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is there a hardware solution for improving the signal quality of my S3?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 on 3. I get extremely little reception at home and a signal booster doesn't help. Is there a hardware solution, like a special case, wire, foil, etc I could use at home to boost my signal? homemade ideas and commercial ones welcome.
posted by Mistress on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Why am I picking up AM stations in NYC and Boston on my car radio?

I live about an hour west of Toronto yet instead of getting CFRB 1010 from Toronto, I'm getting 1010 WINS out of New York City (albeit not terribly clear). I also can pick up WBZ 1030 from Boston and the signal is crystal clear, particularly in the evenings. I would think that since I'm in close proximity to Toronto, I'd pick up AM sations from there. CFRB 1010 does come in sometimes but not consistently. What gives? My car is a Mini Cooper S if it matters.
posted by Babushka on Nov 5, 2013 - 11 answers

How to boost a cell signal in the wilderness?

Are there any products out there that will boost a 1-bar 4G signal in the middle of the woods? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Jun 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Why does this cable splitter screw up my modem? What can I do about it?

Wall<>Cable Modem = Good. Wall<>Splitter<>Cable Modem + TV = Intermittent failures where the modem goes off line. What can I do to improve this? Is there such thing as a lower power splitter? Better cables? And did my cable company make a mistake? More details below! [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Feb 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Furniture blocking wifi signal?

Is it possible for furniture to block a wifi signal? Or at least make it drop regularly.. [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

GLONASS Satellite Stats on iOS Devices

Is there an iOS app that shows the received signal strengths of GLONASS satellites? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I split a video signal coming from a MacBook?

I have a MacBook spitting out video via the Thunderbolt/Mini-Display Adapter port. We usually use another adapter to turn that from Mini-Display -> HDMI so we can run it to a TV. We'd now like to split the signal to three TVs, all showing the same video signal. Doable? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I buy a thing to signal whether I am busy or not

I'm looking for a present for our boss with which he can signal to us whether we can talk to him right now or not. [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Feb 6, 2012 - 13 answers

My monitor shifts position every time it loses signal or shuts off.

I have a Dell E248WFP monitor. Every time it loses signal (IE turning off/on the computer), the entire screen will move about 1/8" down and to the right. This problem has been replicated with different computers and DVI cables. This problem is easily remedied by opening up the monitor options on the monitor itself and telling it to reset to factory default settings for "Position Only." Turn the monitor off, and I have to reset position all over again. I am at 1920x1200 resolution. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I will be online all day working so I will be available to provide any additional information, should it be requested. Thank you.
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Reliable Internet Signal Booster

Are there any good & reliable INTERNET SIGNAL WIRELESS BOOSTERS on the market? I can only receive a very weak signal for my computer on the second floor. I have read reviews praising these devices to reviews stating that these boosters don't work at all. I would certainly appreciate any recommendations you can provide. Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 on Aug 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Cell Signal Boost Out of the Valley

The only un-awesome thing about my new apartment near Tempe, AZ is that neither I nor my roommates are receiving any signal strength on our cell phones due to the low mountains surrounding our location. We all have differerent providers (T-Mobile, Verizon, & AT&T) and not a lot of money. Please help me find a cellular signal booster that doesn't cost an arm and a leg or more than $100. I don't even know how to begin.
posted by _paegan_ on Aug 5, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I post to Metafilter if I can't see what I'm typing?

My monitor suddenly stopped getting a signal. I did some troubleshooting and don't think it's a problem with the monitor or cable. What's the next most likely culprit? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Jul 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Intermittent TV satellite signal - help!

Intermittent TV satellite signal. I can't figure out what it is, but I'm loathe to pay a technician to come troubleshoot it for me. Does anyone have an idea of what the problem could be, and how I can diagnose and resolve it? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay on Jun 22, 2011 - 8 answers

text vs voice required signal strength

Is less signal strength required for sending/receiving texts versus voice calls? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Mar 27, 2011 - 11 answers

What is the first radio signal sent by humankind?

What is the first radio signal sent by humankind and could it be understood by an alien race? [more inside]
posted by smithsmith on Feb 21, 2011 - 15 answers

No Signal

What is wrong with my new mobile phone? When my phone goes idle after 15 sec of no use (typical battery saving function) or loses the signal when I am in an elevator (typical situation but normally survivable), it won't automatically reconnect so it's like I don't even have a phone. How can I over come this? Is it normal for "newer" phones to constantly be searching for a signal yet not getting it or turning off like this? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Aug 14, 2010 - 2 answers

I Want My WIFI Back!

Someone's wifi extender is screwing up my wifi! [more inside]
posted by Stylistique on Apr 5, 2010 - 5 answers

oversampling?

Are there any crackpot signal processors in the house? [more inside]
posted by bukvich on Feb 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Getting poor signal in an internal mini PCI ATSC TV tuner

I recently bought an Avermedia a327 Mini PCI ATSC (DTV) tuner card which I put in my Dell Vostro 1500. I get horrible signal strength (unwatchable) through the built-in antennas. [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Feb 8, 2010 - 11 answers

What's behind Comcast's signal specs?

Electrical engineers and others with a pretty in-depth understanding of communications tech: why does Comcast have a specified minimum for transmission signal strength from cable modems on its network? Or a maximum for reception signal strength? [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Jan 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Imac has lost its once strong wireless signal

My girlfriend's imac keeps losing its wireless signal, despite having functioned perfectly for over a year at its present location. How can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus on Nov 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Help, I need a stronger wifi signal!

Help! I live in a basement and need a stronger Wi-Fi Connection! [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Nov 2, 2009 - 14 answers

Why-Fi?

What's killing my wi-fi connection? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me find a rangy router!

