Improving the Boost and Signal

maximising the GO Setup

Isolating the outdoor and indoor antenna from each other as much as possible is the most important key to a good setup.

In a vehicle this could be by using the metal roof or engine firewall as a barrier between the antennas, or in a building a roof or wall is ideal. Also maximising the seperation and positioning the antennas at different levels assists with isolation.

The isolation is represented by the ‘BOOST’ number found in the WAVE App, with 7 to 9  being optimal. Positioning the indoor and outdoor antennas in different positions will help achieve this.

The Wave App is required to assist with these next steps.

STEP 1
Find the area with the best mobile signal

Move around the buildling with your mobile phone to get an idea where the strongest signal is. The signal is usually best upstairs if you have multiple floors or at a window facing the tower.

For a vehicle either on the roof or very front is often the best location.

We have instructions on how to get exact signal measurements on your phone for iPhone or Android models if you wish to be extra nerdy.

STEP 2
Position the antenna

Place the antenna in several of these ideal areas to see which one offers the best signal on the GO

To view your exact signal level use the WAVE App and check the Donor RSSI or signal bars.

OPTIMISE BOOST

The system works at optimal boost, and has the largest coverage area, when the antennas are isolated from each other as much as possible.

The further you move the antennas apart, the larger the boost applied to the signal will be. The coverage area will also be larger and the more bars you should see on your phone. Try to use solid objects such as a roof or walls to help with isolation.

The boost is represented by a 0-9 indicator in the WAVE App, with 9 being the highest.

Vehicle setup

Position Indoor Antenna

As I mentioned 100 times before Isolating the antennas from each other is the key, this is more important in vehicles where antenna seperation is only a few metres.

The setup below in my virtual girlfriend’s car is with the external antenna in the centre of the roof. The indoor antenna is then moved around in different positions and you can see the Boost figure in red changing as a result.

The dB figure represents the boosted signal on the phone (-63dB was the best signal and -92 the worse). You will notice the higher the boost number, the better the signal level.

For further information on setting GO up in a car visit our blog post Installing GO in a Car