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  1. Bishop

    Bishop Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Anyone ever use any? Did they work? I'm thinking of getting one for the car actually.
    Also, I know they sell those things you put on your battery of your phone that supposedly increases your signal, but I've yet to find a good review of those.
     

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  2. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead VIP Member

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    The little sticker things are worthless, don't bother. As far as real signal boosters go, there are a few different types. Which one are you looking at? Are you not getting solid coverage where you are?
     
  3. granite

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    You have not found a good review of the ones you put on your battery is because they don't work. I am looking into getting a booster for the car myself. The top of the line are made by wilson electronics.

    Cell Phone Antennas and Cell Phone Boosters at Wilson Electronics

    They are not cheap however. 150 to more than 500 but they do work well
     
  4. Bishop

    Bishop Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well, I work on base, so there are quite a few bad spots here. Also, where I actually live there are a few. Overall when I'm here, it's 'decent', could be better. But the main thing is we travel, a lot! We love taking vacations, and there have been quite a few times when I wish I had a signal booster.

    I'm not trying to buy the top of the line brand, but something simple, affordable, and reliable.

    Thanks so much.
     
  5. varkie

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    As I get a lousy signal at home from all the carrriers I decided to buy the home Network Extender from Verizon Wireless for $200. And so far it works great but is only for phone calls not data but I have a home wifi network for that anyways. The phone only connects to it when making a call, has a 100 foot range and will handle 5 phones at a time. You can change what phone numbers can access the extender online through your My Verizon page. You can leave it open to let any one with 100 feet access it or restrict it to certain phones.

    Haven't tried it in the car nor do I have a need to, I do have an ac to dc converter for my car so I could hook it up. But the device does use gps to locate itself and not sure how that would work on the move.
     
  6. Bishop

    Bishop Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hmm, see that might be useful for me if I can take it with me in the car. $200? How many phone numbers can access it at a time? May not be a bad investment. Thanks!
     
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    5 phones can access it at one time.
     
  8. varkie

    varkie Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it will work in a car now that I think about it more. It takes about 10 minutes for it to locate itself with its gps and find the nearest tower to connect to when you first set it up. It would probably never connect on the road as its too slow locating towers.
     
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    How would a network extender work in your car? It uses an internet connection for the backhaul..the gps is something they added so you can't use it outside the US, its not looking for tower its locating itself.

    A small wilson repeater and a good antennea should work, never looked into car installs but should be portable enough if your using it for camping or whatever just find an old phone with an antenna port you can plug into the ant to aim it, hook up the repeater and you should be solid. Keep in mind most of the lower range repeaters ONLY "repeat" either cellular OR pcs, vzw did have some pcs buildouts in some areas (alltel buyout may have solved a few of those, i'm assuming vzw since we're in an Eris forum) where a cellular repeater may be rendered useless unless there is a roaming partner like USCC that is being allowed in the area. Or get the dual band and it may actually help with data!
     
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    at my company when in the building most of the cell phones lose their signal. our IT department installed repeaters for cells to give us FULL coverage. My phone never looses a bar since the installed these bad boys around. I assume you could install it in your home to pullt he signal from outside and route it in the central part of your home to get full signal (as we do in our office).

    Wi-Ex :: Home

    the only down side may be you are getting a hell of a lot more 3G radiation in your house... which could screw your kids up in the long run. (I remember hearing on NPR that the secretary of health stated that he wouldn't let his kids use any cell phones until they were in college, based on confidential research). im sure we'll find out in 50 years we're baking our brains nicely :)
     
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    Varkie , do you know by chance if this Network Extender would help with Verizon aircard reception? I work for a company that gave everyone an aircard for our laptops but some of our people living in more rural areas can't get any reception with it.
     
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    Verizon makes it pretty clear that this is not the case - that the Network Extender provides voice services only. This sounds right in my case - when I turn off WiFi on my phone, the phone will not use the strong signal from the extender for data services. If I try to access the web, I will get occasional access errors despite a strong signal from the extender. (It does work sometimes at 1xRTT, because I do get an off and on tower signal at the house.)
     
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    The network extender only works with voice signals and not with data.
     
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    Stickers are a scam. I had one and didn't do a thing. Heard about this many times over.
     
  15. Brianm109

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    Thanks for the help.
     
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    I've used both the VZW wireless extender and a wireless booster. My take: VZW extender easier to set up as long as you can put it near a window and have network cable available. Booster was harder to set up d/t had to put antenna on side of house for best service, but it works better, handles data and voice both, IMHO.
     
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    The Verizon extender is actually a VOIP system.
    No broadband connection, no cell signal.
    The gps is for 911 location.
    It does work very well.
     
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    I'm on Orange UK and have many spots where the signal is very poor in my area. I bought some of those sticky 'boosters' that stick on the battery.
    Have to agree with everyone else, they don't do a thing to improve the signal at all. Waste of money, even if they were only under
     
  19. rthibeault

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    Haven't tried one, but have been looking for quite some time. Kinda liking this one though. Was also thinking about this one for the house...this site by far has the cheapest prices I've seen.
     
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    Thanks for the site, I was looking at Signal Booster Home Office Dual Band Phones on another site, and this site has it for 100$ cheaper. Anyone have any reviews on this? ([FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]YX510-PCS-CEL)[/FONT]
     
  21. TheAtheistReverend

    TheAtheistReverend Anybody want a peanut? VIP Member

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    Maybe you could try updating you radio, or try flashing the Verizon/altel hybrid prl.
     
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    The vzw/alltel hybrid prl gives me more bars in places now. One of the best tings I changed on the phone.
     
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    Be sure you call customer service before you do this because the hybrids are specifically designed for certain areas and it could end up making your signal worse
     
  24. MJL

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    No need for that. If it makes your signal worse, which for some people it has, just do a 228 option 2 to reset your prl.
     
  25. Toolanddiemaker

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    I didn't know anything about this, until this thread. Just called Verizon and they set it up on their end, I did the *228 #2. Where I live, can't get good enough signal to make a call (txt only) and can't get cable internet to use a network extender. I know Alltel phones did work though so we will see when I get home tonight. Just wanted to say Thanks:D.
     

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