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zBoost SOHO Dual Band Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home and Office (ZB545)
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Pros: The yx545 is a great product, it does exactly what it is suppose to do, “boost the best cell signal you can achieve from outside of your home/business and broadcast/transmit it indoors where the signal may be deficient. If you don’t already have a good cell signal “outside” of your home/business then this will most likely not help you. In my situation the cell quality (Verizon or ATT) was so bad my family’s cell phones would not work in our home and we had to go outside most of the time to get enough signal to make a call (let alone receive data). While the coverage map in our area showed us in a 3G area for ATT and 4G for Verizon, we were lucky on a “good day” to get a single bar of 3G standing outside of our home due to our home being surrounded by trees. We ended up mounting our outdoor antenna about 6 feet above our houses roof line approximately 24 feet in the air and this made a huge deference in our reception. My family and I have now had the yx545 installed in our home for almost a year now and if we are in the same room with the yx545 base we can get about 3 bars of 3G signal during the summer and about 4 bars during the winter. The closer you are to the base the better the signal is and this is true of any booster on the market. Our area does not have high speed internet so we have an ATT 875U (USB) Air Card attached to a NETGEAR 3G/UMTS MOBILE BROADBAND WIRELESS-N ROUTER MBRN3000. This was our only option to get internet in our home and while it is slow, it does allow us to stream most videos as long as we are not using the high quality video setting (480/720), and we can also receive emails with attachments now. This would not be possible without the Zboost yx545, it is incredible. While my installation of the outside antenna using a mast above the roof line may be a bit too advance for the average user, it may be a good idea to get a local contractor/handy man to do this type of installation if necessary, otherwise the standard installation instructions in the box will most likely help you identify the optimum installation for your situation and hopefully an easy install. Also, please note that cellular signals are directional and you should look for the path of least resistance between your antenna and your cell tower. For my family we found the north side of our house has the best natural signal by walking around the outside of our house with our cell phones pausing long enough to make a call and checking the signal meter on the phone.
Not trying to make this sound like a sales pitch but I had a hard time reading “the few” negative posts about how the unit did not work out of the box or the quality was cheap when it was so apparent they had no clue what they were doing or talking about. As for the quality ok sure the base unit is plastic (like everything else in life). To me it looks fine and does not take up a lot of space and the cost was about $200 for the complete kit. If you have $1500 to $3000 to waste on a pretty metal bo

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The antenna cable that comes with the kit is average quality and works fine but you may find a better quality coax cable will help achieve a better signal.


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Display Name: William F.

Date Joined: 04/01/10

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