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mbabayco

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Posted: 02/11/18 03:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m not sure I can do anything about this but… I am camp hosting in a park (25 miles east of Albany, OR surrounded by some mountains) out of the range of T-Mobile Internet service. I currently use a ZTE Falcon Z-917 mobile hot spot for 2 laptops. I cannot get any bars/signal from the park. I can travel about 3-4 miles closer to civilization and get a 1 or 2 bar signal. According to the map online, the nearest T-Mobile tower is about 40 miles away and I do not have a direct line to it due to the canyon I am in.

Is it possible to get/build something that would actually receive a good signal where I am? I am looking at antennas and the various equipment that I would need (booster, router, antenna, etc.) but do not want to spend the money only to find out it doesn’t work. I’ve read about wi-fi finders but they get mixed reviews and still may not get me an accurate reading of a signal. - Michael

Any suggestions? I don’t want to change carriers because of the good data plan I through Millenicom. I’m willing to spend some money if would really work. Help!

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Dump Tmobile and go with Verizon. Verizon is about the only game for us camp hosts. Even where we host wifi is only available between midnight and about 6:30 in the morning. Tmobile is OK in or close to major cities and along parts of I5. Get oitside of that and your done


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T-Mobile can be an OK choice in urban areas or along interstates . . . but its service is almost non-existent in rural areas.

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donn0128 wrote:

Dump Tmobile and go with Verizon.
x2.

If Verizon doesn't cover it, it isn't likely covered by anyone. The coverage map shows that area being spotty. Antennas and amps will increase a signal, but will not create one from nothing.

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i too will say go with verizon

as a truck driver i get into a lot of areas where reception can be non existent for some carriers,but verizon never lets me down.

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Regardless of what you get you will find cell service and data service is hit or miss especially in mountainous areas. We have Verizon and have been to plenty of state parks and commercial campgrounds and get zippo. Better than ATT which we had before, but still not ubiquitous.


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Count me another vote for Verizon.

If you're not running a booster yet, get one. They're expensive but if you like camping away from civilization, they're worth it.

Getting one that's universal or multi-band is recommended.


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Try a Williams Electronics signal booster.


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It's certainly possible a booster on a push-up mast will do the trick.
Back in the working years we put a repeater at about 70 ft above the water line and could hit cell-towers 50+ miles at sea.

Today, yes Verizon gives better coverage. BUT, T-Mobile has a new band they are currently deploying. Since this band is -lower- in frequency the coverage area will be improved both in rural areas and in buildings.
BUT this change is at least a year from being anything like full coverage.


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Posted: 02/11/18 08:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

a directional 'Yagi' antenna pointed at the tower
plus a cellular amplifier may help

a wifi locator is not going to help you find a cellular signal
which is what you are looking for

the yagi raised in the air, point 'directly' at the tower might get some signal
then the 'Amp' will boost it

the amp can't help, if there is nothing there too boost


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