Homeowners can choose between a warm home and a mobile signal, warns watchdog

  • Homeowners can choose between a warm home and a mobile signal, warns watchdog
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    In the background, the watchdog warned that homeowners can choose between a decent phone reception and a warm home.
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In the background, the watchdog warned that homeowners can choose between a decent phone reception and a warm home.

ComReg says that the drive to create more energy efficient homes, damaging reception in the kitchens and living rooms.

New tests show that insulating the house can dramatically reduce the strength of the voice or data signal on your smartphone.

The test results show that people may have to choose between a warm home and a good cell signal this winter.

Insulation and triple glazed Windows or PVC Windows are the worst offenders, drowning out a good reception from the point of frustration for phone users.

The roof insulation interferes less with the mobile signal, the regulator says.

In Alliance with the existing weak mobile signals in the large part of the country, this means that the Irish phone users often may find it difficult to maintain a phone call via your cell phone when inside your home.

“The total effect from the use of more heat-efficient building materials and a General increase in mobile traffic of voice and data has led to the deterioration of the quality of work your room in many homes,” – said the test results of watchdog.

“Building materials that have caused the greatest (challenges) that are used in the insulation, especially with one or several layers of foil and Windows, especially Windows with triple glazing with aluminium or PVC.

“Testing of roofing materials is not essential, while the use of brick materials tested only the cavity blocks caused significant (difficulties).”

The main problem lies in the fact that the heat and radio signals consist of electromagnetic energy at different frequencies.

Therefore, the material which effectively retains heat in the house “is also effective for maintaining radio signals,” he says.

The government Watchdog argues that one solution is the use of wireless Internet access calls in the house where possible.

It relies on the strength of home broadband connection and a compatible service provider, not a cellular signal from a mobile phone company.

However, with about one third of Irish homes still use broadband technology can only be used in cities and around major cities.

“In most cases, the native WiFi calling is probably the most effective mechanism for addressing issues of internal reception,” the regulator said.

“EIR is the only Irish mobile operator has rolled out the native wifi calling on their network.

“ComReg strongly encourages all mobile service providers to follow their example, and notes that Vodafone plans to launch ‘VoWifi (voice over WiFi) for 2018, which seems to provide a similar service for Vodafone customers.”

An alternative solution, the regulator said, to consider getting a mobile repeater, which needs to be legalized this year.

These devices increase, which can be a weak mobile signal in the rooms.

As a rule, they are associated with small antennas installed outside the building with a box inside the building to relay the amplified signal.

They cost about €150 and vary depending on frequency and mobile operator.

Still, they were unlicensed due to unauthorized interference with the frequencies of mobile phone that only ComReg can monitor.

However, ComReg said that it decided to release the mobile phone repeaters in Ireland because of the common problems encountered when taking a mobile phone.

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