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Range extender for cordless phone

I have a Panasonic Dect 10 cordless phone system model KX-TGA101S. I got it to improve the range of our previous phone system in our home. Our house is about a 4000 square foot log home. The phone still doesn't work down in the bedroom of the house in the walk out basement. The phone says it doesn't get a signal down there. It's not far at all from the base but the signal still doesn't seem to get through. Is there some kind of range extender for cordless phones that I can use to boost the signal from the base?

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Re: Range extender for cordless phone

Ours behave similarly. The solution is to position the "base" (one connected to the phone lkine physically) in the center of the home so that the limited range can reach the remote phones at the periphery.
These phones operate at 1.9GHz. At that microwave frequency radio signals do not penetrate walls and floors very well. 2.4 GHz phones suffer increased "path loss" and are no better. The solution for any of these microwave phones is more transmitter power, which is illegal.
900 mHz phones actually work better because at 900 MHz nature offers less signal path loss", but try to find them in stores! For the same transmitter power level a 900MHz phones will have noticeably greater range.
The 1.9GHz D.E.C.T. phones also operate differently from other types of cordless phones and I believe that also contributes to dropped calls and the phone's inability to ring when a call arrives. At the fringe of its range you can see how it struggles to establish a link. Once established it will work well and then simply drop the call when you least expect. I am not a fan of the DECT phones, but they do not interfere with 2.4 GHz wireless routers, etc.

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