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Old 02-28-2014, 06:15 PM
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Cell phone signal amplifier/repeater

Anyone have experience with solutions for a home in a cell phone hole? We're in a valley-like setting, with low to no signal strength. I have verizon, but during the home inspection there were two other phones from different carriers in use with similar results. Strength was slightly better outside, but still not fantastic.

I'll put something in myself.... anyone put in their own amp/booster/repeater?
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:47 PM
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Did you speak to VZW? A colleague lives in a 'hole' and her carrier- after a complaint- gave her a local cell that hooks to her internet. Bit of a pita, as it will not transfer an ongoing call coming into or leaving the hole.

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I have NOT heard of any retail-available booster/repeater.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:40 PM
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I have a sprint airave that does this -- takes my office signal from 0-1 bars to 4-5 and I'm 15 ft away and one floor lower than the box which I located as centrally in the house as I could - they provide it free of charge
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:24 PM
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I have a sprint airave that does this -- takes my office signal from 0-1 bars to 4-5 and I'm 15 ft away and one floor lower than the box which I located as centrally in the house as I could - they provide it free of charge
Q: Is it a repeater (and connects to the existing cellular network) or does it use an internet connection to create a local cell?
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:05 PM
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When I was with Sprint I had very low data connection. I called and they offered me the same as above. A unit that will connect to my internet.

I asked them, what do I need that for? I can just switch my phone to my WiFi.

But they asked me if I could convince my building management to let them install a cell antenna on the roof of my building.
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:46 AM
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Q: Is it a repeater (and connects to the existing cellular network) or does it use an internet connection to create a local cell?
Uses internet - I also had them lock it to my phone and mrs wyb's phone so neighbors and their visitors don't use our bandwidth - the neighbors weren't so smart so walking the dog we pass a couple of houses I get great,signal from (they must have an airave as well)
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We have an AT&T Microcell. Its only 3G but at least we get some cellular connection.

http://www.att.com/standalone/3gmicrocell/
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When I was with Sprint I had very low data connection. I called and they offered me the same as above. A unit that will connect to my internet.

I asked them, what do I need that for? I can just switch my phone to my WiFi.

But they asked me if I could convince my building management to let them install a cell antenna on the roof of my building.
My neighbor was one of the building members management team. I called up two telecome providers to complain about poor reception in our building and my neighbor who happens to be on the management team disapproved of a cell tower on or nearby our building but yet he is downstairs everyday using his smartphone on the ground floor because he does not have reception in his own house. Luckily he is not on Bimmerfest. The irony....

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We have an AT&T Microcell. Its only 3G but at least we get some cellular connection.

http://www.att.com/standalone/3gmicrocell/
+ 1 on the Microcell.
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I have this and it works amazingly well, LOVE it!! 5 bars all over the house. http://www.att.com/standalone/3gmicr...id=KEUAfilJFhd
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:07 AM
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BTW....They gave me mine for free because their coverage maps are full of $hit and imply that I am in a good coverage area. I told them that 1 bar to no service doesn't sound like a "good" coverage area to me......
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:09 AM
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We have an AT&T Microcell. Its only 3G but at least we get some cellular connection.

http://www.att.com/standalone/3gmicrocell/
Actually its 4G, I know it says 3G on the unit itself, but your device receives 4G data. Not to be confused with 4G LTE.
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Verizon has their equivalent of a Microcell. Ask them for one.
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I got it. Love the thing. Kinda dumb that other people in my house with other carriers (guests etc) can't access it... but works great for us!
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I got it. Love the thing. Kinda dumb that other people in my house with other carriers (guests etc) can't access it... but works great for us!
Other carriers no. Other phones all on same carrier yes. Different frequencies are the reason
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Thanks for the input ordered one Friday , installed yesterday now I have full signal , works great
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Other carriers no. Other phones all on same carrier yes. Different frequencies are the reason
That makes sense. What I haven't looked into, since the home really is in a giant cellular hole, is if I can get a micro site for another network like ATT without being a subscriber.
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I got it. Love the thing. Kinda dumb that other people in my house with other carriers (guests etc) can't access it... but works great for us!
ob, what did you get? Did you have to buy it or did VZW give it to you for free? In a similar situation as you. Thanks.
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I'm with att , didn't check with att, ordered one off eBay for 140. Usd. Works great .
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ob, what did you get? Did you have to buy it or did VZW give it to you for free? In a similar situation as you. Thanks.
Hey Bud!

Bought the VZW Samsung box. http://www.verizonwireless.com/acces...nder-scs-2u01/. No sir... not free.

Works like a charm. Really flawless. But only for VZW customers. Coverage in the house is spectacular.

Needs to be close to a window, or in a spot you can get the GPS antenna to see a window to set the time/date/location services. Southern exposure. It comes with about 15 feet of cord to move the antenna.

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Awesome. I'll call customer service and ask them about it.

How's life? Practice going well? Has been a while, so it's good to see you still around!
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Awesome. I'll call customer service and ask them about it.

How's life? Practice going well? Has been a while, so it's good to see you still around!
All good things. I hope you're well. Next time we hit the inner harbor with the kids I'll drop a line.

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