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    External Antenna Adapter

    Apparently, the Droid does have an external antenna jack (according to Viperboy). Now - where to get an adapter for the jack? If anyone has found one, please let me know.
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    im pretty sure any antenna with a male FME connector will work for the droid.

    i found this one marketed for droid specifically
    Motorola Droid ANTENNA BOOSTER: GLASS MOUNT Motorola Droid external antenna
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    So, where exactly is this external antenna port? I see nothing on my phone that resembles anything like an antenna port... Unless you can plug it into the USB somehow?

    I R Confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurence5905 View Post
    So, where exactly is this external antenna port? I see nothing on my phone that resembles anything like an antenna port... Unless you can plug it into the USB somehow?

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    Pandroid - The link refers to a velcro attachment, not a direct connect to the jack. The jack is located under the battery cover, just beside the battery. There should be an adapter available that plugs into that jack and connects to an external antenna via an FME connector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bspill View Post
    Pandroid - The link refers to a velcro attachment, not a direct connect to the jack. The jack is located under the battery cover, just beside the battery. There should be an adapter available that plugs into that jack and connects to an external antenna via an FME connector.
    there is an optional upgrade for $14.95 to the antenna i linked to. the upgrade replaces the velcro attachment with a male FME connector for the RF port. click on the tiny image on the left of the page to see what im talking about.

    this is the adapter i think they are referring to
    Cell Phone Antenna Adapters/ Connectors Wilson Electronics/ Cellular/ Wire

    but as i said, any antenna with a male FME connector should work just fine. but dont quote me on the male FME connector, its possible it could be something else.
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    Not to be rude but I once was in phone sales and external antennas and such do almost nothing for signal. if your in your car and get 0 bars an antenna is the same as holding your phone out the window if you can get 1 bar with the antenna you can get it with the phone held outside.
    Not that its feasible. HOWEVER an amplified antenna could get you slightly better reception but not much. I speak from personal experience and thought Id chime in our mileages may vary just a waste IMHO id rather save the money and buy another droid hehe
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    have you tried dialing *228 and rerouting to find the nearest cell tower?

    It's a free fix and it worked for me. I got better signal after I did this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dezymond View Post
    have you tried dialing *228 and rerouting to find the nearest cell tower?

    It's a free fix and it worked for me. I got better signal after I did this.
    Can you explain exactly what this does, and why would one do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamTr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dezymond View Post
    have you tried dialing *228 and rerouting to find the nearest cell tower?

    It's a free fix and it worked for me. I got better signal after I did this.
    Can you explain exactly what this does, and why would one do it?
    Easy. Just dial *228 on your phone (verizon service only) and follow the prompt for option #2. It will take only a moment or two, then your phone will restart automatically. Simple! It's a good idea actually to do this at monthly intervals, or anytime you have trouble connecting to a cell tower.

    mike

    Edit:
    Oop! Reread your question - not the answer you were looking for. Not enough sleep...

    I'll have to let another give the tech reason on how it works, but I do know it does the job. Why do it? Any time you are having difficulty connecting to a tower, or getting lost calls. Which is rare for most VZW customers...
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