|Wireless Extenders YX510-PCS-CEL Dual-Band Cell Phone-Signal Booster
|List Price: $399.00
Our Price: Too low to display
Satisfy all your cellular phone needs with the Wireless Extenders YX510-PCS/CEL zBoost zP Wireless Booster, which works with both cellular frequencies (800 and 1900 MHz) and can extend cellular coverage up to 2500 square feet. This unit can handle signals from all the major cellular carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Alltel. The package includes everything you need: amplifier base unit, power supply, base unit antenna, low-loss SATV coaxial cable (RG6), signal antenna and mounting hardware. The omni-directional signal antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers.
Using a revolutionary, patent pending technology that protects the carrier network, the YX300 improves indoor cell phone coverage by capturing and repeating the outside signal, bringing it into the building and enhancing it. This process creates a "Cell Zone" in your home or office. The Wireless Extenders zBoost system includes:
Improve your cell signal with the dual-band YX510-PCS/CEL--perfect for boosting the signal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon frequencies up to 2500 square feet.
- Outdoor antenna (repeats the signal) can be installed outdoors above the roofline or indoors in the attic or near a window
- Coax cable (RG6- ultra low-loss, DBS satellite) connects from the outdoor antenna to the base unit
- Base unit: Sleekly designed, it amplifies the signal and provides oscillation detection/correction which protects the carrier network using patent-pending technology.
- Indoor antenna connects to the base unit to repeat the signal and create "Cell Zone"--no physical connection to the phone is needed.
Choosing the best location for installation of the Signal Antenna provides the best performance and the largest area of improved signal. Determine the location that provides the strongest signal using the signal strength indicator on your cell phone. For the best reception, find the location that provides the most bars of signal strength and locate the Signal Antenna at that location.
Note: If you need coverage for only one cellular carrier, check out the YX500/PCS (1900 MHz; Sprint and T-Mobile) or the YX500/CEL (800 MHz; AT&T and Verizon).
- US PCS 1900 MHz band
- Uplink: 1850 - 1910 MHz
- Downlink: 1930 - 1990 MHz
- US Cellular 800/850 MHz band
- Uplink: 824 - 849 MHz
- Downlink: 869 - 894 MHz
- Network formats: CDMA, GSM, TDMA, AMPS, GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EVDO, HSDPA
- Total Signal Gain: 60dB (adaptive)
- Output Power: less than 0.5 Watt EiRP (w/ included antenna)
- Unit weight: 1 pound
- Unit size: 5 x 7 x 2 inches
- Power input: 100-120 VAC 60 Hz
- Power output: 5VDC, 1.5A
- Signal antenna cable: Outdoor rated 75 ohm DBS satellite coaxial cable, Type-F male
- Base unit antenna: 50 ohm, TNC male
The Wi-Ex zBoost cell zone signal booster is a revolutionary, patent-pending new product that improves indoor cell phone coverage. zBoost captures the wireless signal outside, brings it inside and enhances, or boosts it - extending a cell zone in your home or office or your car.
- Extends cellular coverage for single or multiple users in homes or offices--provides up to 2500 square feet of coverage
- Dual-band device works with 800/1900 MHz frequencies from all major carriers--AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Alltel, Cricket, and more (not compatible with Nextel)
- Omni-directional signal antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers
- Antenna can be installed outdoors above the roofline or indoors in the attic or near a window
- Extends phone battery life--uses less power when signal is stronger
- Does exactly what I needed...
I purchased the YX510 with some hesitancy due to some reviews of users that hadn't the greatest results. Turns out that if this product is installed `correctly' it works like a charm. In our basement we get little to no cell signal. The antenna is mounted in our attic and the ample 50 foot cable runs through the 2nd and main floors down through the walls into our basement where the unit is installed. Now were receive a steady 5 signal bars on our cell phones, and we opted for the dual band to accommodate any cell provider changes we might make in the future. Great product even though it is a bit pricey (I saved near $150 by buying this from amazon.com)... Very Happy with the YX510....more info
It Works! I office at home and the one room that didn't receive cell signal was my office! Now, with the YX510 PCS/CEL signal booster I get a consistent 3 to 4 bars. Great product; not too difficult to install... just walk around with your cell phone and see where you get the strongest signal and that's where you want to mount the external antenna (inside, outside, attic, etc.) I mounted mine on the roof attached to a PVC vent pipe and ran weather-proof Coaxial cable to the booster unit and placed it at my office desk. I was a skeptic, especially after reading some of the reviews, but no more - it works!...more info
- So far, so good
We've only had the booster for a couple of weeks, but so far it delivers as promised. We mounted the antennae on the roof, where we could get two bars, and we have 3-4 bars inside the house now (previously none). More importantly, we aren't dropping calls and the quality is clear. It was simple to install, so we are very happy....more info
- Works exactly as advertised!
