We walk you through the different methods for adding a lightning protector to your cell phone booster system.
A lightning surge protector can help protect your cell signal-boosting amplifier from surges entering the system via the outside antenna. Lightning is incredibly powerful so a surge protector may not be able to stop a direct lightning strike, however, it can protect against surges in the air from lightning striking nearby or from other electrical events.Each lightning protector contains a gas discharge element that acts as a fuse. In the event of a surge, the gas discharge element will sever the connection between the outside antenna and the amplifier. The surge will instead travel over a ground wire to the ground where it can safely dissipate. Note: The lightning protector gets installed between the outside antenna and the amplifier. Most lightning protectors have two female ports, so they require an extra 2 ft cable for installation. If you have a lightning protector with one Male and one Female connector, then you do not need a 2 ft cable. There are two options for installation:
- Method 1: Outside Antenna > 2 ft Cable > Lightning Protector > Longer Cable > Amplifier
- Method 2: Outside Antenna > Longer Cable > Lightning Protector > 2 ft Cable > Amplifier
- A metal water pipe, near where it enters the building
- The building’s existing exterior grounding rod
- Metal frame of the building that’s connected to the existing building grounding electrode system.
Need a lightning protector?Lightning protectors are sold by our major manufacturers. The correct lightning protector depends on the type of cable your system uses. UberSignal
- Lightning Protector for 50 Ohm Systems (Thick cable with ¾” connectors)
- Lightning Protector for 75 Ohm Systems (RG-6 Cable like what you use for TV)