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Old 14th June 2018, 10:32 AM
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Default Mobile Signal Boosters - any experience?

Similar to a lot of people, the mobile phone signal is awful both inside and outside my house and I would like to find a way to boost the limited signal so I can confidently ring someone without having to say, "can you hear me now" ten times..

There are solutions offered online that provide external aerials, amplifiers and repeaters but they are in the region of 400. I have tried multiple mobile service providers but they are equally poor, and I am hesitant to shell so much out on a repeater unless I am 100% sure it will be a robust and permanent solution to the problem.

Has anyone out there tried these amplifiers and repeaters and can recommended them? Any alternative methods you tried to boost signal?

Using VOIP is fine for most calls to friends/family but GSM is still needed for all other calls.

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Old 14th June 2018, 11:50 AM
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Default Re: Mobile Signal Boosters - any experience?

A repeater would be very hard to vet a licence for.
Iirc vodafone were doing a short range mini cell that plugged into your router.
Google vodafone suresignal.

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Old 14th June 2018, 01:44 PM
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From Vodafone website:

'Vodafone no longer sells new Sure Signal devices'

https://n.vodafone.ie/support/mobile/sure-signal.html

:-(
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Old 14th June 2018, 01:52 PM
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If you have good Internet you could you could look at eir bill pay plans that includes WiFi calling, Vodafone was supposed to start offering it as well but they still don't know when
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Old 14th June 2018, 03:11 PM
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Default Re: Mobile Signal Boosters - any experience?

Get on to Novatel in Cork.

Indoor signal booster as still a bit 'grey' in legislative terms as I understand it, but they have gotten the go ahead to sell some models. They're high end units though and not cheap - I've my eye on the Huaptec F13-EDW (https://www.huaptec.eu/sites/default...atasheet_0.pdf).

I've already gotten a Poynting XPol-2 antenna from them to boost my broadband signal (I'm on Vodafone LTE). Again, high end hardware and not cheap but it's produced good results in that regard and the guys have been very pleasant to deal with.
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Old 14th June 2018, 05:14 PM
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Default Re: Mobile Signal Boosters - any experience?

just be aware that signal boosters do just that, boost the signal.
If the signal is extremely weak, then all you are doing is boosting a poor signal including the 'noise' that comes with it. Often its noise that gives you poor download speed.

If you can go to a shop or retailer that specialises in comms equipment. Explain your problem, do a few internet speed tests and take those results with you. They will advise on best solution, and often will sell with the option of returning straight to shop if it doesnt work as intended.

Wont be as cheap as buying on the internet, but if you are getting the option to return goods that arent faulty, and professional advice I would say a small additional cost is worth that.
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Old 14th June 2018, 09:15 PM
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I bought one last year. I was sick of getting nothing but the edge network, which is worse than dial-up.

I downloaded the OpenSignal app onto my phone, stood on the roof of the house and found a 3G and a 4G mast, but both were really weak, and I could never pick them up from inside the house.

So I pointed the antenna at the 4G mast and wired the rest of it up, with the indoor antenna out in the hall.

Now I have a decent 4G signal anywhere in the house.

I ditched the indoor and outdoor antennas that came with the kit and bought a yagi for outside and a better omnidirectional one for inside. I binned the coax too and used a roll of decent gear I had lying around.

But yeah, they do work.
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Old 14th June 2018, 09:24 PM
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This is the one I'm using.

https://www.banggood.com/LCD-Display...2847090201510D

With this indoor antenna.

https://www.banggood.com/800-2500mzh...2847090201510D

And this external yagi antenna.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/External-...item3d52341f80
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Old 15th June 2018, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Gixxer View Post
I see you can buy these in kit form too on ebay, with the Yagi, ext antenna and amplifier but i'll look into ordering separately. The mobile signal is all I am after, as all data is via my broadband supplier. Good to hear they work anyhow, so will go ahead and give them a shot and let ye know how it went.

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Old 15th June 2018, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by kwackquack View Post
If you have good Internet you could you could look at eir bill pay plans that includes WiFi calling, Vodafone was supposed to start offering it as well but they still don't know when
Great idea. I knew Vodafone were planning to release this and was not aware EIR were doing it already. Small drawback is the limited number of phones that support wifi calling....I'd have to pick up a new handsets but Mrs Redrocks could give it a shot on her iPh.

* Android Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and S8 all support WiFi Calling.

* IOS Apple IPhone 5C and above including IPhone SE all support WiFi Calling.

Downside - visitors to the house are still without reception, but that is low on my list of priorities.

Tks though...will let you know how it goes.
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Old 15th June 2018, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: Mobile Signal Boosters - any experience?

Originally Posted by efanton View Post
just be aware that signal boosters do just that, boost the signal.
If the signal is extremely weak, then all you are doing is boosting a poor signal including the 'noise' that comes with it. Often its noise that gives you poor download speed.
The above is fair, if you live in the middle of a forest, in a valley, kilometers from your nearest mast and with no line of sight, then you're f*cked no matter what you do; but indoor reception is little indication of the actual signal strength in your area. Go outside the gaff and get up as high as you can safely (open an upstairs or attic window or whatever) and see what you get then. The signal booster has a far better antenna than any phone will ever have, and said antenna can be located outside the building at a point where signal strength is decent but not practically accessible.

So whilst the op is correct in so far as you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear - the remote location of the antenna permits the ability to find and utilise good signal conditions (ie: outside and high up), and then relay that connection throughout the interior of the house.

For example, my house is a new build so it has all foil backed insulation in the walls; it's also a full masonry build so it's a heavyweight structure. The vodafone signal inside my house is, consequently, variable at best and non-existent quite regularly. The outdoor signal however is decent (~2 bars 4G on the phone a ground level) - so I got the Poynting external antenna for the Huawei B528 LTE router. I mounted the antenna on the outside wall of the house just below the soffit and the side facing the nearest mast (you can check that on http://siteviewer.comreg.ie/). The router now sees a consistent 4-bars of 4G signal, and I've solid internet throughout the interior of the house. Call reception is still crap though, hence why I'm planning one of the aforementioned units as soon as I've got the readies.
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Old 15th June 2018, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Redrocks View Post

Downside - visitors to the house are still without reception, but that is low on my list of priorities. .
Proper order, helps the f-ers work on their social skills. The other plus is they tend not to out-stay their welcome.

But yup didn't realise there were options other than suffer in silence.
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