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    I live in the burbs and have signal issues during my commute. I'm particularly interested in boosting the EVDO signal and have started to investigate ways to improve the signal in my car and of course it doesn't come cheap. So I'm hoping to learn from others that have already taken this route.

    What have you found to work best for your Treo in a car? Do you use an external antenna and if so what works best? Does anyone have any experience with repeater/amplifiers? Suggestions?
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    I use this and it works great!

    Just kidding. I don't have signal outage issues in the Central NJ and New York Metro areas I'm travelling, but it does drop pretty low and would like to know how to keep them more consistent, too...
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    Haha. One thing I'm looking at right now is a repeater/amp, but it's expensive.

    http://www.wpsantennas.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=315

    Wow this thing has a huge price range. A little shopping can save hundreds!
    http://www.northeastmarineelectronic...OD&ProdID=2213

    Anyone have this installed?
    Last edited by hannip; 05/05/2006 at 09:08 AM.
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    wilson electronics:

    http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/Products.php?Type=A

    Those things you tape to your battery are free for a reason....they don't do anything.
  5.    #5  
    Quote Originally Posted by JackNaylorPE
    wilson electronics:

    http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/Products.php?Type=A

    Those things you tape to your battery are free for a reason....they don't do anything.
    Do you have any experience with this product?
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    I have a friend who is a long haul "special loads" trucker .... he has their stuff installed as well as every friend of his I have ever met.

    I am "personally" familiar with them from this:

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...d.php?t=110445

    But every time I have researched the subject, there's a cacophony of Wilson recommendations and scant proponents of anyone else.
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    So I ended up getting the Digital Antenna's DA4KMR-10A Cell Amp/Repeater and it works as advertised.

    I get an increase of 2 bars of signal which means I get 4 full bars during my entire commute now. Even in remote areas I now have two bars where I couldn't even keep a call going before. Pretty impressive.

    As far as data download speeds go I get a significant boost, but it won't perform miracles. Here are some tests.

    At my house in a low lying area I typically get 2 bars w/o the repeater. Now I get 4 bars. dslreports tests with repeater turned off (yes this is EV, not 1X):
    99
    124
    119

    With repeater turned on:
    182
    247
    205

    At work in a parking garage with repeater turned off:
    161
    314
    297

    w/ repeater turned on:
    462
    427
    532

    Also, and most importantly I am now able to stream my SlingPlayer during my commute without getting disconnects. The coolest thing about the repeater is that it will boost the signal for everyone's cell phone in the car no matter what service provider they have. The product is a bit pricey, but for me it was worth it to resolve my frustrations with having a device with so much potential being crippled with a poor signal.
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    What is the cheapest way to improve signal in the home? Which booster/repeater would you reccommend?
    Also - since my brother lives next door (his house is about 40 feet from mine) would this benefit him as well?
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    I haven't looked into boosters/amp-repeaters for the home. I assume in a fixed location you would want a directional antenna like a Yaggi. You'll want to call your service provider and find out whether they transmit at 800Mhz or 1900Mhz or both in your area and get the appropriate Antenna/Amp combo. There are dual band and single band antennas and amps and they must match. You can't use a single band antenna with a dual band amp for example.

    The repeaters are designed to cover a good sized room, but I don't think it's gonna help your neighbor any.
  10. #10  
    Quote Originally Posted by tama2112
    What is the cheapest way to improve signal in the home? Which booster/repeater would you reccommend?
    Also - since my brother lives next door (his house is about 40 feet from mine) would this benefit him as well?
    See the link in Post No. 6...be prepared to spend money....money which you can save thoug after 10 or so months after dropping your land line phone.

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