I moved into a house almost a year ago that appeared to be in a "black hole" for cellular coverage, despite the coverage maps provided by cellular company indicating otherwise. No matter what I did, I couldn't get a signal inside the house, so all of my cellular calls were restricted to being placed outside in my front yard. Calls to my provider were unhelpful at best.
In response to this, I purchased the YX510. I had read nearly every review on this site beforehand and it sounded simple to set up, provided you could comply with the somewhat restrictive installation parameters.
I planned on mounting my antenna on the peak of my roof, but to be sure, I placed numerous cellular calls from on top of the roof to ensure I had a reliable signal and good line-of-sight to a cellular tower. Once confirmed, the antenna was mounted to the roof using the provided bracket. I then routed the cable through a nearby vent into the attic, and then across the attic to an area above my centrally-located kitchen. Using a cable TV switchplate (identical to what you would connect your cable TV coax to at the wall), I drilled a small hole in the ceiling, then connected the free end of the 50-foot cable to the switchplate. After screwing the switchplate into the ceiling, I added a short length of additional RG6 cable to reach the base unit. It's a clean install, and when I move out, I can easily take the antenna and base unit with me, and leave the cabling installed. Total vertical separation between the base unit and the exterior antenna is approximately 20 feet. Total installation time was about 4 hours, done by myself, including about 30 minutes wasted searching around the attic for the hole I drilled.
The unit works exactly as advertised. Throughout my 1800 sq.-ft. house I have between 3-5 bars. The closer I am to the base unit, the stronger the signal. I no longer have dropped calls, no matter where I am in the house. Even the EDGE network is working now.
I'd buy this again without question. ...more info
- Great Product
The wireless extender YX510 PCS/CEL provides the added signal strength I was hoping for in my home office. Most of the time, say about 90%, the signal boost is solid. I sit roughly 7 feet from the base unit, and I have mounted the antenae in my garage for best performance. I do notice, that it doesn't extend for 2500 sq ft as advertised, but that could be because the signal doesn't go thru dry wall? Either way, I am happy with it, and I can now answer/place calls from my cell phone in my home office....more info
- Works, but cell zone is very small
We installed this unit in our attic and it turned the lousy 1 bar signal we have in our home without the YX-510 into 4 to 5 bars and at least 3 bars consistently. We use Alltel and live in a very wooded area quite a distance from the nearest cell tower. The reason I did not rate this 5 stars is that the cell zone it creates in the house is very small, not any where near the 2,400 sq. ft. as per the product description. Our consistent 3 bar cell zone is only about an 8 to 10 ft. radius around the booster unit. To get 4 or 5 bars you have to be within 4 or 5 feet of the booster unit. Still we are very satisfied, as we have no more dropped calls and a decent signal at the location in the house that we wanted....more info
- Signal Blooper
I was disappointed in this wireless extender. I followed the detailed instructions on antenna and base placement but no matter what I did, there was no improvement in my cell signal. Could I have a defective unit? How could I tell? All the lights work in the sequence outlined but with the unit on or off, the signal remains the same....more info
- Made the iPhone 3G work indoors
After a little trial-and-error with antenna and base placement, I am very happy with this repeater- it has made it so I can make perfect calls on my iPhone 3G anywhere in the house, which i cannot do on Edge or 3G successfully without it....more info
- Works good.
My office is built inside a steel building several miles from the nearest cell tower. Prior to installation of the booster/repeater, I could only use my cell phone when standing very close to one of the windows, and generally, the phone had to be sitting on the window sill and I had to use a wired headset.
