Mobile Phone Repeaters

Difference Between a Signal Booster and a Signal Repeater

You might be asking "what is the difference between a booster and repeater?"

In layman's term, they could mean no difference, and they could be used interchangeably.

But, with regard to technical differences; a booster simply amplifies a signal it receives and re-transmits it within an area. No filtering or interference control is happening in such device and often causes interference to mobile provider's network. These devices often come cheap and usually sourced from Chinese online market places, and do not meet European Standards.

If if you're looking to amplify your cellphone signal legally, what you should look for is a Signal Repeater. One that meets EU standards and ComReg approved.

Devices that do not meet the European Standards and technical conditions will remain illegal under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1926 to 2009.

Beware: You could get yourself in trouble when using such devices. How so? Because mobile operators detects and searches for illegal interferences and when they did, they then contact the Communications regulator, the regulator must then find the source of the interference which is often very costly. When found, the repeater will be confiscated, and the user may be fined.

Signal Repeater on the other hand, doesn't only receive weak signal and re-transmits, it also include interference control and filtering, thereby, allowing other spectrum users to coexists. These devices passed a series of sophisticated radio frequency tests (E.T.S.I standard) and meet the required European standards to bear the CE Mark.

CE Mark: CE marking is a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA.

So, if you're searching for a booster device than can be used legally in Ireland, UK or any country in Europe, then Signal Repeater is what you should look for. But not just a repeater, it should meet the technical conditions that Mobile Phone Repeaters must comply with, to be permitted.

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