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Cel-Fi GO for Regional Connectivity

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Using Cel-Fi GO for Regional Connectivity

It is a recognised fact that regional areas need connectivity to compete in a networked world and to improve business opportunities.  Some of the problems around remote areas are caused by limited (or no) mobile coverage, so improving coverage with either fixed line data, cellular or satellite is one way to ensure rural business’ can grow and take advantage of opportunities.

Communications experts can be the key to driving rural growth as they have the knowledge to utilise and even expand the options available.  If you are thousands of km’s from the nearest town, with no chance of NBN and the closest mobile signal just limps through your door – the best way forward is to speak to one of our experts to see what they can do for you.  Read more to see what the local Goondiwindi communications expert installed in this study.

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Mobile Coverage for Exmouth Caravan Park

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The world famous Ningaloo Reef is located on the North West Coast region of Western Australia off the coast of Exmouth. The Reef is approx. 260km long and very close to the coast of Australia – just ½ km in some areas.

The name Ningaloo comes from the Aboriginal word meaning “promontory”.  The Yamatji peoples of the Baiyungu and Yinigudura clans have inhabited the area for over 30,000 years.* The area is a mecca for grey nomads and tourists who want to explore the striking landscape and sea life of Australia.

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Illegal Repeaters – How to Decide

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Illegal repeaters/boosters abound.  They can block mobile signal reaching your neighbours, and they can even bring down phone towers cutting signal to thousands of users. Penalties for operating illegal repeaters range from fines to jail terms.

Cel-Fi products differentiate themselves from illegal products by being in the public forum; the product is supported with product reviews and media releases etc.  You will find the illegal companies do not do this.

Find below a letter from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) listing the companies who sell illegal products: Mobile Repeaters Australia, Signal Boosters Australia, Amplify Australia.  They operate virtual premises and phone numbers that look like they are based in Australia or New Zealand, in reality they are based overseas making it very hard to shut them down.  Ebay has also recently banned all illegal repeaters from sale on their platform.

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Cel-Fi GO Stationary – Directing Mobile Signal

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We recently worked with a reseller who needed to boost a non-existent mobile signal in a client home. Whilst the client did not have any signal around their house due to its position in a valley, there was signal on a hill close by. The solution was put together by Powertec engineers.

A solar powered installation was constructed on the hill with a Cel-Fi GO positioned within the box.  The panel antenna pushed the signal from the hill to the house.  The result was a usable mobile coverage signal for a delighted client.

This type of set up can send the mobile signal 100m typically (from installation site to destination house) but we do have distances of between 300 – 400m being reported by our resellers for similar applications.

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Cel-Fi GO in Caravans

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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. 

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Cel-Fi GOs to School

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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.

Business Needs

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.

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Cel-Fi GO Media Release

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MEDIA RELEASE

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.

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GO to the NT

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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.

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Testing Different Antennas With Cel-Fi GO

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During our GO testing we tested several different antenna types to see the effect this had on the boost and the final signal strength on the phone.

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Installing GO in a Car

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This article explains how to install Cel-Fi GO in a car, different setups and what performance you can expect.

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