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Master Geek

# 214452 12-May-2017 11:42
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With the paging system about to cease, we are having to move our paging based alarm system (EDAC700) to a 3g/4g based sms notification system.


We have been told that modification of the system is not possible due to age so we need to purchase a new system that uses a SIM card to send text notifications.


Out our way Spark is 1-2 bars at best with lots of dead spots in various locations (inside farm sheds) - Vodafone is worse.




As well as a new alarm panel, we also need to improve the cell signal so that we can reliably receive text notifications.


What are peoples experience with boosters (voice and data) - within a house (2 or 3 houses)  or from a central location covering multiple areas in different sheds/houses.


Would you purchase via eBay or stick with NZ based supplier e.g.. How reliable are they





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Uber Geek

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  # 1780116 12-May-2017 11:54
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Do not buy from an unauthorised retailer online you could cause major issues and you are breaking the law


Edit: VodafoneNZ does offer Sure Signal which operate on the 3G 2100Mhz band and are fantastic they also now work with any NZ ISP's

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Master Geek

  # 1780155 12-May-2017 13:25
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Cheers for that, didn't realise that the only proper booster approved is Cel-Fi


Sure signal would be great but our broadband is pretty average.


Was looking at but have found quite a few complaints and they are not approved, also based overseas.




What are peoples experiences with Cel-Fi and Sure Signal?


Are there any legal external options, these are internal only?


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Uber Geek

  # 1780157 12-May-2017 13:28
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  # 1780158 12-May-2017 13:30
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Sure Signal still works OK over average broadband the units are fantastic and retail for under $200 you can also get them on Trademe cheaper again but get the V2 unit and above



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Master Geek

  # 1780176 12-May-2017 13:49
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Sure signal is still vodafone only? although it can use any broadband connection?

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  # 1780187 12-May-2017 13:57
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Yes 3G only for VodafoneNZ mobile connections and will work with any NZ ISP fixed line connection


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Ultimate Geek

  # 1781754 13-May-2017 19:45
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spark have a sure signal type device as well but not actively talked about or promoted, the cel-fi units work great, have recommended them to over a dozen people over the last few years and nothing but praise. Your can even attach and external antenna which i have seen people go from 1 bar inside the house to 5 bars inside with external antenna connected


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  # 1783297 16-May-2017 17:19
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I have zero mobile signal at home, and I've been using a Sure Signal for several years.

It works well, I've had no problems at all with it. I'm about to switch my internet service away from Vodafone, so I hope it continues to work as well!

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1783383 16-May-2017 20:29
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God only knows why Spark haven't run with a "sure signal" like device. Head in the sand maybe.

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