Can you share a cell booster with your neighbors?

These days, having a good cell signal at home is more important than ever. After all, there’s a good chance you’re spending more time at home than ever. You don’t want to be disconnected from work or friends, any more than you already are. Not only that, your home internet isn’t a good substitute for a strong cell signal. You need both, if for no other reason than most people don’t have Wi-Fi that covers the whole home.

The right cell booster for you has a great selection of cell boosters for spaces as small as a car and as big as an airport. If you know a little bit about what you’re looking for, you can find it at our web site. If you’re not sure what to choose, you can get a free recommendation from our experts, as well. The options are practically limitless and good cell service is really within your reach.

One booster for many people?

Cell boosters are a great investment, but a lot of folks are scared by the upfront cost. Could you share a booster with multiple neighbors in order to keep the cost down? Let’s take a look at a couple of scenarios.

Will a cell booster handle all the traffic?

Most residential cell boosters will handle about 8 devices at the same time. This is probably enough for two or three homes in most scenarios. When we get back to the point where we can post parties at home, it might not seem like enough.

Can one cell booster cover multiple apartments?

A cell booster like the Home Complete from weBoost will cover a space up to 7,500 square feet. Depending on the configuration, this could cover four apartments at once. Of course the size of the apartments and the way they are laid out are going to make a lot of difference there.

Are the walls between apartments going to be a problem?

Walls and floors are certainly going to reduce the range of the booster. But it’s hard to say by how much. There are a lot of variables. For example, if the walls have metal studs or flex conduit in them, that’s going to cut down the effective range quite a lot. Dark, reddish wood floors or tiles with a lot of color in them will also bounce signals back and make it harder for people on a lower floor to get service. It’s going to be something you’ll have to experiment with.

What about detached homes?

If you’re in a single-family home, you could put in something like this WilsonPro booster. With four indoor antennas, each home could get its own. Plus, the WilsonPro can handle virtually unlimited calls at the same time. However, you would need to safely wire all of it between homes and that could be a challenge. Plus, WilsonPro boosters are more expensive than regular residential cell boosters. They are designed for heavy-duty commercial use and depending on the configuration you choose, they might not be less expensive than just getting four regular boosters.

Cell boosters are still a great investment

So yes, it is possible for multiple apartments or homes to share a single booster. It might not be the best arrangement over the long term, though. If you start with a scenario like one of the ones I’ve outlined above, you might find that in short order your neighbors will want their own boosters. The good news is that your booster and theirs will live together happily, automatically adjusting power so everyone gets along.

When you or your neighbors are ready to upgrade to great cell service, call the experts at Signal Connect. Our number is 888-233-7563. If it’s after East Coast business hours, fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you, usually within a day.

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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 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.