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Posted: 07/08/19 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When out in TT and using our phone signal booster.
Is there a phone app that is basically a signal meter

I know my I phone has a means but it’s not user friendly to me

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Diags mode on the phone gives you dB reading.

I don’t mess with that. Google speed test and run that before and after.

I have a Weboost RV amp. When you’re in the one bar service area the speed test will typically report under 1 MBs. Plug in the power and retest and now measure 5-10 Mbs.


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Signal strength isn't that important. Agreed with Big Katuna, let the speed test be the key metric to keep track of.

That said, I like the app Network Signal Info


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I have to disagree.

I lived for a couple of years in a spot with spotty cell coverage and no land-line.

I found a signal strength app very helpful. I have changed phones since then and don't remember the name of the app. I found it on Google Play Store. I searched for "cellular signal strength" and found several. I picked one with good reviews.


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Maybe it depends on carrier, or what's going on at the tower.

Just this past week I was camping in a remote spot on Lake Superior. No bars of service without a booster. Plug in the booster, 4 bars. But the Internet was not working. Phone showed 4G connection, had an IP address, would make and receive phone calls and SMS messages, but no Internet.

Maybe the booster was blocking Internet traffic somehow, or the tower just didn't provide Internet?

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Network Signal Info (Android at least do not know if it's there for IOS)

Very good the default is the cell. it also does Wi-Fi. but it opens set to Cell.


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wa8yxm wrote:

Network Signal Info (Android at least do not know if it's there for IOS)

Very good the default is the cell. it also does Wi-Fi. but it opens set to Cell.


I had the Android app on my Motorola phone worked very well. It gave signal strength and location of available cell towers.

Worked good on WIFI to determine dead areas around my home and outdoor shop.

So far have not found a good app for the Iphones.

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GordonThree wrote:

Maybe it depends on carrier, or what's going on at the tower.

Just this past week I was camping in a remote spot on Lake Superior. No bars of service without a booster. Plug in the booster, 4 bars. But the Internet was not working. Phone showed 4G connection, had an IP address, would make and receive phone calls and SMS messages, but no Internet.

Maybe the booster was blocking Internet traffic somehow, or the tower just didn't provide Internet?


Do you by any chance have Sprint?

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Signal strength is very useful when trying to aim a directional antenna; unfortunately, Apple took that info away from us with iOS 11.

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Regarding "Apple took that away" Reason # I don't count 'em any more why I have an ANdroid.

As for "The Signal improved but no internet could the amp be blocking smoehow"

Yes. Your phone is a multi-channel device and can be easily using 3 or more "Cnannels" at the same time.. and the amp may not process the internet channel.

OR it can cause you to flip to a different tower that is internet impaired

I've seen that several times in my Travels... Decent to strong VOICE. no data

The app I have shows if you are data connected as well as signal strength and a whole bunch of other information as well.. Some of it you need to be a Tec to use but.. IF you are calling Tec Support. THEY can use it (IE: Tower ID and so on)

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