With the booster installed, signal strength inside is much better most of the time, but occasionally, it will still drop out. (Just checked the strength of the AT&T signal on the phone, where before I would have no bars, it now has three)
Antenna placement, both external and the inside unit seems to make a good difference. I tested mine in several positions before doing the final install.
The coax cable included was about 35' in length, really needed to be about 50' (at least for my situation) but I used an extension to complete my installation.
Overall, I'd rate this product at about 9/10.
- Metal Roof Dead Zone
Although I still have a few carriers to test so far this device has met my expectations. I installed it in an older farm house with a metal roof and metal siding. There are 7 kids in the family and most of them have different cell phone carriers as you would expect. We all had pretty good signal outside (2-4 bars) but inside the house it was totally dead. I attached the antena to an old TV pole outside the house about 20 feet high and ran coax to the inside unit. With my Sprint PCS phone I now have 2-5 bars all over the house, including the second story and also in the basement. The owner of the house has Altel. Her coverage was worse than mine but now it appears that she has as good if not better service.
We still have several phones to test but the family members won't be home for another couple of weeks. So far I give this devide a solid two thumbs up.
- Kind of works
I was able to get the unit to work, but the area in which it increases the signal is only about the size of your living room. If that is all you need it would work great, but I was looking for it to at least cover most of my home. It did increase the living room size area by 2-3 bars, but signal in one room wasn't worth the price. I've decided to just forward my cell phone to my house phone when I am there. That gives me a perfect signal :)...more info
- Don't waste your money!
We had high hopes for this expensive little wall hanging but alas they were to be dashed on the rocks of wasted money. We live out in the country and can get 1 bar at the end of our home. We can even get one bar in the living room by our window, as can our friends and family so we were sure this booster would help us and ordered it. Well it has not helped at all. You may get a few bars but it doesnt' hold the signal long enough for you to call out much less complete a call.
This is a lot of money to not work at all, and they make grand claims that if you can get 1 bar then they can boost your signal. Sad to say it didn't work in our neck of the woods. ...more info
- DOES WHAT IT SAYS
Buy this product. It works like a charm. Took out 0-2 bar signal and now it's 4-5 at ALL times. Buy it....more info
- Works as advertised, great addition!
Installed the unit about a month ago after reading both pro and con reviews. Given that I have much more than the average person's awareness of RF and antenna issues (I'm a ham radio operator) I figured that those with problems were due to poor antenna placement.
Final result: it works great after taking about 3 hours to install and test, start to finish. After climbing on the roof with my cellphone and verifying that I could get 2 to 3 bars, I figured getting that level of coverage inside would be a good goal. That's exactly what I got.
Anyone who says they only get coverage within a few feet of the indoor unit are *not* separating the outdoor and indoor antennas far enough apart. I get consistent coverage all the way to our back bedroom, about 45 feet from the unit and through 4 walls. To get that I installed the outdoor antenna on a PVC pipe about 10' above our TV antenna which is on a chimney mount on the roof. The vertical separation between the roof antenna and the indoor unit is about 30'.
We have verified service on all the major cell carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and one local carrier) and they all work fine. We have also verified multiple simultaneous cell conversations with no problems.
So, bottom line, the unit works as advertised and allows us and our house guests to use their cell phones. Great product....more info
Works very well. Before I barley had a signal in the house(maybe 1 bar at most) Now I have at least 3 anywhere in the house. It is a 1 level(ranch style) Anywhere within 15 ft of the unit I have 5 bars. Thanks, I would recommend this to everyone that has this problem. I mounted this on my old aerial tripod on the roof on 8ft piece of 1 1/2 in. PVC....more info
- This is Great--Just What I Needed
We like to use our cellphones to field calls for business purposes, whether at home or out and about. Our Verizon phones work great just about everywhere else but we often dropped calls: VERY frustrating to do business that way. Signal strength was slightly better upstairs, but that wasn't very convenient.
This looked like the most cost-effective option, and the user reviews on Amazon were very helpful in the decision. An alternative would have been to wait for a Verizon femtocell, but the YX510 PCS/CEL is here today, and cheaper.
