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Range extenders.
« on: August 01, 2014, 12:36:33 PM »
Calling techies. I have a problem-ish that needs a solution.


To start off with I bought a cell booster and now have 5 bars and really good speed especially since I made a cradle for the cell phone to sit against the panel that sends the signal through the home (51 dbm). Now my problem is that I want the hotspot that the smartphone sends out to extend farther than what it does on its own.




Can I somehow connect the smartphone to a router and then rebroadcast the signal from the cell to the router to the home? I will try and do a graphic.


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Re: Range extenders.
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2014, 02:41:47 PM »
You should be able to plug your smartphone directly into your computer using a USB cable. Some routers have a USB port for a dongle  (like a rockethub). I am not sure if you could hook up directly to you router to share your signal. If you connect to a laptop and then share the internet from the laptop through the router to you home network that might also be a solution but I have not tried it. Your smartphone service provider may be able to answer the question.

The following article has some good background info but nothing really specific to your situation: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9221336/Wi_Fi_tethering_101_Use_a_smartphone_as_a_mobile_hotspot?taxonomyId=15&pageNumber=1
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Re: Range extenders.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 12:44:07 PM »
Yeah, I already connect about 5 devices to my smartphone VIA hotspot. I want its range to be extended. It does pretty good but like a greedy SOB I want more. ;) I think I may go WIFI Direct. Bluetooth 4.0 is ok but the range of WIFI is much better.

If anyone is curious my download stats before and after booster. The tower is about 13km away as the crow flies but I can see it from my property, so aligning the YAGI was as easy as point and screw.

Before booster: 1.2 MPS download and 330 KBPS Upload.
After booster: 12.2 MPS download and 2.3 MPS Upload.

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Re: Range extenders.
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 10:51:29 AM »
Those are impressive numbers. They fully justify the cost of the cell booster.
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