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    My home is in the country. I have installed a Verizon Network Wireless Extender Model SCS-U01. My signal is fine around the house. My understanding is this device is good for about 40'. I need something that will give me good reception 100-200' in the yard. I am older and want to wear the Apple watch to make calls if I am in an emergency situation. So having a strong signal in all of the yard is critical, potentially life saving . I don't have that today, except in the immediate house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Hewitt View Post
    My home is in the country. I have installed a Verizon Network Wireless Extender Model SCS-U01. My signal is fine around the house. My understanding is this device is good for about 40'. I need something that will give me good reception 100-200' in the yard. I am older and want to wear the Apple watch to make calls if I am in an emergency situation. So having a strong signal in all of the yard is critical, potentially life saving . I don't have that today, except in the immediate house
    Get VZW to put up another tower would be the one option. There isn't really anything to help outside accept towers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Hewitt View Post
    My home is in the country. I have installed a Verizon Network Wireless Extender Model SCS-U01. My signal is fine around the house. My understanding is this device is good for about 40'. I need something that will give me good reception 100-200' in the yard. I am older and want to wear the Apple watch to make calls if I am in an emergency situation. So having a strong signal in all of the yard is critical, potentially life saving . I don't have that today, except in the immediate house
    My grandpa's unit is in the front window, and it covers his house and yard fairly well

    He's in a spot with ZERO service for a few miles in either direction though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Hewitt View Post
    My home is in the country. I have installed a Verizon Network Wireless Extender Model SCS-U01. My signal is fine around the house. My understanding is this device is good for about 40'. I need something that will give me good reception 100-200' in the yard. I am older and want to wear the Apple watch to make calls if I am in an emergency situation. So having a strong signal in all of the yard is critical, potentially life saving . I don't have that today, except in the immediate house
    do any other networks besides verizon that have good coverage at your house ??

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    When I had a Sprint Airrave you could ask them to turn up the signal strength to cover a larger area.

    That could be an option for you.

    Also it is not difficult to configure outdoor WiFi for using WiFi calling on a phone. Not sure how that would work on the watch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Hewitt View Post
    My home is in the country. I have installed a Verizon Network Wireless Extender Model SCS-U01.
    Do you mean you have model # SCS-2U01 ? Isn't that just a 3G/CDMA model? I may be wrong. Regardless of getting the signal outside you'll be needing to upgrade to a 4G/LTE booster (and phone) by the end of the year. Do you have 3G ? I live in the country too and could use a booster for 3G. Started getting a bad CDMA/Ev-DO signal over recent months. Upgraded my phones to 4G/LTE (VoLTE) and working fine. If you're still 3G maybe a phone upgrade will improve you to not even needing a booster. Maybe I'm confusing a booster vs extender.

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    If the extender has a Ethernet port and you're willing to spend $300 you could add in a Amplifi HD mesh system. It's supposed to cover 10,000 square feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Hewitt View Post
    My home is in the country. I have installed a Verizon Network Wireless Extender Model SCS-U01. My signal is fine around the house. My understanding is this device is good for about 40'. I need something that will give me good reception 100-200' in the yard. I am older and want to wear the Apple watch to make calls if I am in an emergency situation. So having a strong signal in all of the yard is critical, potentially life saving . I don't have that today, except in the immediate house
    Boosters and extenders have come a long way. Have you looked into something like Life Alert? Also, if you want a signal booster for extended ranges, you have a number of options. This page has links to a number of articles on outdoor boosters. Some are for broadband but there's also phone boosters too.

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    wifi + wifi calling

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    Since you mention you have an Apple Watch, I am going to assume you have a fairly recent model of iPhone. As long as you have a decent home broadband connection (i.e. not an older satellite or dial-up), you could just extend you WiFi network outside with extenders or additional access points and use WiFi calling on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

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    If you can’t get reliable signal, then I wouldn’t rely on an Apple Watch for emergencies. WiFi 911 calling isn’t guaranteed.

    I would instead suggest looking into a landline and possibly a life alert type pendant if emergency calling is a concern.

    Landline also provide 911 with an exact address immediately, cell phones do not.


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    The OP wants the signal in the yard. How will a landline help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    The OP wants the signal in the yard. How will a landline help?
    I was commenting on the part where the OP stated the use was for emergencies and offered a viable solution. WiFi isn’t something to rely on in an emergency.

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