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Small cottages, cabins, out-houses nooks and corners that are off the grid, not my choice can now speak!

Living in a remote, rural area also means having limited cell phone signal. And dropping calls, unable to use the internet, and at best, having spotty service isn’t quite the ultimate convenience you’re hoping for.
And let’s not forget about emergencies, too. Being able to connect becomes the only thing that matters then.
But there are some solutions
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1. Wifi Calling
If your cabin has landline internet connection (like AT&T Uverse or Time Warner Cable), your phone may be able to use a feature called Wi-Fi calling. Meaning it uses your broadband landline to make calls instead of using cellular 3G & 4G LTE signals.
The following are the major carriers:
T-Mobile (supports any Wi-fi capable phones)
Verizon (supports select Samsung, Apple, LG, and HTC models)
AT&T (supports mostly Samsung Galaxy & Apple iPhone models)
Sprint (supports most Android & Apple phones)
If you don’t have landline internet, then this can’t be an option.
2. Your Carrier Builds a New Tower Near You
Carriers are always building new cell towers; however, most are built where the customers are active.
In other words, if there are thousands of signal hungry citizens (i.e. money), AT&T will construct a tower. Most likely not, until Sprint or Verizon can justify the cost.
3. Cell Phone Signal Booster
Cell phone boosters (a.k.a cell phone repeaters) are all-carrier approved devices that boost weak 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE cellular signals.
If you have any type of weak outside signal, a cell phone signal booster potentially can deliver more bars, more coverage, better talk & text, and faster internet & data.
This is how a cell phone booster works in 3 easy steps:
1. The Outside Antenna pulls in weak signal surrounding your property.
2. The Amplifier boosts the signal multiple times, up to 32X.
3. The Inside Antenna rebroadcasts the enhanced signal inside your cabin.

The following are the key functions of a booster:

  • Boosts 2G, 3G, 4G LTE signals.
  • Works for all carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc)
  • Works for all cellular devices (cell phones, smartphones, tablets, etc.)
  • Complete easy-to-install kits
  • One-time purchase, no monthly fees or recurring fees
  • Set-&-forget-it devices, automatically adjusts for maximum signal boost
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty (anything goes wrong, you get a new one)
  • 30-day better signal or money back guarantee

  • Free shipping & no taxes outside Texas
  • Made in the USA
  • Disadvantages of a Booster:

  • Does not boost landline broadband wi-fi internet.
  • Does not create cellular signal. There must be some signal for it to boost.
  • Needs “enough” weak signal in order to provide decent signal amplification.

  • NOTE: Cell phone signals are basically radio waves (the AM/FM kind). They operate within a certain standard: -50 dB to -120 dB. dB stands for decibels.

    -50 dB is basically full bars. -120 dB is a dead zone.
    If your outside signal ranges from:

  • -50 to -89 dB, then a signal booster will produce very good signal boost inside your cabin (3 to 5 bars).
  • -90 to -99 dB, then a signal booster will produce good to average boost (2 to 4 bars).
  • -100 to -114 dB, then a signal booster will produce average to small boost (1 to 2 bars).
  • At -115 dB to -120 dB, a boost might have limited to no impact, unless you get a pro-grade model.
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    No Network Around ?? Worry Not When There is goTenna !!

    goTenna is a cognitive digital radio which is combined with an app that generates its own signal and automatically coordinates with other units within range. It does all the heavy-lifting, and allows one to chat 1-to-1, with a group, or even broadcast openly to anyone nearby.

    goTenna uses SMS messaging to provide internet access when there is no 3G or Wi-Fi availability. Where Be-Bound allows users to use email, check the weather and read the news, amongst other functionality, goTenna was developed with more serious applications in mind

    The goTenna is targeted for situations where there’s no signal at all. It was born after superstorm Sandy, the 2012 storm that knocked out cell service in parts of New York and New Jersey. In the aftermath, company co-founder Daniela Perdomo, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based tech entrepreneur originally from São Paulo, wondered if there might be a way to let people still use their smartphones without being susceptible to infrastructure failure. The GoTenna began shipping in October.

