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Wed, Jul 13, 2016 4:13 PM

Signal booster

I'm looking for a booster to put in my house to boost the signal strength. I live in the country and get one to two bars on a good day. What's the best thing to get?? A microcell uses the Internet, I don't have Internet in my area. Thanks,

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Avedis53

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4 years ago

No internet?  Then your choice is limited.  There are signal boosters that do not use the internet but they are expensive.  Products like the Cel-Fi are a two-device signal booster that requires at least 1 bar of signal strength somewhere inside your house.  You place the Network unit where your best signal is and you place the Coverage unit in a central location in your home.  The Cel-Fi Pro costs $695 and has a 30 day return window if you don't like the performance.  There are other signal booster companies out there like weboost also.  Their units aren't cheap either.

 

Good luck!

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OttoPylot

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4 years ago

Avedis53's suggestion is about the only thing available to you without internet.

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Avedis53

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4 years ago

and you get the solution?  Pffft!

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OttoPylot

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Yeah I saw that. Let me change it.

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4 years ago

We get 1 bar signal strength in the apartment bldg. I do have Internet, but not wireless. Any suggestions for boosting my cell phone strength? (AT&T mobile service and Comcast Internet.)
OttoPylot

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4 years ago

If  you haven't done so already, look into the MicroCell. It is not a cellular booster but an actual femtocell that uses your internet connection to reach the AT&T Mobility Servers so you can use your cell phone when reception from a macrocell (tower) is weak or spotty. The MicroCell uses the 3G protocols so while it is not fast for data (the download is usually limited to 3-5Mbps) it is plenty fast for voice, which is what it is designed for. However, apartment buildings are difficult at times because of the way your internet service may be setup so it should work, but your internet service will be the determining factor.

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Tutor

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13 Messages

3 years ago

You would think that more would be made to.ensure that we get signal everywhere!

OttoPylot

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3 years ago

@JamesRMacy - Talk to the FCC.

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3 years ago

What would FCC have anything to do?
OttoPylot

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3 years ago

@JamesRMacy - carriers can't just put up towers anywhere or increase their signal propagation without FCC and local municipalities approval, and that can take years.

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3 years ago

Yea i realize this, there are towers with a few miles yet deadspots inside
and out of buildings!
OttoPylot

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3 years ago

@JamesRMacy - welcome to the world of cellular phones. A problem that plagues all carriers.

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3 years ago

Well again i know this, you're dancing around my main issue but i can tell
you are little to no help so....
OttoPylot

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3 years ago

@JamesRMacy - and what is your main issue? That you don't get adequate signal in your home, the MicroCell doesn't work, WiFi-C is spotty?

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Avedis53

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3 years ago

I'm not sure what your main issue is other than expecting unrealistic solutions to your problem.  As Otto said, deadspots in RF-shielded buildings are part of cellular communications and are independent of carriers.  That's why carriers have offered alternatives to customers like the Mcell and WiFi Calling.

 

You can get a Mcell, use WiFi Calling or get a cellular booster to improve call coverage in areas of poor tower reception.  Expecting AT&T or any other carrier for that matter, to site a tower in a particular area doesn't happen overnight for a variety of obvious regulatory reasons.  

 

If you want help, we will need more information about your ISP and home networking hardware.  If you are here just to complain, then you've done so and have a good day.

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