DAS Part One: What is DAS?

Part One of Minuteman’s Series: All About DAS

DAS ThumbnailWe here in Texas love our football and we here at Minuteman LOVE our baseball. Now, imagine being in a football or baseball stadium filled with tens of thousands of screaming fans, all with phones pulling at the network signal, how’s the reception? Can you still text your friend the score with those thousands of phones clogging the signal? With the help of DAS, you can.

Distributed antenna systems (DAS) are networks of antennas that help to alleviate the stress on a single network signal and provide better connectivity for wireless devices. This post is the first in a series in which we explore DAS in-depth and how Minuteman plays a role in the growing marketplace.

What is DAS?

Distributed-antenna-system.svgDistributed antenna systems are networks of antennas strategically placed that are connected to a common source that allows for better wireless service across geographical areas and larger buildings that, such as stadiums, hospitals, and campuses.

With these systems single high-powered antenna is replaced with several low-power antennas. Therefore, instead of all devices connect to a singular point throughout a building, each device connects to the closest antenna. This layout allows for each device to experience a stronger and clearer signal because the device hypothetically closer to the antenna and competing with less devices for a network connection.

Why do we need DAS?

STADIUMBetween construction techniques and materials and the growing number of wireless devices, many businesses experience degraded and blocked wireless communications. Distributed antenna systems (DAS) were designed to extend wireless coverage within structures and enable radios and cell phones to work regardless of their position within the building.

Common Applications

  • Public Venues/Stadiums
  • Campuses
  • Hospitals/Healthcare
  • Emergency Response
  • Hospitality/Hotels
  • Government

DAS and Minuteman

Videotron_DASDistributed antenna systems are implemented for the purpose of supplying stronger and clearer wireless signals to connected devices, but if those systems go down, the connection goes down as well. Thus, as with any system that employs utility power, DAS needs power protection.

Minuteman’s line of UPS systems provide DAS antennas with backup power and protection from everything from blackouts to surges and spikes.

Please check out Minuteman’s full line of power protection and management products on our website now.