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How To: Improve Cell Service At Home

We’ve all been in those buildings that seemingly shut down our wireless devices to the outside world. The kind that you walk out of hours later, only to receive dozens of texts, app notifications, and missed calls. I like to call these “bunkers,” since they’re so impenetrable to the cellular signals we rely on, they might as well be built to withstand mortar attacks, as well.

While some only have to enter these structures every once in a while, others live in them on a daily basis. Not being able to use your cell phone in your own home can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’re paying almost $100 a month. Home Wi-Fi networks can at least keep you connected to your data, but you’re still out of luck for voice calls.

That is, unless you invest in a home femtocell.

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How To: Minimize Wireless Interference

Wireless network connections, also known as “WiFi” make it convenient for users to take advantage of their local network and Internet connection from various areas within their homes.  However, wireless slowdowns and dropouts can cause many headaches and nightmares. Many things in your home can interfere with your wireless network. These devices operate in the 2.4Ghz band, a highly crowded spectrum. To give you an example of how crowded let me list some devices that use 2.4Ghz.

  • Cordless Telephones.
  • Baby monitors.
  • Wireless security cameras.
  • Wireless keyboards and mice.
  • Nearby wireless networks.
  • Clear Internet Services.
  • Microwaves. (They don’t technically operate on 2.4Ghz, but can interfere.)
  • Bluetooth devices.
  • R/C Toys.
  • Some T.V. Remotes.
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