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do repeaters work?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Eric47, Mar 16, 2008.

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  1. Eric47

    Eric47 Bronze Senior Member Senior Member

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

     
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    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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    They do have an upgrade package with more powerful antennas that is supposed to help
     
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    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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    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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