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Extended Phone Reception At Home

by varuna718 / June 28, 2013 1:26 AM PDT

I live with my Wife who has an iPhone 5, I have an iPhone 4S, and our five children have a variety of smartphones. We live in a 5000 sq ft house, with two floors. Some areas of the house are dead for telephone reception. (I just installed a new Netgear R6300 router and a Belkin N300 Dual Band Extender, so WiFi is at full strength everywhere.)

Does anyone what I can do or what I can get to increase the telephone power to eliminate the dead spots in the corners of the house?

Thank you

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Clarification Request
Repeater/Amp for better cellular reception/coverage indoors
by Pepe7 / June 28, 2013 4:24 AM PDT

Using a repeater provides the best (permanent) solution, although the issue is, with LTE being on the scene now, many of the current products on the market won't work since they lack the appropriate frequency bands. 850/1900 dual band repeater systems would likely not suffice if you need LTE. Verizon or ATT?

Example of one 4G/LTE solution from Wilson (repeater- amp/external antenna). Multiple levels may require a second unit on a different floor/room. You may have to contact Wilson directly to figure out which product they recommend for the additional floor/rooms. YMMV. Apprently this one works w/ T-Mobile too. Who knew.


Large home/complete building system

They advantage of these systems is they can work with multiple cellular providers, and do not have any monthly fee, unlike the home broadband/wifi connecting solutions from Verizon & ATT.

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(NT) +1 if I could for Wilson gear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2013 4:34 AM PDT

All Answers

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Cellular is not WiFi.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2013 1:30 AM PDT

You wrote telephone so my thought is this is not a WiFi coverage issue. To solve indoor cellular (telephone) coverage you check with your carrier if they offer a home base solution.

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Update: Sprint AIRAVE
by varuna718 / June 28, 2013 4:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Cellular is not WiFi.

I am sorry but I thought I was clear. As far as WiFi, we have great service throughout the house as a result of the setup I described. As stated, the problem is with Sprint reception in the furthest corners of the house. I have found the Sprint AIRAVE, which connects to my router, which as stated, is powerful throughout the house. However, from what I have read, I can get it directly from Sprint and pay monthly fees, or buy it from a reseller and set it up myself. If anyone has any experience with the Sprint AIRAVE I would appreciate any input.


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Hit or miss it seems.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2013 5:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Update: Sprint AIRAVE
http://www.amazon.com/Sprint-Airave/dp/B0035TLZ3O seems bipolar so it either works or it doesn't. And forking over that many hundred bucks is not my idea of fun.

Sprint at my home is almost non-existent as far as coverage goes so for me it's not a good fit. It's OK just a block away and has not changed in 3+ years so they seem stressed to add/maintain what they have in this area.

If you get one, be sure it's the current version and be sure you can get a full refund and don't agree to any "contract."
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No monthly fees with the Sprint product
by Pepe7 / June 28, 2013 6:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Update: Sprint AIRAVE

That's my understanding at least, vs the one's sold by Verizon & ATT. Here's their FAQ for reference otherwise-

Since the baseline coverage is a 5000 sq ft home, you can expect that to be less than perfect in real world, on the ground usage. Radio waves are radio waves. Sometimes they don't reach where we need them to ;(.

<font color="#000000">You may wish to consult their user forums (on the sprint site) and also perhaps @ howardforums.com to see if using multiple Airave devices is possible/practical. Would be cheaper than using the Wilson solution I gave you anyway.

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