Yes, it's highly recommended to let your mobile network know you are using a signal booster as a courtesy and in case of liability should your booster affect the network tower in any way (which is highly unlikely with today's automatic gain control signal boosters).
Cell phone boosters are made to work indoors where radio waves are able to bounce and reach their destination (i.e. better signal for your phone).
They're not made to work outdoors since it would lead to open air path loss meaning you'd have to be RIGHT next to the antenna since the boosted signal would disappear without being "contained" inside a home or car.
Yes and no. Technically, a home booster and car booster are made for their specific purpose. However, there is a home & office accessory kit that allows for cars boosters to be used indoors (as a desktop range booster). And some home boosters have been retrofitted for stationary use.
We generally recommend following the manufacturer instructions & recommendations.
A 75 Ohm system is generally a consumer unit that uses RG-6 cable with F-connectors (the coaxial cable and port found in every standard cable/satellite/internet box) with typical cable run up to 15 meters.
A 50 Ohm system is generally an enterprise unit that uses Bolton400 cable with N-connectors with a typical cable run up to 30+ meter.
As a general rule of thumb, any typical house (500-1000m2) can use a 75 Ohm system and see good results. For anything over 2000m2 coverage, it's best to go with a 50 Ohm system since 50 Ohm systems and cables are better than at handling signal loss with long cable rules.
For consumer products: yes, without a doubt. Consumer cell phone signal boosters do not require professional installation. They're easy to set up. Although it's perfectly fine to hire a local handyman, installer, or any profession that deals with running cable.
A lightning surge protector is a recommended accessory for any home and building Wilson weBoost cell phone signal booster.
Placed between the outside antenna and amplifier, should lightning strike your outside antenna, the lightning surge protector will discharge any power surge, saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars of equipment.
And when paired with a quality surge protected power strip of at least 1000 Joule rating, you'll have the ultimate peace of mind especially if you live in an area with frequent thunderstorms since tall metal objects (like the outside antenna) have a higher tendency to be magnets for lightning strikes.
Both yagi and omni are outside antennas that pull in your existing 3G & 4G signals before sending it off to the amplifier to be boosted.
In general, omni antennas are all-around performers used in corporate offices, because they pull signal from a 360-degree field, which usually helps when boosting multiple carriers with cell towers in different locations. They generally are long rod-like cylinders.
Directional (yagi) antennas are specialized performers that pull in signal from a 45-90 degree directional field. The ability to focus on a narrower field allows it to reach farther than the omni and pull in more signal. However, unless all carriers are within that directional field, the yagi antenna tends to only boost one carrier.They generally look like an arrow tip or a pirate flag (ahoy, mateys!).
So, directional antennas are very popular with people in remote, rural areas or any place with terrible reception.
Both panel and dome are inside antennas that provide boosted signal inside the building.
A panel antenna is wall-mounted with a directional broadcasting angle of 45-70 degrees. This means farther reach and also preference for those closest to the antenna. Great for hallways and priority areas.
A dome antenna is ceiling-mounted with a 360 degree broadcasting pattern. This is for general use and a horizontal equal-signal broadcast in all directions.
A splitter is an accessory that allows for additional inside antennas.
Typically, a splitter is used to take one cable run and split it into two, three, even up to four cable runs, which means one line is able to do 4 inside antennas.
However, this also means that the signal strength is also being split across the cable runs and antennas. So it's highly dependent on having enough boosted signal to make sure there's enough broadcasting range for all additional inside antennas.
In general, what's in the box is able to do what's advertise in the product description.
The only time you would need additional accessories is for specific cases such as having two priority areas on the opposite end of the building (splitter & additional inside antenna), living in a place with frequent thunderstorms (lightning surge protector), wanting to boost all networks (combiner, yagi antenna, and omni antenna), etc.
Green: Everything is working fine. Orange: Too much signal is coming in from the outside. Solution: Point or move outside antenna away from the source. Red: The outside antenna is pulling signal from the inside antenna causing oscillation. Solution: Put more distance between the two or shield them from each other.
Green/Orange: It's working but at reduced power because the outside antenna is pulling in too much signal. Point or move outside antenna away from the source. Green/Red: It's working but at reduced power because the outside antenna is pulling in signal from the inside antenna. Put more distance between the two or shield them from each other.
Remember to unplug and plug in the amplifier to restart!