Evanston Township High School DAS Increases Public Safety Coverage

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, November 20, 2017

Chicago Communications was proud to be a partner on a recent high school DAS project that’s improving two-way radio and cell communications for staff, students and public safety officials.

Evanston Township High School, located about 14 miles north of Chicago, is a large, well known and unique school with an equally unique set of communications challenges.

Let’s take a look at some of the obstacles presented by this high school DAS project and how the team overcame them.

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Tags: Education, Distributed Antenna System

How Distributed Antenna Systems Work: Whiteboard Video

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, June 29, 2017

If you’re generally aware that distributed antenna systems can fix poor connectivity in your building but you aren’t quite clear about how they work, we’ve got a great whiteboard video that walks you through the process.

A distributed antenna system, also known as a DAS, is a highly effective way to instantly improve cell phone coverage and radio range, especially in older buildings or reinforced locations such as stairwells, basements and garages. If you learn better by reading, our distributed antenna system guide also offers a detailed overview.

In just two minutes, the whiteboard video explains:

  • What Distributed Antenna Systems Are
  • Parts Contained in a Distributed Antenna System
  • How DAS Solutions are Custom Built and Installed
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FCC Looks at Improving Distributed Antenna System Regulations

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, June 19, 2017

In April 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began a process aimed at removing barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment across the country, including improving distributed antenna system regulations.

That’s great news for everyone from municipalities to small businesses as they look at meeting the ever-growing demands of today’s connected consumers, who have little patience for poor connectivity, as well as public safety users.

Let’s take a closer look at the FCC’s efforts to improve distributed antenna system regulations. 

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Do You Need a Distributed Antenna System or a Signal Booster?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

If you’re battling cell phone dead zones or unreliable two-way radio coverage across your building, facility or campus, chances are the solutions you’re weighing include a distributed antenna system or a signal booster.

Both of these in-building connectivity solutions have their pros and cons, and here we’ll take a closer look at the strengths and limitations of both to help you decide whether you need a DAS or a signal booster.

As you’re considering your options, here are some questions to keep in mind. To learn how distributed antenna systems work, check out this video.

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Tags: Wireless Networking, Distributed Antenna System

Poor In-Building Connectivity: Why It Happens and How to Fix It

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Connectivity problems, from cell phone dead zones, unreliable two-way radio coverage, spotty WiFi coverage – or a combination of all three – aren’t just bad for business and productivity, for public safety users, they can be downright dangerous.

If you’re facing communications challenges, it can feel as if you’re fighting a losing battle, but there are some secret – and not-so-secret – weapons you can use to improve performance, even in the most stubborn spots.

Here’s an overview of why poor in-building connectivity happens and how to fix it.

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Technology, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Distributed Antenna System

Common Use Cases for a Distributed Antenna System

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, May 1, 2017

Under a range of circumstances, a distributed antenna system, or DAS, is the go-to solution for spotty cell phone coverage or limited radio range.

When in-building connectivity is a problem, a properly deployed DAS can neutralize dead zones and make dropped phone calls and lost radio signal things of the past.

To give an idea of the solution’s versatility, let’s take a look at how a distributed antenna system works and some of the most common use cases for DAS.

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Tags: Technology, Distributed Antenna System

How to Improve Cell Phone Coverage and Radio Range In Your Building

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spotty cell phone coverage and unreliable radio connectivity have never been good things, but there was a time when people used their devices for less and were more tolerant of gaps in performance. 

But as cell phones have replaced landlines and radios continue to replace cell phones, the bar has been raised on the expectation for connecting quickly and seamlessly. Add to that the explosive growth in data services such as text messaging and streaming, and it’s enough to put a strain on even the most sophisticated system.

The good news is that you don’t have to just live with poor in-building connectivity, and here we’ll take a look at some of the most effective options for how to improve cell phone coverage and radio range.

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Tags: Cellular Technology, Distributed Antenna System