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Old 06-21-2018, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Will Cell Booster Help with Metal Roof?

The wife and I are looking at putting a metal roof on the house we are building, but concerned about the phone signal. Where we currently live the metal roof kills the phone signal. We will have wifi, but traditional phone calls are no go. I randomly get voicemails without my phone ringing all the time. The signal right outside is great LTE but you have to get near a window to pick it up. Where we are building also has great reception outside, but I am sure the roof will mess it up.

Will the cell boosters fix this problem? I see alot of people using them for poor reception, but haven't seen folks talking about using one just for the metal roof. Also, if there is a better alternative to the WeBoost type systems, I am all ears.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:26 PM   #2
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yes it will because the receiving antenna is on the outside of the building and then wired to a booster and antenna inside the home. The metal roof will severely degrade regular service though without a booster.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:27 PM   #3
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Yes, it will fix your problem.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:27 PM   #4
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now that I stated that... If you are buying an entry level booster that is an all in one unit then yes the metal roof will hurt. You can put it in a window seal that is facing a cell tower however you are still pretty hampered by obstacles and the metal roof.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:33 PM   #5
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We put a metal roof on and I now have bad cell service. Anyone have any suggestions on what brand ??
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:35 PM   #6
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We have a metal roof and don't need a booster in the house, FYI.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:36 PM   #7
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I can get a few more of these now since a little time has passed. I mention in the original post that the free meter is worth $100. Its actually $250 on Amazon... Shipping is $35.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=657615

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Old 06-21-2018, 05:44 PM   #8
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Yes or you can use WiFi calling that works well also
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:19 PM   #9
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Get the big residential unit from Weboost. Has an internal antenna and external antenna. Metal roof it works fine. We have one on our deer lease house with metal roof and went from no bars to normally 4 bars with it on.
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:54 AM   #10
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I bought the $550 weboast unit and it has worked great for us. I highly recommend it.

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Old 06-22-2018, 08:45 AM   #11
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Old 06-22-2018, 08:57 AM   #12
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Its more about the calls coming in. I use Facetime Audio to make outbound calls alot. Is that what you are referring to as wifi calls?
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:38 AM   #13
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Its more about the calls coming in. I use Facetime Audio to make outbound calls alot. Is that what you are referring to as wifi calls?
On an AT&T iPhone:


Settings
Cellular
Wi-Fi Calling ON

Some phones and/or providers require you to call in to set it up.

We have a metal building at work. No service to one bar. Tried an antenna booster and would get 1-2 bars but calls would still drop. Someone told me about Wi-Fi calling and how to turn it on. Zero issues at all!
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:47 AM   #14
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Default Will Cell Booster Help with Metal Roof?

Yes it will work . Thatís what it does. Our whole lease cabin is made of metal. It takes the very small signal outside and boosts it inside to 4 bars LTE. I have the WeBoost 470103 for 5000 sqft... but they didnít have the 1500 sqft one available at the time. Iíd have bought the smaller the cabin if they did. It was one of the best adds to the lease we have made.

Here is my update thread.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...hlight=Booster

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Old 06-22-2018, 09:51 AM   #15
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I'm a believer in a good cell booster. We have a place north of I-10 between Roosevelt and Sonora, and we lose service approximately 10 miles from the ranch. A cell booster gives us 3 bars of LTE in and around the house.
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Old 06-22-2018, 02:09 PM   #16
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Settings

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Wi-Fi Calling ON



Some phones and/or providers require you to call in to set it up.



We have a metal building at work. No service to one bar. Tried an antenna booster and would get 1-2 bars but calls would still drop. Someone told me about Wi-Fi calling and how to turn it on. Zero issues at all!


This is what you want


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Old 06-22-2018, 02:52 PM   #17
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On an AT&T iPhone:


Settings
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Wi-Fi Calling ON

Some phones and/or providers require you to call in to set it up.

We have a metal building at work. No service to one bar. Tried an antenna booster and would get 1-2 bars but calls would still drop. Someone told me about Wi-Fi calling and how to turn it on. Zero issues at all!
Wow didn't know about this! Will it allow me to receive inbound calls off of Wifi?
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:25 PM   #18
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Wow didn't know about this! Will it allow me to receive inbound calls off of Wifi?
Yes. You can place and receive calls. It uses the Wi-Fi "service" as cellular "service". Same way Facetime works.

Once you turn it on, you'll have to set up your "emergency address" with a physical address. When you call 911, the address you set it up with will show up on the dispatch computer system. I have mine set up for my home address because I don't have a landline at home.

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Old 06-22-2018, 03:29 PM   #19
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:34 PM   #20
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On an AT&T iPhone:


Settings
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Wi-Fi Calling ON

Some phones and/or providers require you to call in to set it up.

We have a metal building at work. No service to one bar. Tried an antenna booster and would get 1-2 bars but calls would still drop. Someone told me about Wi-Fi calling and how to turn it on. Zero issues at all!



I went to settings then Cellular. I don't see an option to turn Wi-Fi calling on or off. I have an I-phone 6+
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:36 PM   #21
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i went to settings then cellular. I don't see an option to turn wi-fi calling on or off. I have an i-phone 6+
at&t?
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:37 PM   #22
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I went to settings then Cellular. I don't see an option to turn Wi-Fi calling on or off. I have an I-phone 6+
6+ should be:

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Old 06-22-2018, 03:38 PM   #23
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:38 PM   #25
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Yep. Settings, phone, wi-fi. Thanks Tubby
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Yep. Settings, phone, wi-fi
Pretty crazy how phone companies never really did advertise this. Evidently it's been around for a few years and I didn't find out about it until a year ago.
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:46 PM   #27
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Mine is Verizon Dushon. It's not set up like the pic you posted. Mine is under phone not cellular
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:41 PM   #28
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I bought a Weboost 4gx I think it was almost 1000.00 worked great first year, ok the second year, and now I can't tell if it is on or off....
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Mine is Verizon Dushon. It's not set up like the pic you posted. Mine is under phone not cellular


Thatís weird. Mine is Verizon and a 6+ also


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