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    chrisell
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    Given Internet is getting worse looking for a solution.

    Presently on a WiMax thingy – been awful since December and getting worse. Always used a cheap SIM in a dongle as back up – but that’s getting intermittent. Outside the 4G map with Bouygues by literally 50 metres – and indoors mobile reception is patchy – 1 -3 bars dropping to nothing with Buoygues and my Vodafone – and full nothing with Free unless the mobile is on a windowsill upstairs. I don’t really care about mobile – but she does……. Apparently most people talk to other people not just the cat and themselves

    So – forget landlines too far and too slow – satellite is expensive – the solution would be a 4G box except we’re outside the service area and we’re struggling to get a 3G connection to work reliably.

    Now to me it looks like the best solution will be to install a mobile signal booster and see where that leaves us. As I understand it – simple and cheap is boost just the data via a 4G box and an antenna – but thinking a better overall solution may be to install a wide band mobile signal booster and to actually be able to use the mobile without leaning out of a bedroom window on the bad days. Has anyone actually tried either? In reality we have a signal – its just weak so in theory I think wide band 2G-3G-4G boosters would be the answer. Looking at 130’ish from China for the full kit delivered.


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    loopski
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    Most of the aerials and boosters are 2.4Ghz and intended for WiFi connection not 3G / 4G cell reception for a mobile phone.
    4G boosters/amplifiers are quite pricey and work on only one FDD LTE channel.


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

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    Direct from China – Triband mobile amp (I forget but 700’ish, 1.6ish and the 2.4 bands)- covers most 3 and 4G networks in France – the amp itself plus cable, external antenna and indoor rebroadcast antenna 130 Euros delivered. As far as I can see they’re just a weak rebroadcast of anything in their spectrum effectively a small mast in the hallway.

    The pure 4G amps look flawed in many ways – may as well stick a high gain antenna up and be done if its just data


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    If only it was that simple!
    I was going to post again
    but I’ll just watch ManC. :lol:


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

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    robertarthur
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    DIY high gain antenna, a project for next month or next year….Use antennes mobiles to find out the exact frequency of your provider and local transmission tower. Because there is no one-size-fits-all recipe, some fine-tuning needed for design and construction. Man C time.


    RA

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    loopski
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    Thanks! Bookmarked.
    8 X alu coat hangers.
    Now you’re talking my language. :grin:


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

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    All very well and good but how do you attach the cable from the aerial to the phone?  Mine’s only got a jack socket for the charger and a headset connector.   :scratch:


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    double post


    • This reply was modified 28 Jan 2018 19:43 by  dantheman.
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    AnOther
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    If you can get even 1 bar of 4G on a phone them believe me a 4G router will work for you.

    In one single spot in one of my bedrooms, and if the wind is blowing the right way, I sometimes might see just that on a phone but it’s too tenuous to be of any use but in the same spot and just on it’s own internal antennas my 4G router does between 1 & 2 bars and that gets me a fairish 10-12mb down and 1-2mb upload.

    Upload speeds are the most affected by weak signals so I put up a cheap cross polarised yagi which has stabilised and upped the maximum download speed to about 15mb and bumped the upload to about 8mb.

    Evenings are peak times and 4g is susceptible to slowdowns but this is a result of a test conducted specifically for this post.

    I’ve got a pair of much better antennas coming (Poynting LPDA-92) and I’m confident that they will give me a considerable boost.

    BTW for proper 4G reception you absolutely do need two antennas.


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    loopski
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    This afternoon checking a Smartphone with *connected no internet” problem. I put the router on the window sill and switched on. Unit settled down with cyan mode lit and zero bars. I sent a test WhatsApp message, surfed a few sites and checked download speed. Surprised to get 4.76 Mbps.
    Smartphone gets zilch.
    The future is called 4G and bye bye ADSL. :grin:


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

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    Or better still 5g :grin:

    BTW, the sort of booster you’re suggesting will still need a decent signal to work with and as unapproved and unlicenced transmitting equipment will be wholly illegal to use.

    As you will effectively rebroadcasting their signal your provider in particular will be very unhappy about it !


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    All very well and good but how do you attach the cable from the aerial to the phone? Mine’s only got a jack socket for the charger and a headset connector. :scratch:

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    Just stick one of these in the hall :smile:
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    https://hiboost.eu/en/f13-ed.html


    I would lie on top of the stairs and smell the cigar smoke of Castro.

    #1820731
    Annabelle’s Papa
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    Hi, I am not very technical but our mobile phones connect to our wifi when in range both in France and the UK, isn’t it just a case of going into your settings on your phone and getting it to look for your wifi whilst in your home and once you have put in your password it should always connect when in range (our wifi still connects in the garden 20m away).


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    All very well and good but how do you attach the cable from the aerial to the phone? Mine’s only got a jack socket for the charger and a headset connector. :scratch:

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    Just stick one of these in the hall :smile:
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    https://hiboost.eu/en/f13-ed.html

    I’m basically looking at cheap versions of those….. 500+ makes my eyes water.

    I get the 4G antennas – my only thought is it may be nice to also be able to take a call without the phone dropping out if I move – or even hanging out the window on a rainy day


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    No wi-fi in my phones settings.

    https://www.esato.com/gfx/phones/nokia2310.jpg


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