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Is there a repeater for cell phones that connects to internet connection

Posted on 2008-10-10
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Hey there,

We are looking for a device that would connect to an internet connection to act as a mini cell phone tower for a residence.  

One of my tech's "swears" that he saw one in a publication recently that you can connect to your home network will basically extend a mini cell phone tower into a home.

This device is geared for people in rural locations who have internet but no cell phone signals and they wish to have access in their home

500 points for this one, I couldn't find the device through google.
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bcameron70,

It sounds like you're talking about a Femtocell, rather than a repeater. A repeater simply re-transmits the signal, still connecting to a cell phone tower. A femtocell connects the cell phone to a broadband connection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femtocell)

Unfortunately, I am not sure they are really quite there yet, at least in the US.

Cheers,
LHerrou
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Good Lead!  I did not know the technology had a name!

http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/07/netgear-and-motorola-get-busy-on-femotcell-tech/
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