Help me buy a Wireless (WiFi) router with exceptional signal/range for not a boatload of cash. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Sep 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Wherefore art thou, iPhone reception?

I have an iPhone and AT&T and no reception at my house. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Aug 9, 2009 - 10 answers

"On Demand"? Well, I'm DEMANDING already!

Shouldn't I be able to get "on-demand" wireless networks to WORK on my computer? Why can't I? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jul 27, 2009 - 9 answers

What is the name of this short film about a strange radio station?

[NameThatMovieFilter] I'm looking for the name of a short film about a radio station that sends out a mysterious signal. [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on May 20, 2009 - 5 answers

A Graphic Equalizer for Images?

Is there such a thing as a graphic equalizer for images? Can I obtain it? [more inside]
posted by jfrancis on May 10, 2009 - 26 answers

I am looking for a signal booster that will play nicely on my laptop which has Vista.

I am looking for a signal booster that will play nicely on my laptop which has Vista. People recommended EnGenius USB Device but from what I gathered on Amazon, it does not work past XP. I basically need something that I can take with my on the go. Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel Wi-Fi / 10/100 Eth is what came with my laptop. Is there a signal booster compatible with Vista?
posted by cheero on Jan 16, 2009 - 6 answers

At what moment will the analog TV signal die?

My friends and I would like to observe the switch-off of analog TV. The FCC has mandated that all analog TV stations stop on February 19, 2009. I'm planning to procure a bunny-eared TV to watch the signal go dead. Can anyone help me pinpoint when this moment is going to be? (This is going to be SO much better than New Year's)
posted by k7lim on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

only connect

Two Macbook Pros, same model, same room, one gets a lot of bars and a strong connection via airport; the other gets just a couple of bars and a low connection. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 22, 2008 - 9 answers

sad accesspoint drama.

Netgear access point weirdness. Wireless roaming. OMG, why does the AP do this and as a result cause my internets connection to connect/disconnect frequently? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Sep 28, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me sleep again!

I have to listen to the radio in order to fall asleep. I have used WHYY 91 FM in Philadelphia as my crutch for the past 8+ tears. We live near Princeton, NJ, and I have always had good reception through several previous address changes. We moved 2 weeks ago, literally 4 houses away fron our old place, I have perfect reception all day, but sometime after 1:00 in the morning, I lose the signal, and the sudden silence can actually wake me up. I've gone online and confirmed thathe station is broadcasting -- I can stream the audio on my computer -- but no signal comes through the radio. Then, at 8:30, I wake up and there is a normal signal again. I am literally losing sleep over this, so would appreciate any suggestions, explanations or help,
posted by mmf on Aug 20, 2008 - 15 answers

Robots 3, Humans 0

Wireless Internet Woe - I recently switched from the horrific Verizon wireless to Alltel wireless. I need to boot my signal in a home with 6 computers, desperate times calls for desperate questions... [more inside]
posted by TeachTheDead on Aug 15, 2008 - 9 answers

Can you fix the Internet I broke?

My computer is showing that I'm connected to the Internet, but it's not actually connecting. My usual trouble shooting tricks aren't working, so does anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Jul 23, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I find the lack of radio waves?

What town in the United States has the lowest amount of detectable radio waves? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 on Jul 17, 2008 - 16 answers

name that documentary!

Help me find the title of this documentary with pirated, never-seen tv clips. [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Apr 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Getting more range on a WiFi card

How do I get more WiFi range on my laptop computer? More info follows. [more inside]
posted by chips ahoy on Feb 27, 2008 - 9 answers

What is the strongest Wireless Accent Point that I can buy?

What is the strongest Wireless Accent Point that I can buy? I need to cover about 100m radius inside a single building at a manufacturing company where we have lots of big machines running constantly. [more inside]
posted by chime on Feb 1, 2008 - 5 answers

one signal bar, two signal bar. three signal bar, four?

i live two floors above the wireless router, and my powerbook can't get a strong enough signal. what's the most cost-effective solution? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Jan 22, 2008 - 12 answers

How to find information on an old business?

How can I find out information about corporations from the early 20th century (1910-1950)? I'm looking for info on several different companies (none of them public I think), most of them based in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Lactoso on Jan 5, 2008 - 10 answers

How does autotune work?

How does autotune work? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Oct 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Weird shortwave radio signal

Screwing around with my shortwave radio tonight, I found this signal. [MP3] Anyone care to shed some light? [more inside]
posted by knave on Sep 7, 2007 - 22 answers

Do doooooo, do do do dooo, do dooooooo.....

IntervalSignalFilter: So, I have this archival recording of an interval signal from shortwave station WSHB, Cypress Creek, SC. Is it an excerpt from any particular song? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 4, 2007 - 4 answers

What are these things for?

Why do the traffic signals at a particular intersection have light-blocking louvers on them? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Feb 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Why is my TV picture flickering when I don't use a VCR?

Electronics filter: When I connect Dishnetwork straight to my television, the picture is flickery and unwatchable. When I run it through my old VCR first, it's fine. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Feb 12, 2007 - 7 answers

only connect: adding a password to my router screws up my signal

I can't figure out how to password-protect my wireless internet connection. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Why does my turn signal blink faster when one of them goes out?

Why do my turn signals blink faster if one of them goes out? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on Oct 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Hi! We're blocking all traffic for this one guy!

Why do the motorcycle cops leading up a motorcade wave (both hands) when they go around a corner? What are they signaling? [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Sep 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me fix my dead wireless before I kill again.

Does anyone have any idea why my laptop suddenly stopped connecting to any of the various wireless networks in my building, but connected immediately to CompUSA signal when I took it into the store this morning? [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Jun 27, 2006 - 19 answers

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