Ranger extenders for smart phones

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 07:42
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Greetings all

Are there any range extenders for Android and I phones available these days

I used to have one moons ago when attaching to mobiles was easy.

any info will be gratefully received

Ed
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 08:20

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 08:20
Look at thread 137820 on 4G Hotspots.
There are other systems such as a 'repeater' systems.
Whatever you use you need an external antenna to get extended range.
Google it.
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Follow Up By: Member - willawa - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 06:46

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 06:46
Thanks Rod
will check it out
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 10:04

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 at 10:04
Ed,

I’ve got a Telstra Cel-Fi Go which works okay. It’s best to buy the “best” antenna you can get!

Will handle up to 7 phones/tablets working off it at once.

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Follow Up By: JJAdv - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 02:06

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 02:06
Best antenna you can get and a Hot spot and WiFi calling, or a phone with an antenna connector is OK, but the Cell-Fi's seem to have a really good name for performing, but they are pricy, but dont skimp on the antenna.
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Follow Up By: Member - willawa - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 06:50

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 06:50
Thanks Bob and JJADv
good advice
Cheers
Ed
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 19:24

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 19:24
Hi,
What will happen to a purchased Cell- Fi when 5G becomes standard or am I
Concerned prematurely?
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 17:38

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 17:38
Ross. 5g wont be available in remote areas for 5 to 10 years if ever. It's all about short distance high speed wireless. It has a range of about 300 to 500m. Similar to wifi distances.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 21:01

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 21:01
Thanks Tony.
Me displaying my profound ignorance of these things
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Reply By: Rob A2 - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 16:58

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 16:58
It would appear that mobile phone boosters were made illegal in 2011 at this link
https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2011L00866

Now the above needs to be read in conjunction with https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/mobile-phone-repeaters-information-for-consumers#difference

As clearly there is confusion as to what the correct terminology is for boosters and repeaters

We just carry a satphone which our mobile diverts to when out of 4G coverage

As well a new dual mode and dual SIM Thurya android and satphone is about to be released in Australia. https://www.medianet.com.au/releases/169798/

Had a look at it last Saturday at the Adelaide C&C show. It may seem expensive but when you consider it is two phones the price becomes a bit more tolerable.

Rob


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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 22:28

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 22:28
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The Thurya dual mode GSM / Satphone press release says..
"The phone has a host of advanced features and functionalities the most important being its safety features such as advanced navigation and tracking functions as well as a built-in SOS button. Other specifications encompass a high-capacity battery for extended talk and standby time, a front and rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC."

This will be interesting.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 22:52

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 at 22:52
As you say Rob, boosters are illegal. The Cel Fi Go units are phone repeaters, which do boost the received signal. That Telstra puts their logo on the Cel Fi, should give the prospective buyer/s some reassurance about the legality of their purchase.

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Follow Up By: Rob A2 - Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 08:38

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 08:38
Bob is is exactly why I put the links up. So interested parties could become aware that as they say, the terms booster and repeater can and do get confused.

Well aware of the differences myself but we have been using the technology for a while and the CelFiGo units seem to offer reasonable value but in our experience even a Telstra blue tick phone can provide up to 20km better hold of a signal compared to a phone that doesn't have the blue tick

Rob
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Reply By: Siringo - Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 11:04

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 at 11:04
I splashed out and got a good quality external antenna, it gave me around an extra 2 bars on my phone.

But honestly, when you're travelling you'll be driving into range, within range or out of range of a tower, the big antenna or booster will give you (as an example) signal 5 minutes before normal and 5 minutes after normal.

If you plan on driving around areas on the fringes of reception, then a booster or ext antenna may be a good idea, but if you're going to be hopping into and out of reception I'd save my money.

If I had my time again I wouldn't bother, I would spend it on sat phone hire.
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Reply By: Member - willawa - Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 at 18:08

Sunday, Feb 24, 2019 at 18:08
Thanks all

I think i'll stick with my sat phone

cheers
Ed
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