Tech Question Tuesday

This week we’re answering some common technical questions about our Wilson DT signal booster. Keep reading and you might just have your own questions answered!

Q:  What is the range for the DT?
A:  The typical range for the DT is 15-20 feet of coverage from the indoor antenna. The coverage area can be increased or decreased, depending on the signal strength at the outdoor antenna.

Q:  What about 4G?
A:  If you would like 4G coverage, you will want the DT 4G (460101).
Q:  I have a MiFi card as well as a cell phone. Will this boost both? And can it boost them at the same time?
A:  The DT is designed to boost the voice, text, and up through 3G data (for 4G you will want the 460101). This will work to amplify the signal for the both devices when they are not in a 4G/LTE area, and to help the phone’s voice and text ability anytime there is a signal.
Q:  Do I need to have WiFi turned on for the booster to work?
A:  Wilson cell phone signal boosters simply boost the cell signal, and your phone should pick up the boosted signal regardless of the WiFi being turned on or not.
Do you have a question about one of our products? Let us know, and we could feature it in a blog post! Leave us a comment below, or let us know on Facebook/Twitter.
As always, if you have additional technical questions that weren’t addressed in this post, feel free to contact us at 1-866-294-1660 or tech@wilsonelectronics.com.

#tbt Winner

Now that the Olympics have come to a close, we think it’s fitting to announce the winner of our #tbt contest. But first, were you able to figure out what this picture was taken during, and why it’s significant? If you said it was the game known as the “Miracle on Ice” in the 1980 Winter Olympics, then you were right! This particular game was significant because the US team, consisting of amateur and collegiate players, beat the Soviet National team which had won gold in the last six out of seven winter Olympics.

And now for the moment you have all been waiting for…the winner of our Sleek 4G is EDDIE MILLER! Congrats! Just email us at twhite@wilsonelectronics.com to claim :)

Thanks for playing everyone! We hope you enjoyed watching the Olympic games just as much as we did :) Let us know what your favorite Winter Olympic sport was on our Facebook/Twitter.

“Wireless Wednesday”–The Sochi 2014 Olympics

This week for “Wireless Wednesday” (and over the next couple of days), we’re talking about the Olympics and how folks are watching. Check out this article from @FierceWireless pasted below–

NBC live extra app

Source: NBC Sports Group

How is NBC Sports getting its live coverage of the Winter Olympics to online video viewers? As the broadcaster completes the first week of its Winter Olympics coverage, we take a look at how viewers are getting their Games.

First, it’s clear that this year’s Olympics are a multi-device event. One would not be considered too strange to be sitting with a tablet propped atop a desk or coffee table, streaming a curling competition, while simultaneously using a smartphone to stream a speed skating heat. All while the television is replaying footage of a women’s ski jump event on NBC Sports Network. Meantime, a viewer can have a playlist of athlete profiles from YouTube’s Olympics channel streaming on their PC’s monitor. Users can access a plethora of sports content riches, although the noise level could be a bit disturbing.

Of course, most Americans are streaming content over multiple devices throughout the day already, and it’s not unusual to access various flavors of the same entertainment program on more than one device at the same time.

And it’s this factor that explains why NBC Sports is continuing to invest in over-the-top streaming. During the 2012 Olympics in London, the broadcaster made most of the events at the Games available to either view live or download online through its Live Extra app or at its website, nbcolympics.com. For the 2014 Sochi Games, all the events are available online, either live or to download, for authenticated users.

And it’s no surprise NBC is bringing the Olympics online in a big way: The 2012 Olympics brought NBC the largest audience in the short history of online video. The broadcaster authenticated 9.9 million mobile devices, and approximately 17 percent of the viewers surveyed for a Pew Research report watched the Games online (73 percent watched coverage on television). Olympics streaming accounted for fully 34 percent of all Internet traffic during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Games for some providers, enough to shift Netflix’s dominance for a very short while.

It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers the peacock network puts up for these Games for OTT viewing. On the television side, NBC reported Monday that its opening ceremonies telecast averaged 25.1 million TV viewers and was “the best Saturday primetime viewership of any broadcast network in February in four years.” It was also the second most-watched non-live opening ceremony in Olympic history–Lillehammer holds first place.

More stats will likely be reported next week by various research firms and network monitoring services. But NBC’s online video coverage isn’t perfect. Just as in 2012, popular events tend to get hung up buffering, and many users still are uncomfortable using the Live Extra app.

