologies.
3 Signs Your Building Has Poor Wireless Coverage
Dropped calls are a common complaint
The people in your office regularly complain about dropped calls or poor signal strength.
Phones or hand-held devices show low signal
Handsets show fewer than three bars on a regular basis.
Certain parts of the building offer better coverage than others
You must stand near a window or door to make a call because the coverage improves in certain areas of the building. You may also find that coverage varies based on what floor of the building you are on.
What Causes Communication Interference Problems?
There are several common reasons for poor wireless coverage, including the thickness of walls. New building code regulations enforce the use of stronger and heavier materials to construct buildings. This helps protect construction against high-force winds, hurricanes, etc., but these thick materials are difficult for wireless signals to penetrate. Hence why dead zones are so common inside of large modern buildings.
Stairwells, elevators, energy-efficiency additions and certain fortifications in hospitals and government buildings can lead to interference as well. Additionally, the top floors of high-rise buildings are prone to RF interference from cellular towers, while lower floors are often shadowed from towers by buildings in the surrounding area.
Cellular Enhancement Systems
Enhancing cellular coverage provided by the major carriers can be a challenge for both building owners and developers. It requires experience and specific knowledge to find the right solution to improve in-building cellular coverage. Several factors influence the best option including the size of your building, coverage requirements, and budget.
We offer free pre-testing of signal strength levels along with site surveys. Is your facility in pre-construction phase? We can offer a quote based on the floor plan of the building.
In-Building Radio Enhancement Systems
An in-building radio enhancement system is designed to amplify signals for first responder and Fire Department radio networks, as well as cellular carriers. Each system is specifically designed to meet a facilities’ needs. For the most part, a Radio Enhancement System includes three main components:
- The Donor Antenna System
- The Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA)
- The Distributed Antenna System (DAS)
Highland Wireless offers FREE pre-testing of signal strength levels and site surveys. From design through installation, we are here to meet all your communication goals in the state of Florida.