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External Antenna Adapter

Discussion in 'Android Accessories' started by bspill, Dec 20, 2009.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Can you explain exactly what this does, and why would one do it?
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    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

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    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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    It updates your Tower list...You do it to make sure you have the latest tower information....
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    I just did *228, and went from 1 bar to 3 bars!! Thanks guys.
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    I would really like to find a way to use a external antenna.Tryed the 228 but I get us cellular your service is not allowed.Updates please.Thanks
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    I agree with just the antenna not being much help,but my cryfe amp with a small antenna that I bought from Maximum Signal keeps me at full bars,and will drop to 3 if I'm going down a very steep hill.The guy stands behind his stuff,so if you don't like it send it back within the time frame. I used it on my old phone,and my Sprint Data card....and plan on using it with my Droid when I get it.

    Here is my set-up for my truck:

    https://www.maximumsignal.net/store/product.php?productid=16200&cat=1&page=1
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    How on Earth are you supposed to connect a cord to the plug which is inside the phone and requires that the back is off?
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    you take the back off
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    If I live in a pretty remote area, I would definitely buy the external antenna; but for now *228 would do the job.
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    Not true. I worked for VZW for over 2 years. Although when asked these questions I had to say no there isn't anything (because VZW didn't sell it). My parents, however used a Wilson antenna booster, not sure how much they paid for it, but they had a couple dB difference in signal with it attached. YMMV.
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    I'm going to comment about this, but have a feeling it might have been answered already. What you did was update your PRL roaming list. If new towers were either built, or roaming partner towers either added or removed, will be mapped to your phone. It is updated usually about every 30 or 60 days. The fact you might have seen a big difference is your phone may have had an older PRL and when you updated it, there was a tower that was not previously mapped that you found.
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    You are roaming if you're getting US Cellular. You'll have to wait until you're in native VZW coverage area to do the PRL Update *228 option #2
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