Frequently Asked Questions

According to new FCC regulations, do I need to register my G-Wave BDA?

All Class B BDAs do require registration with the FCC. Class B merely implies that these are band selective units (channel spacing greater than 75 KHz). All G-Wave BDAs are Class B and require registration under FCC regulation. It is the Integrator/End User’s responsibility to register BDAs.

In order to register your BDA, you must first have an FRN login and password which can be created on the FCC website using the link below.

https://www.fcc.gov/help/getting-fcc-registration-number-frn-universal-licensing-system-uls

Once you have your FRN information, you can use the following link and login in the top right of the page. Then simply follow the steps provided to register your Class B Booster.

https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-divisions/mobility-division/signal-boosters/part-90-signal-boosters

Can I install a system by myself?

BDAs are not Consumer devices. BDAs are designed for installation by FCC LICENSEES and QUALIFIED INSTALLERS. One must have an FCC license or express consent of an FCC Licensee to operate these devices. Unauthorized use may result in significant forfeiture penalties, including penalties in excess of $100,000 for each continuing violation.

The FCC changed the frequencies used by Nextel and by Public Safety. What can I do to Re-Band my old Repeater/BDA?

G-Way/G-Wave has designed a set of Passive Duplexers and Filter assemblies that allow in-field, cost effective solutions and ZERO down time for RE-BANDING any Repeater/BDA that you have (even if it was manufactured by our competitors).

 

What is a BDA (Repeater)?

BDA- (Bi Directional Amplifier) is a system that amplifies and filtrates RF signals in 2 directions; Uplink, to the base station, and Downlink, to the cellular phones.

The BDA or Repeater is band selective (for any specific predefined band) and we can support any band (as well as multiple bands).
By enhancing the weakest signal from outside and distributing it in the building one can achieve full coverage to ensure there are no more dropped calls.

 

How I determine the right BDA for me?

The right BDA is determined according to the application, and we can help you if you can specify the following:

The BAND you would like to cover (each carrier uses a different band).
The area to be covered. (This will help us define the needed power output for Uplink and Downlink)
How strong is the signal at the Donor antenna (will help us define the Gain you will need and we will calculate the link budget for the application)

Please contact our engineering department for assistance: info@gwaverf.com

 

How can your equipment improve cellular coverage (bad signal)?

Bad Signal Cellular signal in a building (office/manufacturing facility) or a rural area where cell phone coverage is very weak or non-existent
You should install a Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA).

G-Wave provides affordable solutions for coverage of those trouble spots. The systems, which are easily deployed, can provide coverage for buildings of any size.

Our BDAs are used by professional installers.

 

What Antenna, cable, and accessories should I use with your BDA?

G-Wave carries a full line of Splitters (2, 3, 4 ways) as well as Directional couplers (3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 15, 20 and 30dB) to help installers design the best coverage for indoor applications. We offer Yagi, Omni and Panel (Public Safety, Cellular, PCS and Multiband) to be used as Donor and service antennas.

We recommend using LMR 400 cable.

 

What is the difference between Analog and Digital signal?

Analog cellular is the oldest technology used for cellular calls. It uses a band of frequencies around 800MHz. Analog transmits calls over continuously variable radio waves, similar to FM radio. Analog service is available in 90 to 95% of North America. Call quality is fair to good. Occasionally callers will experience “fast busy“ signals if the network is too busy to handle the volume of calls, some static, or even dropped calls. Analog provides limited data services.

Digital cellular network standards are CDMA (code division multiple access), TDMA (time division multiple access), and GSM (global system for mobile communications), which use a band of frequencies around 800 & 1900 MHz. Voices are converted to digital 1`s and 0`s for transmission, then converted back to voices at the receiving end. Digital coverage is increasing across Canada and will eventually equal analog coverage. Call quality is improved over analog with less static. The network is able to increase the capacity with digital, therefore, fewer “fast busy“ signals.

Digital PCS standards are CDMA, TDMA and GSM and use a band of frequencies around 1900 MHz. PCS phones that also have analog capabilities are dual-mode; PCS phones that transmit on both 800MHz and 1900 MHz are called dual-band. PCS phones that are dual-band, dual-mode, are also called tri-mode. A Digital tri-mode single band GSM phone would offer 900, 1800 & 1900 MHz. This would allow the phone to work in Europe.

Some of the advantages of digital include enhanced privacy, extended battery life, improved call clarity and enhanced features such as Caller ID, short text messaging and message waiting indicators, wireless Internet access and more.

What are your conflict material polices?

G-Wave Solutions complies with SEC requirements regarding conflict materials. G-Wave Solutions purchases materials from environmentally and socially responsible suppliers that do not contain conflict materials. G-Wave Solutions fully understands the importance of this issue and will take the necessary steps to provide our customers with pertinent information and support.

Conflict Materials Website: http://www.ecianow.org/industry-issues/conflict.materials
Provides a summary of the final rules of the Act along with information on conflict materials