"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" So is the classic mobster's lament. But the Mob Museum had the opposite problem on its hands: cellular signals just couldn't get in to the building. All carriers simply flat-lined once inside of the Mob Museum, leaving guests without connectivity regardless of their cellular service. They needed to overcome their signal challenges -- and we were there to help.
The Situation: One Malfunctioning BDA System, One Strongly Built Construction
The first thing we had to do is figure out why their existing signal booster system(BDA) wasn't working properly. BDA systems were originally designed to resolve weak cellular signals. But though the signals were weak inside, they were actually very strong outside. Because of this, the BDA system actually wasn't activating -- it wasn't providing a cellular signal boost because it didn't recognize that the signal had to be boosted.
Outside of the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas there were perfect cellular signals from all major providers. But the museum itself was built out of such solid materials that the cellular signals couldn't get into the building. This is an increasing problem with modern buildings: they are developed from hardy, next-generation materials that resist signal penetration.
The Solution: Providing Reliable Cellular Signals With a Balanced Approach
Using our spectrum analyzer, we first narrowed down the issues before beginning our troubleshooting process. For the Mob Museum, we were able to design a split signal approach involving two separate antennas. One antenna was tuned for 700 MHz/800 MHz, while the other antenna was tuned for 1900 MHz/2100 MHz. Together these antennas were able to gather signals for all the major carriers. The signals were joined together through another piece of hardware called a diplexer/combiner. The signals on the 1900/2100 frequencies were overloading the booster. Using this split and balanced approach we were able to separate out the strong frequencies and attenuate those signals to just the right amount.
With this system in place, signals were able to be captured outside of the building and distributed and boosted inside of the building, thereby providing complete cellular service for guests of the museum. While anyone could setup a signal booster system in an attempt to provide better cellular signal, it just wasn't the right solution for the job.
BlueCable was able to provide troubleshooting services for the Mob Museum within a matter of hours, providing far superior cellular service to their existing solution without significant impact or expense. Though the Mob Museum had previously attempted to resolve their issues with their own equipment, they did not understand the signal environment or what equipment was most suitable to their unique situation. There are many considerations when it comes to boosting cellular signals. Our passive DAS cellular systems and troubleshooting services are designed to provide the best solutions for each unique environment. To find out more about our passive DAS or cell signal boost solutions, contact us for a no-obligation consultation today.