Cell Booster Installer's ( CBI ) general installation process is as follows:
First and foremost CBI must gather general data about what the situation is and the desired outcome. Here is what we're looking for:
- Carriers - what cell carriers are needed
- Technology - Do you want voice, data, 3G, or 4G technologies or all of the above
- Signal Strength - How strong is the signal in dBm for all the desired carriers and technologies? We need more than the number of bars on the phone. If this is unknown CBI will need to conduct a site survey before moving forward. In metro areas a site survey is absolutely necessary to discover the wireless environment for all carriers regardless of the desire carrier. This is needed to prevent interference from strong cellular signals. In general CBI prefers to conduct a site survey to avoid unforeseen issues.
- Desired coverage area - You may want cell coverage throughout the building or select areas. Either way we need to know the approx. square feet of the desired coverage area.
- Building Floorplan - For larger buildings we would like to gather a digital copy of the layout. If one does not exist a sketch will be sufficient.
- Construction Material - We're looking out for exterior construction materials and more importantly internal construction materials. Concrete and metal construction will attenuate cellular signals.
- Aesthetics - Are there special HOA or zoning requirements as far as external antennas. What do you require?
- Building Codes - For commercial buildings are there codes such as the need for plenum cable or conduit?
- Other Requirements - Location of powered devices or anything else.
Most projects will require a site survey. CBI is looking to gather information not found in the gathering data step above. We're also looking out for accessibility and any special equipment needed to install the system (scaffolding or harness for instance).
Once all the necessary information is gathered CBI will design a proposed system and overlay on the provided floor plans in digital format. We will also make a wiring diagram in digital format.
CBI will submit a proposal of the cost of the project and provide the designs.
Steps can vary depending upon the size and scope of the project, but in general they are as follows.
- Point external antenna. We may setup the external antenna temporarily as a means to see how it will perform in certain locations.
- When possible we will do a soft install to start. This means we will start with simply stringing cables across the floor or other means temporarily to see how the system reacts to antenna placement(s). In large buildings we may do this floor by floor testing the coverage area. Once satisfied we'll make it permanent and move to the next floor.
- Pull Cable and place internal antennas to the tested or proposed locations. We'll be careful to follow the building codes.
- Final testing and adjustments.
The project will be considered complete after doing a walk-through with the customer to ensure requirements have been met.
Follow-up and Service Work
After the project is completed CBI will ensure the system continues to function properly. We typically setup a 6 month service agreement as part of the process, but other agreements can be made to ensure the system continues to work for the long run.
Available for Large Projects in the Following States
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia