Signal through trees
I live in the woods out in the boonies. There is, however, a Sprint tower (EVDO Rev A) .65 miles behind by house. It's on the other side of a 75' ridge with literally thousands of trees between me and it, so I don't have line-of-site. In the winter (no leaves) on very clear and dark nights I can see the blinking light from the top of the tower through the trees (not above the trees).
I'm trying Sprint for 30 days using the Franklin U600 on a MacBook. Signal strength, displayed by SmartView, inside the house bounces between 2-4 bars (about -90 dBm) and occasionally drops down to 1x. Outside around the house it bounces around a good bit averaging about -85 dBm. With 3 bars I'm getting 1.0Mbs/300Kbs with 100ms pings.
I assume during the spring and summer when the trees leaf out my signal will worsen dramatically. In this situation is an outdoor directional antenna (or any antenna for that matter) likely to do me any good? I would be pointing it at an unseen tower top through .65 miles of an almost impenetrable forest of leaves.
Cobbs Creek, VA
The answer is "maybe". A directional antenna like the grid certainly has the capability to capture a weak signal. The grids I have installed do not have LOS and have made the connection. My opinion is using the grid, even through heavy foliage, will give you a far better signal than you could obtain otherwise.
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