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Wireless RF preamplifier or booster

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Dean Sanders

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Can a person determine the Bands used on a given cell tower, and if so, is a homebrew RF preamplifier or booster possible? I see commercial boosters are not cheap, and I assume it's because of the multi band problem. I live in the country and would like to get away from my satellite internet system. I am getting enough 4G LTE signal for cell phone use, but not strong enough for good internet use. Will I need a preamplifier for receiving and an amplifier for transmitting? Any advice or information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Dick Cappels

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My solution to the problem of too weak of a signal to use GSM for voice and data while living out in the country was to to have a beam antenna mounted on a mast and aimed at the nearest cell tower. There was a shop in town that did that and TV antennas who put the whole thing together for us? Connecting an external antenna to your phone would probably be much easier than trying to build amplifier(s). Our phone had an external antenna jack on it while a neighbor used a commercially available coupler of some sort because their phone did not have an antenna jack.

If there are other people in your area you might find that there is a turn-key solution like the one we found.
 
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