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Old 08-15-2019, 06:25 AM
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I have my heart set out in the boonies but I still want to continue teaching online using Skype. Is there any hope with any of these methods?
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I assume you don't have an Internet connection in that location. If you are in a dead spot for cell phone signals, your best bet might be to use a satellite connection for the Internet. It's expensive and not very reliable in bad weather.

The point is, you have to have a signal in order to boost a signal, so the methods you mentioned may work depending upon the strength of the cell phone signal where you plan to live.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:44 AM
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We use WeBoost - Have NO signal in the house (live down in a valley), but step 1 was to find out IF we had signal anywhere... (iPhones have a way to switch them to a signal strength meter), found good signal 20 feet above the house (it was odd, 5' above the top of the upstairs we had 1 bar, 15' more us and we have 5 bars (and max'ed out the dB on the meter). Bought a used 3g WeBoost as a test (ebay, CHEAP !!!), with antenna 20' up, amp. upstairs, and the antenna in the middle of the house below the small upstairs, only had good signal in the house some places. Put in a splitter, moved the one antenna upstairs, and the other towards the end of the house we USE (earth sheltered), and have good signal all places except the far other end of the house (guest bedroom).
With more unhappiness with the satellite for internet, bought the 4g WeBoost and tried cell phone internet (just changed out the Amp. unit, no other changes). UNTIL we hit the 15gig cell phone limit and they slow us done (usually day 25 to 28 of the month), works FAR better than the satellite did, AND cost's less even factoring in a 3 years depreciation for the WeBoost 4g unit. I have seen single band Amps's a LOT cheaper, but even the major carriers here use 2 different bands.... but check, IF all devices use the same band, may save a lot of money.
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IF you can get a cell signal that you can boost - do it. Using a satellite for video is cost prohibitive. I have a business plan which Hugenet (you can buy better but you can't pay more) and I get 50GB/month for around $175. I can buy more bandwidth but I refuse to pay an EXTRA $150-300 per month to stream video. I would think cell would be similar or higher price, yet.

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https://www.amazon.com/Signal-Booste...stboardscon-20

Could any of these cause jamming or interference with neighbors say less than 100 yards away?
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I have a "zBoost" and use a 20 foot pole with a direction antenna. I get 4 bars of signal inside the house and zero outside. I used satellite imagery to determine location of nearest cell phone tower and determined proper orientation for antenna. System cost was about $300 total.
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I have a "zBoost" and use a 20 foot pole with a direction antenna. I get 4 bars of signal inside the house and zero outside. I used satellite imagery to determine location of nearest cell phone tower and determined proper orientation for antenna. System cost was about $300 total.
Hats off great logic scientifically applied.
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I have a small repeater/amp I bought from Wilson around 8 years ago.
It is a pain to use, because of the feedback from antenna to reciever, but with a bit of repositioning, it works. (there are lights that tell you about the feedback)

In my dining room, I normally have zero phone reception. But with the repeater, I put the tiny antenna (magnet mount) stuck to the top of a can of peas, sitting on a shelf near the ceiling.

The receiver is down low, near the table. You have to keep the phone within about 5 feet of the receiver for it to work. (It was designed for use in a car). It does work.

Probably should get the one in the OP though, that looks like a much better deal since I paid a couple hundred dollars for mine.

make sure it will work with your carrier and support 4G LTE or whatever.
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IF you can get a cell signal that you can boost - do it. Using a satellite for video is cost prohibitive. I have a business plan which Hugenet (you can buy better but you can't pay more) and I get 50GB/month for around $175. I can buy more bandwidth but I refuse to pay an EXTRA $150-300 per month to stream video. I would think cell would be similar or higher price, yet.

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We had HughesNet for a month. Their advertised speeds are on EchoStar 19, and where we live, they could only put us on ES-17. Speed was as bad as dial up. Had to enlist the state DOJ to get out of the contract and cancellation fee.

We now have ViaSat. We have a plan for unlimited/60gb/mo for $110. When you reach your limit, they supposedly don't throttle you back like the cell providers. They only 'prioritize' your data and it supposedly only sets you back about a half second, at most.
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My suggestion-sine this is for work- skip the repeater and buy a WiFi router. Put pair of whip antennas up 10-20 feet, at least 8’ apart, and connect them to the router using as short a run of LMR-400 coax as you can. From the router go WiFi or Ethernet to your PC.

I can usually get 13-17 miles and run at T1 speeds 24/7. I’ve gotten 30+ miles in AK over water, but not T1 speeds.

Generally a 2’ tuned vertical will equal or surpass a directional (LOS)because it is cut for a specific freq.. there are apps for android phones that will identify freq- I’m not sure of names, I run once called NEMO Handy but it’s an industry one that costs $5k- there are suposidally free ones.

Total cost will be under 1k. You may find the router with the included blade antennas is good enough if mounted high enough- A digi router is about $300 I think.
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WE HAVE DISH for TV and Internet.

Our verison service, the ONLY provider that even gets any signal doesn't work inside the house. You have to go outside to get a signal...
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Verison offers something called AT HOME or something like that. It is a goosed up base unit that draws signal. THEN I mounted a roof cell antenna and ran it into the AT HOME and it works quite well. Then I tied the AT HOME into the base phone system so we have wireless hand sets placed though out the house.

It works very well

Used to have ATT and copper lines, they refused to upgrade the system and 40 years later every time it rained we lost phone service. We live so remote no hard line phone system is anywhere around us anymore.
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My place is on the top of a Mountain in the middle of nowhere , I could get a text outside or send one may be if I was lucky .
I bought the unit from Amazon , the one at the top of the page for 89 bucks .
At first it did not work , once I figured I had to get the connections tight with a pair pliers it worked great .
The unit uses 10 watts of power
I plugged in the box , and thru the antenna out the door and I had 4 bars .
The thing works good , I can stream videos so I think you could Skype .
Out the door and I had 4 bars
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Have not heard of a few of the ones mentioned in this thread. I have used Wilson amps before while Jeepin. It worked with out a doubt, just don't lose the external ant on a tree, though that shouldn't be a problem with a house!

Also, make sure the amp and ant are for your actual phone as when I looked into them, some covered a lot of phones, but none were a "do all".
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The cellular signal boosters are your best bet. The good ones will cost $500 and up by the time you pay for all the pieces. You have to install them (or at least the antenna for them) someplace where there is cellular coverage, usually up high. They give you the height you need without having to make phone calls on a ladder.

A close family member of mine was badly injured when trying to make a phone call to me from the top of a ladder, which she had climbed to get better coverage. So be careful, but that is one way to evaluate whether you can get enough coverage for one of the boosters to be effective.
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The cellular signal boosters are your best bet. The good ones will cost $500 and up by the time you pay for all the pieces. You have to install them (or at least the antenna for them) someplace where there is cellular coverage, usually up high. They give you the height you need without having to make phone calls on a ladder.

A close family member of mine was badly injured when trying to make a phone call to me from the top of a ladder, which she had climbed to get better coverage. So be careful, but that is one way to evaluate whether you can get enough coverage for one of the boosters to be effective.
They improve the reception but not the strength of your transmitting signal right?
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WeBoost is one of Wilson's names
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They improve the reception but not the strength of your transmitting signal right?
No, they amplify both signals. They're complicated devices, which is why they are expensive.

They don't amplify the signal much. Mainly they work by allowing you to use a better positioned antenna, possibly one that is directional.

In response to other comments upthread, no, the good ones do not interfere with neighbors or other anyone else.
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