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Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:25 am

Anyone willing to share their experience to improve their cellular signal? I want to switch from DSL to cell internet service but no one in this area offers a good strong cell signal. I've seen some information about signal enhancement/amplification but need more info from someone who has had some experience solving this problem. Thanks, Stan

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Re: Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:34 am

I have Verizon cell internet (Jetpack), I don't have issues with cell signal but the wifi signal from the Jetpack and devices is pretty weak. I have to be within about 50 feet to get on line. It's been far more trouble free than the DSL it replaced, just have to be close to it. We take it along when we travel, nice to have internet along! Ours is unlimited, by the way.

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Re: Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby staninlowerAL » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:43 am

Thanks Gary, I'm looking for home internet (just to be clear) and the cell signal from ANY provider is not very strong. In fact Verizon is the only game in town. The others lease Verizon equipment for their system use (CDMA). The only thing that's been recommended is a fixed "hot spot" which does not address the cell signal strength. I've looked at a directional antenna but either I'm not looking in the right place or the info is limited.

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Re: Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:48 pm

You could use one or more wifi range extenders within your house/property.
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Re: Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:07 pm

The cell booster do work, I am using one in my house due to it being wrapped with foil backed foam insulation and having a metal roof. The problem is the boosters need a half decent signal before they will do anything. if the signal is too weak they will not give you anything. You can download an ap that will allow you to check signal strengths, and find the best location for the antenna. We Boost makes the best boosters, but also the most expensive, $350 and up. There are others that cost less, but may not do what you need. All of them do require an outside antenna, a booster, and an inside antenna, which are all normally included.
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Re: Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:23 pm

As a further note, Verizon is going to discontinue CDMA service this December. Any equipment using CDMA will have to be replaced with newer equipment and prices are expected to go up. That is the reason I left them for Cricket. However, Cricket uses ATT equipment, so it may not be available in your area.
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Re: Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby staninlowerAL » Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:15 pm

Finally decided to take the plunge and try the WeBoost external antenna. Seems like the only way to know how it will perform is to try it. Fortunately the seller offers a 30 day return policy for full refund if it does not work satisfactory. Will post the results of my experiment since I'm 7 to 10 miles from the cell towers. Good or bad, CDMA (Verizon) is the only game in town.

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Re: Cellular based internet weak signal

Postby outdoors4evr » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:22 am

For additional information, just be aware that 5G is coming within the next few years. Your 4G equipment will continue to work, but over time, the 4G network will be replaced by 5G and you will need to replace your hardware. I have been resisting purchasing a We Boost because of this. I don't want to invest in a system that has a short lifespan.
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