VoIP Solutions, IP Telephony and Unified Communications: Pair of Wilson Cell Phone Boosters Solve Poor iPhone Reception on ATandT

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-11-01
 
 
 

Pair of Wilson Cell Phone Boosters Solve Poor iPhone Reception on AT&T

by Andrew Garcia

Pair of Wilson Cell Phone Boosters Solve Poor iPhone Reception on AT&T

Sleek Amplifier

The Sleek booster is meant for use in a car. This amplifier attaches to the dashboard, while the antenna is supposed to be attached to the top of the car.

Sleek Amplifier

Sleek Antenna

The 4-inch Sleek antenna has a magnet in the base for a solid connection to metal.??íSince I tested the unit indoors instead of in a car, I mounted it upright atop a desktop switch on my window sill.

Sleek Antenna

Direct Connection

The cell phone under test must be mounted in the amplifier cradle, providing a direct connection needed to get a signal boost.

Direct Connection

Sleek Boosted iPhone

The left-most screen capture shows the signal strength before boosting. The lower right image shows signal strength afterward. No matter how Apple calculates bars, this is better—the Sleek boost meant 10 of 10 calls connected.

Sleek Boosted iPhone

Cradle Antenna

The cradle antenna can be installed indoors or outdoors, but should be positioned in an area with good signal strength from the cell tower. Here, I've stuck it to the window in our lab closet, using the included suction cups.

Cradle Antenna

Desktop Amplifier

The DT Desktop amplifier acts as the middle man, boosting signal received via coaxial cable from the cradle antenna before passing it to the desktop antenna, which broadcasts signal to cell phones in the area.

Desktop Amplifier

Desktop Antenna

The Desktop antenna connects to DT Desktop's amplifier unit, and must be positioned to face away from the cradle antenna to avoid oscillation.

Desktop Antenna

DT Desktop Boost

Standing within about 10 feet of the desktop antenna, I saw a 29 dB signal boost immediately after plugging in the DT Desktop amplifier. Suddenly, the iPhone can make a call.

DT Desktop Boost

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