Cellular antennas may not be the first place your mind goes to when you think about boosting cell signal. Any cell phone signal booster needs not only an outdoors, but an indoors antennas too. Solving the issue of why your phone is so slow involves a few things. First you need to know why your phone is slow. Often this is because there simply isn't enough outside signal to reach indoors. Secondly, knowing which equipment you need to buy to get that outside signal indoors and to your phone. One of the most important pieces of this puzzle is pairing the right antennas with the rest if the system.
What Antenna Do You Need?
Before you yell, “I can fix that!”, the first question that you need to answer is what do you need the antenna for. We have cell booster antennas for homes, businesses, and vehicles. Each situation needs a slightly different approach in order to get the best cell signal to or from your booster that you can. Signal Boosters offers the best choice of indoor and outdoor antennas for any situation. Here are our top choices.
Best Outdoor Antennas For Your Homes and Businesses
Best Premium Outdoor Antenna for your Home or Office
The Long Ranger
Our Most Powerful Outdoor Antenna
- Rural areas where receiving a consistent signal feels impossible
- Urban areas plagued with lots of radio frequency noise for consistently crisp signal
The Long Ranger is one of the big boys, large in size and power. Being a log-parabolic antenna, it’s extremely directional, we’re talking about a 10° radiation cone. This can make installation a bit difficult due to it needing to be pointed EXACTLY at the correct cell tower. Remember, knowing how to best set up the antenna for your situation is essential. The payoff is the laser focused incoming and outgoing cell signals you get despite excess of radio-frequency noise pollution.
It also has an insane range of over 10 miles. That, plus its maximum gain of +28 dBi makes it a phenomenal performer in rural areas with an exceptionally weak signal. If you don’t get any signal after installing this baby correctly, then you’re probably in a large dead zone.
The Long Ranger is compatible with all cell signal boosters, mobile hotspots, and WiFi routers. For the cherry on top, it also covers all 5G bandwidths, so when those go up in your area, it’ll capture those, too..
Best Mid-Priced Outdoor Antenna for your Home or Office
Our Most Versatile Outdoor Antenna
- Rural areas where receiving a consistent signal feels impossible
- Urban areas plagued with lots of radio frequency noise for consistently crisp signal
The Arrow is an LPDA antenna that combines high gain and easy installation. It is easier to install than the Long Ranger, and can be placed on any roof.
The Arrow will receive all kinds of cellular signal (including 4G, LTE, and 5G signals across all major carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Rogers, Bell, Telus, and more).
Compared to The Long Ranger, it has slightly less range (up to 10 miles) and less gain (up to +12 dB), but is cheaper, easier to set up, fits easier on an ordinary rooftop, and is a great option if you've got a cell tower within 10 miles.
Best Budget Outdoor Antenna for your Home or Office
The All 'Rounder | Bolton Technical Omni-Directional Cellular Antenna, 698-2700 MHz, N-Female
Our Easiest Outdoor Antenna to Install
- Omni-directional outdoor antenna
- Designed for rooftop mounting to capture outdoor cellular signal
- For 50 Ohm Signal Boosters
- High efficiency and compact design
- Up to +4 dB gain.
The Bolton All ‘Rounder is the perfect antenna for those who want a quick install and forget about it. Mount it on your roof with just a few screws and draw in signal from all around you. Once installed and connected to your 50 Ohm signal boosting system, it'll pull in cellular signals from every direction (360°) from every cell carrier’s tower within its range.
This antenna is best used in low valley and urban areas with decent outside signal. The All ‘Rounder is affordable, works for all carriers, is compact and simple to install. It's the perfect choice for urban houses who need a bit of a signal boost.
Best MIMO Outdoor Antenna for your Home or Office
The Crossbow 5G
Our Most Powerful Antenna for Hotspots and Cellular Routers
- Improving cellular broadband connections when WiFi or wired internet isn’t available.
- Improving cellular broadband connections when building material blocks incoming signals.
