Reception/signal not found in a strong reception area
Hello, I've got a bit of a weird problem and the three tech teamhaven't been able to help yet. What happens is that I'll pull my phone out of my pocket and it will show no signal... no bars. However, It is in an area where I know there to be great reception. I assume that at some point, i travelled through an area where there was no signal and my phone just never realized that I came back into an area with good signal. At any rate, as it's happened a few times, I just tested it to see if it would receive a phone call in this state, and it does not. If I try to make a call, it says, no signal but immediately after it disconnects, it recognizes that there is a signal there, and then works properly again. Obviously though, it is not ideal, as I am missing calls if I have not noticed that it is in this state of denial :) Any ideas?
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Different digital boxes and tv's have different levels of RF gain. Some need more signal and some need less to work efficiently.
Possibly your Bush pvr needs a much stronger signal than your tv so the available signal is permanently on the threshold of reception and atmospheric conditions will some of the time reduce the available signal when reception will become impossible for the box but still be above the threshold for the tv set.
Modern Bush is not reknown for being a high quality brand and the purchasers of budget brand pvr's often discover reception or performance problems in fringe signal areas. Because a single aerial must receive a very wide range of frequencies it will be more efficient for some channels than others and so one channel could be a fringe channel and another channel produce a very strong frequency.
The signal strength and quality can be checked for each channel by selecting options in the menu in order to check this theory.
The problem might be solved by replacing the Bush pvr with a premium brand or replacing your aerial for a more efficient type. One of my friends had five different boxes before he gained a satisfactory performance and another friend three boxes and still has problems.
My installation has a new high gain wideband aerial on top of my 3 storey house and a distribution amplifier in the loft to keep the input lead short and the whole lot connected by very good quality double-wrapped co-ax.
I had to add different amounts of attenuation for each box or tv set but in spite of the signal being on average too strong and needing attenuating there are still channels for which the aerial is not as efficient and providing only a weak signal.
I had a similar problem with an LG 800 phone I had to get a "Wilson Electronics 815225 Sleek Booster Single" for it to use the phone in the basement apartment where I live and it works great I get three to four bars now. However it costs about 80.00 at Walmart, and Amazon, I couldn't use the reception booster while away from home though so I found out that Samsung, phones work much better here and most other areas as well. I hope this helps
Tune to a strong channel. Go into the menu. Find the Channel or Antenna whatever your tv calls it. Set the signal strength display.
If the signal strength show good and your picture is lost then a problem may be in the tv. More than likely the antenna is not picking up a strong signal. Try rotating it some.
You can go to www.tvfool.com to see what stations are in your reception area.
Keep in mind, poor reception is
not something that your service provider will fix just because you want
them to. It must be justifiably cost effective for them to put up new
towers, which will ultimately be criticized by cities, home owners
associations, etc. Most users think there is nothing they can do to
improve their cell phone reception by themselves. This is most
certainly untrue, and the following will explain what you can do to
ensure great mobile coverage without waiting for a new tower to
Your cell phone uses a lot more power when connecting a call than when
it is on standby. Often, your battery can be strong enough to attempt a
call, but not strong enough to find a signal. If you find you are
having signal problems, try to keep your battery charged to 2 bars or
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Buildings and other large structures are very unfriendly to cell phone
signal. Rather than making calls from deep inside buildings try moving
outside or to a window to place your call. If you are having reception
problems on the street try walking to the nearest intersection as they
typically have better coverage. Cellular band radio waves do not
effectively penetrate earth: if you are underground you will likely
receive no signal.
3Install a cellular repeater.
If you are having cell problems in one location, such as your home or
office, then try installing a cellular repeater. Cell phone repeaters
pick up low cell signal with an antenna, boost the signal and broadcast
it over the coverage area. They typically need at least 2 bars of
signal where the antenna is placed (usually outside or on the roof) but
can substantially improve cell reception, as well as battery life and
data download speeds. Some repeaters might need technical knowledge
such as the frequency of your carrier, and only work for one service
provider. For a less technical approach that improves reception on all
carriers, use a dual-band cell phone repeater.
4Upgrade your antenna.
A few cell phone manufacturers make a "Hi-gain" antenna for their
handsets, which may be changed in-store or by the user at home.
Although these won’t improve signal as much (or at all) as a repeater
these antennas are relatively inexpensive and you are not confined to
Most networks operate independently of one another, using their own
frequencies and constructing their own cell phone towers. Chances are
if the signal is bad with one network you can improve by switching.
Most cellular networks these days allow you to transfer your phone
number when you change provider.
6Hold your phone correctly.
Mobile phone antennas are designed to project a signal outward,
perpendicular to the long axis of the antenna. As such, mobile phones
seek signals in a donut-esque shape around the antenna. Normally, when
a mobile is held upright, this is not a problem. However, if you are
holding your phone in a strange way, such as on its side or upside
down, you will hinder the operation of the antenna. Hold your phone
upright to guarantee that your phone can "see" your carrier signal.
7Host a cell site.
This may take time, but where cell phone reception is inadequate
property owners can host small cell sites on their properties for major
wireless carriers. 3rd parties with Wireless Revenue Programs allow you
to register your property to be eligible. Then when there is carrier
interest in the area you'll be on the short list of places they choose
from and will have optimal coverage. They may even pay your phone bill.
I assume you have tried to retune the TV & angle the antenna in different positions. Very often, due to the location of your home & the strength of signal in that area, you usually find that , no matter what you try, an indoor antenna is just not strong enough to pick up in a weak reception area. The only alternative is to try & add a signal booster onto it or much better still ( and a lot less future reception problems) is to rig up an outdoor antenna.
I don't know in what area you live & therefore how strong your reception area will be, but as a general rule an indoor antenna is never the best type of aerial to have to receive digital signals, you will always find that you pick up some good strong channels but more often the rest of the channels will be poor or non-existant & will constantly break-up/freeze etc. The best advice would be to try & fit an outdoor antenna if possible.
I have the same problem. Contacted 3rd party tech, take sharp pick or equal and there is supposedly a button in the very center of the antenna port of the phone. gently push the pick in the center of the jack and it will trip the switch. I tried it on my second damaged phone and it worked, so far.
It may be just a problem of the signal bouncing around and your laptop is struggling at times to find the signal.
Some earlier laptops don't have a wireless booster built in the screen.
Go to your laptops' web site and see if there are any updated drivers for your wireless card.
If still unhappy with results purchase a USB wireless dongle and dissable wireless card, it may have a better reception area, or purchase a signal booster that works in conjunction with your wireless router.