There are two things the Hamptons are notorious for, power outages and poor cell phone reception. Just like you build in precautions for power outages, by installing generators, we suggest doing the same for cell service, using boosters.
There are two types of cell boosters, there are network specific boosters which are sold by the service provider, as well as multicarrier boosters. For houses where you know who will be living there, the homeowner may opt for their carrier’s solution. When building spec homes, HTE suggests using a multi-carrier device.
Both options require wire runs to solution. Thus why it makes sense to integrate cell boosters into the design during construction.
The three major carriers, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint all have their own network specific solution. All of these boosters are the size of a router and get hardwired via an Ethernet cable turning the device into a private cell tower for the home and property. As you can see in the chart below, the features vary slightly depending on the carrier.
Sprint and AT&T require an additional service be added via the carrier plan in order to use Microcells/AIRAVEs. Once the service is activated, they offer unlimited calling and data usage that doesn't count toward the traditional usage limits. Verizon doesn't require a service, but all minutes and data used via the Wireless Network Extender are calculated into the user's monthly allowance.
With AT&T, each device must be registered in order to access the Microcell and they don't offer an open network for guests. Sprint gives the owner the option to leave it open, or restrict accesses. Restricted access is limited to 50 registered users. Verizon is open access, while it does have a restricted mode, it's not locked. By passers can't gain access to other users' devices through these open extenders, but they can join the open network, counting as one of the active users.
Non Carrier Solutions
There are a number of cell boosters that use wifi to enhance cell signal regardless of carrier. Most of these devices work with Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular, Datajack/Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS. These solutions tend to allow for more active users at a time, but are usually a bit more expensive.
- No additional service to your plan to use these (they work like Verizon's Wireless Network Extender, counting as part of the traditional plan's usage).
- The house is wired with a more versatile solution.