Installation is pretty straightforward. The only tricky part is to find a way to run the coaxial cable from the antenna to the repeater unit. I discovered an ABS drain vent pipe that ran from the first floor into the attic space and was able to drop a metal rod tied to the cable down along side the pipe and down to the first floor, where I could remove a can light in the kitchen to gain access to the space and pull the cable through. I drilled a hole through the ceiling into a cabinet, and mounted the repeater on the back wall of the cupboard behind some cookbooks. I also drilled a small hole to feed the power cord up into the bottom of the cabinet, so the unit itself is totally concealed.
The attic antenna I hung from the highest rafter, almost directly vertically above the repeater unit. I had some leftover cable to loop around.
[Had I not found the pipe runway, Plan B was to mount it outside on the fireplace chimney, and run the cable down the outside of the house, which would have been more work]
We've been using it for over a month now. We now have 5 bars in the kitchen area (from about 2), and 3-4 in the nearby office (from 1-2). We can make and receive calls reliably from most of the downstairs, which has made a night-and-day difference with our cellphone use. This thing is great!...more info
- Works Great!!
For background, I designed cell sites for 13 years (the tower & equipment that your cell phone talks to). After a recent system re-tune, I lost Verizon coverage inside my house. After a disastrous attempt at switching to AT&T, I set about finding a way to make Verizon work. I was dubious that this would work but the YX510 is really the only affordable product out there that covers both cellular and PCS frequencies.
I installed the antenna in my attic (after checking that my cell phone worked great up there). I ran the supplied cable down to the basement and plugged in the transmitter. Now I have a several bars of signal on my ground floor (right above the basement) where I used to have none. ...more info
- Glad I got this product!
Got to give this product a big thumbs up! Got it to help out in our kitchen/den area. It is a complete deadzone (0 to 1 bar of signal with T-Mobile).
First thing you need to do is make sure that SOMEWHERE within reach of the cable you can get a good cell signal. This is done simply by walking around with your cell phone in hand.
I found I got 4 bars just outside the garage so I setup device and ran cable WITHOUT putting any holes in walls initially-just to make sure it worked.
Setup was quick and easy. Attach attenna to device, attached cable to device, plug device power in and vola, you are up and running. We immediately began getting 3-4 bars in the Kitchen.
Next I drilled hole in kitchen wall (be sure to look for studs before you drill), ran cable into garage, along garage wall, and then drilled hole to outside of house. After running cable, I mounted anttena to metal rain gutter using included mounting bracket (it is black while the antenna is white - that did not make any sense) which worked fine.
Whole project took about 1.5 hours to complete and I needed no hardware other than what was included in package. In addition, you need a drill and ...more info
- A complete disappointment
I read all the reviews before purchasing this, and was a bit concerned that all the non-positive reviews were very consistent - especially that many of them mentioned it working okay, but only in a very small range around the base unit. But with an overall 4 rating, I gave it a shot.
Let me make clear that I went through the entire setup process carefully (which even the positive reviewers admit is a hassle). I installed the antenna in my attic and ran the coax down to the floor below, and to the other side of my house for the base unit. No "too close to antenna" red light. I started with the base unit antenna in a straight upright position to maximize signal on that floor.
Here's what I found:
1) The setup of the receiver antenna must have been okay. The system went through it's startup blink series, then gave me the green light - all clear. My phone signal jumped right to 5 bars instead of the usual 1-2 I get inside. I was happy...for a minute.
2) BUT this literally was only within 5' of the base unit. Walking to the other side of the room 15' away (but free air - line of sight to the unit) dropped me to 3 bars. Stepping outside the room - with one thin, internal wall between me and the unit dropped it to 1-2 - which is what I usually get inside anyhow
3) In fact, I stood outside the room and had my wife plug-and-unplug the unit several times. It made absolutely no difference in my signal whether the unit was turned on or not. 1-2 bars.
4) I walked into my kid's bedroom and stood by the adjoining wall. At that point I'm literally within about 3' of the base unit, with just a plain interior wall between. 1-2 bars.
5) I moved the base unit antenna to horizontal just for kicks. If I stood within about 1' of the unit I got 4 bars. Further than that...1-2 bars. I went downstairs and stood one floor down, directly beneath the unit and got... my usual 1-2 bars.
Basically it's clear that the antenna is pulling the stronger signal inside to the unit. I could get a solid 5 bars and rock-solid, crystal clear calls if I was within 5' of the unit. Unfortunately, I need my mobile phone to be, well, mobile. Not limited to half of one room.