The Crossbow is a cross-polarized MIMO antenna designed for cellular broadband routers, modems, and hotspots.
This antenna features up to 11 dBi of gain and can communicate with cellular towers located up to 5 miles away. This makes the Crossbow perfect for rural areas where your towers are far and your signal is weak. When tested, we actually saw significant improvements in upload and download speeds in an area with non-existent outside signal. If you have RF noise or building material issues, the antenna's coaxial cables and 45° cross-polarized directional beam will solve them.
The Crossbow is available in two versions. The most popular version includes a 16 ft Twin HDF-195 cable with SMA-Male connectors. Great for SMA-Female cellular routers or hotspots, as well as TS-9 routers or hotpots with the use of an adapter. The second version comes with twin N-Female ports without cables, allowing you to choose a longer cable for long cable runs.
Both versions are 5G capable and are backward compatible with 4G/LTE/3G/2G signals and work with al carriers.
Best Indoor Antennas For Your Homes and Businesses
Best Narrow Space Indoor Antenna for your Home or Office
The Indoor Board
Our Most Powerful Indoor Antenna
- Hallways, small rooms, spaces with high ceilings, & anywhere you need stronger signal
- Maximizing indoor coverage in areas with strong and weak outside signal
The Indoor Board is an ultra-high quality and good looking directional antenna. The design is simple, small, and will camouflage really well wherever you decide to mount it.
This indoor antenna broadcasts signal in a 60-75° directional beam. Fir best results you should mount the Indoor Board on the ceiling or a wall. The front of the antenna needs to point in the direction that you want better signal. They’re great for long hallways, small rooms, and if installed on the ceiling, they can blanket a large room and possibly cover multiple floors.
It has a gain of up to 8 dBi, making it powerful enough for mid-sized areas. If you live in a rural area with weak outside signal, you’ll get a stronger connection using this antenna rather than a dome antenna.
Best Wide Space Indoor Antenna for your Home or Office
Our Best Indoor Antenna for Indoor Wide-Open Spaces
- Homes and offices with low ceilings
- Homes and offices with open concept layouts
- Homes and offices with minimal indoor building material interference
- Equal signal distribution in all directions
If you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing indoor antenna that offers great results and broadcasts equal signal in all directions, then the Rondo is a no-brainer.
The Rondo is a low-profile dome antenna with low-PIM and up to 6 dBi of gain. It’s designed for open spaces like warehouses, open plan living areas and big rooms with low ceilings. The Rondo works best with a strong outside signal, and little inside building materials to get in its way. In weak signal areas, coverage may be extremally limited or lack the strength to reach the ground.
Best Outdoor Antennas For Your Vehicles
Best Outdoor Antenna for your Urban IoT Fleet or Small Vehicle
The Mighty Mag
Our Best Outdoor Antenna for Cars, SUVs, and IoT Applications
- Any SMA vehicle booster
- IoT and M2M signal booster
- Urban and suburban areas with some rural areas
The Mighty Mag, short for the mighty magnet, is a 4-inch outdoor magnet mounted omni-directional antenna for vehicle and IoT signal boosters. It can also be used with cellular hotspots.
The antenna easily attaches to the top of any vehicle or IoT application. It's great for smart parking meters, vending machines, ATMs and more. The Mighty Mag is omnidirectional, which means that it pulls in cell signal from all directions. As a mobile antenna, it can quickly and automatically adapt to outside signal changes to maintain a consistent connection on the go.
With gains up to 3 dBi, the Mighty Mag will work best in urban, suburban, and some rural areas when paired with the right signal booster.
Best Premium Outdoor Antenna for your Truck or RV
Wilson Drive OTR Antenna
Our Best Outdoor Antenna for Trucks and RVs
- Camping in urban or remote campgrounds
- Driving through rural, suburban, and urban roads
The Wilson Drive OTR is a top-notch omni-directional antenna for trucks, RVs, or heavy-duty vehicles. It’s powerful, durable, rugged, and can withstand harsh weather conditions. In fact, it actually meets Military 810H and NEMA IP66 standards.
