We’ve briefly mentioned a couple of ways to find cell phone towers nearby when installing your booster, but it deserves to be examined a little bit more, so here we are. There are a few ways to find out, and hurray! most of them are free! Obviously, when we’re talking about boosting your bars, we’re really talking about amplifying your carrier’s signal from your local mast site.
Find your carrier’s tower
Knowing where your tower is and what direction it lies from your house is going to help give you a more accurate picture of where you should be placing and pointing your outdoor antenna when you’re installing your booster. While going this extra step might not be necessary for some, for those who have really poor signal outdoors this can make all the difference in really getting a better result from a booster kit. This is especially true of Yagi-style antennas, which are pulling in signal from a narrower band (instead of omnidirectional antennas that pull from all directions).
This is the simplest thing you can do. There are some great online resources just for finding cell phone towers. Here are a few of them:
Simply type in your zipcode or city and state into the search tool on Cell Reception and it will bring up a Google Map with the locations of towers in the area. You can narrow it down by carrier too.
If you want to an additional way to confirm your data speeds are faster after installing one of our boosters, this app is a great way to do that. Simply test the cellular data speeds before installing the booster and afterwards.
You can also try antennasearch.com, which is overly comprehensive in scale. It doesn’t just identify cell towers but TV and radio station towers as well. I personally found this a bit too much but it’s still definitely a useful tool to check with.
There’s an app for that
You can also use my personal favorite, Open Signal. It has an excellent app available for Androids and iPhones to help you find local Wi-Fi, cell towers, and you can speed test your Wi-Fi and your cellular data. It allows you to narrow the search by carrier coverage, and/or by 2G/3G or 4G LTE coverage. You can see the difference below.
It’s also a good recommendation to contact your carrier and check with them as to the location of their towers, which would also be a good time to register your boosting device with them. They will also be able to tell you if the tower near you is in good repair or needs maintenance that may be affecting your signal.
If you need any additional support or help with your booster, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for help.