    Like its name suggests, the goTenna is a radio antenna. The construction of this device goes this way where it is about 6 inches long, it’s small and light enough to clip onto a backpack or jacket—but noticeable enough that people stopped me to ask what it was. It connects via Bluetooth to an Apple or Android phone, where the goTenna app can send and receive data through the antenna when it’s extended to 8 inches. The rechargeable battery lasts about 24 hours, or long enough to send 700 messages.

    The goTenna operates on some of the lowest frequencies (151 to 154 MHz) available without a radio license. Those frequencies allow digital signals to travel longer distances. But due to limited bandwidth, goTenna’s technology doesn’t send voice or photos. It only sends text messages and GPS coordinates—sufficient both for telling a buddy you’ve found the perfect campsite…or flagging a helicopter to come get you off that godforsaken mountain.

    goTenna’s app is a product of the smartphone age, but the antenna itself is old-school radio. It works best in areas that are mostly flat, or where there is a clear line of sight between both antennas.

    goTenna pairs with an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth low energy. Its app will automatically continue to try and send a message until successful and will notify users when a message has been sent. It is possible to send group messages, to send encrypted and “self-destructing” messages to maintain privacy and to “shout” broadcasts to anyone within range.

    There are factors that can degrade or block goTenna signals, including glass, large buildings and random urban radio-frequency noise. Even holding it in your hand or attaching it too close to the ground on a backpack can hurt. The app doesn’t let  anyone know when you come in and out of range of another goTenna, just whether a message you’ve sent was received.

    goTenna communication, which can be encrypted from end to end, may also appeal to people who want to stay out of regular communication channels—potentially including criminals.

     

     

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    SureCall 20db Attenuator for an Improved Signal Reception

    With the newly introduced AGC (Automatic Gain Control) present in all FCC certified consumer boosters, outside signal can now be considered “too good,” causing the amplifier to shut down. Amplifiers work best with an outside signal between -90dB and -65dB, but if the outside signal is better than -65dB, one can use one or more RF Attenuators to reduce the amount of decibels entering the booster and prevent a possible AGC overload. 5db, 10db, and 20db attenuators are available, and one can group these attenuators together to attenuate as many decibels as is necessary.

    The attenuator has N/Female and N/Male connectors and connects directly to the “outside antenna” side of the amplifier.

     

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    SureCall Force5 – A guide to Signal Boosters

    The SureCall Force5 is a self-contained, five-band, Voice/3G/4G LTE cellular signal booster
    The SureCall Force5 is a self-contained, five-band, Voice/3G/4G LTE cellular signal booster

    The SureCall Force5 is a self-contained, five-band, Voice/3G/4G LTE cellular signal booster. It is built with high linearity to support upto 100 simultaneous callers and data users for coverage areas of 20-25,000 square feet. The Force5 combines PCS and Cellular dual-bands for all major carriers with LTE and AWS frequencies for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. It is considered to be a commercial grade cellular amplification solution suitable for offices, schools, hospitals, industrial buildings, housing complexes to name a few.

    The Force5 is a reasonably priced signal amplification that acts as an alternate to expensive and complex DAS integrations. It is the first 5-band cellular booster compliant with FCC certification standards and the benchmark for providing optimal signal booster coverage in all types of large building environment applications. Introduced in 2009, it has thousands of successful installations throughout the US and Canada.

    Outside Antenna

    The Force5 kit comes with a choice of two outside antennas:

    The SC-288W Omni Outdoor Antenna has 4dB gain. Omni antennas receive and send signals in a 360º radius. They can receive signals from multiple cell towers and are best for boosting signal on many different carriers. They are excellent in most situations where the existing outside signal strength is moderate to strong.

    The SC-230W-S Yagi Outdoor Antenna has up to 8dB of gain. It is a directional antenna that can reach cell towers up to 30 miles away. It needs to be set up pointing in the direction of the cell tower, and because it is directional it will only pick up signal in that direction.