If you pair this antenna with your truck or RV signal booster, you’ll see a great signal improvement whether you’re camping or driving all over the country. The antenna's maximum gain is 4 dBi, which combined with an in-vehicle signal booster is a very decent on the goo signal improvement.
Best Low Profile Inside Antenna for your Vehicle
Wilson Low-Profile Antenna
Our Best Low-Profile Indoor Antenna for Vehicles
- Enhancing coverage inside cars, trucks, and SUVs
- RVs who only want coverage in the cockpit
The Wilson Low-Profile Antenna is a discreet, compact, and effective antenna for vehicle signal boosters. With up to 3.4 dBi, it can create better cell reception throughout most of your vehicle when connected to a weBoost unit.
It is very simple to install, needing only to be velcro’d or stuck to your dash. For best results, make sure the front of the antenna faces the area you wish to boost because it is a directional antenna.
In rural areas the antenna works best if you make sure your mobile devices are as near to it as possible.
Best Desktop Inside Antenna for your Vehicle
Our Best Indoor Desktop Antenna for Camped RVs
- Enhancing coverage inside any RV
- Improving reception while stationary or camping
The Honcho is a wideband indoor antenna best suited for RVs, but will work with any vehicle and even small homes.
Its sleek design allows you to install it anywhere inside your RV without compromising your décor. Simply place it on any flat surface and ensure it faces the area where you need signal. It has a 120° radiation cone, making it perfect for narrow vehicles.
In addition, this compact antenna packs a serious punch. Under perfect conditions, it’s strong enough to cover up to 1-2 rooms. On average, customers have seen about 8 ft of coverage, which is more than the typical vehicle antenna.
It’s ideal for those wanting wider cell coverage and a consistent connection while driving or camping in rural and urban areas.
4 Things to be Aware of Before Buying Cellular Antennas
Here are some things to understand before buying a cellular antenna, or more than one.
There are Different Types of Cellular Antennas
There are four main types of cellular antennas.
- Outdoor Omni-Directional Antennas pull in cell signal from every direction. They’re great for amplifying multiple carriers at the same time and work best in areas with good outside signal.
- Outdoor Directional Antennas pull in cell signal from one direction and have to point at your carrier’s closest cell tower. They’re able to boost multiple carriers, but tend to only amplify one or two at a time because of their directionality. They’re stronger than omni antennas and work great in both strong and weak signal environments.
- Indoor Dome Antennas broadcast the amplified signal in every direction. For best results and wider coverage, put them in areas with decent to strong outside signal.
- Indoor Panel Antennas broadcast the amplified signal in one direction. They help squeeze as much gain out of your signal booster unit as possible. Great for those who live in weak signal areas and need better in-building coverage.
Your outside signal strength, how many cellular carriers you wish to amplify, and your coverage area will all affect which antenna you need to choose.
Check the Antenna’s Impedance
Matching the cellular antenna’s impedance rating (measured in Ohms) to that of your signal booster unit or cellular router connectors will give you the best results. 50 Ohm antennas work best with 50 Ohm systems, and 75 Ohm antennas will work best with 75 Ohm systems. If you don't know the impedance rating, look at the connectors:
- Type-N or SMA connectors have an impedance rating of 50 Ohms
- Type-F connectors have an impedance rating of 75 Ohms
If you don't match impedance you can end up with impedance loss and signal loss. Which will make your signal booster not work as well as it could.
When to Buy Multiple Indoor Antennas
Many of our signal booster bundles include additional indoor antennas.
The most common reason for using multiple indoor antennas is usually due to internal building material, like a brick chimney, a metal wall, or even thick wood walls, preventing the boosted signal from traveling into the rest of the building. An extra antenna will help refocus the boosted signal on the other side of the barrier. Another common reason is multiple stories.