Heck, my not-expensive, several-years-old cordless phone reaches anywhere in my house or 1/2 acre yard without a hint of trouble! It's not like this is bleeding-edge technology!
Maybe the folks with better experiences live in small open-floor plan lofts? I dunno... For me, it was pretty much worthless. It's only the second item I've ever felt necessary to return to Amazon....more info
- Best thing since sliced bread!
After reading mixed reviews, I purchased this 6 months ago and waited until it had been in use this long to submit a review. This thing rocks! I live in a 1 story house with hills all around and have tried every cell carrier in town. I could never use any phone in the house or on the porch. I would have to walk up the street to make a call. I installed the antenna on the roof gable that faces toward town, and placed the receiver on the kitchen counter (50 feet away and only 15 feet below the antenna). As soon as I plugged it in I had 5 bars on the phone, and then "3G" started coming in with 4 dots! I have great reception all over the house and porch, no loss from room to room. Anyone that has had no luck with one of these either did not make the attempt to locate the best signal before mounting the antenna or just got a bad unit....more info
- Works Great!
The YX510 dual band repeater works well. I bought it mainly for a Verizon broadband USB modem that was only getting at best 2 bars and sometimes none. As soon as I hooked up the zboost (with the signal antenna at the roof peak), I went to 5 bars. I was getting RSSI of -100 and up and that went to -65 so I am getting a good signal to the USB modem now. I went from download/upload speeds of 100/75 to 650/250. I have the zboost sitting right beside the laptop so I cannot speak for range. I haven't tried it with my cell phone but its bars went up, too. It is a tad pricey, but it makes broadband possible for me whereas my only other choice would have been Hughes Net satellite which isn't getting such great reviews from users and is not portable at all....more info
- Works with Sprint Blackberry but does not work with my iPhone
I bought this for my apartment in Chicago where reception for both Sprint and AT&T is poor, however it is not working as advertised/I had hoped. The unit seems to be working perfectly for my Sprint Blackberry 8830 but my iPhone 3G reception has actually gotten worse since setting it up. Where I used to be able to get 3G sporadically by a couple windows I can now only get edge reception and even that fades out.
Fortunately I have my other phone... otherwise if I only had the iPhone I would say this is a complete waste of money.
- Wireless Extenders Cell Phone Signal Booster Dual Band YX510 PCS/CEL
Works better some days than others. Seems like putting external antenna in the attic is not getting the amount of signal needed to boost it through the house via the internal antenna and amplifier. It does bring the signal in to different levels of the house, but does result in poor voice quality at times. Overall I think it's better than what I had prior to the install, which was no service at all. When it gets warmer outside I will try bringing the external antenna out abobe the roofline and see if that helps....more info
- Cell Phone Signal Booster Works
The Wi-Ex zBoost extender I purchased has made it possible to have cell phone conversations without going outdoors. Antenna placement was critical, but after my son and I erected an antenna tower for the antenna the system works well. Before the booster, I missed at least half of the words and couldn't follow a conversation. With the booster I only miss an occasional word and can have long conversations easily. I live in an area where outdoor signal strength is only 2 bars on a 5 bar phone....more info
- When you live where you need a better signal, its worth the money
Signal: 1 out of 5 bars (if anything)
Phone call performance: Impossible to have a conversation anywhere in the basement, even some places on the main floor
Text message performance: nearly impossible to send, sometimes received messages
Signal: 4 out of 5 bars (same as if I was outside the condo)
Phone call performance: Able to make/receive phone calls reliably anywhere in the basement (30' x 40'); signal was improved on main floor as well; 5-10% dropped calls; occasional feedback from friends that I was "breaking up" (but only occasionaly)
Text message performance: Able to make/receive txt messages reliably; occasionally get txt messages repeated 1 or 2 times.
I've had the YX510 signal booster in use for about 1 month now. I had just moved into a condo and spend a lot of time in the basement. Before I got the signal booster, I got 1 bar if anything at all and could never make or receive calls; only got lucky sending/receiving a text message once in a while. After installing the signal booster (which was very simple and easy to setup), I get 4 out of 5 bars on the signal meter on my phone! I'll tell you though that it's not perfect. I have had maybe 5-10% of my calls dropped even when it looks to be a good signal (I'm not sure what the average call drop percentage is but that seems reasonable to me no matter where I am.)
