No matter where they’re located or whether it’s a passive or active system, distributed antenna systems (DAS) can boost cellular signal capabilities wherever they’re installed. However, there are some subtle differences in the installation process based on whether the system will be indoors or outdoors. With this in mind, here is a quick guide to indoor DAS installation.
When you need an in-building DAS installation, you must first consider two locations. The first location would be the location of the nearest cell tower because you will want your DAS to be as close in proximity to this tower as possible.
The other place you must consider, if applicable, is the area in your building with the highest demand for reliable cellular coverage. Finding the perfect middle-ground between these two points is the best way to ensure that your DAS gets installed in the proper location.
Depending on your building’s construction as well as the budget for your project, you may go with either an active or passive system. Each type of system has its strengths and weaknesses, but if your building lacks space on the roof for an active system, you aren’t left with much of a choice.
Another design consideration you must look at is whether your building is under construction or if it’s already built. A new building will bring additional design and construction considerations to your DAS installation.
Once you install the DAS system and coordinate communications with wireless service providers in your area, you will need to test your system to ensure that everything works. This usually happens while the installation is ongoing so that you don’t have to go back to square one.
A comprehensive test of your DAS will identify any problems, find the source of the problems, and locate where they are in the system. After initial testing is complete, monitoring your system should be an ongoing process for optimizing its function.
Overall, in-building DAS can benefit your business or place of work in many ways. After reading through this quick guide to indoor DAS installation, you should have a firm grasp on what the installation process entails.