Paul is having an issue with dropped calls and limited cell reception. He's told he needs a receiver to boost the signal. Leo says that receiver is called a FemToCell that plugs into his internet access and routes his calls through the net. He should call his carrier and tell them he can't use their service in his house and ask them to provide a FemtoCell. In most cases they'll provide it for free. He may need to threaten to cancel his service to get it.
Wi-Fi is great when it works, but all too often there are problems that cause disconnects or slowdowns. If you have a large house, or there are too many walls that make it hard for signal to travel through, you may need more than just one wireless router.
One option for improving your reception is to set up a secondary Wi-Fi access point to extend your current Wi-Fi router. You'll want to buy an extender from the same company that made the router you already own. Set up the extender in "bridge mode" and it will rebroadcast the signal and extend its range.
Jeff has an unlocked GSM phone which he uses via TracFone, but it doesn't get data near his home. Leo says that part of the issue could be that TracFone has a deal with carriers that would make tower availability limited.
Charlie was having problems with his Obihai VOIP connecting wirelessly, but it works when he connects it via ethernet. Leo says that could indicate a damaged wireless transmitter, or some congestion in the wireless band. Leo also says that either could cause handshaking issues.
Marilyn says that her internet carrier is trying to charge her extra for bandwidth. She uses Dish. Leo says that satellite internet has bandwidth caps because it's very constrained. Leo only recommends satellite when there's no other choice. He recommends going to DSLReports.com. They have ISP reviews by geographic area. If there's nothing else in her area, Marilyn would be much better off going with LTE wireless.
Marlene has been through 3 iPhones and she is constantly having issues being able to hear her calls after 15 minutes. Leo says it's unlikely that it's a phone issue since it happens from phone to phone. Leo suspects that it's an issue with her wireless carrier (T-Mobile). The SIM card could also be the culprit. If she's replaced that, then it's still a mystery.
In the Chatroom, one member says he has the same issue with MetroPCS which uses the T-Mobile network. So it has to be T-Mobile. If they can't fix it, they may not cop to it.
John has discovered that he can use his mobile phone number through his Samsung Gear Watch through NumberSync. He can also sync it with his tablet. But people that have called him have been getting a voicemail message saying he's not accepting calls. AT&T swapped out his phone and his watch, and while AT&T says they never had this issue before, there's forum posts filled with people complaining about the problem. Leo says that AT&T is chasing a dollar.
Chris is building a house and wants to get into home automation. Should he go with something wired or wireless, and what about the security of it? Leo says that we are still at the very beginning of home automation. There are a lot of systems and no standard has really been established. Most modern home automation systems are wireless, now. Everyone uses their home Wi-Fi networks to operate them. To future proof it, Leo would advise putting conduit into the walls as a kind of tunnel so he can put in fiber or some other wires should he decide to.
Leo says no. It's a limitation to Bluetooth. Many devices can be paired, but only one will be active. A Bluetooth receiver that can then split it out could work, though.
Elliot wants to switch to Google Fi to Verizon. Leo says that's a great idea, but Elliot's Galaxy S6 won't work on it. He'll have to have a Google Nexus phone. This is because there's a hardware switch that supports the handoff from one carrier to another.