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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:24 pm    Post subject: Cel-Fi Go Mobile Repeater Reply with quote

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone has installed/used a Cel-Fi Go Mobile Repeater into either their BT or Vehicle and if so, how do you find them for improving the Mobile signal level?

https://checkout.telstra.com.au/consumer/accessories/technology-iot/20406

Just wanted some feedback please, as I am considering getting one and using the 6dB Next G aerial that we had installed (on the roof of our BT when we ordered it) as the aerial input for a Cel-Fi Go Mobile Repeater.

We are often on the fringe of or nil mobile reception and was hoping the Cel-Fi Go Mobile Repeater would be a relevant solution.

https://www.telstra.com.au/content/dam/tcom/personal/accessories/qsg_GO-Mobile-Telstra-eng_19-1105_v14_420N007-G31-001-10-TAAU-RD_A4.pdf?_ga=2.74251730.1570942342.1594111667-977521384.1594111667


Thanks kindly, any comments would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ours is installed in the van and works fine for me.

But I understand some people have interference issues so check it out, TV etc, before you screw it in.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have one that we transfer between car and van. They're expensive but very effective. For example, one trip through Alice Springs, we got Telstra signal about 10km out of town. With the cel-fi, we got signal 50km out. Our experience has been that wherever you get a little bit of signal, you will get full signal with it. One bonus is that once you have good signal, you can also use your internet, not just phonecalls.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a Telstra Celfi in the Van and an Optus Celfi in the Car, they provide extended range, we continue to run our business whilst travelling.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at the Optus unit as the mobile plan is real beaut for our needs - we gave up a fixed landline some years ago and, even with a relatively poor tower infrastructure here and average to poor signal, the mobile/data works not too bad. Covers multiple phones and modems and has a squillion giga-thingamies for data each month for around $150. Used a CelFi 3G unit located in the house for some years and that improved things greatly but, of course, not much use with the 4G frequencies.

Desirable aims with the 4G unit are -

(a) use in a shed office as a quasi-fixed unit - location to be determined as I am hoping reception and re-transmission coverage will cover both the shed and the adjacent house. The shed is steel but appears to have sufficient openings to avoid the Faraday cage problem in extremis.

(b) use in the truck or car

(c) use in the van

Questions of interest -

(a) how convenient do you find multiple use with your units (presuming/if you relocate the box from time to time ?)

(b) with the unit installed in either tug/van, how is the coverage in both vehicles and in the immediate area around the rig when parked up ?

(c) do you run the aerial fixed or do you have provision to raise the aerial on an extension mount while parked up ? If so how has the range/reception experience been between the two aerial configurations ?

(d) with the move to 5G, I guess in the not too distant future, has anyone been able to get any lead time info regarding the 5G iteration of the mobile unit ?

(e) do you have any significant problems with the 4G unit ?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All,
Thanks kindly for those who responded and your comments.
Its always good to get others experience on these things, appreciated.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our Telstra Celfi has the external Receiving Antennae on the Roof of the Van and lifts upright with the Winegard TV Antennae and the Transmit Antennae is within an overhead cupboard inside the Van. The Receive Antennae is basically not functional until we park the Van and lift the Antennae, the Transmit is limited due to the Caravan Aluminium Frame, however, we only really use the system when using our SurfacePro inside the Van.

The Optus Celfi has the receiving Antennae on the Bullbar of the car and the Transmit Antennae is within the Glovebox of the car, we really only use this system for our personal phones when actually in the car and driving, we don't have power on this unit when the car turns off.

We do have an emergency prepaid Telstra Mobile for use around the Van when parked up and operating only off the Telstra Celfi.

For real emergency situations, we have our Satellite phone unit that connects to our mobile phones and we have both the Car and the Van equipped with Antennae that connect to our Satphone System.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that. Perhaps when you are parked up you could check the level of reception in the tug ? With the unit transmitting from in the van, what sort of radius do you get usable signal over.

I'm presuming that, if the external aerial is hoisted up (20-30 ft) the receiving range from the tower will, likewise, go up in accordance with the usual radius of reception equation.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Van is in presently under a Carport and will not be moved until late September, so hopefully someone else may be able to get a coverage radius for you. Receive Antennae is a maximum 4.2metres when extended. I do know friends we normally travel with and who use Telstra mobiles, have said they receive the Boost and they are normally about 15-20 metres away when camping.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good start for me, thanks
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