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March 30, 2016 — by KEN PERKINSSHARE ARTICLE
Internet hotspots are wonderful technology. They take a cell signal and make a data connection available to Wifi enabled devices, even those lacking cellular connectivity.
But in areas with spotty or nonexistent cell coverage, a hotpot can be more useful as a paperweight than as a data connection. Fortunately there are solutions that can make a hotspot work even in locations with questionable cell signal.
Try these first
First, try changing the location of your hotspot. Try different rooms of your apartment, or even another level of your house, to see if you get better cell reception. Cellular signal tends to fluctuate inside buildings, so by trying different locations you can often find a place that provides better reception.
You can also try placing the hotspot next to a window. Building materials tend to obstruct cellular signals, and glass may allow signal to pass through more readily than, say, brick walls or your roof’s radiant barrier.
Better still, use either of the tips above in conjunction with a mobile service map tool. You can easily download apps or find websites that show you the precise locations in your area of cell towers for the various carriers.
When you know where your carrier’s nearest tower is located, you can place the hotspot in a room or next to a window on that side of your home nearest the tower. To find these tools, go to your app store or use a favorite search engine. There are multiple options to choose from.
If they don’t work, get a booster
If all else fails to boost your hotspot, you may need a cell phone signal booster. A booster provides a strong, reliable cell signal for your hotspot, ensuring your devices that depend on Wifi have the data connectivity you need.
If you’re using a hotspot in your home or office, any weBoost indoor cell signal booster will work well for this purpose. Place the hotspot as close as you can to the indoor (device) antenna so it receives the strongest possible signal.
If your vehicle doubles as your mobile office, or you need to keep the kids entertained during an extended family road trip, a hotspot can be indispensable. And as you drive a cell signal booster will ensure that Wifi data traffic keeps flowing without interruption.
You can even boost Wifi in your car
A cradle booster for your vehicle like the Drive 4G-S will both hold your hotpot device securely in place AND boost the signal. If you need boosted signal for your cell phone as well as a hotspot, a wireless vehicle booster like weBoost’s Drive 4G-X will do the trick.
The Drive 4G-X sends an amplified cell signal to all cellular enabled devices in the cabin of your vehicle. So the kids with their tablets in the back seat stay entertained and you can still answer an incoming call with your wireless headset.
An added benefit, in poor signal areas the cell phone booster will also increase your data speeds for faster uploads and downloads. And of course it will also boost the cell signal for your phone and improve coverage.
If you haven’t already, please watch our short video above for tips on boosting the cell signal for your hotspot.
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