DAS Systems vs. Signal Boosters: which one is for you?
Weak cell and Wi-Fi reception still plague many buildings in the U.S., even though broadband continues to rise in speed. While many would attribute slow connectivity to a problem with Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the problem might be within your very own premise.
When faced with such issues, many building managers find themselves at a crossroads; do they opt for setting up a distributed antenna system or go for a signal booster?
Let’s go into the differences between both
However, other building managers opt for different, more complex technology such as distributed antenna systems (DAS). The tech comprises a comprehensive system of linked antennas that provide full-strength reception for large commercial spaces, such as hospitals, malls, hotels, or apartment complexes.
It is worth highlighting the range of DAS’ reception, as it was able to reach tough blind spots within a structure, even reaching subterranean subway platforms.
The first difference that needs to be earmarked is price point; DAS systems are naturally more expensive than DAS cell boosters. The Achilles heel to this, however, can only provide cellular signals, while signal boosters can also enhance broadband and HDTV receptions.
- Signal boosters: If you’re looking for a quick fix to your reception problems, then DAS signal boosters are the way to go, as they would immediately provide you with full service, especially when dealing with distance from carrier towers. These systems are considered easy to install, as
- customers can set them up themselves.
- DAS Systems: This is a more complicated layout since they are targeted more toward the digital infrastructure of a particular organization or workplace. They are optimal when new buildings are being constructed rather than fitted into an already built one. This is done by linking fiber-optic cables to a plethora of antennas spread out on different floors and collaborating with ISPs themselves.
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Upgrade and Use
- Signal Boosters: As are many electronics in this age, DAS signal boosters are considered plug-and-play solutions, which allows for the ease of their maintenance and later upgrade. Cell booster systems are the easier option to consider for your ordinary user.
- DAS Systems: Since this approach is considered infrastructure, it demands technical support and expert maintenance since they are connected to a single solution. A DAS system is regarded as a permanent solution for the long term.
Accordingly, each solution depends on the needs of its user.
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