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Does anyone know if there are any Sprint LTE Boosters out yet. I found one by wilson but I have tried there boosters in the past which didnt work. When I asked Wilson about the problem they said there boosters are not guaranteed to work. Since then I have a Surecall 40db which has been a signifigant improvement.

With Sprint upgading alot of the towers out here I am keeping my eye out and was curious if anyone heard anything?

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There are several designed to work with Verizon, T mobile, and AT&T lte. I've not seen any that work with sprint LTE service yet. The reviews on this one says it works with Sprint lte  but the specs say otherwise. Worth experimenting. 

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Does anyone know if there are any Sprint LTE Boosters out yet. I found one by wilson but I have tried there boosters in the past which didnt work. When I asked Wilson about the problem they said there boosters are not guaranteed to work. Since then I have a Surecall 40db which has been a signifigant improvement.

With Sprint upgading alot of the towers out here I am keeping my eye out and was curious if anyone heard anything?

Wilson Sleek 4G claims to but I didn't get nearly as much of a signal boost from it for LTE (basically nothing) as I do for 3G (which it does very well).

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Random thought....Wouldn't an existing booster in the 1900 Mhz spectrum work on LTE as well? Other carriers LTE are in different bands, but Sprint's (For now) is in the same band as PCS....So theroretically it should work with an existing 3G booster, because doesn't an amplifier just boost Signal not necessarily data. (G Block isn't that far off is it?)

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Random thought....Wouldn't an existing booster in the 1900 Mhz spectrum work on LTE as well? Other carriers LTE are in different bands, but Sprint's (For now) is in the same band as PCS....So theroretically it should work with an existing 3G booster, because doesn't an amplifier just boost Signal not necessarily data. (G Block isn't that far off is it?)

 

No.  A booster is a transmitter, so it must receive FCC OET authorization -- just like the handset authorization that we often write about here at S4GRU.  If a booster is not tested and authorized for the PCS G block, then it will not work for Sprint's current LTE 5 MHz FDD carrier.  That the PCS G block is adjacent to the traditional PCS A-F blocks does not matter.

 

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No.  A booster is a transmitter, so it must receive FCC OET authorization -- just like the handset authorization that we often write about here at S4GRU.  If a booster is not tested and authorized for the PCS G block, then it will not work for Sprint's current LTE 5 MHz FDD carrier.  That the PCS G block is adjacent to the traditional PCS A-F blocks does not matter.

 

AJ

 

Thanks for the Clarification AJ....Was just a thought....Wasn't sure if it would work or not....

 

Thanks again! 

 

Kris

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No.  A booster is a transmitter, so it must receive FCC OET authorization -- just like the handset authorization that we often write about here at S4GRU.  If a booster is not tested and authorized for the PCS G block, then it will not work for Sprint's current LTE 5 MHz FDD carrier.  That the PCS G block is adjacent to the traditional PCS A-F blocks does not matter.

 

AJ

 

And, correct me if I am wrong, all signal boosters, aka repeaters, are "active" devices, not "passive", in terms of wireless cellular payload. That is, the receiver and transmitter on each has to be aware of what type of signal it is, and what type of modulation technique is being used. It's not simply a chunk of spectrum where any enery above some threshold is Rx/Tx.

 

We just had our in-building rerpeater for Sprint replaced, as the old one (installed in 2007) stopped modulating the signals correctly (it was corrupting payloads). I overheard the tech from Ericsson who did the swap out talking about the active technology a bit.

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And, correct me if I am wrong, all signal boosters, aka repeaters, are "active" devices, not "passive", in terms of wireless cellular payload. That is, the receiver and transmitter on each has to be aware of what type of signal it is, and what type of modulation technique is being used. It's not simply a chunk of spectrum where any enery above some threshold is Rx/Tx.

 

We just had our in-building rerpeater for Sprint replaced, as the old one (installed in 2007) stopped modulating the signals correctly (it was corrupting payloads). I overheard the tech from Ericsson who did the swap out talking about the active technology a bit.

 

The terms "booster" and "repeater," even "translator," may be used interchangeably, but there can be some differences among them.

 

In most cases, the set up is just a pair of separated antennas with an amp in between.  In that case, it is amplifying the raw RF -- the type of signal, modulation, FEC, etc., are immaterial.

 

But a far more expensive, sophisticated set up might demodulate and remodulate the signal, potentially even "translating" it to a different frequency.

 

AJ

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Okay with lte active in some spots I decided to try my sure call dual band mobile amp CM2000-WL 40db. It seemed to improve the signal for 1st but made it slower on lte. Does anyone know why the difference?

 

If I understand you, you are asking why 1x was improved but not LTE?

 

According to the specs of your equipment, 1x (CDMA) is called out as a specifically supported technology, on a specifically supported frequency. LTE is not mentioned (because of the age of the equipment), Although whether that alone would be definitive in the case of a simple repeater I couldn't say. I can tell you however, that the actual frequencies used by the most widely deployed Sprint LTE (PCS G-Block), are not compatible to your equipment.

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