FAQ

Your questions answered.

What is In-Building Cellular?

A. Sometimes referred to as DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems); in-building cellular refers to the technology that enables the distribution and rebroadcasting of cellular, PCS, LTE, HSPA, AWS and other RF frequencies within a building through a combination of off-air antennas, fiber optic cable, coaxial cable and in-building antennas, to amplify and distribute those signals within your space.

Are these DAS systems secure?

A. Yes. A DAS is a frequency-based transmission system. It is not capable of understanding or modifying the data traffic created with any other technology. Cellular signals such as CDMA, GSM, HSPA, LTE and UMTS which are embedded within the carrier’s frequency are encoded/decoded by a mobile device registered on that carrier’s network. A DAS will broadcast only what we tell it to broadcast and that’s it.

Do I need a separate system
for each carrier?

A. In-Building Cellular systems vary in capability and complexity. A system tailored to your specific need, providing everything from a basic single carrier repeater-type system to complex, neutral host distributed antenna systems capable of carrying multiple carriers. You will need a separate signal source system (repeater or micro-cell) but only one set of distributed antennas. We offer a variety of systems that support multiple carriers on a single antenna system as well as targeted solutions for individual services. We can help you understand which system is best for your needs and budget.

Is this carrier approved?

A. Of course! Since we are working with licensed frequency, we have established solid working relationships with all the local carriers and assist in streamlining the process for you. Our solutions are carrier approved, designed with the experience and software capabilities each carrier utilizes within their own networks. Our design specialists work directly with their engineers in most cases and follow a strict regulated procedure for adding in-building technology to your location.

How do I find the right data cabling
for my business or network?

A. Selecting the ideal network cabling enables your IT network to transmit data at the fastest speeds permitted by your data connection. If you have more than one computer or data device, selecting the right network cabling will allow your devices to ‘talk’ with maximum efficiency. Full Bars has a number of options to recommend when it comes to the highest standards of network cabling: Fiber, Cat6a, Cat6 or Cat5e. Our designs depend on your network data transmission speeds, type of data being transmitted and your budget.

Cat5e or Cat6?

A. A few years ago, a new standard for data cabling was established: Category 6. It was basically the same as the existing Cat5e standard but Cat6 transmits at higher frequencies; up to 250 MHz. This is best for faster data transmission speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s. An upgraded version soon came out with Augmented Category 6 or CAT6a, which operate at 500 MHz, effectively doubling the efficiency of data transmission of Cat6 cables. Cat6/6a cables are also required to produce less ‘crosstalk’ than Cat5e cables, meaning less data loss and less reduction in transmission speed. Cat6 cables are also backwards compatible with Cat5e cables. What does all this mean? We know what we are talking about.

So which should I choose for my
communications network build?

A. Your cable selection will largely depend on your Ethernet network. If you’re running a 10GBASE-T Ethernet network, Cat6a cables will the best choice. If your Ethernet is 100BASE-T or 100BASE-TX, Cat5e cables should be enough. If you’re on a 1000BASE-T network, you can go with either option. If speed is your biggest concern, Cat6a cables are our recommended choice. Other points to consider will be the layout of your equipment within the distribution space or communications room, the layout of your office plan and of course your budget. Confusing? We can help.

What exactly does design build mean?

A. Design build means that one company handles your design and building needs. One company helps develop your needs and ideas, converts them into rough drawings, develops them into working drawings and creates the final custom documents based on your vision. These documents are then used to build your project. Because we will now build on our own design born from your needs, we know the working cost, the equipment cost and the projected installation cost. As changes are made, you the customer have an immediate, realistic and honest sense of what your final project total should be.

Why is design build better?

A. You get what you need based on what you need, explained to you every step of the way. Working with us through the design process will result in a common goal, which is to develop and produce your vision into a product that you can afford and we all can be proud.

How do I know I’m getting a fair price
without competitive bidding?

A. Discussing cost and budget are an essential component prior to starting any design project. We perform several conceptual pricing options to evaluate the benefits of different solutions and let you choose which is best for you.

In our opinion, competitive bidding has some major short-falls and is a disservice to consumers in many ways:

  • Bids reflect only the initial lowest price and not value. A well designed solution should not be based on the lowest price point.
  • Bids within the competitive market naturally set up an attitude where the successful contractor is forced to cut corners and keep his costs low because he was the lowest bidder rather than focusing on value and what’s best for the client.
  • Bidding to large and often busy third party conglomerates and their schedules often reduce the time that the contractor has to get acquainted with the project and therefore may not include all elements that are required or should be included.
  • Bids, especially the lowest bid often means the contractor may not fully understand the key elements that are driving the designs of the project. This results in omitting key elements to bring costs down during the tender process only to charge huge costs in change orders to compensate.

If you still have any questions please contact us
and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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