Making improvements to your in-building communication may require a bi-directional amplifier, also called a BDA. Maybe you’ve found a few dead zones or areas where reception is rather spotty. This can become very frustrating, but it can also cause safety concerns.
Dead zones and areas of spotty reception may become the way in for a criminal. Even if they don’t, these areas of poor reception become rather annoying for workers and may hurt their productivity.
With a bi-directional amplifier, you will have a tool capable of fixing this issue.
Depending on the type of business you run, installing a BDA will provide better reception for smartphones, two-way radios, and more. You’ll be able to virtually eliminate dropping calls due to dead zones and spotty coverage.
What are Bi-Directional Amplifiers?
A device with the ability to find the wireless signal, amplify the signal, and rebroadcast it throughout the building is known as a bi-directional amplifier or BDA. With a BDA, you’ll be able to take an unreliable cellular or wireless signal and make it far more reliable. Those dead zones will be gone the moment you put a bi-directional amplifier to work.
A BDA is effective at boosting the cellular or wireless signal through a distributed antenna system. Areas completely obstructed from the cellular signal from a cell tower will receive a signal when a bi-directional amplifier is used.
When you install a BDA, common dead zones, such as basements, will no longer be dead zones. This type of device helps provide a better signal in tunnels, places with difficult terrain, and even in office dead zones due to facing away from the signal.
How do Bi-Directional Amplifiers Work?
The BDA will receive the signal from an antenna, boost the signal, and redistribute the signal to dead zones throughout your building. In order for a BDA to work correctly, it needs to be placed in an area where it can receive an unobstructed signal from a cell tower or wireless device.
Once you have a BDA up and running, it will search for a wireless or cellular signal you are attempting to use throughout your building. Once a signal is located, it will capture it and move onto the next step in the process.
The BDA will amplify the signal it has capture making it stronger throughout the building. Finally, your BDA will redistribute the signal all throughout the building to ensure full coverage in all dead areas.
When redistribution happens with a bi-directional amplifier, the signal goes from non-existent or weak to very strong. Coverage is increased and areas obstructed from receiving regular cellular or wireless signal will no longer remain as dead zones.
What are the Benefits of Bi-Directional Amplifiers?
Of course, the main benefit gained from using a BDA is the improved signal strength and coverage. After all, bi-directional amplifiers are communications devices. The signal booster will provide plenty of other benefits, as well, including:
- Higher perceived value to tenants in a rental building due to better mobile coverage
- Provide strong signals from all cellular carriers throughout your building
- Improved two-way radio and cellular communications
- A higher level of business productivity
- Provides dependable communications for first responders
- Ability to eliminate dead zones and security risks associated with dead zones
Along with these benefits, you may gain other benefits from using a BDA, depending on your business. For example, a manufacturing plant using a BDA will likely experience additional benefits, but those benefits may be different than the benefits of a large condominium building using a BDA.
Finding the Optimal Location for a BDA
If you want to experience the many benefits of a bi-directional amplifier, you have to find the right location for it. In most cases, putting a BDA on the roof of a building is the best choice. Even though the dead zone you want to eliminate may be found in the basement, a BDA on the roof has the best chance of capturing the cellular signal from the nearest towers.
The right location for your BDA may not be the roof, however. Having an experienced solutions provider look at your structure and choose the right location for your BDA or BDAs, is the best way to ensure you get the courage you desire.
A professional will have the ability to make recommendations about the location and will let you know if you need more than one bi-directional amplifier to cover the area. It’s important to have your new BDA solutions tailored to fit your specific needs.
Who Needs a Bi-Directional Amplifier?
No matter the type of building or company you run, if you’re struggling with communication issues, a BDA may be the right solution. Maybe you have dead zones or areas where your service simply slows down to an unusable speed. In some cases, dead zones may cause logistical nightmares or even security concerns.
Some of the most common types of businesses and buildings in need of a BDA include:
- Large apartment/condo buildings
- School campuses
- Manufacturing plants
- Convention centers
- Shopping centers and malls
Making sure you’re building offers full cellular and/or wireless coverage doesn’t have to be a chore anymore. With the right BDA installed, you’ll gain better coverage in dead zones, along with many other benefits.
For more information about bi-directional amplifiers and how they may help your business, contact AC Daughtry today. We provide full installation, servicing, and annual testing for your BDA devices to ensure you’re gaining all the necessary benefits from your new devices.