It almost seems appalling that your carrier would sell a mobile network booster to you. Shouldn’t great service be covered by your monthly fees? What you might not know is that the Microcell and the Femtocell require a broadband or cable connection to boost your signal. So, these devices need to translate and convert signal between cell and internet protocols/languages, which are both different.
Another downfall of the Microcell or Femtocell is that they boost signal by taking your weak cell signal and converting it to a strong Wi-Fi signal, and then back to strong cell phone signal. All the converting and translating makes these devices problematic. Most of the time users see 5 bars on their phone, but still drop calls or have new problems.
Another disadvantage is that the Microcell and Femtocell act as a mini cell tower and broadcast your internet connection. Anyone nearby can connect to the device. This might not be a problem if your neighbors are a few miles away from you, but if you live in an urban area or even a suburb, you’re going to have problems.
So, a Microcell creates cell signal in your office or home, and nearby. This means all other cellular devices that can pick up the signal can connect to it. Calls, texts, and data will be transferred on your internet connection. Devices will begin connecting to your Microcell as soon as you plug it in. Any additional data that is transferred on your network will affect your internet speed, especially if you have a limited or capped service. It could get troublesome if someone nearby is connected to your Microcell while they’re streaming an entire season on Netflix.