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Outside, I've got signal, inside, nothing. Pole barn const, roof & walls covered with metal. 40x105' building.

Anyone got any experience or advice they'd be willing to share on the subject? Needs to be something I can install myself, as we live in the sticks & finding a service provider probably isn't an option.
 

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if you know the direction of the nearest tower your service is using then you could install a window or 2 on that wall. The shop at the lake has no reception unless I open up the back doors then its full bars......
 

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This is a good product that I've installed. Worked great. Antenna on the roof picks up the signal from the tower. Can be directional, or omnidirectional. You're just running coax between the antenna and a booster, and a booster and the indoor antenna. Inner may have a different opinion of the product, I've only used it once and went from 1 bar in a house to 4 bars in 3,500 sq ft house. Clients were quite happy.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NQ2GSW/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_eVsXtb00D03K6
 

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I had no service in my house. I called AT&T, and told them I needed a solution or I would have to switch carriers. They sold me a refurbished booster for $120 and gave me a $100 credit on my bill. So I paid $20 and now I get great reception. Worth a shot.
 

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there are all kinds of antenna's that go in your attic to boost cell signals, also you can have a outside antenna on a mast, google
 

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Outside, I've got signal, inside, nothing.
How much signal outside? If it's strong enough, it's possible that an antenna on the outside wired to another on the inside would suffice. We used that solution a time or three back in my two-way radio days.

Having said that, a repeater/amplifier setup for $300 or so is more likely to be the best solution. There are plenty available that don't require a bunch of tech savvy to set up.
 

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Pinwheel, I know there available because I know a company that had them installed in their warehouse so they could use their phones.

I would try the cell phone carrier first and try to get for free or threaten to switch carriers. If not, they're available through Amazon.
 

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Can a signal booster be installed in or on a truck? I have plenty of reception at home but not always when I get to the job.
 

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How much signal outside? If it's strong enough, it's possible that an antenna on the outside wired to another on the inside would suffice. We used that solution a time or three back in my two-way radio days.

Having said that, a repeater/amplifier setup for $300 or so is more likely to be the best solution. There are plenty available that don't require a bunch of tech savvy to set up.
Thanks for all the input guys. I'm gonna check with our provider & see if they offer anything first. If that's a bust, I'll probably go with the repeater/amplifier. Watched a video from Wilson yesterday after I posted this & it looks like the install should fall within my tech ability. (low techie. :) )
 

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Pinwheel, I know there available because I know a company that had them installed in their warehouse so they could use their phones.

I would try the cell phone carrier first and try to get for free or threaten to switch carriers. If not, they're available through Amazon.
I don't play those games, I can afford $300-400 if that's what's necessary.
 

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Thanks for all the input guys. I'm gonna check with our provider & see if they offer anything first. If that's a bust, I'll probably go with the repeater/amplifier. Watched a video from Wilson yesterday after I posted this & it looks like the install should fall within my tech ability. (low techie. :) )
It is fairly simple. I did some reading before my install and if you go with a directional antenna, you want to have it facing the tower of your service provider. Look up "field test mode" for your phone. It uses your phone to display a number instead of bars. The number is much more accurate. You're just hooking it up and trying to get the antenna pointed the direction that gets you the most bars (if you're going directional)

It was a fairly easy install of the Wilson one I used. I'm sure you can do it!
 

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It's not a game.
I think you may be looking at it wrong. But, you know what's best for you.

It is a game, it's a very similar game we've all had clients try playing on us. I don't like it when clients try manipulating me for a better price & it's one I won't play to try to get something for free. It's not their fault I built a new shop that's all metal & blocks signal inside.
 

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No.
But they want you to use their equipment and "may" be willing to provide their booster free of charge.
It doesn't hurt you ask.

Just the same way Comcast will provide a booster free of charge if you decide to install cable in a new addition which is further away from the previous entrance point. Comcast came out for poor reception call. Added a booster. All fixed. Why? Because they want you to use their service.

It really doesn't matter to me what you do.

I was only trying to help and save you some money if possible.
 

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No.
But they want you to use their equipment and "may" be willing to provide their booster free of charge.
It doesn't hurt you ask.

Just the same way Comcast will provide a booster free of charge if you decide to install cable in a new addition which is further away from the previous entrance point. Comcast came out for poor reception call. Added a booster. All fixed. Why? Because they want you to use their service.

It really doesn't matter to me what you do.

I was only trying to help and save you some money if possible.
I appreciate the sentiment of trying to save me money, I just don't like threatening to take my business elsewhere if they won't give me something for free.

I'm gonna stop in & visit with them for solutions today. BTW, US Cellular is the only provider that has good signal out here in the sticks. All my buddies with different carriers have to use my home wifi to even use their phones when they visit.
 
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