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#196185 22-May-2016 12:05
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Is there any way to boost the output from a Sure Signal device? This one seems to have poor coverage around the house.





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  #1557237 22-May-2016 12:50
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Not legally, they are designed to be 'pico' cell sites.
They do sell a 'business' grade one for about $400 that approximately triples the coverage and connected device limit.

 
 
 

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  #1557277 22-May-2016 13:44
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Worth checking to see if you can move it into a central location or up higher and ensure away from TV etc?

 

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  #1557393 22-May-2016 16:57
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Its well away from the tv and fairly central but just doesnt seem to have much reach. I think its the first model, maybe later ones are more powerful? The nearest cell tower (Bombay) is only 800m away but signal is -90dBm and as soon as you start talking the signal disappears completely. Sure Signal works fine if you are only a few metres away but doesnt work all around the house :-(





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  #1557395 22-May-2016 16:59
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how old is the house? 80s houses had foil lined gib board which annihilates signals sometimes.





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  #1557402 22-May-2016 17:04
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Could well be 80's I guess.





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  #1557405 22-May-2016 17:09
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800m from the nearest tower and you need a suresignal?? Definitely some ithe issue there!

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  #1557406 22-May-2016 17:10
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peejayw:

 

Its well away from the tv and fairly central but just doesnt seem to have much reach. I think its the first model, maybe later ones are more powerful? The nearest cell tower (Bombay) is only 800m away but signal is -90dBm and as soon as you start talking the signal disappears completely. Sure Signal works fine if you are only a few metres away but doesnt work all around the house :-(

 

 

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  #1557407 22-May-2016 17:14
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Tell me about it ! Been trying to sort it out for a while now. I can monitor the local cell tower and watch it suddenly go completely dead ie I stop receiving a signal from it. Then after a while, generally just a few minutes it pops back up again. Not a device issue, affects visitors to the house just the same. Sure Signal is an improvement but just doesnt have the reach needed around the house.





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  #1557456 22-May-2016 17:22
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What band are you recieving on? Could it be someone with some dodgey import radio gear transmitting over it? I seem to remember part of the US 900MHz band will crap over the 900MHz cellular band. Perhaps that is happening?





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  #1557460 22-May-2016 17:34
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How do I tell the band?

 

 





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  #1557465 22-May-2016 17:43
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*#0011# on a samsung android will usually do it. Other phones might work, or have their own codes.





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  #1557468 22-May-2016 17:48
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That didnt work.

 

At home I have the phone set to 2g and that gives me reliable service. If I switch to 3g/4g thats when it runs into problems.





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richms:

What band are you recieving on? Could it be someone with some dodgey import radio gear transmitting over it? I seem to remember part of the US 900MHz band will crap over the 900MHz cellular band. Perhaps that is happening?



Sure signals only work on 2100 MHz so maybe some problematic band switching going on?
Does the local cell site have a 2100 MHz service on it?

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  #1557500 22-May-2016 19:21
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To explain,

 

Because the Sure Signal has limited coverage and 3g cell tower coverage is very "choppy" I use 2g on the phone at home which gives good signal. This has drawbacks when I leave home if I forget to change over to 3g/4g :-)





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  #1557508 22-May-2016 19:41
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Can you get a second Sure Signal and put one down each end of the house? Not sure whether that is technically possible, but might be worth asking Vodafone.  





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