Anybody ever use a signal booster ?
Hey does anybody have any experience with signal boosters with AT&T where I live the service isn't bad but my building at work kills my signal a bit makes my data slow down to a crawl just wondering if those things really help much or not ?? Thanks
- 01-04-2012, 11:56 AM #2
Ya I checked into those but u gotta tie it in with your home broadband connection it be fine for home but at work it wouldn't be practical for Me my work has that dam fortiguard filter on our network so to stream pandora , watch YouTube I have to use my 3G connection but the building just kills my data so I have been using a VPN server to bypass fortiguard lol I just hate having to do that at work
- 01-05-2012, 07:48 PM #4iPhone Nanite
- 4 Posts
Yes, I've installed a zBoost unit at my house, and went from no coverage in some rooms to decent coverage throughout the house. Mine has an external (to the house) antenna that ideally requires many feet of vertical separation from the transmitter, so its not perfect for an office setup, but I think there are zBoost models made for an office situation.
- 01-05-2012, 08:50 PM #5
I am trying to decide between the microcell and possibly this zboost for at work. Wilson would be my first choice but not due to cost.
The reviews for the zboost i read on amazon seemed less favorable then the microcells
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- 01-07-2012, 01:14 AM #6
I'm recommending a portable Cyfre amplifier kit. Tried Wilson - meh. Tried zBoost - utter crap. Have a MicroCell - it's back in the box (where it belongs).
I finally asked what some of the field techs that work for cell phone companies that I see on my project sites, almost all of them have a Cyfre or Rockies amplifier (not a booster) kit. Got a few for some of my field employees. They. Just. Work. They're RSSI-controlled, actually approved by ATTWS. Getting one for my mom next week, she's literally on the fringe of cell service in rural WA. The stock nub antenna works great, but a directional Yagi antenna would help big time. Not cheap, but made in the USA - there's a mobile kit version that can be brought into an office or a car.
Consider the cost of your mobile contract, the cost of an amplifier kit is just a fraction of that.
- 01-07-2012, 10:58 AM #7
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- 01-08-2012, 12:55 AM #9
I leave both iPhones (VZW and ATTWS) near the Cyfre setup. Both iPhones are paired to a VTech DS6421-3 - all calls are handled through the VTech handsets, generally clear as a bell 95% of the time. I get all of the coverage of the expensive amplifier setups at a fraction of the cost - and no dropped calls on ATTWS. Now that you have my secret to great call quality, I'll have to call my guy Guido...
- 02-10-2012, 11:39 AM #10iPhone Newbie
- 22 Posts
Search posting history and see if you can find any of my posts.. I did f'ing everything to get a signal in the woods about 5mi from a tower. Too exhausting to regurgitate, but we 'finally' have internet access at home where Verizon (local monopoly) could not even give us DSL.
Antenna .. repeater .. 3 bars.
- 02-10-2012, 10:49 PM #11