In this section you’ll find quite a range of Vodafone Repeaters and Repeater Kits. While it might seem confusing the kits are all quite simple and we’ve explained the different components below.
A Repeater is also known as a Booster, Amplifier, or Smart Antenna, so if you see these terms used just remember there’s no difference. All repeater kits rely on three main components:
Donor Antenna: this is the antenna that connects to the Vodafone base station. The base station provides a signal input to the repeater through the antenna. It’s important that the donor antenna is mounted high and clear of any obstructions, so it is typically installed on a building roof.
For moving vehicles the donor antenna is omnidirectional so it can receive signal in any orientation. For buildings and fixed locations a directional antenna is used. Directional donor antennas can pick up signal from a much longer distance as they focus signal in a beam towards the tower.
Repeater: this is the main part of the system. The Repeater connects to a power source (12 Vdc) and uses an amplifier circuit to add up to 100 dB of power to the Vodafone signal. Signal comes in at a weak level from the Donor Antenna and is broadcast out through the Service Antenna at full strength.
Service Antenna: this is the antenna which rebroadcasts the now strong Vodafone signal. Signal is always broadcast at full 5-bar strength from the antenna. As you move away from the antenna the signal will slowly decrease over about 20 to 30 metres. To provide more consistent coverage throughout a larger building more than one Service Antenna may be needed. You’ll often see this in our Vodafone Building Packs where we have a range of kits to provide indoor and outdoor mobile phone coverage.
All three components are connected together by coaxial cables. If your preferred kit doesn’t have the cable lengths you need please get in touch with our team so we can help customise something for you.