Today’s tech means we’re always connected — when our connections actually work the way they should. We at LiveSAFE believe strongly that you should use your devices where there is a healthy connect. You should be at a safe distance from your communication enabler, like Cell Tower or Wi-Fi router, as well as have enough signal so that your handheld device does not need to ramp up it’s transmission to be able to communicate with the enabler. Here are simple 5 ways to improve the connect quality.
1. Rule out the basics
A fully charged battery is your friend. A nearly dead one could be interfering with your signal. Charge up and see if that remedies the issue. Are your signal problems new or worse? Try removing your phone’s case or if you have a “Harmonizer” or any such sticker-based gizmo to protect you from the harmful effects of EM Radiation, please remove them, depending on how thick it is and what they’re made of, they could be mucking up your coverage. A study at the University of Surrey found Harmonizers they have no effect on EM Radiation.. Finally, be sure your phone is up to date. Running the latest operating system patches security flaws (always a plus!) can make your device run more smoothly. Older versions of software could cause, or at least contribute to, connection issues.
To update your iPhone, open Settings > tap General > select Software Update. If an update is available, select Download and Install.
To update your Android, open Settings. Choose System > Advanced > System update. Follow the steps on the screen.
2. Try the good old IT standard
What’s the first thing an IT pro will have you do if a gadget isn’t working correctly? That’s right, turn it off and then back on. It’s a classic because, more often than not, it works. Before you power down altogether, first try toggling on Airplane Mode. Turning this setting on and then off forces your phone to re-establish its connection to the network. On an iPhone or Android, navigate to the Control Center by swiping up or down on your phone’s screen, depending on which model you have. Then tap the Airplane Mode button. Wait at least 5 seconds and tap the Airplane Mode button a second time to turn off the feature. If that doesn’t do the trick, completely power your phone down, wait a beat, and then power it back up.
3. Find another spot
The clearer the path to the closest cell signal, the better your service will be. If you have a weak connection, change your location. Some building materials can function almost as a faraday cage, killing your connection. If you’re inside, try positioning yourself closer to a window or go outside. Go upstairs if you’re on a lower level. To optimize your location, try a cell phone tower search site. CellMapper is easy to use and has a ton of filtering options. Set your country, providers, and network speed, then enter your address in the Location Search field. Hit enter and you will see the closest cell towers
4. Boost your signal
Let’s say your home is a cellular dead zone. You can call via Wi-Fi (more on that below), but you can first try a cell booster. A booster works in any location with an existing cell signal that needs amplification. They are relatively easy to use and install, but they can be a little pricey, given that cell signal boosters contain cellular radios in them. You simply connect the booster to an outdoor antenna. No tools or drilling are required. At 60 dB max gain, the booster won’t interrupt carriers’ signals to and from the cell tower. With 20 dBm in uplink-output power and 12 dBm in downlink-output power, the booster easily reaches cell phone towers. Alternatively, you can request your carrier to install a femtocell, the TRAI has banned 3rd party sale of femtocells or any type of signal repeaters in India.
5. Switch to Wi-Fi
No luck so far? You can skip a lousy connection altogether with Wi-Fi calling. If you often experience signal issues at home or work, your internet connection may be a more dependable option. On an iPhone, open Settings > scroll down and tap Phone > Wi-Fi Calling. Then, toggle the button next to Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone to the right to turn it on. Wi-Fi Calling is now enabled. On Android, open the Phone app, then tap More or the three-dot icon to open the menu. Tap Settings. Select Wi-Fi calling. If you don’t see the option, your carrier may not support it. Making calls via your Wi-Fi connection may provide you with clearer reception than your cellular network does. Keep in mind you may still experience poor signal strength when browsing the internet or using an app.
Remember the best way to use your device safely is to ensure optimum connectivity. One LiveSAFE EM Radiation audit can help you optimize your connectivity and get you the best location to install your W-Fi, take your calls. Just one EM Radiation audit can help reduce your exposure to harmful EM Radiation by up to 50%. Call us to schedule an audit today!