Types Of Coaxial Cables Used In Cell Phone Booster systems

A man using a cell phone booster.

Cell phone boosters are devices that are used to amplify cellular signals at a place to offer better cellular communication. The simple working mechanism of a cell phone booster is based on its three primary components, external antenna, amplifier, and indoor antenna. The external antenna to amplifier and amplifier to indoor antenna connections are established by means of coaxial cables. 

Here, we will discuss the most popular types of coaxial cables that are commonly used in cell signal boosters.

RG6 And RG11 Coax Cable

RG6 is quite familiar to many consumers because it is the cable type used in cable TV systems. 

The applications of RG11 cable are similar to that of RG6. The thickness of RG11 cable is about 50% more when compared to that of RG6. Moreover, the signal loss per foot of these cables is about half of that of RG6 cables. The feature is crucial in the operation of cell phone boosters. 

Cable TV and satellite are closed systems that have devices on either end of the cable and these devices amplify the signals moving in between them. Cell phone boosters are also closed systems but the signals undergo amplification only at one end. The antenna at the other end broadcasts the signals into the air. This feature limits the length of RG6 cable you can use in a particular signal booster installation. RG11 is generally preferred when long cable runs are required. 

Both RG11 and RG6 type cables can work with 75-ohm cell signal amplifiers. 

400 Coax Cable 

400 coax cable is the type of cable that is mostly used with cellular signal amplification systems designed for commercial buildings and larger homes. The cable has significant differences between RG6/RG11. 

400 coax cables are compatible with 50-ohm cellular signal amplifiers. The cable has a fifty percent greater diameter than RG6. Its diameter is nearly identical to that of RG11. 

N connectors are used to terminate 400 coax cables and they are larger in size and more rugged when compared to the F connectors that are used with RG6/RG11.  This is the primary reason for the frequent use of coax 400 in commercial environments. 

Coax 400 has a lesser signal loss per foot than RG6 and RG11. 

Half Inch Coax Cable 

Half inch coax cables are the ideal ones for use in large commercial buildings and in some cases, they are also used in very large homes. The signal loss per foot of half-inch coax cable is just half of the 400 coaxes and thus is perfect for long cable runs. Their greater stiffness has to be taken into account when working with the cables. 

The quality of coaxial cables has a lot to do with the performance of cell phone boosters, which is why we recommend you to give enough importance to the selection process of coax cables.