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  • Cell (service) extender for the barn

    I can't be the only one with this problem. I have very poor cell service in the barn.

    To be honest, I had poor cell service in the house too (ATT if that matters), so I bought a micro-cell. Works great. But down at the barn, often no service, sometimes 1 bar. I feel that's not safe, and it's definitely an inconvenience. The barn is ~250 feet from the house, down hill. The barn is wood with a metal roof.

    Is there some sort of cell service extender out there that could work in this situation? Or even a wifi extender because I think I can make calls on wifi if necessary.

    Or is this just one of the joys of country living?
    From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.

  • #2
    get Verizon for all
    AT&T is awful in cities


    • #3
      you can get signal boosters, here is a link to a site that has tested 11 for ATT signals


      • #4
        I believe most (all?) cell service boosters need solid internet to work. They capture the cell signal from your phone and transmit it to the towers over the internet. Do you have internet in the barn?

        I run an orbi mesh network to send WiFi to the barn, and it works very well--better than I expected! I have a satellite in the window on the barn side of the house, and that easily broadcasts a good signal at least 200 feet. 250 is probably going to be pushing it, but it might work...perhaps buy where you can return and try it out?

        Otherwise you're looking at trenching and running Ethernet down to the barn (looked into that, cha-ching, but then you can also do fun stuff like cameras) or those directional WiFi antennas that are hard wired and mount to the house.


        • #5
          I switched from AT&T to Verizon in the last 3 months for that exact reason. Made a huge difference for me.


          • #6
            Only Verizon works at my house/barn
            Custom tack racks!


            • #7
              These are excellent;

              I have been using the HPOW5 High Power, Outdoor WiFi Coverage
              for several years without a problem. Is mounted on my house and connected to router with ethernet cable. At home I make all cellphone calls on wifi.
              Last edited by Equibrit; Aug. 21, 2019, 11:52 PM.
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              • #8
                We had a micro tower put in our house when we moved south, but we were still dropping calls constantly even just walking from one end of the house to the other. We had been AT&T customers forever, but ended up switching to Verizon. I will also say it seems like our metal barn roof does not help.

                In my opinion, the best thing to do is find the best provider for your situation. It is an individual thing. I have neighbors who switched to T Mobile because of cost, but it is impossible to have a conversation with them because their service is so poor. They are either constantly dropping calls or you cannot understand what they are saying due to their phones cutting in and out.
                "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White


                • #9
                  We have cable for our internet service at the house. We had our tech guy install a device that sends a wifi signal over to 200 yds through woods to our barn. There is a receiver on the exterior of the barn and then a router in the barn. I can then make cell phone calls in and around the barn using data.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jawa View Post
                    We have cable for our internet service at the house. We had our tech guy install a device that sends a wifi signal over to 200 yds through woods to our barn. There is a receiver on the exterior of the barn and then a router in the barn. I can then make cell phone calls in and around the barn using data.
                    Why would you not use Wifi calling ?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cloudyandcallie View Post
                      get Verizon for all
                      AT&T is awful in cities
                      Verizon all the way!
                      I've had their service for over 7yrs & they have never let me down.
                      Signal is stronger for my cell in the (metal) barn than cordless landline that goes in & out (both Verizon service)
                      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                      • #12
                        I have Verizon and frankly although they are better than the ATT and TMobile services we tried, it still sucks. In fairness the service isn't all that great in the house, either.

                        We have an Orbi network in the house and in the barn. It wasn't a magic bullet unfortunately. We are thinking about the ethernet option.

                        We're probably going to try the signal booster first... but man, the ones that have been recommended to us are about a grand. Ouch.
                        We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


                        • #13
                          To extend wifi, a simple thing to try is Ethernet over power if your barn power is extended from your house. We have small boxes from TP-link that plug into the wall in the house and barn. One is connected via Ethernet cable to the house router while the second is connected to a router in the barn. When I tried this I happened to have an old router which I set up in the barn. Our barn has steel walls so the house Ethernet doesn’t work in the barn. Distance is about 220 feet. Allowed us to set up video cameras in the barn.


                          • #14
                            I have Verizon, and my cell service is awful. We can not reliably make or receive calls unless we use wi-fi calling. We have some sort of thing (booster, maybe?) on the outside of the house that sends wi-fi to a receiver on the outside of the barn. We had a tech guy come set it up for us, so I really have no idea what it is. We also have boosters inside the house, as well. Everything works great unless the power goes out - then we are pretty much screwed. Life in the country.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Equibrit View Post

                              Why would you not use Wifi calling ?
                              Wrong term...using the data on the cable plan....through wifi