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Boosting Cell Phone Signal by JamesWanderwad.asm - Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:01:10 EST ID:2QDtT/Wc No.121316 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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So, I get my internet as part of my unlimited data cell phone plan, using my phone as a wifi hotspot and picking it up with my pc. But where I live I get shit cell reception. Mountains and all that.

Before anyone suggests I change how I get the internet, I live out in bumfuck egypt and there is no cable, no dsl, no wifi. This is my only choice other than satellite plans with unacceptable data caps. So it's this or go back to dial up.

Anyway, I figured that maybe if i could get more than two bars in the room where my computer is, my download speeds would improve.

I have heard of various signal booster products, like on amazon, with a greatly varying price range, so I thought I would ask people on a tech board about it.

Have any of you ever had to solve this problem for yourselves, and how did you do it? Did you buy a signal booster, and how well did it work? Was it worth the money, and easy to install and use?

At the moment, I'm pretty new to wireless, wi-fi, cell phones, and high speed internet in general, unfortunately, and I gotta start somewhere.
FrederickFocklebury.mov - Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:43:40 EST ID:Bu5RmgtJ No.121317 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you're not using the phone, you can find out where the tower is and rig up a parabolic RF reflector to improve the signal. Look on Youtube. If that doesn't do it for you, your best bet is a repeater.
JennyCicklefere.doc - Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:32:46 EST ID:0rkLiknL No.121329 Ignore Report Quick Reply
CyrilDrushforth.php - Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:16:58 EST ID:LwU/+hZ0 No.121331 Ignore Report Quick Reply
look up cantenna
CharlotteNecklebog.sea - Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:12:34 EST ID:jDnKXRwm No.121354 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you have an android phone, you can always see what kind of signal you get by the signal meter on the top edge of your screen... iphones should show it in the same area.

If you have GSM/GPRS reception it will be MUCH slower than dialup. later network revisions may give you 100-200 kbit/s...which is still about twice as fast as dialup.

a 3G connection can give you up to 4-5 mbit/s, even on a single bar..

a single bar 4G connection can yield about 10-15 mbit/s...

I live in an area that gives a single bar (4G) on my phone, however I also live in a country with a well-maintained cellphone infrastructure. Speeds on all network types depend a lot on the cell towers, ISP company policies, limitations in your contract and so on.

tl;dr the odds are very good that you're going to get better speeds than dialup.
SamuelChommlefuck.tmp - Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:43:47 EST ID:sE+LTW+n No.121376 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What kinds of things are you downloading that are taking a long time? If it's high-quality Youtube videos, perhaps try turning the quality settings down so that it's faster.
Don't Copy That Floppy - Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:46:25 EST ID:kPftCDqB No.121377 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Ty anon
WalterShakebanks.bmp - Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:22:38 EST ID:7F/QA+Tm No.121378 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The best solution would be a high gain antenna mounted on the outside aligned with the cell phone tower that gives you the best reception.

First get the opensignal app for your phone and find out the best reception on the locations you could mount an antenna and the direction of the cell tower you are connected to at this point.
Then get a 4g modem with with an external antenna bnc connector and a high gain 4g antenna.
I'd look for "4g antenna" on aliexpress (I never buy electronics from amazon if it's a Chinese product any way)
If you don't know which one to buy go on sort by orders and get the most popular one.
WalterShakebanks.bmp - Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:24:38 EST ID:7F/QA+Tm No.121379 Ignore Report Quick Reply
WalterShakebanks.bmp - Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:31:18 EST ID:7F/QA+Tm No.121380 Ignore Report Quick Reply
OP - Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:41:31 EST ID:ZtCZdiHl No.121418 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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While I do know some of that basic stuff, I really do appreciate seeing someone explain beginner stuff without derision. Too many people act like pricks nowadays just because someone else doesn't yet know what they know, especially online, so it's nice to see you and the other posters in this thread not doing that shit. I've been having a shitty day, and that fact lessens it a bit.

And yeah, even when I'm getting the worst download speed I typically get, it's still way better than when I was using dial up. The dial up here was terrible, like, "you're pleased to get 8kb/s on a download" terrible.

Videos, Steam stuff, mods, you name it. I'd like to live as what has become a normal person, with the ability to buy games digitally, keep my games and other software updated, get instructions for and answer questions about things online while the situation is still relevant. Maybe even play online multiplayer on occasion.

Sometimes I do watch or download youtube stuff at low res, but sometimes a lot is lost in the lowering of the detail.

Anyway, my main thing is that Verizon has me for around $80 a month, and after my 15gb limit on 4g speeds for mobile hotspot data, i'm supposed to be getting downgraded to ~600kb/s download speed, which would be ok, if I actually got that. The best I get is around 100-120kb/s. Since it's my only real choice, I'm just looking to more get my money's worth out of it.

I'm posting here again mainly to thank the people who posted after I already popped in and said thanks, and to give an update on the situation.

I did some checking into a network extender that samsung offered, that i could get through verizon, but discovered that you had to have a seperate broadband connection for it to be hooked up to to boost the cell signal. so that's out. I got told to check out a place called "weboost", which I'm doing (very expensive), and it looks like it might work.

I'll look into those, too.

Thanks again to everyone trying to help, and especially for helping without being a dick.

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