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.
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.
Works well on 3g. Not much difference on 4g.
I have a car unit that I also unplug and use in a Sorrento beach house
In Sorrento it boosts the 3g signal from 0-1 bar to 3 bars it goes from not being able to make a call to acceptable browsing.
However on 4g anywhere it says it's boosting strength often between 7-9 however makes no difference to the phone still on 1 bar. Can't brows or make reliable phone calls in Sorrento when set to boost 4g.
Purchased in December 2019 at eBay for $900.00.
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.
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.
We Can Now Use Our Mobiles at Home
We live on a farm in rural WA and never had mobile signal in the house. I rang a rural communications business and the owner came out. He was able to get signal with his antenna so we bought the antennas and Cel-Fis from him. We installed a Blackhawk antenna on the roof of our house, then connected to the Cel-Fi booster and internal antenna. We have had this working for about 4 months and are very happy as we get full signal. A couple of times we have lost signal but that was due to a loose cable connection between the Cel-Fi and the internal a...ntenna. We have also put one in the ute and now get signal in previously black spots. The units aren't cheap but they are legal (cheaper illegal ones cut out signal for everyone else) and we are in Telstra only mobile range. We still have our landline but have had 3 faults in the last year, longest taking 4 weeks to repair. So having mobile now, at least we have communication if landlines not working. Only down side is the ranges aren't very wide, about 30 metres for the house and 10 metres for the ute. So not a replacement for getting signal range straight from the tower but we won't hold our breath for one being put up near us anytime soon.
Purchased in February 2019.
Excellent signal Cowan Creek area.
I installed the Cel-Fi Marine Pack unit on our 53 foot trawler. The antenna is about 6 metres above the water. I leave the unit set to “auto” and we are consistently getting 2 bars or more with Telstra. We tried it in bays where without the unit reception is almost nonexistent and we could make calls from all of them. As I write this we have 3 bars in Houseboat Bay. In Smith’s Creek and at Cottage Point (both usually terrible) we had good reception and made calls. Internet is much better, in fact I was able to run the Foxtel app on my phone as we cruised into the end of Smith’s Creek. My Wife and I are very happy with this unit.
Questions & Answers
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.
My Cel fi system is in a house in a remote area in Australia. It has been used in this area successfully for sometime now with nil issues but I was required to relocate it in the same house. Since then we will have full signal for a couple hours then all of a sudden it will drop out completely only to be fully restored hours later ( up to 12hrs). We have relocated it back to the original location with the exact same result. I have reset it etc but no change, any ideas?
We use Cel Fi go out bush with 18db yaggie doner antenna up to 120km from Telstra towers… Yes we also get dropouts during the day. I’m no RF engineer but because these units only need a sniff of signal, I put the dropouts for hours on end down to atmospheric conditions, humidity and cloud cover… Do you use a direction antenna ?
If it needs re-registration it will work for 15minutes after a reboot and then will stop boosting and the LED will flash red. Download Celfi Wave app - reboot Celfi - run the app - it will open on the registration page. Enter your name and address and submit. This happens when the Celfi thinks it has been moved to a new address.
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