I have just seen a similar question regarding boosting WiFi signal, and it was in the back of my mind about being able to do the same with mobile phone signals.
TL;DR, is there any kind of project you could build or something you can purchase to relay signal around your house?
Full Read: With the WiFi issue, you can do things like build something from card, cover it with foil, place it around your antenna and point it in the direction you wish to boost. Since there are places I get a good signal in my house (eg. my bedroom window ledge), is there any kind of similar thing that you could make to relay the signal? I doubt there is, but if anyone knows of something, I'd love to try it.
Alternatively, is there a consumer product, maybe like some sort of router or antenna which can pick up all phone signals and re-broadcast them (relay) stronger around it, boosting the signal in your house? I am aware that Vodafone (at least in the UK) can sell you a piece of hardware (costing about £80 i think) which you can connect to your router and it will broadcast 3G signal in your house, and will be transferred to Vodafone via the internet. This isn't exactly what I am looking for, more a relay kind of thing. My internet begins to struggle with 2 computers connected to it.
And another quick note to mention before anyone tells me to buy a different phone, but that isn't really an option, and I think my iPhone provides the strongest signal I can possibly get (if I don't hold it wrong) compared to other phones. I don't see how a huge external antenna will beat a tiny internal one.
I would really appreciate any answer you can give - even if its a straight up no, and even any reasoning or explanation to go along with it.
Thanks in advance :)
asked Jul 03 '12 at 13:03
Simple, bend a bit of tinfoil in a antena like shape and use your phone within it's range. It's not really practical and only works in some cases and on a small range but it's worth a shot.
answered Jul 03 '12 at 13:21
Hmm, all I know is a thing here in the US called a Microcell, and it will strengthen your signal in your house (like a little cell tower, as the name suggests). I see that you don't like to connect it to your own network which limits what you can get. I'd still consider the Microcell Vodafone gives you. This is how the American one looks like:
signal boosters are a good Idea how ever for those who say they have great signal outside the door inside it dies its not the signal its Location location location , cell signals are FM line of site they are not effected by most things there biggest obstacles would be like mountains and if you live in a city with them mountain link steel and glass mountains .. other then that the biggest issue in your home for cell phones will be well your gadgets electronic wireless routers cordless phone anything that could produce harmonics including yup computer and laptop processors, power supply's ..
since Radio's are pretty sensitive to things antenna length being one of them let us keep in mind thayt foil is not an entirely good Idea and can hurt more then help keep in mind that cell service runs inside the 2 and 6 meter fm ham range at its best a full size cell phone antenna would be just about 2 inches long roughly any bigger or smaller you not only take the phone out of range you in cress harmonics from outside interference including electric and phone line phone is the worst as it is buzzing with modem humm ever try listening to am radio in the last 18 years ?? any noise is signal canceling ..
your mileage may vary but I have worked as well as hobbyist in radio for over 28 as well as a cell phone user for more then half that time not counting the fact that cell phone is nothing but a high tech ham CB radio by subcription ..
answered Jul 04 '12 at 11:23