    Inside Antenna

    The Force5 kit also has a choice of two inside antennas:

    The SC-222W Omni Dome Antenna is a multi-band omni-directional plastic dome antenna with that broadcasts signals in all directions. It has 6dB gain and is designed for central locations with 360º coverage. The antenna range is dependent on three factors namely, 1) physical obstructions, 2) power generated by the booster and 3) reception from outside signal received and distributed by the outside antenna.

    The SC-248W Panel Antenna is a directional antenna with up to 10dB gain. Panel antennas allow optimum reception to targeted areas. It can be mounted to either the wall or ceiling.

    Number of Inside Antennas

    The inside antennas can be either the 222-W Omni Dome Antenna or the 248W Panel Antenna.

    The standard kit comes with one inside antenna, one 30’ coax cable, and one 75’ coax cable.

    The two-antenna kit comes with two inside antennas, a 2-way splitter, one 30’ coax cable, one 75′ coax cable, and two 50’ coax cables.

    The four-antenna kit comes with four inside antennas, a 4-way splitter, one 30’ coax cable, one 75′ coax cable, and four 50’ coax cables.

    Sentry Remote Monitoring

    Sentry is SureCall’s revolutionary advancement in remote optimization and system management. A must-have for IT & Building Managers where continuous up time is mission critical.

     

     

     

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    WeBoost Connect 4G-X Cell Phone Booster Kit

    The WeBoost Connect 4G-X is a powerful amplifier that wirelessly enhances and improves cell signals for cellular devices (smartphones, tablets, Kindle, etc). With up to +70 dB (decibel) gain, it provides stronger signal, longer battery life, and clear connections to your cell phone.

    With over 40 years of industry-leading telecom experience, WeBoost by Wilson Electronics has been solving frustrating cell phone reception problems with FCC-certified signal boosters for weak signal areas in the city or remote rural areas. Easy to install with a complete DIY kit.

    WeBoost’s has been the most powerful 4G building booster with a professional grade. One can get better voice and data with fewer dropped calls, improved voice quality, faster uploads and downloads. Boosts cell signals up to 32x – Enhances 4G LTE and 3G signals for buildings up to 7,500 sq ft.

    Signal Booster for Faster Signal Reception
    Signal Booster for Faster Signal Reception

    Compatible with all US networks – Works on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk and more. DIY installation. – All parts included in the kit and trained support staff on call to assist. 30-day guarantee from manufacturer and 2-year warranty.

    Key Features
    • Boosts signal for all U.S. & Canadian cell carriers
    • Friendly, U.S.-based customer support
    • All components needed for installation in one package
    • FCC & Industry Canada Certified
    Profitable Benefits
    • Improved indoor cellular voice and data signal
    • Reliable cell signal and more consistent data speeds
    • Faster data downloads
    • Up to 2 hours additional talk time in weak-signal areas

    Kit includes

    Connect 4G-X, Indoor Antenna, Outdoor Antenna, Power Supply, 75’ Cable

     

     

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    SureCall Force5 Signal Booster

    Force5™ | 3G – 4G Five-Band Adjustable Cell Phone Booster Kits are designed primely for Large Buildings up to 25,000 sq ft.

    SureCall’s Force5 is a self-contained, five-band, cellular signal booster. The Force5 is an alternative solution to a DAS system at a small fraction of the cost. Modular in design, each Force5 provides enhanced cellular and data reception for areas of 20-25,000 square feet with up to 100 users. The Force5 combines PCS and Cellular dual-bands with LTE and AWS frequencies for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile for a complete 2G-4G voice and data reception solution. Our three-year warranty is a testament to the quality. Following are the features that make this product stand out in the market

    • Highest 4G data rate in the industry
    • Industry’s only highly linear product line of wideband signal boosters
    • Since 2009 intro, thousands of successful installations throughout the U.S. and Canada
    • Independently reconfigurable for each band
    • Covers all U.S. Cellular and PCS bands including Verizon, AT&T and G-Block
    • Independently, digitally adjustable uplink and downlink
    • First 5-band cellular booster compliant with FCC certification standards
    • Reconfigurable in the field through software
    • Dual Embedded CPU for smarter technology
    • Eight RSSI detectors for all inputs and outputs
    • Stealth technology incorporated – uplink becomes dormant when not in use, providing green, power saving operation
    • Auto Gain Control (AGC) with AGC Pre-Warning
    • Automatic shut down
    • Lowest Out of Band Emissions (OOBEto date
    • Quality metal construction, durable and resilient
    • Offers the industry’s best three year warranty Kitting Options:
    • Force5 Omni with 1 dome antenna: SC-PolyO-72

     

     

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    Want to know the Topmost Cell Signal Amplifier?!!

