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Old 09-27-2022, 07:58 PM   #1
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Anyone using a cell phone signal booster?

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Where I live I have brutal cell signal due to trees. If I go a few hundred yards down the road to a field I get blazing fast speeds.

Would a cell phone booster on a pole work in this situation?

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The short answer is yes. But and there is always a but for best results you will need to get the receiving antenna up high enough. Also you will need to aim your antenna towards the transmitting tower. And lastly make sure what you are buying is compatible with the band your phone(s) are on.
We have a We Boost on our RV and having been thinking about adding one for the home. Great reception outside,poor reception in the home. When we built the home we added additional foil backed foam board that kills the service inside. My home office is below grade and the single is poor at best. I normally switch to Airplane Mode at home for reliable calling. Only problem is when I go out I forget to switch off the airplane mode until I need to make a call.
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Thanks Sparky, our cell service gets a small bit better in winter. Every coverage maps has us at 4 or 5 bars.

I estimate I would need at least a 40ft pole on the roof. Maybe need to do a survey with drone :-)
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A MIMO antennae on a 40 foot tower would probably provide the same blazing speed you get down the road out in the open. Trees decrease the signal like walls and the ground.

An iPhone usually has 4 antennae inside. Each antennae can connect and communicate with the cell tower. A "Cell Booster" has one antennae. These devices work well in weak areas. The pull in the tower at long distance. The booster rebroadcasts the cell signal inside your home.

A MIMO array of 4 antennae can use adequate signals but boost data throughput by connecting to 4 channels on the cell tower. The MIMO array would be connected to a router and provide WiFi inside your home. A phone that can place WiFi calls is required.
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Hi,

Where I live I have brutal cell signal due to trees. If I go a few hundred yards down the road to a field I get blazing fast speeds.

Would a cell phone booster on a pole work in this situation?

Thanks,

Would encourage you to go to the Mobile Internet Resource Center which provides a 'bunch' of information related to all things to enhance internet service. The have a section related to cell boosters.
My experience with a cell signal booster was not what I expected. In fairness to the product, I did no really understand what they were supposed to do. It was the wrong solution for me.
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I normally switch to Airplane Mode at home for reliable calling. Only problem is when I go out I forget to switch off the airplane mode until I need to make a call.

How can a phone call be made in airplane mode? It shuts down cellular and WiFi transmission on the phone.
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Yes, I have one installed on my TT and it can't perform miracles but it does seem to help out enough when on the edge of coverage. Here's a video I made about ours: https://youtu.be/vf_8aFWVuSE
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Yes, I have one installed on my TT and it can't perform miracles but it does seem to help out enough when on the edge of coverage. Here's a video I made about ours: https://youtu.be/vf_8aFWVuSE
Great video and lovely Casita :-)

Thinking about it now probaly need one for my rv also :-)
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Great video and lovely Casita :-)

Thinking about it now probaly need one for my rv also :-)
Thanks! Yes, RV for sure!
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How can a phone call be made in airplane mode? It shuts down cellular and WiFi transmission on the phone.
Although airplane mode will automatically disable both cellular and WiFi, on both Android and iPhones it is possible to re-enable WiFi without changing cellular. For example, you might want to do that while on an airplane if you want to access in-flight WiFi.

Once you have re-enabled WiFi your phone will be capable of making WiFi calls (if you have enabled that feature).
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How can a phone call be made in airplane mode? It shuts down cellular and WiFi transmission on the phone.


On my iPhone and iPad airplane mode only shuts off cellular, not wifi.
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On my iPhone and iPad airplane mode only shuts off cellular, not wifi.
Yes, you are correct; on an Android it disables both.
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I have the Drive Sleek for the TV and the OTR for the TT.
They are invaluable sometimes and worthless sometimes.
I would recommend them either way! If you get a last year unit that will save you money.
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This has worked for me. I have gone from no service to 4 bars. And I have gone from no service to you guessed it, no service
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