Travel journalist Andrew Murray from Top Wire Traveller recently purchased a Cel-Fi GO and spent some quality time breaking it down to work out the pros and cons, tips and hints to optimise the unit. This is a great article for self-installers because it clearly shows you where you can go wrong, and provides you with helpful hints so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Good points to note from the article:
- It is vital to set up your antennas correctly – not isolating your antennas will mean your unit will not perform well or not perform to its greatest capacity.
- He also advises how you can use the 4G signal to connect online, by simply flicking a switch on the device (see Switching Coverage)
The Gold Coast Malloy family have just returned from their 10 month ‘Big Lap’ around Australia where travellers Craig and Kelly continued to manage their business remotely (with the help of some very competent staff).
While Australia gets a big tick for our amazing outback and culture, we unfortunately have a red cross against us where regional and remote mobile phone coverage is concerned. So how were the Malloy’s able to get over their communication drawbacks?
The Cel-Fi GO mobile version is a great addition to a 4×4, as it’s designed to significantly boost voice quality and increase data speeds for moving vehicle applications.
The Summer edition of the 4×4 Australia Magazine and their website carry more information about Cel-Fi GO and it’s ability to boost your mobile coverage signal when you are out and about in the bush or the beach. The unit gives up to 70dB (now 100dB) of system gain, will only start boosting once the mobile signal drops below -80dBm (3G) or -96dBm (4G), and features a Bluetooth WAVE App for iPhone, Android and computers.
For access to the full article in the 4×4 Australia Magazine click HERE.
“Everyone is looking for mobile signal when about and enjoying the great outdoors. We all have our own reasons for wanting it, and some people will go to great lengths to get it…….”
Freelance journalist Gary Tischer (otherwise known as Outdoor Gaz) drove his recognisable FJ Cruiser into the outback, on a mission to test Cel-Fi GO. Cel-Fi GO is the first legal repeater produced for use in vehicle applications – from your FJ Cruiser to your caravan, your car and even your boat. It is widely available – in fact it is possible to receive delivery within 24 hours of ordering!
On the back of many enquiries, we recently introduced 4 variations of Caravan Packs comprising of the Cel-Fi GO Stationary model and differing antennas depending on the caravan and the application.
Leading Edge Electronics Store in Geraldton specifically wanted one for their client who was travelling around Australia in their caravan. Various options were discussed with the supplier with the final version selected being the Omni Caravan Pack. This pack included: Stationary Cel-Fi GO, Blackhawk Marine Omni High Gain Antenna inc mount (7/10 dB) + 10m LMR240 cable & Indoor Wall Mount Antenna, 6m RG58 cable. Inc 240 adaptor (optional 12V if requested).
Feedback from the clients Joe and Robyn was extremely positive:
Prior to installing the Cel-Fi GO in their 21″ aluminium caravan, Joe had an occasional 1 bar reception which would allow texting only. Robyn had no reception at all with a Telstra handset designed for regional use.
Minimbah State School is an Independent Public School established in 1997 with a current enrolment of over 800 students. The school name “Minimbah” means “place of learning” in the local Aboriginal dialect Gubbi Gubbi language.
The administration building had a history of poor mobile coverage which meant that staff and visitors to the main office and reception, the staff room and the sick bay were not always able to connect.
In particular, lack of mobile coverage affected the School’s ability to run their business via their wireless EFTPOS machine in the administration office – payments were not always able to be collected causing problems with parents and staff alike.
Australians on the Move to Benefit from State of the Art Signal Amplifier – Cel-Fi GO
10 January 2017: If you’ve ever tried to talk to someone while your car was travelling through poor wireless coverage areas, you know the frustration of poor call quality, call drop outs and having to pull over to finish your conversation.
Thanks to staff at Centre For Appropriate Technology in Darwin for undertaking testing of Cel-Fi GO across outback NT. Great results achieved in some very remote communities.
Below is a list of some of the successful test sites completed with some detail. One GO will run off mains power in a house, the others will be powered by a small standalone 12V solar system.