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3g / 4G signal boost
boosting 3G/4G reception query
Wednesday,27 May, 2015
8:38 am
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Hi,

Is anyone using the mini 3G2100 from mobilesignal.co.uk?

I am wanting to boost the internal 3G/4G signal in my narrowboat. I am using ipad and iphone, which cannot receive a ‘plug in’ dongle.

Any suggestions otherwise?

Thanks Confused

Wednesday,27 May, 2015
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Get a coverage map from your service provider which should allow you to choose 4G signal area. Try close in to town or where you know there is local cell phone tower operated by your provider. Open side doors if practical. I have glass windows that fold back in to allow such use except maybe in heavy rain. 

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Wednesday,27 May, 2015
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Thanks Richard, however thinking of when it is raining or during the winter when its cold outside!

Thursday,28 May, 2015
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The easiest solution is to use a Three mobile broadband MiFi dongle from Three. I use double sided suction cups to stick it to the inside window of my “office”. Ninety nine per cent of the time I have a signal good enough for browsing and email. Most of the time I can stream media. In the last two months cruising around the Midlands I have only been without a signal on one occasion, for two days at the Crick Boat Show.

Providing your dongle has a signal, you can use your iPhone or iPad WiFi to connect through it to the internet. We use the dongle to connect laptops, an iPad and two smart phones.

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Friday,29 May, 2015
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I concur with the above. I use a Huawei mifi wireless dongle. Though it’s unlocked I find Three’s coverage the best. I hang it in a window if the signal is weak. It’s used to connect to the internet on my tablet and PC. I buy preloaded PAYG sims as I’m not a heavy user. I’ve found it easier and cheaper to buy a new preloaded sim when I run out of data from Amazon or Ebay rather than attempting to top up on Three’s site. I generally have a new one “in stock”. My paid for phone is on a £10 a month contract giving me 2GB of data. I have used that as a wifi hotspot on occasion.

Friday,29 May, 2015
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We too use a mifi device but on EE 4G. We use an external antenna.

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Saturday,30 May, 2015
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pearley said
We too use a mifi device but on EE 4G. We use an external antenna.

we do too, and we are very pleased with it. Jim has been working in a couple of different places over the past couple of months (Colchester,Clacton,Banbury) and we took it with us when we were in these places and it worked brilliantly. 

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Monday,1 June, 2015
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One other option … we use a 220/12v Huawei 4g router with an external aerial. Even if there is no 4g the performance on 3g is excellent, eg 12-16Meg.

It’s is markedly better than the 3g router (3 years old) it replaced and also I believe, mifi units. I think because it’s mains powered the components can be more ‘industrial’ vs the tiny battery on a mifi unit. Drawback of course is that you need power.

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Sunday,13 September, 2015
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To anyone considering buying a mobile signal booster (they are widely advertised) – don’t.  They are illegal and you could be fined £5,000 or face a year in jail!

http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/…..repeaters/

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What?.. That’s why the office of the company that I purchased my booster from is mentioned on their page: myamplifiers.com? You can even watch some reviews on Youtube. I got mine and it works great; the thing is the walls in the UK are so thick they prevent a proper spread of the signal and that can be a problem. Thankfully, it doesn’t concern me anymore. By the way, it also solves the same problem when in the car.

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