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What are the alternatives to an active distributed antenna system (DAS)?

WilsonPro offers easily installed, cost-effective passive DAS solutions.

There are many ways to go about providing good cell phone coverage inside buildings. A popular option to consider is an active distributed antenna system (DAS). An active DAS network with all the bells and whistles may be the best choice for new construction. Meanwhile, a passive DAS network of repeaters may be a more effective and efficient solution for an existing building.

Cellular signal repeaters (sometimes called boosters or amplifiers) bring signal from the outdoors inside. Then, the passive DAS boosts that coverage to provide tenants with faster data speeds. From very small shops (under 5,000 square feet) to large spaces (over 100,000 square feet), there are cost-effective solutions that nearly any landlord can afford.

WilsonPro cellular signal repeaters are the most common and trusted alternative to a distributed antenna system (DAS). WilsonPro repeaters amplify an existing outdoor cellular signal to redistribute it indoors to improve coverage, versus a full-blown DAS which is responsible for providing the signal itself. These repeaters can be deployed much faster, while using less space and at a much lower cost than traditional active DAS.

What is a cellular signal repeater?

A cellular signal repeater, also called an amplifier or booster, is a device that makes cell phones work better. A passive DAS network brings the radio frequencies that cellular networks, like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile use, inside the building. The repeater boosts that outside cellular signal and broadcasts it throughout the building — improving talk, text, and data on all cellular-connected devices in the area. Repeaters are widely available and are the perfect solution for certain situations where a full-blown DAS (meaning having actual radios installed somewhere indoors) is not necessary or cost-effective.

Additionally, a WilsonPro passive DAS solution improves cellular connectivity on every network, adjusts automatically for optimal performance, and can be remotely monitored to ensure that it continues to support cellular coverage in your building.

How is active DAS different from a repeater?

An active DAS network is installed when there is a very weak or no existing signal from the carriers’ towers. Active DAS creates and provides the signal needed for cellular connectivity. These networks are typically used for very large indoor venues (over 1 million square feet). To install an active DAS, a venue needs carrier coordination and approval, a lot of space, and deep pockets. A powerful and robust active DAS can cost millions of dollars and take months to install.

By contrast, a cellular repeater is already carrier approved, has a significantly smaller footprint, and is a much more cost-effective solution. A passive DAS solution uses repeaters, which work best when there is already an existing signal outside of a building that can be amplified and redistributed indoors. A passive DAS network, which includes antennas inside and out, can be installed in most buildings in just a few weeks.

Building owners have choices

Landlords can be certain that they have choices for how to offer tenants and guests great coverage in their buildings. While some buildings need the most robust systems and oversight, often times a signal repeater system may be the best, most cost-effective alternative.

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