Perhaps lost in all the bells and whistles at CES 2018 is an unsung category of equipment still has a huge potential growth curve for installation and profit: Cellphone signal boosters.
“With the coming of 5G, cellphone signal boosters are going to be even more vital for integrators to offer their clients,” says Jonathan Bacon, vice president of marketing at SureCall. The impending 5G network will enable point-to-point cellular communication… bypassing the home network. It promises to be a boon for the increase of streaming video.
“You could argue that cellphone signal boosters will soon be more important than a home network in terms of communications,” says Bacon. “It's a simple question dealers should be asking every client: 'Is your home 5G ready?' The answer is likely, 'no.'”
The primary reason most homes are not ready for 5G has to do with several key factors. First, the 5G signal itself is a “tighter” signal in terms of wavelength. That tightness means the signal is not as capable at penetrating obstructions, particularly buildings. Second, the nature of how homes are being constructed today makes them unready for 5G. Windows with coatings, metal mesh on exterior walls, increased levels of insulation are all aimed at making the home's building envelope tighter and less susceptible to entry/exit of heat or cold. But that also means cellphone signals cannot get it.
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“It's a pretty simple sales process,” says Bacon. “All you have to do is walk into the home and see how many bars there are on your cellphone.”
SureCall continues to tout dealers' ability to sell RMR service contracts using its Force5 cellphone signal booster. Just like a home network with cybersecurity protection needs, a cell network needs to be managed. Dealers can charge monthly fees to optimize the cellphone signal network, especially for homes and businesses where more than one carrier is being used.
To help dealers, at CES 2018 SureCall was showing off its Ultra Thin Antenna, a low-profile indoor dome antenna. The Ultra Thin is an omni-directional 50 ohm ceiling-mount antenna that transmits and receives signal in a 360 degree pattern- covering 2G/3G/4G and WLAN systems for Cellular, PCS, AWS and LTE frequencies. Features include:
- N-Female connector (50 ohm)
- 3.5 dBi / 7.5 dBi Gain
- Wide band: 2G, 3G & 4G LTE (698 – 2700 MHz)
- Two mounting options for all ceiling types
- Connects to booster with SC-400 cable (sold separately)
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