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Old 10-03-2004, 03:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For anyone with a 7100(t), take the battery door off, and in the small hole next to the battery door latch you'll see an external antenna connector hidden...

I wonder what it's for, and if they plan to offer a battery door with an antenna extension for a carkit holder?
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Old 05-10-2005, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am getting absolutely no signal in my house with my 7100t and am curious if there is anything (other than expensive repeaters) that I can use to boost signal. Thanks

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Old 05-10-2005, 02:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope they do intend to offer an external antenna accessory. I too get horrible reception in my home office -
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The cheapest repeater I see is about $500. Does anyone know of one for less? Or a DIY repeater?
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Default Here is what I did to get a signal at home...

I purchased a Wilson amplifier and stealth antenna for about $175 as well as a Yagi antenna for another $60. The amp and stealth antenna are mounted inside the house and the Yagi is outisde. I used a signal strength meter to aim the Yagi and that was it. I now have a full signal throughout the house. You can even use multiple phones at the same time. It's like having your own cell tower.

I have attached images of the set-up for you to see what is required.

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Sounds very cool! and a lot cheaper. Am I reading right that this one only works with Nextel? (I'm on TMO)
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Am I reading right that this one only works with Nextel? (I'm on TMO)
No. It depends on which model of Amp you buy. You will need to purchase an amp that handles the appropriate frequency for your service.

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Thanks Randy--

From what I know the TMO service runs on 850/900/1800/1900 MHZ GSM/GPRS blah, blah blah, and from what I see on this page:
http://www.alternativewireless.com/
I would need the direct connect amp to make this work (over $200). Am I reading this right?
(total newbie to these things)
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Wow, that's really cool. I'm considering doing something like that because I get the worst signal at my house.
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I'm waiting on powermax da4000mr to arive and will post the results.

Randy, do you have any problems with data in/out when using amp?

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Default I have the 824-894 MHz amplifier

I installed the antenna/repeater system back when I was using a Samsung I700 on Verizon's system (800 MHz). I never even thought about my Cingular 7290 being on a different frequency! That being said, my berry works throughout the house with no problems.

roccitman: I got my system from Alternative Wireless as well, but it has been a few years, so the costs have gone up accordingly. The 1900 MHz unit that you are referring to is a direct connect type and requires that you "hard wire" your berry to it. It looks like it's your only option though if you need a 1900 MHz unit. Call the folks at Alternative just to be sure. They were very helpful when I called.

a-ser: data in/out is normal as far as I can tell.

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I purchased a Wilson amplifier and stealth antenna for about $175 as well as a Yagi antenna for another $60. The amp and stealth antenna are mounted inside the house and the Yagi is outisde. I used a signal strength meter to aim the Yagi and that was it. I now have a full signal throughout the house. You can even use multiple phones at the same time. It's like having your own cell tower.
The same repeater amp is now $500 not including antennas. If you got it at that price, you were extremely lucky.

I'm desperately seeking some way to improve my T-Mo reception at my house, but it appears that the only way is to spend around $600 plus for a basic repeater system. Can't go the basic amplifier route because the BB's don't have an external antenna port (unless that small hole underneath the battery cover is indeed an antenna port. In that case, we just need to find what type of connector it accepts, hope someone makes such a connector, and then find some way to drill a hole through the battery cover so the port can be easily accessed.)

I can't believe RIM doesn't include an external antenna port as standard on all the BBs. Seems like a business-related phone should have such a thing.
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Default External antenna parts list for 7100t

It would be cool if someone were to make a parts list needed for the DIY repeater for a 7100t.

My reception is marginal at home, but I love the BB.
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And in a couple different price ranges
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:33 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Just a heads up to whoever may be interested - I came across the following recently:
http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_disp...om=zoomC#xview
Here's a review: http://informationweek.com/story/sho...leID=165702250

And, here's a comment (#12) from someone who bought one: http://cellphones.engadget.com/entry...41262/#c212871

I personally don't have one (nor am I endorsing this one), but I thought that someone might find this info useful.
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I would be really interested in the Solid Signal one. I also get terrible reception at home and in my home office.
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I purchased a Wilson amplifier and stealth antenna for about $175 as well as a Yagi antenna for another $60. The amp and stealth antenna are mounted inside the house and the Yagi is outisde. I used a signal strength meter to aim the Yagi and that was it. I now have a full signal throughout the house. You can even use multiple phones at the same time. It's like having your own cell tower.

I have attached images of the set-up for you to see what is required.

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I just got a 7290 voice and data (Cingular Service). I live in a rurual area that has very limited signal. Your amplification process is very interesting but my question is how do you connect the antenna to the Balckberry device? Is this necessary? Thanks for your reply in advance!

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...my question is how do you connect the antenna to the Balckberry device? Is this necessary? Thanks for your reply in advance!
jamju01 - there is no physical connection between the berry and the antenna. You are, in essence, installing your personal cell tower in your home - a repeater actually. There is an external antenna that is hard-wired to the amp and an antenna in your house that is also hard-wired to the amp. The phone gets its signal from the internal antenna, so you can walk around the house. Multiple phones can use the same set-up as well.

One thing to note, since I purchase my set-up, the costs have gone up quite a bit.

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Old 10-24-2005, 12:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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is anyone using one of these amp systems with Nextel IDEN? I would like to know if there are any data issues using this method.
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