In this FierceOnlineVideo feature on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, we’ll look at how viewers are accessing the Games–not just where they’re accessing online video but what they’re most likely watching it on. It also sketches out some of the vast ecosystem that is bringing the Olympics to mobile devices live, with providers like EVS and Ericsson partnering with NBC to pull together broadcast and OTT elements.

Check back tomorrow as we’ll delve into more detail about how folks are watching the Olympics.To see this article in its original format, click here.

Are you watching the Olympics? If so, how are you watching? What’s your favorite part of the Olympics? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook/Twitter.

#TBT Winner

We had such a fun #throwbackThursday this week! Were you able to figure out what our picture was of?

If you guessed that it was a Bush TV from 1949 (correction–  a 1948 Bush Moddel TV-12), then you were RIGHT! Congrats to our winner, Wendy Hutton!
Wendy, just comment below to claim your Sleek 4G.

Everyone else–don’t be sad if you didn’t win! Just make sure and check back later this week for more #tbt fun!

Wireless Wednesday–The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Extends Consumer Signal Booster Deadline

This week for Wireless Wednesday we’re talking about the cell phone signal booster deadline extension until April 30, 2014. See below for more information–

“The bureau acknowledges that unexpected complexities in the rules coupled with the government shutdown led to delays in the finalization of comprehensive test procedures for Consumer Signal Boosters.”

“We find that a short extension of 60 days, until April 30, 2014, is warranted to allow for adequate review and testing of these devices and to allow others to complete testing of their devices and apply for certification.”

“The Commission staff is committed to working expeditiously with TCBs to review and process these applications and the Bureau expects that some manufacturers will have compliant products in the market well in advance of that date.”

“We see this a good outcome for Wilson Electronics and for the industry,” Robert Van Buskirk, President and CEO of Wilson Electronics, LLC. “We will continue to work to actively obtain our remaining required certifications and to provide to our customers FCC compliant product solutions as soon as practical.”

For additional information visit: http://www.fcc.gov/document/wtb-extends-consumer-signal-booster-sale-deadline-until-april-30-2014

What do you think of the extension? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Happy #TechTipTuesday!
Today we’re talking about the differences between cell phone signal boosters and femtocells. Many of our customers have asked us what a femtocell is, and what the differences between a femtocell and a cell phone signal booster are. There are quite a few differences between these two systems, so let’s take a look at each–

Wilson Cell Phone Signal Boosters- A signal booster is a device used for amplifying existing cellular signal for a designated area. A booster system requires three main components: 1) An outside antenna that receives the signal from the tower, 2) an electronic signal amplifier that improves the signal, 3) and an internal antenna to retransmit the boosted signal. These systems are bi-directional, meaning that it will also help your cell phone talk back to the tower using the same process in reverse order. These systems can be used to boost the signal in weak signal areas or for buildings that block cellular signals.

Pros

  • Signal boosters run independently from the internet and will work as long as there is a usable signal outside. The signal can be very weak and still be considered usable.
  • Calls are not dropped when the cell phone switches from receiving signal through the signal booster to receiving signal from the cell tower and vice versa.
  • You buy the equipment with no monthly reoccurring charge.
  • Our systems will cover the signals for multiple carriers and will boost voice and data signals.
  • Our wireless boosters can support multiple cellular devices on different carriers.
  • Various models of vehicle boosters are available for mobile applications.
  • Signal boosters also help conserve battery.
  • Our products include an installation guide, free technical support, and we also have certified installers all across North America.
  • Can cover anywhere from a single room, to a large building.

Cons

  • If there is no cellular signal, a booster system will not work. These systems do not create cellular signal, they only enhance it.

FemtoCell- A femtocell is a low-power base station designed to be used with an internet connection to create a voice over IP (VOIP) signal for a small area. These devices are usually provided by the cellular service provider as a solution to help users in a poor signal area.

Pros

  • These devices can provide you with a signal even if there is absolutely no cellular signal outside.
  • Faster connection for data than typical cellular signals.
  • Can cover anywhere from a single room, to a large building.

Cons

  • Femtocells rely on high speed internet which is not available in every area.
  • The cell phone will drop the call when switching from the femtocell to the cell tower and vice versa. For example, you are inside your house talking to someone and you step outside to go somewhere and the call drops.
  • Femtocells will only support cellular devices for a specific carrier.
  •  There could be additional monthly charge for using the equipment from your cellular service provider.
  • Uses some of your internet connection’s bandwidth to operate.

If you have additional questions that weren’t covered here, you can contact our Pre-Sales department at 866-294-9234.