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Re: [Shop-talk] Cell phone boosters

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Cell phone boosters
From: Mark <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:55:10 -0600
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The first thing to do is climb up on the roof and see if you have enough 
signal to be reliable.  If you do you can use an omni antenna with a 
booster for both systems.  If you still have marginal signal on one or 
both carriers you will need more height and perhaps a higher gain 
antenna.  The cell booster amplifiers obviously need a strong signal to 
boost, don't skimp on the transmission line between the inside and out.  
The Wilson products work well for consumer grade products, the 
commercial systems are pricy but very effective.


On 1/10/2014 7:00 PM, James Stone wrote:
> I need a cell phone booster for my vacation home and figured this was the best
> place to turn for guidance.  Heres the background:
> I have AT&T and my wife has Verizon; iPhone 5s for me and iPhone 4 for her.  I
> am the one who primarily needs the boost, but it would be nice to get
> something that would enhance my wifes signal, too.  (And, please dont take
> that sentence out of context!)  The AT&T signal here is ok in most of the
> house (ok defined as 2 bars - I can send and receive calls), except for the
> area I am trying to use as my home office.  There I only get one bar and can
> send and receive text messages, but most calls do not get through.  My wife
> has two bars throughout the house, so her signal is adequate everywhere.
> (BTW: the house is less than 800 sq ft, so the distance from the adequate to
> the inadequate rooms is only a couple of steps.)  We have cable wifi and that
> signal is excellent throughout.
> I have to do something to improve the AT&T signal, but it would be nice to get
> something that would work for both our phones.  And, as always, it would be
> nice not to spend too much money.  The easy solution for me looks to be an
> AT&T Microcell, but it would be nice to get something that worked for Verizon,
> too.  Something like this sounds perfect
> (
> ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top) and it is less expensive then the Microcell when
> bought from AT&T, but Id like to hear from someone I trust before investing
> $200.  And, given that I only need the boost in one room, whatever solution I
> go with wouldnt necessarily have to be wireless.  Id be ok with something a
> lot less expensive that only worked when the phone was connected to it or
> right next to it.
> As always, thanks!   Any advice will be appreciated.
> Jim
> _______________________________________________

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