All in all, I recommend this device if you spend a lot of time in a place where you don't have a great signal. It was worth the money to me to save me from the frustration of having to run outside the condo to have a phone conversation. Just my experience but hope this helps....more info
- Timid signal booster
The manufacturer goes through great pains to make sure the signal booster does not interfere with the normal cellular transmissions. As result, it does not really boost the signals too well.Wireless Extenders Cell Phone Signal Booster Dual Band YX510 PCS/CEL...more info
- Works well - just dont expect an instant full signal - READ
This product does exactly what it says it will do. To a point... read on...
There are a couple situations where you would want a device like this...
1) Strong full signal outside, but your walls are blocking nearly all signal from getting inside, perhaps you have aluminum siding. In this case with full signal outside you should expect full signal to be repeated indoors. In this situation, external antenna placement is easy since you should be getting full signal anywhere you place the antenna. You may even be able to get away with putting the antenna on a window inside your house.
2) My situation - weak signal outside. I can barely only get 2 bars (out of 4 on my LG VX8700 - verizon). Indoors i usually only had 1 or 0 bars and calls would frequenly drop. Upon placing calls if i somehow had 2 bars, it would immediately drop to zero bars and take 20 or 30 seconds to actually place the call.
Antenna placement is trickier here, you should do some test runs to see where the best signal is outside. This is not always the closest spot on your house/apartment in the direction of the nearest tower or even the highest spot. Temporarily securing the antenna outside and then running the cable to the base station inside the house is how i tested functionality. In this case also, base station locating is important as with a weaker signal you will have better results depending on where you place the base station. In my case, my best antenna location was on the far side of the house (go figure) and just at the roof level, not 20 feet up.
Results: I now have a solid 2 and 3 bars throughout the house. I do not drop bars when placing calls. Calls go through instantly and do not drop. *** Do not expect full signal inside if you dont have full signal outside!!!***
The goal here was usable cellular signal inside the house and this product delivered it. Furthermore once they do build another tower closer to me, the antenna will still help boost whatever signal i get there and hopefully i will have full signal inside my house.
I do not believe the 'inside the house' mounting of the antenna will give adequate results. be fully prepared to have to mount this outside and run the cable inside.
also if you have next to no signal outside, do not expect this to do much for you. i would certainly give it a shot but there needs to be an existing signal to amplify for this device to do anything useful...more info
- Works Great
We put the antennae up in our attic and ran the wire through the wall to the box and put it on a table in our dining room which is off the front hall foyer. We have ATT and regular flip phones and we used to get reception only at the front door. Our house is about 3000 SF with steel siding and it's out in the country about 70 miles from St. Louis. We now get reception just about everywhere in the house including the basement. Amazon had the best price. We couldn't be happier....more info
- Try before you buy.
Can't use your cell phone inside the house? Do you need to run to the one room in the house that won't drop the call? Or even worse, you need to run outside? I'm one of the lucky people who made his whole house a home for 5 out of 5 bars with Wireless Extenders YX510-PCS-CEL Dual-Band Cell Phone-Signal Booster.
Before you shell out nearly $300 for a cell phone booster, Take your cell phone and walk around your property, climb up into the attic, and stand on a ladder outside. If you get a good signal, then Wireless Extenders YX510-PCS-CEL Dual-Band Cell Phone-Signal Booster will work.
Note: You are going to be mounting a 14" antenna where ever you get the best signal. The unit looks like a baby monitor, but it's far more than a toy. This is serious install business. The orange part of the unit is actually a mounting bracket. The kit also has 50' of coax cable and a mounting bracket for the antenna. We didn't make any permanent installation for about three days. We moved the antenna and the base around to find the perfect balance. The problem with boosting a signal on the same frequency can be tricky. In our case, we needed the antenna to be in the rafters about 20' above the unit. Then we needed to shift it 15' horizontally.
The three days of moving the antenna and unit around really made a huge difference. There are three lights on the unit. Simple right? Wrong. Three lights that flash, change color, and sequencing make up a dozen or more conditions. Your goal is to position the antenna higher and far enough away to get a solid green power light. If a phone is in use, the signal and power should flash green and amber. If light turns red, the antenna or unit needs to be moved.
