Right, I was 'chat'ing with a rep and they said they have multiple people looking at this thread. Hopefully they have someone familiar with the LTE Router and 4G Network Extender.
Boy have things gone ballistic. All I'm getting is confused. Maybe an
explanation of the progression that led to where I am at, would help. I've
been going on the assumption that the advice from Verizon personnel was
mostly correct. I tried to confirm their advice with Q & A from the
Verizon website. When it didn't all agree I discounted it. I started this
adventure knowing zero about cell service and I made that perfectly clear
to all Verizon employees...
I started in Sales. My wish list was for all cell service and doing away
with my landline. I would get free email service and free internet service
plus unlimited phone calls. I also wanted to keep my current phone number...
I was set up with my old landline number as a cell phone using a new router
and all my existing equipment. This was on the ultimate unlimited service
plan and I received a new smartphone...
I proceeded to set up my new email and started using the Verizon internet
service. It was apparent that I had a poor signal and speeds from the
start. One to three bars, slow downs and signal loss. I read everything
I could and set my smartphone on Wi-Fi and all the other settings in the
Verizon information for my phone to interact with my equipment...
In further reading I found boosters and extenders to enhance signal
strength. Called Verizon tech support and discussed the problems with
them. Because of my distance from the nearest tower they suggested an
extender over the booster. The 4G LTE network Extender was suggested, so I
While waiting for it to arrive, I read everything I could about
installation, including videos, on the Verizon site and used Goggle a lot.
When it arrived I installed it exactly as I had learned. For days I tried
different locations and placement of the unit and the GPS aerial after
finding the location of the only tower in my area. This included mounting
the GPS unit on an old TV tower on the end of my home. 2 to 3 strong
satilalite signals out of 11' but still would not program the Extender.
Went to channel 8a then reset to channel 6' then back and forth for hours.
Same as most anywhere I tried it...
My further research led me to Gilsson Technologies who was listed as the
actual manufacturer of my extender. I called and talked to a gentleman who
was tech service. He suggested a external aerial made to go with my
extender. Best one for that unit. I ordered one with high quality cable
made for these units...
I mounted the aerial on my old TV tower, about 25 feet off the ground. I
now have 10 strong satilite signals but still won't program. 6 to 8a, same
as before. I leave the Extender unplugged
That's where I stopped and I am trying to find out what is or has gone
wrong. Some of what I'm hearing from some of you is disturbing. How do I
tell who's right and who is not?
I even read this morning that the router they set me up with may not be
right. Wish I had never started this...
What should I do? I want 5 bars and I'll be a happy camper...
Maybe I should try to plug my aerial into my booster and see what happens?
The good thing is this - it's going to get better (at some point).
Let us unwind just a tad further... Please answer these two questions:
1). Do you watch TV? If so, how does the TV signal get to your home? Do you have COMCAST or DISH, or something else?
2). Do you desire WiFi for other computers, tablets or phones in your house, i,e, un-tethered to a cord?
If you have TV service, then maybe you convert that also into Internet service with a cable or dsl Modem, and connect that to a WiFi router (but not the VZW Router) and use your phone on WiFi to make calls or connect to the internet, and of course other computers and tablets would have internet access.
Then outside the house when travelling, you use cell-tower access for phone and internet.
Am I making sense?
Yeah, what Ann wrote.
Ann, you think this person's solution might have been an amplifier?
That might be a possibility, but I think we need community members who are much more knowledgeable about this types of devices. So I'm calling in the troops. I also think we need to go back to the beginning and get a clearer picture of the setup at the location and what options are available to the OP.
John_Getzke and 7e18n1 HELP!
I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.
Yeah, if the OP has cable, DSL, or fiber TV, then he's got other options.
If not, I'd personally be looking at a Signal Booster - but better to go even further back as you say and find out just what he has available, and where he's situated.
I use Direct TV, but will change to Dish at the end of the month...
WI-Fi has 2 phones and 4 computers. 2 laptop pc's and 2 IPads...
l Can't afford internet tv. Verizon ultimate unlimited is not
unlimited... Been there, done that. Ouch!!!
So you're using WIFI calling on your phones thru your Verizon LTE Router. Is it that your internet connection thru your LTE Router is slow or unstable? If so, the 4G signal to your LTE Router may not be strong enough and the 4G Network Extender is not intended for that and would not help. If anything, a 4G signal booster as discussed earlier would probably be the only thing. If you changed your internet service FROM the Verizon LTE Router to another method/provider you might be able to use the 4G Network Extender to provide a local 4G signal in your home for wireless/non-WIFI calling.