Wi FI and Cell Phone Booster?! What?!?!?!

eljanitor

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So I was asked to look for a 802.11N wireless repeater, that also boosts cell phone signals. Now wait not so you can use your smart phone on your network. NO NO it has to boost your carriers signal so you get the signal in a canyon home boosted, and it has to be a 802.11 WiFi internet repeater too.

I know they make both of these devices separately, but I have NEVER heard of a combo device. I could use any help if somone knows of such a beast.

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cgk.emu

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So I was asked to look for a 802.11N wireless repeater, that also boosts cell phone signals. Now wait not so you can use your smart phone on your network. NO NO it has to boost your carriers signal so you get the signal in a canyon home boosted, and it has to be a 802.11 WiFi internet repeater too.

I know they make both of these devices separately, but I have NEVER heard of a combo device. I could use any help if somone knows of such a beast.

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Who asked you? Your job? If so, they have no idea what you do apparently. They need to speak with network engineering.

There is no combo device out there for this. Two VERY different bands we are talking about. Also, your post gave me cancer.
 

GGJstudios

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So I was asked to look for a 802.11N wireless repeater, that also boosts cell phone signals.
Did they also ask you to look for a left-handed, green-haired, German-speaking unicorn who does tax returns? If so, you're likely to find that before you find the other. Whoever asked you to look for it doesn't know what they're talking about.
 

eljanitor

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Yeah I arrived at the jobsite to find that such a device does exist. Problem being it's not quite cut out for the task at hand. It's a cell phone signal booster, and WiFi 802.11 N router combo that only works if you are using that particular carrier. Only boosts 4 phones max at one time and only for this carrier. Not quite commercial grade stuff here.

It's an AT&T 3G Microcell Wireless Booster


So..........nice try but not quite what is needed, it's kind of like bringing a tricycle to a drag race expecting to win, against Top fuel funny car. They need all possible carriers signals boosted. So again maybe they will listen and take my advice, because I told them this thing is a joke for what they need to do.
 
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eljanitor

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The AT&T 3G Microcell Wireless Booster doesn't do any form of WiFi for anything.
I'm not going to doubt you here. I opened the box, and after I read the manual it claims that it will also extend your current WiFi Network if you connect it to your current router/ modem to it. Even so this thing isn't going to work for what they need.

I'm talking about several thousand square feet of living space and a need to boost every carriers signal and repeat the WiFi throughout the same square footage.
 

hafr

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I'm not going to doubt you here. I opened the box, and after I read the manual it claims that it will also extend your current WiFi Network if you connect it to your current router/ modem to it. Even so this thing isn't going to work for what they need.

I'm talking about several thousand square feet of living space and a need to boost every carriers signal and repeat the WiFi throughout the same square footage.
In my mother tongue, we have a word for that. It's a combination of the words stupid and cheap. The meaning would be something like don't try and save too much money because you'll gain a lot more from spending only a little bit more.