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Difference Between Mobile Phone Booster & Repeater in Australia

 What is a Mobile Phone Booster?

The main function of a Mobile Phone Booster is to amplify the mobile signal of a phone or mobile data device. The Mobile Phone Booster has two ports, one for connecting the mobile device and the other for connecting an external antenna.

Connecting a mobile device to the booster is done using a patch lead. With each device usually have its own unique external antenna port, you must find one that fits your device model.

Mobile Boosters include a amplifier module capable of providing a typical gain of 15-50dB. For a booster to work, there must be signal available at the antenna to amplify. If a mobile signal is not present the booster will not work.

Mobile Phone Booster are often called inline amplifiers or cell phone boosters.

Are Mobile Phone Booster Legal?

In Australia Mobile Phone Booster are banned devices and therefore not legal to use, sell or have in your possession.

The reason they are banned is the carriers have found a large number of cases where a booster has interfered with the normal operation of a mobile tower. They can sometime overload the base station with power, causing the tower to become blind and lower it's own transmit power. As a result the coverage area of the tower becomes greatly reduced and those on the outer area of reception no longer get a signal. By these people not having signal access to emergency services lives may be at risk and many people can be inconvenienced

 

What is a Mobile Phone Repeater?

A Mobile Phone Repeater main function is to improve the signal inside a building. It does this by grabbing the outdoor signal, boosting it up and rebroadcasting indoors. A mobile repeater has two ports, one for connecting to an outside antenna and the other for connecting to an indoor antenna.

The outdoor antenna is usually mounted on the roof and pointed towards the tower to get the best possible input signal. The indoor antenna is located inside the building in a position where maximum coverage is achieved.

Mobile Boosters include a amplifier module capable of providing a typical gain of 40-100dB. For a repeater to work, there must be signal available at the antenna to amplify. If a mobile signal is not present the repeater will not work.

Are Mobile Phone Repeater Legal?

To use a mobile repeater in Australia you must first obtain permission from the carrier to operate it. If you operate a repeater or even possess a repeater with the intention of operating, and you do not have permission, it is considered to be an illegal device. There are large fines and individuals may face imprisonment for such offences.

Consumer Mobile Phone Repeater are often very primitive devices, not made to compliment the normal operation of a mobile network. Often they can cause interference to base stations if not setup correctly. There are several cases in Australia where the carriers have identified consumer repeaters causing interference to the base stations nearby.