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poor cell reception in house

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Laurie C, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. Laurie C

    Laurie C New Member

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    I have cell service with Verizon, a tower about 5 miles away. Our house is in in a lower elevation area of the county, nothing major 20-30 feet or so. No hills or mountains around. I have somewhat good coverage outside my house, we sometimes drop calls but mostly communication is ok outside. I purchased a repeater (850 MHz, this is compatible with Verizon)) with a yagi antennae, I mounted it on the roof on a 15 foot pole but have no difference in indoor reception.
    Is it absolutely critical the antennae is pointed in exactly the direction of the tower? I know the general direction and it is pointed that way but I may be off by30 degrees or so. Also, will trees affect this or is it line of sight? I may be able to raise it another 5-10 feet but that will not raise it above the tree line. Is there any hope for me to make a cell call inside my house?
     
  2. palandri

    palandri Former Palm Guy
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    I got involved in setting up a cellular yagi antenna signal booster a few years ago on a construction trailer. 10 degrees can make a big difference. Since you have an iPhone, you might need to download an application to see signal strength. On an Android you can go to:
    Settings>About Phone>Status>SIM Status>Signal Strength

    You need to rotate the antenna about a half inch and check signal strength
     
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  3. viewfly

    viewfly Mobile RF Advisor
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    Yes yagi have high gain by focusing the gain in one direction. So they are direction sensitive. Try that first before worrying about height. Certainly you want it above any buildings.


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  4. RadioRaiders

    RadioRaiders RF Black-Belt
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    On the iPhone you can see the signal strength in the OS somewhere (I think?), apps don't have access to that info in iOS. In Android, you can download my app Cellumap to see signal strength. Also on my website, I have a list of cell towers you can see. Just zoom the map to your area then click "Show Towers". Not all are in there, but alot are.

    Line-of-sight shouldn't be necessary, but the less objects in the way the better.
     
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