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Conis
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cell reception has been an issue on the island. At one time I approached the township with some information I had researched re putting a tower(s) on the island. Nothing ever came of it.

There is another solution which works and works well.

Wiex Zboost. This is an in home cell phone amplifier with outdoor antenna. If you can get any signal outside, even 1-2 bars, it will give you 5 bars inside. A directional "yagi" antenna aimed toward the cell tower further improved performance... Works with all systems except nextel.

website describing various products
http://www.wi-ex.com/

Heres a youtube demo showing improved signal strength (and this is without an external outdoor antenna)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njo34znm7ro

I live in a rural area. I can get maybe 1-2 bars outside on a "good day". I have a steel roof and a lot of trees... so inside? Forget it. I installed one of these and it worked beyond all expectations. Retail is around $270. 30 day satisfaction guarantee. This equipment is portable so can take it with you off island, and use it at home, too.

I applied for a dealership and was approved however I didn't follow up on it. Still could. Thoughts of selling and installing these systems on BBI.
If there was any interest, I might pursue it.

If you are using your cell for net connect, this would be the way to go.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosemary, give up on "big" government, it's technology to the rescue.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't someone mention that "Blaze Connect" (line of sight microwave net service in Cheboygan) had suspended service or was not taking any new customers?

The status?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaze Connect sold to someone else. Now service is down. Cindy Riker could give details.

The Post Office has good internet service though the phone lines. That is another option for everyone.
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