After successfully installing your signal booster system, it's crucial not to overlook a critical step – weatherproofing the outdoor coaxial cable connections. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explain the importance of weatherproofing and provide a step-by-step tutorial to ensure your cell phone signal booster installation remains robust in all weather conditions.
What is Weatherproofing?
Weatherproofing involves making cable connections resistant to extreme weather conditions, particularly water, to prevent damage or loss of functionality. This practice is essential for protecting your signal booster's coax cables, connectors, and adapters.
Why is Weatherproofing Important?
Protection Against Moisture: Weatherproofing prevents water or moisture from infiltrating your signal booster's coaxial cables, safeguarding their integrity.
Preventing Corrosion: Coax connectors are made of metal, and exposure to water and air can lead to tarnishing and corrosion, which negatively impacts performance.
Maintaining Connectivity: Proper weatherproofing ensures your system's components remain in top condition, meeting your connectivity needs consistently.
How to Weatherproof the Cable Connections?
Weatherproofing is a straightforward and cost-effective process. Here's a step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Ensure that the outdoor cable connections are securely hand-tightened before weatherproofing. Common outdoor cable connections include the one between your outdoor antenna cable and the interior coaxial cable, as well as the connection between a coax cable and a window jumper cable.
Step 2: Cut a piece of waterproof tape, such as Moisture Sealing Tape, Weather Tape, or Waterproof Silicone Tape, about 30cm long.
Step 3: Remove the backing of the tape and place it approximately one inch above one of the coaxial connectors. Start wrapping the connection, stretching the tape to activate the adhesive for a stronger seal. Overlap the layers of tape by about half.
Step 4: Press firmly on the waterproof tape to ensure a proper seal.
Step 5: Cover the waterproof tape with electrical tape for UV protection. Place the electrical tape above the starting point of the waterproof tape and wrap it in the same fashion as before.
Step 6: Press firmly on the electrical tape to ensure a secure seal.
Step 7: Repeat this process for all outdoor cable connections to maintain peak performance of your cellular amplifier system.
Additional Tips for Peak Performance: While weatherproofing is crucial, proper installation of the outdoor antenna is equally important. Follow these additional tips:
Weep Hole Orientation: Ensure that your outdoor antenna, especially a Yagi antenna, is installed with the weep holes facing downward. Installing it with the weep holes facing up can lead to water accumulation, potentially degrading the antenna's performance and, consequently, the entire system.
Conclusion: Weatherproofing your cell phone signal booster installation is a vital step to protect your investment and maintain peak performance. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your signal booster system remains reliable in all weather conditions.
Contact Us: At Bolton Technical, we are the leading provider of cell phone boosters by weBoost and WilsonPro. Our ICASA-approved devices amplify 4G LTE signals for any network, ensuring better coverage in homes, offices, and vehicles.