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.
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.
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.
Great little unit
Okay first of all I would not recommend going out and buying one of these repeater units until you have done some checks as to just how much signal you have in the area you want to use the unit.
In this review I am referring to the Stationary Cel-Fi Go repeater working on Telstra 3G This is the only unit I have any experience with. After searching around our property with my mobile, (Samsung S5) I found that I could just about get one bar of signal up on the roof of our house and I managed to make a phone call to our landline. This was handy a...
Works as advertised.
Installed a Cell-Fi Go Marine kit today at lake Eildon. Worked as advertised from 1 bar to 4 bars on IPhone X on 4G. Very Happy with the system along with the boats parked next to me who also now have cell service.
Life saver in remote areas
I have the mobile version fitted to my Landcruiser, truckers edge antenna on the roof with a folding mount and the cel-fi unit under my drivers seat. In areas where the signal strength wavers between nothing and one bar I am getting 3 to 4 bars on my iPhone. I go from virtually no ability to use the internet to browsing and uploading videos of my trip to the WA goldfields.
If there is no signal at all don’t expect miracles.. 10 x nothing is nothing, but if you have even a hint of a signal this unit rocks. All my travel companions gather round my cruiser at the camp site. :)
Brilliant this has changed everything!
We only had one bar of 3G on our kitchen windowsill on a good day. We live in a old very large homestead with thick stone walls.
We now have full 4G power Throughout the house and for a good 50m or more around the outside. This brilliant system has changed everything.. We can now run our business without interruptions. Definelty worth doing.
Excellent product and very happy.
We have had our first unit now for a couple of months. Where there is no signal the unit still searches and has still maintained Apple Music and Spotify. Switching the unit to 3G has enabled more signal boost than running in 4G as the unit will drop in and out while searching.
Very happy with the product and the signal boost we have gained from it.
We are now looking forward to the rest of our fleet getting the Cel Fi ago units installed.
Question about cel-fi
We live in a rural area in Queensland 80ks from the closest town. We get full service coverage 12ks from the house and We get service now and then but not all the time in our house but will it still work?
From zero/1 to 4 bars inside the house!
Located in rural Darwin region. We were lucky to get one bar of 3G on the windowsill in the living area and lots of dropped calls. With the cel-fi unit and an external antenna we now have 3-4 bars through the house and even 4G at times, and no more drop out. Would highly recommend and although expensive it is nice to be able to communicate with the outside world without having to go outside. The only issue I have is that even though you can turn the light off on the unit it sometimes turns itself back on for some reason (I haven't experienced any call problems but I wonder if this is related to the connection between to two units). Glad I didn't wait too long to buy this unit as it is amazing.
Farm useless mobile connection until I found Cel-Fi
At our farm near Seymour we have never been able to take mobile calls unless we walked up the hill to the shearing shed. Now with Cel-Fi my family are all very happy as not only can we make mobile calls with full bars on our phone they can now access Facebook !!! Thank you Cel-Fi
Questions & Answers
Hello . When travelling in remote areas is it better to switch the unit to 3g or leave it on auto to get the best boost of phone signal/data . Thanks
I purchased the CelFi Go pack from Telstra shop and sales assistant that offered little advice about self install, was actually more keen to sign me up on a plan when I said I would purchase outright.
My install question relates to the donor antenna. What is the recommended way to attach the small antenna to the roof and/or roof rack of my Ford ranger? I can’t find any fixing holes or suggested ways to attach to my vehicle. At this stage I’m thinking either silicone or strong Velcro. Any suggestions?
Looking for an installer near Pomona, Noosa Hinterland.
Wondering about the range of these and also if they can be directed or strung together.
Also wondering about the 5G version availability and performance.
Andy you can contact me for any info I cover Gympie to the Sunshine coast
Look up RADIO COMM Gympie you will find my number or its on my profile photo cheers
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