Five bars in our entire house
We have a holiday house in a remote location of the south coast of NSW. We had very poor phone reception inside our house and had to stand in one position in the backyard to get two bars on our phone. I installed the Cel-Fi booster myself and now have five bars inside our entire house. Well worth the cost and easy to install if you have basic handyman skills.
Purchased in June 2019.
I was a little nervous when I saw some mixed reviews on the CelFi. I used to have 1 to 2 bars of 4G or 3G and it varies on time of day and conditions - very difficult to use or make a call with. Since setting up the stationary CelFi unit, it has absolutely changed my life in rural NSW. I now have full 4G all the time with data speeds of 25mbps down and 18mbps up. Good enough for all sorts of steaming and Zooming. Very very happy customer.
Purchased in October 2021 for $1,200.00.
Wished I’d got it sooner
Had this product installed professionally and it’s brilliant, from only having one bar of service to now full service, the technician spent ages making sure it was in the perfect location for max results, highly recommended
Great product if you know how to use it…
This product when used needs a good understanding. If you just plug in antennae’s and turn on you will never get your money’s worth.
Make sure you use quality antennae’s the right coax and understand the antennae fed back issues…I recommend using the Bluetooth app and read the instructions well. Reset your phone’s network locking, by just going into airplane mode and back again. I really like my cel fi go. A great product.
Purchased in April 2021 at Ebay for $845.00.
easy to install & do it yourself system. its not hard just ensure you have separation between all antenna and base modulator. use the app and bluetooth into. works perfectly. pretty much zero bars to 5 on sunshine coast
Purchased in July 2021 for $1,000.00.
Needs to be installed correctly
I have read through these reviews and agree with those that state a professional should be engaged to install. As a professional telecommunications technician I can guarantee that these will not perform properly if installed incorrectly. Companies like Powertec are destroying the reputation of this product by selling without offering proper installation support. It seems that all the reviews here have a common denominator, Powertec. As Jason below stated, you need somewhat of an understanding. Unfortunately you won't get that from Powertec.
Purchased in May 2021 for $1,234.00.
Thought I had bought a lemon! Stay away from POWERTEC!
I purchased this Product from Powertec about 3 months ago for my home in Dundee NSW and was told that all I needed to do was simply install an antenna on my roof and another on a shelf inside. After doing as I was told I still had bugger all improvement and the calls i made were crackly. I contacted Powertec (absolute turkeys) where I bought the product from and they were of no help at all. very quick to sell my the product but equally as quick to get me off the phone after I had a problem. I started googling and came across some info which rea...lly helped a lot. https://seqconnect.com.au/mobile-signal-boosters I read through this and it was able to get my problem sorted. I even ended up calling these guys who were more than happy to assist. I felt bad because I hadn't even bought the Cel-Fi from them but Brad (or Brett) was very nice and really helped me out. Powertec (Geese) never mentioned anything to me about signal interference, noise ratios or tower overloading which all were terrible and easily identifiable in the settings. Anyway, I hope this helps anybody hear that may have problems like I did. And thank you Brad (or Brett:) for your help. If you are looking to purchase a CelFi read up on this first and use the guys above if you can.
Purchased in February 2021.
Info from a Professional Installer
The fact of the matter is a lot of people buys these CelFi Units and install them selves. if you don’t understand how RF works Antenna separation ect. You will never get them to work properly, I have installed many of these devices and the customer has always been happy with the result and I as well. So do your self a favour get a qualified installer to take care of the job for you, and if you have had it installed by professional installer and it’s not working satisfactory go back and demand it to be rectified.
Not what I expected!
Heard I lot about the Cel-Fi Go, and turned out to be disappointed. I had issues from the beginning. I bought the unit from my local Telstra shop in Warrnambool, no backup support once I walked out the door. I had it professionally fitted, but unit failed to deliver!
Turns out, because I have an iPhone X it needs to be dumbed down to 3G to work effectively. Leaves you bewildered to think why they have an ‘auto’ setting in the unit? Leaving me to switch from a 4G setting to a 3G setting on my phone when getting in and out of the car. In this day and age, it seems unthinkable to experience backward software, that can’t determine the most appropriate signal.
Purchased in November 2020 for $950.00.
Works great but NOT when you need it
After 2 years of frustrating and disappointing use I have come to the conclusion that this system works well on a low signal but not at all on a poor signal. My iPhone 10 max can (while at camp on Nth Stradbroke Island) receive 1 bar of 4G or 3G most of the time and the booster will not pick up any workable signal at all. My phone (most of the time) can still receive calls and get BOM weather radar however the Cel-Fi shows no boosted signal at all. If i go to an area where the phone gets a a stronger signal, the booster seems to work and show...s a boosted signal OK however this is not when I require a boosted signal as the phone works OK without the Cel-Fi anyway. I even purchased a Yagi Black Hawk antennae (almost $300.00) and there was no difference / improvement in signal reception. I intend to get the system tested and the installation checked thoroughly in case the system is faulty or there is an installation problem. So far my conclusion is (in my unique experience) that the Cel-Fi only works well when you don't need it.
