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Old 01-01-2014, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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We have a Wilson DB Pro omni. It boosted our signal from the occasional bar to a fairly steady 1 to 3. This works fine for the most part as I just want to be able to send/receive texts.


However, DH might have an opportunity to be a truck dispatcher for the company he currently works for in ND, hauling frack sand. He would be able to work from home! provided we can figure out how to improve our cell signal at home. As it is, during the test week, he just had to route calls into the house phone as our signal simply wasn't good enough to be able to send/receive calls.


Here's the part I'm struggling to figure out. My cell phone (and hopefully our internet, shortly, through yet another antenna) comes via a GSM tower, about 5 miles to the west.
HIS work phone, as well as our house phone actually, come via a CDMA tower, about 5 miles to the east.


Three questions:

1. Should we get a Yagi so it can be pointed at his tower, thus making work more productive? and keep the omni for the piddly job it does for my phone?

2. Will we be able to mount them both on the same short stretch of roofline without creating havoc for both?

3. Should we just upgrade to a better omni (this one, perhaps, which claims double the signal of ours) so it can continue to serve both carriers?

The company has made the offer to buy the equipment.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:26 AM
 
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You posted a bunch of techy stuff I don't understand.

Do you have internet access? If so, there's a piece of equipment you can get for about $150 that you connect to your wi-fi that's basically a cell phone modem. We put one in our house where we had no reception and now have about 4 bars of signal.

It uses your wi-fi to route the calls through the internet instead of looking for a cell phone tower.

There is one drawback that I recall but it has never bothered me. In one direction or the other (and I don't recall which), you cannot pass off a call between a tower and this modem.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
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You posted a bunch of techy stuff I don't understand.
In which case, I'm already above your head.

We need a booster. I just don't know which direction to go with one.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Offhand,
1. Yes
2. Yes, within reason. Make sure equipment is properly grounded.
3. Probably not.
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