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Any Experience with cell repeaters?

5:42 am on Jun 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I have a client who is getting about 1 bar in her basement office and 1-2 bars in an outside area where she would like to do some work.

I used opensignal on my phone to locate the towers. The tower we seemed to be locking on to is about a 3/4 of a mile away. HOWEVER, her fieldstone house with 2 2' plus exterior walls and another 2' interior stone wall is between her outside location and the tower. 6+ feet of stone has somewhat of a negative effect on signal stregnth. Her basement office is blocked by an exterior and interior stone wall plus the floorboards and is possibly out of the line of site of the tower.

My thought was to put a repeater in the attic near the window facing the tower. I should have gone up there but that is probably the best line of sight that is not trying to go through fortress like walls.

Does anyone have any experience with these? Does anyone know if they come with a setup where you can have the receiving antenna in one place and the transmitter in another? (I'm not sure how easy it would be to do that though since running antenna wire would be problematical.)

Would a single unit work in this case?

I'd really appreciate any input..

One final thought. This is a suburban area with lot sizes of about 1/8 acre. Would neighbors be able to use this and, if so, would that degrade her performance?


11:05 am on June 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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My personal office has lead walls and ceiling - used to be an xray room.

The guy in the office next to me put one of these in his office (for his benefit). It has definitely helped. Any of us using that same carrier piggyback on it without even knowing it.

Sorry I don't know how it works or how they're set up.
11:39 am on June 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm not sure about the carriers in your area, but in Japan I was able to get femtocell units, which are like mini-base stations for locations that didn't have good coverage. These units were provided free of charge by the carriers. They're often used in businesses that have basement offices in the city.
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Thanks for the quick replies folks.. I did a little more research last night. It appears that the best solution will be one with an external antenna and an internal point.

Given the potential liability of installing an external antenna, I'm going to look for a local company to handle the whole thing. It looks like the units go for a little under 400 and I suppose the install would be at least 150 more. (US)


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