Alexander Baker

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Daniel Schmidt wrote:Necromancy is raising the dead. Most other forums tend to view bringing up threads more than X days or weeks old as a negative thing, and is considered posting to a dead thread, thread necromancy, or necro for short.

This forum is quite different, where knowledge is curated and adding useful info that is on topic to a thread of any age is welcomed. I can understand why some other places with very time sensitive topics wouldn't want people to keep reviving old threads, but it always struck me as being very curious when a thread that is filled with knowledge where someone could make a meaningful contribution would get locked simply because it sat idle for a few days, scattering information around and making it extremely difficult to find important nuggets of knowledge. Compound this with forums changing their file structure and breaking all old links, and you could spend years trying to learn something complex and be left essentially sabotaged. I clearly know this from experience and am extremely grateful for this site!



Yes, exactly. Was just about to post this exact thing.

I grew up on old Invision forums and posting in threads over a month old could sometimes have really strict consequences - up to and including bans or suspensions.
3 months ago

James Freyr wrote:

Alexander Baker wrote:
James (if you're still there), did the new phone route still help? I have an LG smartphone that's a few years old, but the issue is inside my apartment, my phone drops calls nearly every time.



Hey Alexander! I'm still here! Thanks for reviving this thread. I've been meaning to post an update.

Getting a new phone really did help a lot, but I still had dead zones in the new house. My wife and I decided to spring for a repeater because she can work from home, and that requires a decent internet connection. There are no high speed internet offerings out at the new farm other than through a cell phone provider, or satellite. Interestingly, Viasat doesn't offer satellite internet out there, it's only Hughesnet. So we knew that if we could get a stable 4g signal from verizon (our current carrier), that would suffice for her needs to work from home. We took the plunge and purchased a cel-fi go-x repeater. I installed it, putting the broadcast antenna in the attic aimed down and it works as advertised. I was getting one bar one the phone or an occasional two bars if I stood on one foot, closed one eye and held my breath, and the repeater took that fairly consistent one bar and gives us four bars inside and just around the house, like on the porches. If I stray 20 or 30 feet from the house, I've lost the repeater signal. The signal it rebroadcasts is very localized, but that's ok with us. We now have a stable, consistent signal throughout the house, even in the basement. My wife brought her laptop from work out there one day to test it to make sure she can work from home before we move. She set up her phone as a hot spot and connected to that from her laptop and it was satisfactory.



Thanks for responding! So they seem to work well. I've been eyeing one of these, because budget is an issue for me and I live in a suburban area. But I may go for a Cel-Fi Go-X if you say you've gone from 1 to 4 bars - that's really an incredible change.
3 months ago
My mother recently had an accident which has left her in a similar situation to what it sounds like you're going through with your father. She had to have most of her skull removed to alleviate bleeding around the brain, which has left her (a year down the road) sometimes a little bit tongue tied and irritable. I consider her very lucky as things could have been so much worse. She has had a seizure and a few scares since, but overall is doing fairly well.

Her accident was a wakeup call for me and got me moving, but at the same time I feel trapped. I empathize with your situation wholly and suggest trying to move out if you can. It's been the only reason I can handle the stress of being around her, and gives me the space I need. I still take care of her as best I can, but you're important, too. Make some time for yourself - get out of the house, find time for something you enjoy, whatever that may be.

I wish you the best...especially with the cattle. That's rough, man.
3 months ago
I know this is a little bit of a necro post, but I've been struggling with this same issue and figured I'd ask if anyone has any suggestions.

I found this post: https://www.wilsonamplifiers.com/blog/best-ways-to-boost-cell-phone-signal, which was helpful, but these repeaters are so expensive I don't want to invest in them if they don't work correctly.

James (if you're still there), did the new phone route still help? I have an LG smartphone that's a few years old, but the issue is inside my apartment, my phone drops calls nearly every time.
3 months ago