M-Cell Antenna

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M-Cell Antenna

Does anyone know where to get the antenna that plugs into the M-Cell? I see there is a spot to screw one in and am thinking about getting one so I can put it in the closer with my WAP out of sight and running the antenna to the window.
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That connection is for an external GPS antenna (if needed) there is no way to connect an external antenna

for the cell side. There apparently is a "tamper" switch which will disable the unit if you try to open it..

 

Lance

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I picked mine up at Frys.

 

Link here

 

It's a Gilsson universal kit that includes the appropriate connector.

 

It's nice to not have my microcell blocking the light from my window.

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This also works quite well - Powerful External Remote Amplified GPS Antenna Receiver for Garmin Nuvi

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZKUR1W/ref=oss_product

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Just a warning... You don't want to place the microcell near your wireless router... My wifi-n devices connect fine but my wifi-g lost all connectivity
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Do these antennas help with cell phone reception from the microcell?

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No these antennas only improve the signal from the GPS that the M-Cell receives. I am using it so I can put the M-Cell in a closet out of sight, but the GPS antenna will go up through my attic to a ridge vent.

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jmatero wrote:
Just a warning... You don't want to place the microcell near your wireless router... My wifi-n devices connect fine but my wifi-g lost all connectivity

Yeah, the microcell instructions say to place it at least a few feet away from wifi routers.

 

Mine's about 4-5 feet away right now. I had it about 1.5 feet away for a while and it didn't seem to cause any harm with my G and N devices, but I've heard of others having problems with it being so close.

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eisenb11,

 

Thanks for the link!  Do you know how many feet of cable comes with that antenna?

 

Thanks,

TimR><>

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AT&T 3G Cisco MicroCell M-Cell GPS Antenna

Gilsson Technologies offers several GPS antennas for the AT&T 3G Cisco MicroCell.  The Gilsson AT&T MicroCell antenna comes in 3, 9, 16 or 25-feet cable lengths.  GPSgeek sells the Gilsson high gain GPS antenna for $19.95:

 

http://www.gpsgeek.com/products/amplified-28db-mcx-external-gps-antenna-for-garmin-navman-lowrance-r...

 

In addition, one can purchase a 10-feet extension to lengthen the overall distance to 35 feet.

 http://www.gpsgeek.com/products/extension-cable-for-gps-antenna-with-mcx-connector-10-foot-mcx-male-...

 

If you need something even longer with lower dB loss in the cable, one can consider using ultra low loss LMR cables with various Gilsson antennas, to place the GPS antenna 50-150 feet away from the MicroCell.  FYI, Gilsson designs and produces GPS antennas for military, aircraft, automobile and boating industries, so its quality far exceeds the quality of typical CE products.  You can call Gilsson toll free at 866-GILSSON, if you have specific requirements.  

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Do these external antenas really work?  I'm just got the Microcell and can't even register because of no GPS signal. Called tech support and they pretty much said "Return it" because it can't get GPS signal. I have an external antena for my Sirius Radio and asked the support person about the external antena jack on the back of the Microcell and she pretty much ignored the question.

 

Do these antena work on the Microcell. I was so excited to actual be able to use my cell phone in my house...wow what a concept....

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yes the Gillson Antenna that I used works very well.  The forum documents lots of legitimate problems but I plugged the Microcell into my AT&T Uverse router and now that I have my antenna the microcell works wonderfully because I was able to place the microcell at a location more central to the house.  But I will say that once we get closer to the outside of the house I think the phone battles between leaving the call on the microcell and the outside cell tower and that is when we get the odd drop call.  Still much better than what we had to deal with before.

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Thanks! I'll give it a try. I hope this will work.  :-)

 

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I'm actually impressed that Gillson actually created an account on here to answer that person's question about the length of the cable. Now that's customer service!

 

And yes, these GPS antennas do seem to work. My microcell is on the floor behind a wall with about 9 feet of cable so the receiver can sit next to my window.

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Got my antenna yesterday! Wow what fast service from Gilson! Anyhow, plugged it into the MicoCell and the GPS indicator light is now solid green! I love it when things actually work.

 

However, now my 3G indicator light is still flashing green. As of last night the "system" was unavailable so I couldn't access my account to see if the unit has been activated. Tried a reboot but no luck. Tried to reboot the router, modem and phone as well, no luck.

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