    Universal Cradle Signal Booster
    Universal Cradle Signal Booster

    The zBoost Mobile1 ZB245 has the topmost cell signal amplifier for a cradle device, but it doesn’t compare to the wireless cell signal boosters. It features dual-band compatibility with 3G and 2G, but on the other hand lacks 4G compatibility. People who need to boost only one phone at a time can use this as it is an outstanding cell signal booster. The zBoost Mobile1 ZB245 performs as well as other cradle signal boosters, but it doesn’t compare to the performance of wireless cell phone boosters. Except for the lower price, very little sets it apart from other cradle signal boosters.

    The zBoost Mobile1 ZB245 features a universal cradle design, which means that you place your phone into a holding device that attaches to your dashboard. This design is at its best as long as you’re the only person in your car, because only one phone can benefit from the boosted signal. Generally, wireless boosters allow you to use your phone naturally but the cradle design requires you to use the speakerphone or a Bluetooth connection with your stereo.

    For a cradle signal booster, the amplifier’s 40 dB gain is excellent, and the 3 dB noise figure is among the best available. This implies that you’ll receive a strong five-bar signal in areas where you would typically only get a one-bar signal. It also increases the battery life of your cell phone because it doesn’t have to search for a signal.

    But one disadvantage to the Mobile1 ZB245 is the lack of 4G compatibility, which is the most recent generation of cellular technology. 4G provides better voice quality and allows you to download data at a rate of 100 Mbps in a moving vehicle. However, national 4G coverage is still inferior to 3G and 2G coverage. In rural areas, you are more likely to find only 3G or 2G signals, so the lack of 4G compatibility is only a minor drawback.

    The installation being a simple process comes with a 4-inch outside antenna with a 10-foot coax cable that connects the antenna to the cradle. The antenna is attached to the roof of the car with a magnet. The cradle acts as the inside antenna, so there’s only one coax cable to install. The only other installation step is attaching the cradle to the dashboard, which uses an adhesive.

     

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    A guide to Boost Cell phone Signal on the Boats

    While carriers continue to expand their coverage areas by adding more towers on land, water showcases a hassle for providing adequate coverage for the passengers on boats. To deal with this problem specifically, cell phone boosters are designed wherein they take weak signal from land based towers, amplify it and broadcast it to the passengers on the boat. For a better and faster reception while docked or out on the water, the best option for the passengers would be a marine cell phone signal booster. A marine signal booster works by using an external antenna mounted on the boat which receives a cell signal from the closest tower, that is then passed to an amplifier, and then broadcast the boosted signal to the cabin via an inside antenna. The system also works in reverse when a call is being placed from a phone on the boat.

     

    The three major prominent marine signal booster kits being the SureCall Flex2Go Marine Kit, that boosts 2G and 3G for most major carriers, the Wilson Mobile 4G Marine Kit, which boosts 2G, 3G and 4G LTE for most major carriers, and the Cradle booster, which is meant for only one phone at a time.

     

     

    The Wilson Mobile 4G Marine Kit  boosts voice calls, 3G data and the new 4G LTE networks for the major carriers in North America to the inside cabin of the boat or marine vehicle. It has the strongest mobile amplifier allowed by the FCC, but if there is a very weak outside signal, the coverage area may extend only a few feet from the inside antenna.

     

    The Sleek 4G cradle booster will boost the 2G, 3G and 4G LTE signals of all major carriers for one individual device at a time. The device should generally sit in the cradle at all times to receive boosted signal, hence requiring speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset for voice calls.

