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Do signal boosters work here?

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Yrotmaharg, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. Rye83

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    Signal boosters were outlawed by Smart and Globe but PLDT uses a modified booster to provide internet to under served areas. Cell phone signals are line of sight....trees blowing in the wind act like a brick wall for cell phone signals between you and the tower. There are a few guys in the area that put up a mast tall enough to get over the trees which has a microwave antenna that can see their repeater. This is an internet only option that connects by ethernet to your computer. P20,000 up front then usage charges. Sadly, these folks disappear into the woodwork after a while and their repeaters quit working.

    The best solution until wiring makes DSL more available is to make a trip to your favorite coffee shop with free internet.

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    A few trees blowing in the wind will not act like a "brick wall" for RF. If a few trees are causing sporadic signal loss your biggest problem is likely that you are just too far away from the mobile tower and your signal loss is a result of the RF being spread too thin (energy in an area will reduce as the area it is covering grows.)....or there are other terrain factors contributing to your bad signal. Now if you have a couple hundred meters of trees/foliage in your line of site to the tower....yeah, that might be a bit of an issue. It becomes an even bigger issue when those trees are wet.
     
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    And not forgetting just about every wifi internet service is many times over subscribed in the ph. Just keep adding new customers and nowt don't to the infrastructure.
     
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    My signal can be 4 bars one minute and drop to no service. I now assume based on Wryes info hat the globe tower has a problem?
    Maybe I'll give them a visit.
     
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    RF theory is very complicated and there are an almost infinite number of "reasons" that you could be losing signal. The environment is ever changing (humidity levels, precipitation, the size of the precipitation, temperature, layers of atmosphere with different temperatures, etc) and many things could be changing your signal reception...the the size and power of the wavelength matters just as much.

    Also, as the amount of users increase on a tower the effective range of that tower shrinks. So a cell tower's range will kinda "breath" as users come and go. The more people on the tower the more power your device needs to use to scream over all the other gibberish being produced....eventually, your phone just won't be able to yell at the tower loud enough for it to understand what is being said.

    I'm betting the only problem with the tower - if you normally have good signal during the day - is that there are just too many people trying to connect to it (or you are too far away). Does Globe have people who understand the physics behind properly setting up a cell phone tower site and programmers who understand how to deal with bandwidth? Maybe, but almost certainly not in Dumaguete. I bet the towers were a "set it and forget it" installation.
     
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    There is the Tower point the antenna at it and Hope for the best
     
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