Which is better, one big cell booster or 4 little ones?

Why not have the best of both worlds?

If you’re looking to provide improved cell service in a really large space — say 20,000 square feet or more — you have some decisions to make. You could put in ten small boosters, each covering 2,000 square feet. That would be really customizable, because you’d be able to really position them for the best possible coverage, taking into account walls, doors, and the like. But let’s face facts, that could be a mess. Ten cables run outside, ten antennas that have to be positioned so they don’t interfere with each other, ten possible points of failure if there’s a problem. Wouldn’t you rather make things simple?

That’s why there are giant boosters like this Surecall Force5 Omni Four Dome Kit. This is serious industrial hardware, with a super-strength booster delivering up to 70dB of scorchingly hot power to get your cell signal out to the world. This is the big boy, and it includes four antennas to distribute that boosted signal out to the edges of your location. Putting them as far away as possible will let you get the most out of the system.

Yes, it’s expensive, and certainly you can get 70dB boosters for a lot less money, but there’s a lot more to know here. This booster is designed to give that boost to each of the four antennas, in a completely linear and predictable way.Having four dome antennas instead of one central antenna gives you a lot more flexibility. It’s actually like having four boosters that share one base unit and antenna. It really is the best of both worlds.

If you were to just have one booster with one antenna at the maximum possible output power, you wouldn’t get anywhere near as much range, and multiple boosters, let’s just say “mo’ boosters, mo’ problems,” right? Make it simple by having a system designed for multiple antennas that gives you the boosting power you need.

Of course, in the real world nothing is perfect and there could still be a corner of that 25,000 square foot space that gets weak signal. That’s where you adopt a hybrid approach… add an EZ4G booster at a low price to clean up weak zones. A booster like this one installs easily without the need for an outdoor antenna and gives plenty of boost to a local area without a lot of fuss. It can even be picked up and moved for a temporary boost, nearly anywhere you need it.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 7,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.