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    Default do repeaters work?

    do repeaters like this

    SHARK FIN Car Mount Cell Phone ANTENNA Repeater - eBay (item 360031997475 end time Mar-17-08 13:24:36 PDT)

    or this

    CELL PHONE WIRELESS ANTENNA PASSIVE REPEATER QUAD-BAND - eBay (item 170202266888 end time Mar-17-08 19:30:00 PDT)

    or other ones work?


    i need to improve signal at a certain place im at alot . it doesnt need to be a huge DB gain but a 5-10db gain would be nice.

    any suggestions for under 100 bucks?

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    Not likely those would do anything. Get a direct connect antenna or active repeater.

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    Those passive repeaters don't do anything. I tried a couple of those for my car and they didn't do anything.

    Did you consider a nice omni directional external antenna? If your phone doesn't have a jack for it, some companies make a passive patch connector for phones without a hook up for external antennas. I don't know if those work well though.

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    what it is really is a relative of mine pretty much lives in an apartment complex that has 0 reception.

    occasionally you get 1 bar if you sit your phone down and dont really mess with it, but sometimes that doesnt even do the trick.

    what im looking for is something to get it up to a consistent/steady 1 bar. but its an apartment so no big antennas can be used and the person is on a budget so thats why i was thinking under 100$

    any suggestions would be great.

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    Well a 2' tall omni plugged directly into the phone would at least double the reception which might mean usable signal. I think repeaters start around $200. Maybe MaximumSignal can cut you a deal or you could get a used set up on eBay.

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    yea. the bad part is its an apartment, so having somewhere to mount things and not get cussed out by their manager would probably be difficult . it also doesnt help the fact that he is behind a hill and behind another set of apartments, on a road with already dismal coverage.

    i hope they build a new tower near it soon.

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    Yea a new tower would be the best. There is a suction cup L bracket for like $10 which provides a mag mount option on a window.

    You could also have the antenna in the apartment where there was previously signal. You said that you can sometimes get a signal if you put the phone down and don't move it so I would think that the gain from the antenna might be enough to make that a little more usable.

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    well the signal seems to be picky depending on weather and possibly "cell shrinkage" also as certain times of day are better than others.

    can you link me to the things your talking about?

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    The following link should work. On the site you should find the window mount that I mentioned and the universal adapter. I think both are available for purchase individually and not jus twith the kit.

    Wilson SignalBoost Cell Phone Booster | Improve Cellular Reception In Cars and Trucks

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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    I have a dual band zboost for my house but currently it doesnt seem to do much... I *just* hooked it up though and am still investigating.

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    Signal Re: do repeaters work?

    Zboost units really do not do much unless you have a really good signal outside . They rebroadcast a good signal but do not really amplify a poor signal well . Click on the link in our signature . We have a wide range of solutions

    Quote Originally Posted by BalanceFx View Post
    I have a dual band zboost for my house but currently it doesnt seem to do much... I *just* hooked it up though and am still investigating.
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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximum Signal View Post
    Zboost units really do not do much unless you have a really good signal outside . They rebroadcast a good signal but do not really amplify a poor signal well . Click on the link in our signature . We have a wide range of solutions
    My expectations were it would take the two bars outside and provide that indoors. But I assumed indoors the signal would read basically full as I am connecting from the phone to the base unit. Which is not accurate.

    What zboost seems to do is rebroadcast those two bars outdoors everywhere around my house. So now I have 2 bars everywhere. (So far after 20 more minutes of tinkering)

    I can call from indoors now which is good. Still playing.

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    Signal Re: do repeaters work?

    They do have an upgrade package with more powerful antennas that is supposed to help
    Quote Originally Posted by BalanceFx View Post
    My expectations were it would take the two bars outside and provide that indoors. But I assumed indoors the signal would read basically full as I am connecting from the phone to the base unit. Which is not accurate.

    What zboost seems to do is rebroadcast those two bars outdoors everywhere around my house. So now I have 2 bars everywhere. (So far after 20 more minutes of tinkering)

    I can call from indoors now which is good. Still playing.
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    Default Re: do repeaters work?

    On the original question. I can't see how a so called passive repeater placed on a rear window of a car would work at all. One would think that you would do as well just sitting next to a window using the phones antenna rather than expecting the already weak signal to be received by a inside antenna be transferred through the glass to (and from) the transformer in the outside antenna and not have a even larger signal loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerro View Post
    On the original question. I can't see how a so called passive repeater placed on a rear window of a car would work at all. One would think that you would do as well just sitting next to a window using the phones antenna rather than expecting the already weak signal to be received by a inside antenna be transferred through the glass to (and from) the transformer in the outside antenna and not have a even larger signal loss.
    Well yes the passive repeaters are a joke. They don't work and they are certainly not going to improve coverage for an apartment.

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