There are three basic mounting solutions. Inside next to a window with a good signal, outside a window, or on the roof. We chose the rafters because it's as good as being on the roof without the hassle of climbing on the roof and running wires into the house.
Apartment dwellers: This may not be the product for you because of the mounting requirements.
HOA considerations: Check with your HOA before mounting the 14" antenna on the roof....more info
- No help
Have a 1,200 s.f. basement with bad cell phone reception.
This product did not help increase recption at all.
- No bars to five bars!
I am ecstatic! No matter what I tried, I could not get reliable coverage for my iPhone here in my house in Chicago (Wicker Park). Complaining to AT&T didn't help, so I was relegated to talking on my outside deck. I used to be lucky if the phone would even ring inside the house, and I could rarely actually talk from inside. With this device installed, I now get five bars throughout my entire house!
I installed my antenna on the roof, three stories up, using coax from a television antenna that was no longer in use (which the instructions say will give sub-optimal performance). Presto! I now have 4-5 bars throughout the house. No dropped calls, and very good audio quality. The total distance of my coax is about sixty feet and flows through three coax couplers, which is sub-optimal. Still, it has worked extremely well for me. I have the unit mounted in the utility closet, surrounded by metal pipes and duct work, with no discernible impact.
The three LEDs on the front have a lot of intelligence built into them -- the rate of the flash and the pattern of the lights tell you how well the unit is receiving a signal from the phone and the tower -- which was helpful in confirming things are working.
- Good but not great
I set this up as the directions showed. I do get about 1 more bar of signal.
They make you think you reception will be increased, but it does not, it really stabilizes the signal. For me this works because my signal would go in and out, now it stays longer but is still only about 1-2 bars.
Good for calls and email, but not for cell internet cards....more info
- Saved all my 4 WirelessVerizon lines.
I put the antenna on top of the roof where I get good reception and ran the cable to my living room where I had no reception. The device works great. Transmits powerful signal where I need it the most. It works better with AT&T than Verizon Wireless however it can still save your life & life of the battery!
This item "brings" the signal closer to your device, so do NOT buy this if you get zero signal at where you live.
I would strongly recommend this item....more info
- HUGE IMPROVEMENT
We have always had very poor cell reception in our home. Our cell phones were always dropping calls or we would get voice mails without ever getting a phone call. We had one or less bars consistently. This item was very easy to install. It took less than an hour and we had to drill through a couple of walls. Our cell reception improved instantly and we immediately went to four to five bars. I am very pleased with this item. ...more info
- This booster really works! Especially when adding yx029 directional antenna
I live 4 miles outside city limits. With my Verizon cell phone, I get 1-2 bars outside my house. Inside my house by a window, I was hopefully maintaining one(1) bar. Usually went outside to have conversations. I have a single level house(1650sq.ft.), with a high roof line, and a full finished basement. The main floor has a metallic energy shield stapled to all exterior walls (forget the stud-finder) and is then covered by drywall. The basement has an open back, thus half under ground.
I placed the enclosed antenna in the attic where I was barely receiving 3 bars on my cell phone. I placed the Booster in the basement and ran the coax from attic to the booster. I started receiving a solid 2-3 bars in the large recreation room where I put the booster and 2 bars in the adjacent bedrooms. Upstairs I received 0-2 bars but never lost reception like I had before.
I then purchased and added the YX-029 Dual-band directional antenna. I now receive 2-4 bars in the basement and a solid 1-2 throughout the entire upstairs.
These results should allow me to eliminate my land line, which was my goal. ...more info
- Worth it!
The Zboost product works quite well. Before purchase, I was dropping all calls incoming and outgoing from my house. With the booster, I have only dropped one call in the last month. Installation involved drilling into my attic and then installing the attenae high up in the attic on the rafters. It is very important that you follow the directions for placement of the attenae and receiver.
It is a relatively inexpensive solution for poor reception.
- It works
I was weary of the effectiveness of the unit in my house after reading several reviews. I placed antenna in the top window (about 15 feet from the ground) of our sun room and the device has been working beautifully. It boosts my Sprint signal by about 3 bars. Now we don't have to deal with frequent drop calls in the mid of conversions.