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Solution to get cellular service to a house in a valley

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by griam01, May 12, 2016.

  1. griam01

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    We recently purchased land and a house in a very rural area. There are no internet options available to us. The house is in the valley between two hills (not mountains). On either of the hills, you can get 2-3 bars of cellular service with multiple carriers but at the house, there is no service at all. We were looking to install a repeater on the top of an outbuilding that is on the top of the hill where you receive 2-3 bars and power it via solar power to give us cellular service in the valley. Is there a solution that would give us what we are looking for? Thank you in advance for your time and please let me know if you have any questions.
     
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    We used to have a regular member @Maximum Signal who was an expert at such problems.
    Maybe we can conjure him up by mentioning his name.
     
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    Thanks. I searched the threads and found a website with his email address and reached out to him. I appreciate the help.
     
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    If there is no signal in the valley, I don't know if a booster will help. Your best bet is to ask your provider for a home Femtocell (ie: a little "cell tower" that you plug at home to your internet). Most carriers offer such devices to customers, especially for those who live out of coverage areas.

    AT&T call it a "microcell" (wrong terminology), but anyway:
    http://www.att.com/att/microcell/

    T-Mobile has calling over wifi:
    http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/wifi-calling-wifi-extenders.html
     
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    If he does not have wired/cable internet, a femtocell will not work
     
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    I have a question how high are the hills i installed cell repeaters for the state parks in the up of Michigan. If you don`t know go to google earth find your property and check the elevation from the house to the top of the hills than you can put a mask up with a repeater. Also google cell towers so you know what direction you need to go with a directional antenna you can reach as far a 40 miles to a tower.
     

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