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Old 03-12-2016, 11:03 PM
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Default 3G/4G/LTE antennas? signal boosters?

Say a guy was up in the mountains a lot, but still needed to access the real world and do laptop things. In town this is as simple as turning on a personal hotspot on one of several Apple devices, then connecting the laptop to that wifi network. But what if the 3G reception is spotty, at best? Any way to make that more reliable? any recommendations?
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:54 AM
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Wilson boosters are popular, I think Inukshuk has one. They have passive units; external ant->amp->internal ant, so no extra wires or rf connections to the phone. They seem popular at least, haven't tried one myself.

3g is not that fast if you get multiple devices up but will keep you in touch on multiples.
4g will support a couple streams, 3g will do for basic office 'real world' stuff.
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Recommended by Inukshuk. Planning to try one very soon.

[url]https://www.wilsonamplifiers.com/weboost-drive-4g-s-cell-phone-signal-booster-kit-470107
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I'm thinking one of these

https://www.repeaterstore.com/produc...call-fusion2go
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The Wilson one I was looking at here: http://www.repeaterstore.com/product...4KSBR-50U.html

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anyone is welcome to contact me offline - I do work for ma/pa bell ya know.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:11 PM
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Thanks for the input, I didn't realize these were going to be $500 that one you posted Dave is for your car for only $200, that's certainly better.. I want this in the house though. I guess I'd just need to find a way to convert 120v/20amp to 5.5V/2A


do you sell this stuff John? Or just know about it?
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you make it sound like knowledge is slimy Tim...

Listen, Cellular is Radio - you're into ham right? so the same principles apply. The LTE microcells are just hitting the commercial market - 3G are quite common. Give me a ring, or PM me your latest number so I can give you a ring. I can probably help you out.
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Listen, Cellular is Radio - you're into ham right? so the same principles apply.
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I started Storm Chasing last spring and did quite well making strategic decisions using Wx apps on my iPad tethered to my phone or using public wifi when available.

I felt I could make better tactical decisions if I had more bars in more places so last fall I began researching options for boosting my cell signal to the point I reached analysis paralysis. I gleaned info from other chasers, chaser web sites, and RVer web sites. My main take-a-way was all you're doing is setting up a repeater system.

I lucked out, this winter, on a deal for a satellite Wx receiver so I put the cell repeater on the back burner for now.

I'll be glad to share what I've learned but, like all purchases regarding radios, it would help if you can narrow down your priorities.
-what's more important, Phone or data?
-base, mobile or portable (no solution works well for everything)
-WiFi as WAN. Will you be staying in places where is a nearby hotspot?
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Data
Base
Staying put.

I have found an upstairs window sill that works pretty good with the mini iPad. But it's 3 out of 5 dots... would be awesome if it were 5?
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Do you want to boost cell signal in 1 or 2 rooms or do you want to cover the entire house with WiFi? Doing a Site Survey to determine how much boost you'll need would help.
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