Cellutronics Active Repeaters
The most common active repeater in NZ for Spark, Skinny and 2degrees, and now Vodafone is the Cel-Fi unit, shown in the diagram below. This is the easiest to set-up and works well.
At Cellutronics we are also the only licensed supplier to sell fixed install repeaters for 2degrees customers. Fixed units are more designed for commercial applications that require tougher environments, such as meatworks, refrigeration, assembly and fabrication plants etc. If you want to know more about these please contact us (the picture at the bottom of this page is a fixed install unit). Please don't be fooled by other companies selling you cheap units that look like this. We are the only company in NZ and for that matter the world that sell fixed install repeaters in NZ. If you buy from someone else and it is a fixed install unit it won't be legal, it will potentially exceed radio emissions thereby posing a health risk, and if you get caught by a NZ government agency be liable for huge $$ fines.
To buy a Cel-Fi unit, ($1,448.43 for Spark, 2Degrees or Vodafone 3G/4G including GST) simply click on the shopping cart item below and you will be away. If you don't want to spend that much, consider one of our passive repeaters (they are half the price). Once you hit the Buy Now Icon below, the process is as follows.
- You click on the BUY NOW below.
- You then enter your details such as name, address, etc.
- We then receive your details, pre check your location, and send you a quote for the equipment. If you're in a marginal area, we recommend adding an external antenna to improve signal and coverage.
- Once payment is received we seek approval with the provider. They normally approve in 48 hours. (To date we have had no approvals rejected)
- Once they give approval, the kit is sent to you, and if you have any problems setting it up we will help you through this.
More information on Active Repeaters Below
We have been selling 'active' repeaters since we started in 2002, but only to the licensed Cellular Carriers in NZ, Spark, Vodafone and more recently 2Degrees. The Cellular Carriers own the radio spectrum and therefore control the use of repeaters. As such authorisation from the Cellular Carrier is necessary before we can sell a repeater in NZ.
In NZ, if you install a repeater (and by the way this includes any vehicle cell phone amplifiers) and it is not licensed you are liable for prosecution by the spectrum owner. The reason for this is in today's technology the mobile phone networks are very sensitive to noise or interference, which can be generated by unlicensed repeaters or vehicle amplifiers. Since we started over 13 years a go we have seen first hand how illegal non-licensed units damage the mobile phone network(s) and cause other customers to lose coverage and drop calls.
We don't sell and have never sold vehicle amplifiers for cell phones. Irrespective of what people say these do not work, and will only show increase in signal due to noise. What actually improves performance is the connection of the antenna to the vehicle not the illegal noise generating amplifier. For more information about illegal vehicle amplifiers please see this page.
If you are reading this you are probably interested in an active repeater for your home or office. If you want to know what an active repeater is please go to this page. To date we have authorisation from Spark, Skinny and 2degrees mobile NZ to sell two types of active repeaters to the public. This is great news as it helps prevent illegal repeaters being installed by the public and damaging the mobile phone networks.
Our repeaters have automatic gain control to stop any interference and are band specific for just the Spark, Skinny and 2degrees spectrum (this is very important to ensure interference is not generated to other users which is the primary problem with non-approved units obtained from overseas).
How does a fixed install repeater work? (Approved fixed repeaters for 2degrees only) Refer to the diagram below. In summary it takes the signal from outside on your roof and re-transmits it inside your house through the indoor omni thereby typically providing good coverage and data speed throughout your home or office. Our repeaters use automatic gain control to ensure interference is not generated to other users in the area.
Some recent Testimonials on Active Repeaters
I've just installed the Cellutronics repeater in the Taranaki water plant. We have gone from ZERO bars to full strength inside the plant room now. As all our radio repeaters etc. are in the plant, this will save so much bother during repairs, where we have to talk by cell phone to other guys in other plants. We used to have to stop work and go outside in all weather and stand in a paddock. (even then it was only one bar and you could never hear them because of the wind!!) The water plant was in a hole, but the big Yagi just sucks up the signal like a sponge! Amazing improvement. I. Wilson, Electrical Inspector. Active Repeater with AY12.
We have now a solid 4 bars on the window unit, even in the really crap weather we have just had, so all looks great. Many thanks for your patience. Great product, great service. J. Hope, Safeworks, Inglewood. Active Repeater with AY12