Purchased in November 2018 at Powertec for $1,100.00.
Travelling in our van and works can fantastic.
So simple and works. Plugged in aeriels, downloaded Wave app to Reno Oppo and S10. Registered device, synced phones, got 5 bars.
Great product, highly recommend to increase signal.
We wifi to Telstra TV box from phones and hasn't missed a beat. Only have the mini aerial atm.
Purchased in February 2020 for $720.00.
At last my other devices get signal from my phone
Rural, hilly, but not particularly remote Queensland. Had endless trouble with so-called blue-tick phones for the last year (Telstra Max drained while charging, Samsung Galaxy calls break up). Bought my preferred type, an iPhone, though told Samsung is better (not so, the iPhone gets calls properly). BUT it doesn't have the strength to provide signal for my iPad or Mac. Lots of looking around and I end up buying the Telstra Go Stationary Repeater ($816 from Telstra shop). Easy to install, no assistance necessary (it sits on a bench). Registrati...on via the app was simple, if a bit lengthy while it searched for cellular signal. But since all that was done, eleven days ago, everything has worked. No, the signal may not be that strong on my phone (one bar is common here) but it does reach my other machines, which is the most important thing. It doesn't drop out, I can upload photos, and everything works as it should. The weather has been extremely humid all the time I've had it, which is usually the worst condition to get a signal, so if it's working now I presume it will be better in drier weather. Here's hoping there's no trouble down the line, because so far it's doing exactly what I need it to.
Purchased in January 2020 at Telstra Centro Gympie for $816.00.
Average, useful when it works.
Installed Telstra celfi and external aerial probably 1 or 2 years ago. Experienced drop outs straight away after installation. Complained to the distributor within the first week and was told nothing was wrong. Had probably 10 drops outs today alone. Works sometimes. Better than nothing but very frustrating.
Purchased at Fetter comunication for $1,500.00.
Internal shed usage
I live in a high populated suburb in Perth where the Optus tower signal is very week, many complaints have been made about the tower but the neighbors and i have a very weak signal. 1 bar in the house and 1 to 3 bars outside. I built a 6x6 shed man cave and the tin totally blocked the remaining signal. So i ordered a cel fi unit, i explained my situation to the rep and they sent a box set which was the wrong setup for my situation, so i returned it and got the base model setup. I could not get this to work after several emails i gave up for a awhile. I had a HTC phone which had charging issue and i got a samsung 10 and tried it again and away it went. I know have 4 bars inside my shed. A dam great invention, i totally recommend it.
Purchased in August 2018 for $1,350.00.
Well how about that
I bought a Cel-Fi Telstra fitted to a 2016 Falcon and my phone is a Samsung Note 8.
I had a major project that required a lot of discussion. I was in Toowoomba and was travelling to Caboolture for a function. I departed Toowoomba tracking north through Highfields to Hampton, turned right across the range to Esk turned left and tracked to just north of Toogoolowah then right on the back road around Somerset to Kilcoy then over the hills down to Caboolture.
I held one conversation the entire way and did not drop out once.
Holy snapping duck poop Batperson.....
These things are just bloody brilliant. Sort of like the good old days when you could attach an external antenna to your Nokia but you don't have to plug it in.
Purchased in March 2019 for $995.00.
Questions & Answers
Hi I’m looking at purchasing a cel-fi go unit and wan to use it in my Ute and when I am stopped transfer it to the caravan, I will have two aerials one on Ute and one on caravan, and just transfer main unit. Is this possible?
Hi Steve I have the same issue and decided to permanently mount cel-fi unit in ute glove box and feed its output to a two way splitter, one output of the splitter goes to the ute's internal antenna while the other goes to the van's internal antenna via a quality low loss cable. All connectors, fittings and cables are available and it's a simple matter of connecting the 'extension' cable to the van's (antenna) input socket once you park your van.
This setup works for me, hope it helps.. Cheers, Paul
Hi. How can I tell how many devices are connected (if any) to the CEL-Fi. Is there a place in WAVE I can look for this!
I have never checked how many devices are connected. Possibly there is somewhere in the WAVE app where it states the number of devices connected. We are not at our holiday house so I can't check for you. Going down next week,bI will have a look.
Stationary and mobile cel fi , are they both the same and can be used either way ,?
The Mobile unit will only boost when the signal strength from the antenna drops below a usable limit which I think is about -95dBm. It will allow you to travel around without needing re-registration which would happen if you try using a stationary model in a car.
Hi, I believe the stationary unit has a higher gain (100dB?).
Also I was told the mobile unit has a faster switching speed from cell to cell in order to minimize signal dropouts.
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