16 Feb 2023
My mobile phone reception is not great close to my roof (where my home office is), and in the cellar (where the home cinema, playroom & DIY rooms are).
I knew about WiFi solutions that carry the comms over WiFi instead, but I am not a fan of using WiFi for voice calls.
I also knew about solutions sold by the carriers for their own network.
But I discovered that there are also generic solutions that work with any carrier.
09 Mar 2023 Did some tests since last week. While it somehow shows a bar or 2 more, sometimes even full reception, it's not consistent/reliable. Seems that signal boosting comes on and off. I don't have the knowledge or tools to test further though.
Bottom line though, when tested on a few phone calls, it did not help, on the contrary - calls were choppy, with sometimes up to 2 seconds of silence.
The search for a solution continues...
2 options left:
- test another model (see below)
- test another mobile provider with better network (Telekom)
GSM Repeater RF E10S
Need to figure out what band is used by my 2 carriers (DE & UK) to ensure I buy the right product.
*3001#12345#* on iPhone.
This will not make a call, but will display the hidden Field Test Mode menu.
- Vodafone UK: Band Info = 20
- Sim.de/O2 DE: Band Info = 20 (LTE)