     

    The SureCall Flex2Go Marine Kit normally boosts voice calls and 3G data to the inside cabin of the boat or marine vehicle. It is believed to have the strongest mobile amplifier allowed by the FCC. The coverage area extends only a few feet from the inside antenna if there is a weak external signal.

     

     

    Important point to be noted is that a marine signal is solely meant for its use within the boat living area and not the deck. If a booster is being used on the deck, then the signal from the internal antenna can be transmitted back to the external antenna, causing oscillation or feedback, which will immediately shut down the system. A marine signal booster provides greater convenience for voice calls and data usage, as well as peace of mind in case of emergency situations.

     

     

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    SureCall Fusion-5 Five-Band 65db Amplifier by Cellphone-Mate (CM-Fusion-5)

    The SureCall Fusion-5 (CM-Fusion-5) is the first five-band signal booster that was designed as a cost-effective all-in-one cellular solution for mid-sized to small businesses. It combines PCS and Cellular dual-bands with LTE and AWS frequencies for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile as a total cellular amplification solution.

    For maximum flexibility, this full-featured signal booster/amplifier includes adjustable gain control and automatic shutdown. Extremely competitively priced, it requires 1/5th the space requirements of its competitors and is a fraction of the cost compared to similar amplifiers with its capabilities. This device is ideal for locations with a low cellular data and voice signal. It covers upto 10,000 square feet.

    Kit includes:

    The Fusion-5 amplifier apart from the list mentioned below requires at least one outside antenna, one inside antenna, and cables to connect the antennas to the amplifier in order to operate.

    • Fusion-5 amplifier
    • 5dB attenuator
    • 10dB attenuator
    • AC power supply
    • User manual
    • Mounting kit

    Features that hold this product unique in the market:

    • Most affordable 5-band amplifier on the market
    • Automatic Shutdown to prevent interference to cell towers
    • Supports All 2G, 3G and 4G standards except WiMax and Nextel
    • Supports up to 15 simultaneous users
    • Uplink/Downlink Oscillation detection
    • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
    • 2 Year Manufacturer Warrantee

     

     

     

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    iBooster 805201 Cell Phone Signal Cradle Booster for iPhone

     

    The Wilson Electronics iBooster is the first cell phone signal booster specifically designed for all generations of iPhone including iPhone 4 to increase its signal by up to 20 times in your vehicle. It significantly improves our iPhone’s voice and data performance and signal strength in weak signal areas. By using the iBooster, we will experience fewer dropped calls, faster data rates, and clearer cell phone reception. The iBooster all-in-one cradle features a signal amplifier, built-in antenna, battery charger, and is ideal for hands free operation when used with a headset or Bluetooth device.

    • Improve cell phone signal and data rates for your iPhone by up to 20 times, and also charge the phone’s battery
    • Plug & Play Kit–easy installation; everything your need is in the box
    • Portable–can be moved easily from vehicle to vehicle
    • Extends cell phone battery life

    Using Wilson Electronics’ patented technology, the iBooster amplifies signals both to and from the cell tower, increasing the power to penetrate through natural or man-made obstructions, thus enabling you to communicate where you were unable to before. Providing you with a boosted signal, it improves your iPhone’s reception and allows for greater coverage, even when you’re traveling in remote areas.

    The iBooster’s main unit also functions as a cradle for your iPhone. Designed to conform to the iPhone’s sleek frame, the cradle lets you dock your iPhone while driving, so you can keep both hands on the wheel. The iBooster is compatible with both 2G and 3G iPhones and features a pass-thru iPhone connector for convenient access to accessories. It also features a built-in charger, which will charge your iPhone’s battery while the car’s power is running.

    The kit comes with everything you need for a full installation, including a magnet-mount antenna that attaches easily to the roof of your vehicle. The antenna is then connected with a cable to the iBooster, all-in-one cradle booster with built-in phone charger. Once installed, the iBooster will amplify the wireless signal of your iPhone. You’ll experience fewer dropped calls, clearer call quality, and faster data rates to keep up with the iPhone’s many apps and 3G data service. Most importantly, your iPhone’s range will increase dramatically, allowing you to make calls from low-coverage areas.

     

     

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