How many times do you receive a call in a bad area of your home and end up like the Verizon guy, “Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?” I have to do that all the time in my apartment. There just happens to be a specific area on my couch gets reception but you have to lean towards your left with your Berry on your right ear and your right elbow in the air… Or, you have to go outside and lean over the balcony while praying you don’t sneeze and drop your Berry in the bush below.
Thank goodness there’s a remedy. It’s Wi-Ex’s zBoost! It’s an antenna that boosts the cell signals from the nearest tower to your home and increasing your signal coverage. I was given the opportunity to try it and I must say that I am very impressed. Normally, I get 1-2 bars (on a good clear day) and after the zBoost Extender was installed, I was getting 4 bars at any given time.
With a zBoost you can:
- Decrease dropped or missed calls
- Save money and drop your landline
- Receive important calls INSIDE
- Increase employee productivity – they can stay at their desk instead of running to the window or outside to talk on your cell
- Improve your battery life of your phone
- Increase coverage up to 10,000 sq ft with optional antenna
- zBoost also extends Cell Zones, so you can use your phone or PDA with all the new applications which require a stronger signal – such as:
Installation is simple. Just place the antenna near a window (which was done for my review) choosing an area in the direction of a cell tower or on your roof. Run the provided coaxial cable from the antenna and attach it to the signal booster. The booster should be placed in a central location in your home to provide the best coverage possible. Once connected, plug the booster into a wall outlet. All equipment needed (minus the cell tower) is included in the package. Even the screws to mount the antenna to a wall.
The base has 3 different lights. The first is a power indicator, the second shows tower signal and the last light indicates that you are on the phone and getting optimal signal. Once a call is made or received, the last light will illuminate throughout the duration, so you talk without the worry of signal loss and the resulting unknown call drop.
Pros: Increased cell signal throughout my apartment
Easy step-by-step installation
All materials and equipment are provided
Cons: The coaxial cable is very long and in my apartment I had no way to hide it and had to run the cable along the baseboards.
It took me about a total of 5 minutes to install the booster and within a few seconds I was able to see dramatic results. I am now getting a great signal in my apartment without looking like a flamingo or having to wear a foil helmet! Check it out at Wi-Ex.com.
Please note: This is not a Wi-Fi signal booster and cannot be used as such. It is only for extending cell tower signals as Wi-Fi & Cell Signals are different frequencies.