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Postby Shadow Catcher » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:06 pm

Got my first smart phone "Hello Moto", I have been using a flip phone (beam me up...) When out camping I use a laptop and have a Verizon Jetpack hotspot. Our final 2017 trip to Ludwig State Park in Michigan met with not enough signal to get anything. We have run into this with some regularity in areas that should be good. i.e. East Harbour State Park Ohio. The only factor I could think of is the aluminum frame of Compass Rose which might act as something of a farady cage.
I have obtained an external antenna that can be plugged into the Jetpack but fear I may need to add a signal booster.
This whole thing is a bit above my level of incompetence.Advice appreciated.
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Re: Cell signal

Postby tony.latham » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:45 pm

The only factor I could think of is the aluminum frame of Compass Rose which might act as something of a farady cage.


Check the reception inside and check it outside. That should tell you what the trailer is doing for signal strength.

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Re: Cell signal

Postby working on it » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:40 am

tony.latham wrote:
The only factor I could think of is the aluminum frame of Compass Rose which might act as something of a farady cage.


Check the reception inside and check it outside. That should tell you what the trailer is doing for signal strength.

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I've got sorta the same problem, now that I'm temporarily living in my 20 ft TT, until my new DW house is delivered (for at least 3 more weeks).
We disconnected our landline phone, moved our AT&T router into our metal garage, and depend on our smartphones (mine is a Samsung S7, hers is a Samsung S6 Active) for our communications and internet (no room for my laptop & separate 22" viewscreen-my wife's laptop is for business use only). Problem is with connectivity thru the metal garage door, then thru the metal sides of the travel trailer. Our phones only get one bar whether inside or outside (we're going to get a AT&T Microcell to boost that, after the house comes).
Right now, we have to hold our phones near the windows facing the garage to get connected to our wi-fi, or raise the metal garage door. But, if it's raining, we can't, due to furniture being stored too near the door. Would a "router extender", that plugs in a wall outlet, help out in that situation, or will the wi-fi pose a problem for the duration (so far, even with only one bar showing on the phones, we've had no dropped calls).

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Re: Cell signal

Postby pchast » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:40 pm

Can you run a wired access point to your location?
An old router can be made to work as one....
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Re: Cell signal

Postby working on it » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:43 am

pchast wrote:Can you run a wired access point to your location?
An old router can be made to work as one....
Just now, I brought my laptop and a separate viewscreen (the one on my laptop quit working right) in from storage in my HHR Panel; I set it up on the dinette tabletop in the 20 ft TT. It connected immediately to the router in the garage, but it is sitting next to a window. If I have no problems with it today, while I have to do extensive work/search for the completion of our house replacement saga http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=69239, then I shouldn't need the hardwired router connection. Besides, my wife didn't want me to run any wiring into the trailer thru the wall, so hardwiring is out. Besides, we don't have an old router.
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