A lightning surge protector is a recommended accessory for any home and building Wilson weBoost cell phone signal booster.
Placed between the outside antenna and amplifier, a lightning surge protector will discharge any power surge should lightning strike near your outside antenna, saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars' worth of equipment.
When paired with a quality surge protected power strip of at least 1000 Joule rating, you'll have the ultimate peace of mind, especially if you live in an area with frequent thunderstorms. Tall metal objects (like the outside antenna) have a higher tendency to be magnets for lightning strikes, so the surge protector and appropriate grounding will protect your investment.
Check out this article if you want to know about grounding them.
Both Yagi and omni antennas are types of outside antennas that pull in your existing cellular signals before sending them off to the amplifier to be boosted.
Omni antennas are all-around performers used in corporate offices, because they pull signal from a 360-degree field, which usually helps when boosting multiple carriers with cell towers in different locations. They generally are long rod-like cylinders.
Directional (Yagi) antennas are specialized performers that pull in signal from a 45-90 degree directional field. The ability to focus on a narrower field allows it to reach farther than the omni and pull in more signal. However, unless all carriers are within that directional field, the Yagi antenna tends to only boost one carrier. They generally look like an arrow tip or a pirate flag. There also exist LPDA antennas, which are even more powerful and directional Yagi antennas designed for rural areas.
As a result, directional antennas are very popular with people in remote, rural areas or any place with terrible reception.
Check out this article for a more in-depth comparison between Yagi vs. omni antennas.
Both panel and dome antennas are types of inside antennas that provide boosted signal inside the building.
A panel antenna is wall-mounted with a directional broadcasting angle of 45-70 degrees. This means farther reach and preference for those closest to the antenna. Great for hallways and priority areas.
A dome antenna is ceiling-mounted with a 360-degree broadcasting pattern. This is for general use and a horizontal equal-signal broadcast in all directions.
Check out this article for a more in-depth comparison between panel and dome antennas.
For vehicle and M2M/IoT outside antennas, there are several types for different uses:
For vehicle and M2M/IoT inside antennas:
All signal boosters are sold in complete kits with the right type and length of cable for the application. Please refer to your product's spec manual to find the type and length of cable.
Typical cables for home:
Typical cables for vehicles:
Wilson Amplifiers is not just limited to these cables. We can accommodate for unique situations.
Check out this article for more information on coaxial cables and their effectiveness at different run lengths.
A splitter is an accessory that allows for additional inside antennas.
However, this also means that the signal strength is also being split across the cable runs and antennas. So, it's highly dependent on having enough boosted signal to make sure there's enough broadcasting range for all additional inside antennas.
We offer a range of bundles that include splitters to allow for easy expansion of your coverage.
Check out this article for more information on splitters and how they work.
A tap (or coupler) is an accessory that allows for additional inside antennas.
Like a splitter it allows for splitting one cable run into multiple cable runs and antennas.
Unlike a splitter, a tap allows for asymmetrical signal strength cable runs. This means instead of splitting the signal strength equally, one output will perform better than the other(s).
This is useful for instances when giving preference to priority areas in need of coverage or longer cable runs to offset signal degradation.
It's important to remember that a tap or splitter is highly dependent on the quality of the existing signal.
Check out this article for more on taps and how they work.
We have bundles covering a wide range of situations. Your best bet would be to call our support line (1-800-373-2927) or chat with one of our representatives if you’re unsure whether a base kit will be enough to cover your whole building.
For vehicle and M2M inside antennas:
For vehicle outside antennas, there are many types for different uses:
An AC power unit will draw power from your standard two-prong outlet when plugged in. A DC hardwire power unit will directly connect to a power source as part of a permanent installation.
Many companies have an IT department that houses all their networking & technology on a server rack. WilsonPro provides a rack-mount version for IT professionals to easily install and maintain as part of their on-going routine.
Non-rack-mount versions essentially are installed on the wall.