Now this is a story of a man who from San Antonio back to rural North Carolina. He found completely unable to get a wi-fi or cell phone signal. The only way for him to get a cell signal at all was to drive over a mile in either direction from where he lived. He first thought that the problem was his cell carrier. Hence he decided to change carriers. Of the three other major carriers he checked, not one could get a signal at his house. It was apparent that his problem was his location. He lived at the bottom of a shallow valley. It was uphill in nearly any direction from there.
He then decided to check into an external antenna for his cell phone but found they cost nearly $50.00 and there was some question about whether they actually work. He knew there had to be a better way. While working in his yard one afternoon he noticed an old satellite TV dish on top of a pole in his backyard. It had been left there by the previous residents. Suddenly he noticed a light bulb came on. He grabbed some wrenches, took down the dish and held his cell phone next to the antenna’s horn and pointed the dish in various directions. He was amazed to find that he got full signal in one direction. It went from no signal to full signal and had not spent a dime or changed anything on my cell phone. Just to make sure he made a call using speaker phone and found that this thing truly did work.
The next test came when he took the assembly inside the house to try it. With aluminum siding on the house he had problems even getting a television signal using a rabbit ear antenna. To his surprise, he got two to three bars inside so long as he pointed the dish at a double window in my living room. He no longer missed calls and he didn’t have to leave home to talk on his cell phone. Using a blue tooth headset really worked well. It isn’t an ideal setup but it worked and it didn’t cost me anything. It was also a great way to recycle that old satellite antenna that would have ended up in the trash otherwise.