Few bars.. :(

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  1. Wetstuff

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    I live about 6 miles from a cell tower. AT&T is pretty secretive about exactly where they placed their towers; which is nuts, because it is as if Verizon does not know where they are located?! ...only paying customers.

    I can get all five bars about half the way up my driveway .. but 1-2-Nada bars at my house .. standing outside.

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    I knew in advance that reception may be sketchy, so I ordered the Wi-Ex zBoost YX510-PCS/CEL Dual Band Wireless Extender from solidsignal.com ... and to back that up, I got an extra directional antenna; Wilson Electronics 301155 Dual Band Panel Antenna. It's the later device that needs to be pointed toward the tower. I got up on my roof and made a pole that extended over the ridge pointing the antenna in a variety of directions. Going back inside, with the zBoost fired up, I get maybe 2..sometimes 3 bars. (the omni directional, stick antenna included with the zBoost package gets no bars...)

    I added another 100 feet of coax and moved the antenna to a more clear section, with the hope that cell signals, like rain, may fall in an open area versus close to the trees around the house. ...to little effect.

    My next move is another 500 feet of coax so I can move the antenna closer to the area with the green arrow. It should get me about half way. I did that rather than 1,000 feet because when I walk the iPad up the property line, I get a good signal about 500 feet from the house.

    My concern is that the antenna and extender do not naturally capture better signal strength than the iPad itself, so using the iPad as a base signal seaker may be misleading... D'no?!

    .... I'll keep adding to this post in case someone has a similar situation. My goal it to delete the Verizion (no love for them...) landline at both my house and business with an iPhone. I'm a Mac loyalist. I run four Mac and have done so since the late 80's.
     
  2. CaptKirk

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    I can say one thing,, you have a beautiful drive way... Hope your idea works,, sounds like your going in the right directions
     
  3. figmo10

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    Isn't there appreciable signal loss through all that cable? I know you have to try everything to solve the problem.
     
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    Hey Wetstuff,
    I just came across your post today, and thought that maybe I could help you out. I work for Wilson Electronics, and we have a great technical support team that would be willing to give you advice for your unique situation. If you want to give them a call, their number is 1-866-294-1660. Or you can email them at tech@wilsonelectronics.com
    And by the way...CaptKirk is right! You live in such a beautiful area, it makes the terrible reception worth it right? :)
     
  5. Wetstuff

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    CK: Thanks. Having come back from a couple of days in L.A., I can tell you Peace & Quiet and very little traffic is quite precious. The downsides are limited retail resources and cultural divides.

    fig: Ya, there's a concern. I've had to learn the word Attenuation. (line loss) It appears that it may not be bad and I'm not exposed to a lot of RF. The real fear is that the supplemental antenna does not have the capture rate (my words) of Mother iPad's.

    88: The invitation on your site is clear and welcoming, but I'm a 'What happens if I take this apart?' type and will certainly call if I cannot stumble into decent results.

    Cheers.
     
  6. geo

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    I purchased the YX 510 as well and have been pretty disappointed. It only works if I place the indoor unit near my desk where I keep my iPad most of the time. There is absolutely no increase in signal in other parts of the house (it claims a radius of 2500 square feet). I do get 5 bars much of the time but only when the iPad and YX 510 are about 2 feet from each other. Seriously considering returning the unit and just using wi-fi around the house.
     
  7. Wetstuff

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    Geo: Did you ever call Wilson? They seem like pretty good folks...

    I was thinking about putting the repeater in the floor joists .. in the basement* .. under the living/dining room area. It would still be close but not some cheezie, plastic crapus sitting out in the open. My wife would not tolerate that...

    * Crawl space actually; I'm in a flood plain. A basement would become an indoor pool 3X a year.
     
  8. Wetstuff

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    .... I'm about to run 500' of coax out to an area where I get 5 bars on the pad.

    Jim
     
  9. gentlefury

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    If your problem is using it at home...why not just use WiFi? I'm sure its 50x faster and more reliable.
     
  10. figmo10

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    I did my first two years of college at (then) Salisbury State College back in 1975 after I got out of the Army and still remember the culture shock...
     

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