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Old 07-07-2005, 02:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am having problems getting signal at a specific location. This general area usually has 2-3 bars of reception, but the second I go in the premises (a 2 story stone house), I get intermittent reception with one or no bars. Is there any type of device for a Blackberry (7100T) like an antennae used for radio or tv that may be used to boost the signal in a location like a house? On the second floor I get better reception but still not very consistent. Thanks for your help!
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Yes, but it's not cheap! We just put one up in our office. It's called a BDA, or bi-directional antenna. There is a dish outside that grabs available signal that is hooked to antenna's inside the building. Our building has a steel mesh throughout the ceiling and roof which is creates a screen-room type effect that won't let radio signals in very well. I used to have to go outside to use my phone, and our 800 mhz radios didn't work very well. Now with the BDA I get 5 bars at my desk and 800 radios work fine (the antenna was opened up to capture both the radio and phone frequencies.

Cost ..... around $15,000 for equipment and installation.
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jwaters,
Do you know of any cheaper methods. I have reception prob/ form room to room and would like to get better signal strength.
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Do you have any idea how silly this makes you look? You can't even spell wits correctly.

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Do you know of any cheaper methods. I have reception prob/ form room to room and would like to get better signal strength.
I'm not aware of anything cheap for home-type use. The cheapest we were quoted was around $8,000 but that couldn't be opened up to include public safety frequencies. It also depends on how big an area you need to cover.

We also have problems with our radios at the local hospital so we've put in a passive antenna for that. Those aren't as good as a BDA and only work for the radios and not phones. Equipment and labor for that was around $1,200.

That's not to say that there aren't other things out there, I just don't know of them.
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Do you know of any cheaper methods. I have reception prob/ form room to room and would like to get better signal strength.
I have no idea if their products work, but you could try this link: http://www.cellantenna.com/.

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We have a SignalReach CR500 at work. Might be something to look into. Little rich at about 2000 cdn. but if you want it that bad...

http://www.signalreach.com/

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Try this link: http://www.wpsantennas.com/index.asp

We put this system in Our Fire House, Police Station and Ambulance Squad, because Nextel's Signal was horrible, the signal is great now. Its is alot less expensive.
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Just switch carriers if your current one is that bad.
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here found a review on this one..... $365

http://pocketnow.com/index.php?a=por...reviews&id=662
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Here is a link to some other equipment. Never used it though, just heard some carriers (cingular) use them for in building signal boosting. They have a home module.

http://www.spotwave.com/index.asp

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There are a few repeaters (that's the keyword you need to use when searching) in the $300 to $500 price range and that's really your cheapest solution aside from switching carriers. THB car kits for the Blackberry might also work but you'll need a 12V power supply in addition to the car kit. The additional down side to the car kit is that it only supports a single device at a time. A repeater will support 3 or more devices simultaneously without requiring a physical connection to anything.
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Hello,

I am having problems getting signal at a specific location. This general area usually has 2-3 bars of reception, but the second I go in the premises (a 2 story stone house), I get intermittent reception with one or no bars. Is there any type of device for a Blackberry (7100T) like an antennae used for radio or tv that may be used to boost the signal in a location like a house? On the second floor I get better reception but still not very consistent. Thanks for your help!
There are GSM repeaters for between $1000 to $2000 if you only need to fill a small office or house. Some may come slightly under $1000.

For bigger premises, expect paying 5 figures. But if you only need repeatering for a small area, low 4 figures is definitely possible.
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Just a note, if your building is a Faraday cage (metal mesh, copper lined stucko, etc) switching carriers will make absolutely no difference.
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