Mobile phone signal meter?

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  1. Vanman

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    I've seen several threads about TV signals, how to find them, where to avoid parking etc. but I wondered if there was anything available that helps choose the best location to park for mobile phone reception?

    I know that EE publish a map so that I can choose a UK site that at least has some reception, but once I got there I wondered if there's any way of quickly finding a good pitch that has reception. Obviously most phones have a meter of sorts as they display the number of 'bars' of reception available, I was thinking more of a meter with a needle that would help indicate the direction of the mast - to make sure for example that the arrival of a next door neighbour wouldn't block the signal.
     
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    There are apps for you phone that do just that
    But none that can prevent a neighbours interference
     
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    Thanks for that, I hadn't thought of an app - only a hand held device. If there is a directional one then it should be possible to park on the edge of the site that's towards the mast so that no one can park in-between.
     
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    I thought all phones showed the signal strength in bars at the top of the screen!
     
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    Just walk around until you get the best signal on the bars? The problem about a meter is it would need to know what network you are on as the signal from another provider could be much stronger than your one. You can get meters and I found an ad for one - it was $2000. :)
     
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    Oooooooooh could we get em down to $1995 with a bulk FUN order
     
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    Be cheaper to pay the man next door to move
     
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    Knowing my luck, your van and it's twin would box me in ;)
     
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    Admit it, you only read the title, didn't you ;)
     
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    Yes!!!
     
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    Thanks for that, I've just installed it and am down in deepest darkest Wales later so I'll let you know how it goes. First impressions are good, it draws a line on a map directly to the mast you're attached to which looks like just what I might have hoped for :) (y)
     
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    Thanks for that, an interesting article. Your bar changes are probably easily explained by you putting more roof/walls/equipment between you and the mast you are connected to. Most people find one or other side of their house has better reception.
     
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    Directional indicator for wifi spots also help
     
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    Yes, I can imagine. Luckily the one linked above does both :)(y)

    Oh, and did I mention it's my favourite price? FREE! :cool:
     
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    I find this handy. It is not 100% up to date but I have found it to be incredibly useful.

    http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/
     
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    I think "nonsense" is a bit of an exaggeration. :) The article says the bars "almost always" show how strong the signal is. One problem is it is a dynamic thing and it can change once a call is being made but in my experience any change is usually for the better.
    I use the bar indicator all the time in our house as there are plenty of places where I get zero signal. There are also places where it usually shows no bars but after a few moments it seems to find a signal.
     
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    Dish Align app pinpoints satellites very useful aid.
     
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    Agreed, but it also illustrates that the hardware manufacturer determines what to show in response to signal. It's fair to say they will err on the side of optimism to convince punters to stay with their devices.

    For example, my iPhone (with Vodafone..)at the moment is showing 4 bars. The wifes Galaxy (also on Vodafone ..) is sitting 6 feet away and is showing 5 bars....oh well, the debate continues

    :cautious:
     
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