There are a few other questions to bear in mind:
#1. Can the Booster System Handle Multiple Indoor Antennas?
All signal booster units have a maximum amount of amplification ability and it’s usually expressed in dB (decibels). We don’t recommend getting multiple antennas for vehicle boosters or systems with gain levels less than 65 dB. We’ve found that 65 dB systems and up are better suited to handle multiple interior antennas.
#2. How Strong is Your Outside Signal?
One thing to note about signal boosters is that their effectiveness depends on your outside signal's strength. If you have a strong outside connection, it’s easier for the unit to apply maximum gain to the received signal before pushing it to the indoor antenna(s) for broadcasting. If the outside signal is on the weaker side, gain levels will naturally be lower because the incoming signal is not strong enough for the booster to reach its maximum potential. The result is limited coverage.
If you want more than one antenna, there needs to be enough signal to feed them all. You can make sure if this by installing a splitter. A splitter is an accessory that allows you to split the boosted signal equally between two or more indoor antennas. The reason we talk about having enough signal is because two things happen when using a splitter:
- Splitters, like many other connectors and adapters, have a certain degree of signal loss associated with them; it can be as low as 0.4 dB like the SureCall 2-Way Splitter, or as high as 6 dB like the weBoost 4-Way Splitter. Note that dB is measured on a logarithmic scale: every 3 dB of signal loss means you’re cutting down half of your signal strength, and every 6 dB means you’re decreasing your coverage area by half.
- Using a splitter to accommodate multiple indoor antennas doesn’t mean that more coverage is being produced; it just means that more areas of your building will receive coverage. For example, if you're getting about 500 sq ft of coverage with a 65 dB unit, adding a second antenna will not duplicate those results. The splitter is going to split the signal equally between the two antennas. As a result, instead of 500 sq ft of coverage at each indoor antenna point, you might get 200 sq ft at each point after losing a bit of signal due to the splitter.
So before considering having multiple indoor antennas, you need to make sure that your outside signal is strong enough. Otherwise, if you’re already working with weak signal, the splitter (depending on make and model) will degrade the boosted signal even more. This means that you’ll end up with less than optimal coverage and signal strength at each indoor antenna point. We recommend starting with one antenna when your outside signal is less than great, and if you get good results because the exterior antenna is receiving a stronger signal than expected, then additional indoor antennas can be added.
#3. Indoor Antenna Range Limitations
Inside antennas have a maximum amount of range. On average, we’ve found that dome antennas can cover about 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft with perfect outside signal, open concept, and no walls; so basically a warehouse in the middle of the city. Panel antenna manufacturers estimate their antennas can cover about 5,000 sq ft.
How does this apply to getting multiple antennas? If your signal booster unit can cover more ground than what the indoor antenna can provide on its own, then having more than one antenna will help provide wider coverage.
For example, if your signal booster can cover up to 10,000 sq ft under perfect conditions like the SureCall Fusion5s 2.0, you won't achieve maximum coverage using one indoor antenna because of their limitations. In this case, using multiple antennas would be a good idea if you have the signal strength.
When to Buy Multiple Outdoor Antennas
More than one outdoor antenna is only needed if you have a directional antenna for your home or business booster, and want to boost more than one carrier. .
Remember, directional antennas can only receive cellular signals from the direction in which they are facing. Most of the time there is only one or two cell towers within its range. Remember, knowing how to best uhf antenna location for your situation is essential.
If you're trying to pull in AT&T and Verizon signals, for example, but the antennas are located on opposite sides, two directional antennas will be needed. Keep in mind, though, that most signal boosters will require you to use splitters and an extra coax cable to connect all outdoor antennas to the booster. This can give you some signal loss, and the booster won't get the full strength of the outside signal. The more splitters, coax cables and extras you have, the more likely it is that you will lose outside signal.
The signal loss that comes with more than one outside antenna isn’t too much of an issue when you have good signal to begin with. If you live in a rural area though, with weak outside signal, we don't recommend that you use more than one antenna.
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