CellRanger Stix, bummer but...
I can tell you with some certainty that an RSSI value of -106 usually shows as one tiny bar on my Verizon Centro phone and usually means that it can ring when called but is darn flaky in terms of actual verbal communication. It’s pretty much the standard Verizon cell status around my house and even most places right outside. What I can’t tell you is whether the Cell Ranger Stix amplifier I’m testing was on or off when I took this photo…because it seemed to have no effect on the signal whatsoever!
I also tested it in my truck, including in areas of better reception, and during all tests paid close attention to Cell Ranger’s troubleshooting advice about separation between amp and (dinky, see below) antenna.Still I saw no improvement in RSSI or bars (which move slower and are less precise).
But maybe I got a bad unit. Jeff Siegel is also testing a Stix and he’s seeing a definite improvement, sometimes two bars worth. His service is AT&T (GSM), which also tested well for Geardiary, so maybe that’s the difference. I’ve filled out a trouble ticket at Cell Ranger, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it. Maybe I got a lemon, or maybe the technology just doesn’t work with CDMA 1900MHz cellular?
PS 9/7. Jeff sent over this dramatic illustration, bigger here, of how well the Stix is working for him. He “took all of these images within a 2 minute period and all were done in exactly the same position. The only difference was whether the Cell Ranger was plugged in or not. I repeated this about half a dozen times over the last 24 hours and consistently got the same results.” This was done on land, and Jeff is planning to test some more using the weak signal at his mooring. Why wouldn’t he get good results there too? But what’s the problem with my Stix?