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Old 07-06-2020, 08:38 AM
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T-mobile is my mobile carrier. Switched to them 8 months back due to the affordability of their "Magenta 55" plan. $80 month for two lines, unlimited data, unlimited mobile hotspot. Only problem is, I don't get the best service when I'm at home. No complaints anywhere else, just home. Turning wifi calling on makes a vast improvement, but still not flawless. I had Verizon prior to T-mobile and verzion was 100% reliable at home using the Verizion mobile network. Only problem was that it was double the cost of T-mobile.

Any suggestions on good solutions for improving my mobile phone service at home? Wifi booster perhaps? Or perhaps something that boosts the mobile carrier signal?
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Wilson repeater / Weboost
Old 07-06-2020, 10:55 AM
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Do you have decent internet? Our cell coverage sucks where I am, and Sprint gave me an "Airrave" (as they call it). It's essentially a tiny cell tower that provides good cell coverage in a small area, like a house's footprint, and back-hauls it through the internet connection. We have pretty crappy internet, but at least it does give us a good mobile signal.
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Turn on wifi calling from your device and if that still doesn't help call TMobile and see if they can provide a tiny cell tower / device for reception. We have to have a "network booster" with Verizon at my house.
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If you can get a decent signal outside the house, but just have problems inside you might want to try a booster. https://www.t-mobile.com/support/dev...setup-and-help
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A FEM to Cell is the device you want. I have a couple from Sprint but they won't work on any other service.
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Get a better carrier.
Old 07-06-2020, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by HDRyder999 View Post
A FEM to Cell is the device you want. I have a couple from Sprint but they won't work on any other service.
That's right. Sprint's Airrave is a femtocell. It does a good job, although I wish I had better internet too!
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I have good internet service. Wifi calling works for the most part, but there are places in the house and yard that it cuts out when I'm on Wifi calling. Would a Wifi booster help with that? Wifi calling specifically I mean.
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Yeah that's different. You'll want to look into WiFi signal boosting, not the cell network. A femtocell won't help with that.
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When we switched to T-mobile for the same reason. we also had poor coverage inside our house. For lack of a better term they gave us a micro cell. it connects to your router and requires a one time gps fix... we did three years ago and haven't had an issue since.
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I only towed boat 5-15 mi to ramp with mine
and was a bit over capacity


But goddamn, I can still remember how that boat jerked that short wheelbase cj7 around going over bumps. Pushed me halfway into a intersection one time.

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several times I got water in the carburetor playing too deep that would sit at the bottom of the bowl and slowly get picked up by the jet. It seemed like it had a bent drive shaft until all that water finally got sucked out.




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Originally Posted by finadict View Post
When we switched to T-mobile for the same reason. we also had poor coverage inside our house. For lack of a better term they gave us a micro cell. it connects to your router and requires a one time gps fix... we did three years ago and haven't had an issue since.
Just to close out this thread, a month or so ago T-mobile sent me one of their micro cell devices. It totally resolved our problem with coverage at home. It went from being unreliable to totally rock solid. 5 bars at all times anywhere within the house, and same within close proximity outside the house.
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Get enough eero’s to cover your house and use WiFi calling. Works for us and now I have great WiFi while going #2.
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
Get enough eero’s to cover your house and use WiFi calling. Works for us and now I have great WiFi while going #2.
Agreed (Eero's or other system) work well, really the micro cells just use your home internet to make calls, so no different than turning on wifi calling. I think about every phone can do this now. Both (wifi calling and micro cell) would not work if your home wifi goes offline.
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Forgot to mention, the T-mobile device was provided for free by T-mobile.

On the other hand, my home wifi could also use a boost in some areas, so I'm going to look into the eeros to improve my wifi signal. Thank you for mentioning that.
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Agreed (Eero's or other system) work well, really the micro cells just use your home internet to make calls, so no different than turning on wifi calling. I think about every phone can do this now. Both (wifi calling and micro cell) would not work if your home wifi goes offline.
Agreed on Eeros as well. Just installed it 2 days ago. Wish I'd done it 5 months ago. Just sat in box because I thought it wouldn't make a difference and it would be time consuming.

Wrong on both. Works great and took 20 minutes max and I was up and running everything smoothly.

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