1. hbcbob573's Avatar
    Ok, some backstory: I have, at most, one bar in certain spots in my home and around my property. In the majority of places I have no bars. I have been looking at cellular signal boosters.

    So my questions are:

    Will a cellular repeater/amplifier increase the number of bars I can see on my phone, or will it just make the single bar occur more often?

    What are your personal experiences with them?

    Are they worth the $$$?

    Thanks!
    09-26-2010 05:02 PM
  2. Smlk's Avatar
    I live in a neighborhood with crappy service. I bought the larger one from think geek and works fairly well. Only in one room effectively though. It's not going to give great service suddenly, but it is much better. It helps a LOT with texting.
    09-26-2010 05:25 PM
  3. Slyfi's Avatar
    if your on AT&T you can buy a microcell to give you 3G in all of your home

    you plug it into your DSL and boom instant 5 bar 3G for i believe 100 feet radius
    09-26-2010 06:18 PM
  4. ashykat's Avatar
    Repeaters and amplifiers can be helpful, but they are definitely more expensive than going the route of the femtocell (ie, AT&T Network Extender). Basically you'd set up an outside antenna, run the coax inside into a box which would broadcast it into your home. If your signal outside is not good, then there's not much for the repeater to repeat or amplify. In short they can't bring you signal if you don't get good signal outside as it is. If you are in the states and on AT&T, you can get the Network Extender. I use one, and it's been a godsend for me. It gives you coverage of up to 5000 square feet, or around 40 feet in any direction depending on walls and obstructions.
    09-26-2010 10:49 PM
  5. hbcbob573's Avatar
    Repeaters and amplifiers can be helpful, but they are definitely more expensive than going the route of the femtocell (ie, AT&T Network Extender). Basically you'd set up an outside antenna, run the coax inside into a box which would broadcast it into your home. If your signal outside is not good, then there's not much for the repeater to repeat or amplify. In short they can't bring you signal if you don't get good signal outside as it is. If you are in the states and on AT&T, you can get the Network Extender. I use one, and it's been a godsend for me. It gives you coverage of up to 5000 square feet, or around 40 feet in any direction depending on walls and obstructions.
    How is a network extender different? And what are the cost differences?
    09-27-2010 04:14 PM
  6. ashykat's Avatar
    An AT&T Network Extender is $150, whereas repeaters and amplifiers that are any good are going to be more in the $500-$1000 range depending on your needs. The Network Extender is basically a personal cell tower in your home. Rather than your phone having to connect to a cell tower to get your service, it connects to the Network Extender which you will hook up to your broadband router. The Network Extender is 3G only, so it won't work with non 3G at&t phones, but since you're on TiPb I assume you have 3G. It works for voice and data. It works great for me. My apartment is basically a cellular black hole, no companies get service because I'm somewhat in the mountains. Inside, I was bouncing between one bar and "No Service". After getting the network extender I have 5 bars always when I'm in my home.
    09-27-2010 04:58 PM
  7. Slyfi's Avatar
    , but since you're on TiPb I assume you have 3G.
    never assume some people still use iPhone 2g
    09-28-2010 02:19 AM
  8. ashykat's Avatar
    never assume some people still use iPhone 2g
    Yes but he also mentioned in another thread how iOS 4 is working for him, which is not compatible with the first gen iPhone. I put that disclaimer in mostly for other people looking in on the thread.
    09-28-2010 03:09 PM
  9. hbcbob573's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm on 3G, but only edge is available at my house.
    09-28-2010 11:59 PM
  10. Slyfi's Avatar
    Yeah, I'm on 3G, but only edge is available at my house.
    well then your a prefect candidate for the femtocell just head over to AT&T's website and see if you feel the need for it
    09-29-2010 12:17 AM
  11. boweveljoe's Avatar
    If you use Femtocell in your home and have a limited data plan does it charge you for data against your 2 gigs even though you are using your internet to run the femtocell?
    11-07-2010 04:14 PM
  12. bleolinda's Avatar
    Great.
    Thanks
    11-08-2010 03:25 AM
  13. Jasond's Avatar
    I just bought a Microcell on Monday. I first tried to get one for free of course however AT&T was not budging and I didn't care to waste anymore time. So I went to the store paid the $150, went home hooked it up, and in 90 minutes I had 5 bars when I normally had maybe 1.

    When you first get home it takes a few seconds to connect but once it does it works well. If you sign up for a $20 a month plan which gives you umlimited calling when on the Microcell you can get the Microcell for $50. I decided to just pay the $150 and use the minutes I pay for already.

    You can connect to the Microcell and wifi at the same time so there is no issue there.
    12-29-2010 12:46 PM
  14. hbcbob573's Avatar
    No high speed Internet in my area though. Dial-up only. A femtocell wouldn't work for me.
    12-29-2010 03:00 PM
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