Increase in-buildig coverage
You hold a responsibility in the operation of a building or construction such as a large office building, hotel or stadium. And you get reports that the indoor coverage of wireless networks such as GSM, LTE and those networks used for public safety (C2000) is poor. You need to improve this indoor coverage but cannot make the network operators to put in additional capacity. And you want to be flexible towards the future for new networks that may arrive.
Go passive or get active
There are basically two options to improve the indoor coverage of wireless networks; by the use of a passive system and by the use of an active system. A passive system makes use of antenna’s to receive the wireless signals and then passively relay these signals to indoor antenna’s. This improves the indoor reception typically with several db’s. An active system receives the wireless signals and then amplifies and distributes the wireless signals to indoor antenna’s. Heynen offers passive systems as well but in this article we focus on the active system – Distributed Antenna System (DAS) – from Bird (DeltaNode).
Increase in-building coverage
The RF experts from Bird offer a mature and flexible DAS that allows stable indoor coverage and communication over wireless networks. It supports the frequency bands that you need including GSM, 3G, LTE and C2000. You can carry up to four bands in one DAS chassis. The system can be completely configured by remote over an IP connection. A typical installation consists of base station interface cards, a fiberoptic network to connect the central unit to remote units and repeaters that will transmit the RF signal. Obviously the output power of the transmitter is relatively low because you don’t want interfere with network operators networks or apply for licenses to transmit an RF signal. Learn more about Birds in-building coverage solution in this online video.
Specify your DAS
Specifying a DAS that answers to your specific situation can be challenging task. There are many things that you need to take into account. These include the layout of the building, physical information related to the building and the details of the wireless networks which indoor coverage you need to improve. You can find some best practices in the whitepaper below.
Flexible DAS with different system components to choose from
Multiple frequencies in one system
Fully configurable over IP