A mobile home presents a number of unique challenges to receiving adequate cell phone service. The types of building materials used in construction and the location of the home can significantly impact the quality of service that you receive. Fortunately, a cell phone signal booster is designed to solve both of these problems and provide you with better service in your mobile home.
Causes of Poor Signal in Mobile Homes
There are typically two causes of poor service in mobile homes: distance from the closest cell tower and the materials that the mobile home is made of. We'll explore each in more depth.
Distance from the Closest Cell Tower
Mobile home parks are typically situated in more rural areas, which often means that the closest cell tower is a good distance away from the home. This can result in a weak signal outside of the mobile home and very weak to nonexistent inside. Additionally, rugged geography, such as hills and mountains, in between the tower and your mobile home can also significantly affect the signal strength you receive.
The materials used in the construction of a mobile home vary significantly. Older mobile homes routinely used forms of sheet metal to line the outsides while new mobile homes incorporate energy saving materials, such as window tinting and new forms of insulation, all of which can cause significant problems for cell phone signal to penetrate.
A cell phone signal booster is designed to solve both of the problems previously outlined. In order to counter a weak outside signal, a signal booster uses an amplifier to take a weak signal and make it much stronger. A signal booster is also able to bypass construction materials that make up the outside of the mobile home by using an outside antenna to send & receive cell signals and using a low-loss cable to pass those back and forth to the inside of the mobile home.
Boost Voice Calls and 3G Data
There are two main solutions that we typically recommend for mobile home owners to boost voice calls and 3G data.
The zBoost SOHO ZB545 is designed for situations where there is moderate to strong signal outside of the mobile home and/or you need to boost the signal for multiple carriers simultaneously. It uses an omnidirectional outside antenna to be able to communicate with multiple cell towers at once. We recommend you upgrade the cable in this kit to standard RG6 coaxial cable, which is a higher quality cable that reduces signal loss between the outside antenna and base unit.
The zBoost ZB560SL is for when you have a very weak signal outside the mobile home (1-2 bars) and only have to provide boosted signal for one carrier. It uses a yagi directional outside antenna to target the closest cell tower, which provides more coverage area and stronger signal inside of the mobile home, and includes upgraded cable to prevent signal loss between the outside antenna and base unit.
Installation of either one of the kits described previously is very easy. First, you need to mount the outside antenna on the roof of your mobile home, as high up as possible. The ZB545 kit uses an omnidirectional antenna, so that can be mounted to a flat, vertical surface easily. The ZB560SL kit uses a yagi directional antenna, which should be mounted to a vertical pole, again on the roof of the mobile home (we'll discuss aiming that antenna momentarily).
Once the outside antenna is mounted properly, run the included cable down and into the mobile home, attach the cable to the base unit and then plug it in to complete the installation. If you have the ZB560SL, then the last step is to aim the outside antenna in the correct direction. This can be accomplished by having someone inside taking a reading on their phone of the signal strength, and then someone on the roof rotating that directional antenna by 45 degrees, and take a reading inside after ever rotation. Once a full circle is made, then the antenna should be locked down in the direction where you get the best inside signal.
If you struggle with poor cell phone service and dropped calls in your mobile home, then one of these solutions should provide the boosted signal you need and eliminate poor cell service. If you have additional questions or want to be sure one of these solutions will work for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us.