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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2006
I had 1-2 bars of coverage on verizon outside my house, and 0 inside previously. I placed the extender in my attic, and now I can, indeed, make and receive calls from inside the house. The coverage is pretty weak (1 bar or less) and calls drop from time to time, but it is much better than no service at all. My advice for those of you like me (with 1-2 bars at best outside your home) is to consider this as a way to get minimal indoor coverage, but don't expect miracles. It doesn't replace a land line!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is probably a good product, but the originating cell signal must be strong enough in the first place for it to work properly. In more remote areas, a different manufacturer, such as Wilson, may have a more powerful product that would work better. I found this product to be extremely easy to set up and operate, but the signal from the cell tower was not strong enough for this product to repeat satisfactory. They do have a 20 day money back guarantee, so if you find out you need a more powerful model, you are not stuck and can return it for something different. The people at WiEx were good to deal with. I cannot fault their product as my problem is with the signal from my cell tower and I am trying to get the WiEx product to do something it really isn't designed with enough power to do. It's worth a try and just return it if it doesn't work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2010
This was a very difficult installation. The directions were poor, and it took me a lot of effort to get it working. I came very close to sending it back when I realized quite by accident that the antenna cable cannot be routed close to the base unit. Since the cable is attached to the bottom of the unit (mounted on a wall), it is natural to route the cable next to the unit since in most cases the antenna will be above the unit. That interferes with the signal, and the unit is erratic or non-functional. Routing the cable in a big loop finally solved the problem. Oddly enough mounting the unit upside down didn't work, maybe because it lowered the antenna a little. It is very sensitive to placement.

The unit does work once installed correctly, but don't confuse 2,500 feet of coverage with 2,500 feet of living space unless your space is a circle around the unit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2010
I got this device because I have little to no service at the beach home. The problem I have with this device is that they say outside installation is best but DON'T tell you at the time of purchase that you should purchase an OPTIONAL outdoor kit. If it is recommeded that you put it outdoors, don't you think that they would include it or tell you at time of purchase that this kit is needed? The other problem is again associated with outdoor installation. They give you ab. 30 feet of coaxial cable which is great. The problem is that BOTH ends are finished with the crimped attachment hardware....try getting THAT through the existing cable hole to the outside. So, another trip to the hardware store 17 miles one way to get a crimping tool and masonry bits and screws to PROPERLY attach the mounting hardware for the signal atenna on the OUTSIDE brick. However, once the installation is done... several hours, miles and dollars later... I can get 3-4 bars when I used to only get 1-2 bars at best! I guess that beats having to stand at the end of the driveway in a thunderstorm to make calls to the office!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2009
I bought this item thinking it would look just as it does in the picture, and it does, except they don't show you the 50' coax cord and 18" antenna that hooks to it. I was disappointed that the best place I could get a signal was either having the antenna mounted to the front of my house or in the attic. I decided to keep it in the attic but I have yet to figure out how to run the cable down to my living room. I will say that I went from having 0-1 bars to 2-3 bars on my cell phone and I am now able to make and receive most calls. So yes, it does work, it is just not as easy to install as you would think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2009
With the goal of eliminating my land line by improving unreliable indoor reception for multiple (4) Sprint phones in use by my family, I purchased the zBoost YX PCS Cel. For unknown reasons over the last year reception in my area deteriorated to where I could no longer get even 1 reliable bar (only one is needed for my Treo) unless outside my house in the right spots. I'm sure this fact alone heavily influenced my experience and decision to return the unit, and not continue to experiment (the next steps would've been be to try the better external antenna ($130 Wireless Extenders zBoost Dual Band Outdoor Antenna for YX510 System), then ultimately, if needed, try the Wireless Extender zBoost YX610 Dual Band PCS and Cellular 800 / 1900 MHz 60db Amplifier Repeater Signal Booster kit for about $600, assuming I was careful in proper placement, etc., with previous steps before going this route.

Decided I was out of time and inclination to experiment and I instead opted to get the Sprint Airave ($99 plus $5/month)...uses up a port on my router but consistently gets full bars and now I'm confidant I can get rid of my land line.

For my situation, but like many others, the unit only worked reliably when I was within line of sight, and quickly dropped to no bars even 15 feet away without clear line of sight...again, likely due to marginal external reception, but still I hoped for more, at least the same signal I could get outside of my house for most of the inside areas needed, including the basement, instead of an extremely limited reliable "hot spot".

In conclusion I would say the product is worth a shot, but if your starting point is only 1 or 2 bars on the outside to begin with like my scenario, you will have to make sure all of the variables under your control, including base more than 20 feet or so from the external antennae, upgraded external and internal antennas, etc., are optimized to the fullest for this to have a shot at meeting your expectations.

Again, this product has the potential to be well worth the investment, but under carefully qualified conditions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2010
Product was installed according to instructions and range is limited to about 10 ft. from booster.I had a very if'y signal before booster was installed. After trying two different mounting configurations the best reception I can get is only if within 10 ft. of booster. I do however have a signal that is consistent, but weak. Booster has to be in visual sight all of the time. That is somewhat of a pain as I tend to roam around when talking on phone.

The directional antenna may help even more, but I am not willing to spend another $100+ to find out if does or does not help. Boasting a 2,500 sq. ft. of coverage is, in my estimation, a major exaggeration.
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I'd have to start by saying the customer service for the product is wonderful. They were able to clarify installation directions (base unit and exterior antannae have to be 15 VERTICAL FEET apart, not just 15 feet apart). Unfortunately we don't get a consistent enough signal to gauge if the product works. Once we got everything installed we had full signal but it would bounce around from Analog to Digital Roam to something else. Each time it would change (5-15 seconds), all signal would drop completely. Even when the signal held we couldn't receive or make calls. We are really disappointed. Our land line is ancient and not a day goes by when it works the whole day through. We were hoping this product would allow us to drop our land line and be completely cellular.
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on September 26, 2009
I'll start off by saying I have better reception then I use to, but that reception is still hit or miss. My phone will ring anywhere in the house. but when I answer the phone, that's a different story. I called the company to give us some advice and it turns out that AT & T run on 2 different systems and they make a booster for that, but I didnt know that when I purchased this booster and the CSR told me it may not help to get the better booster. I think that I live to far in the sticks to expect reception better then what I have. And with Amazons policy of only refunding 80% of the purchase price, well I fell stuck with this booster or I would gotten the other one by now.
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on September 30, 2013
I don't live in the boonies, and have good signal strength if I use the phone on ground or second floor. But my office is in the basement and reception there is not great. This device is better than nothing but it did not increase signal strength as much as hoped for and still experienced lost calls even though I ran the antennae up into the attic so it would have maximum height. I ended up getting a Verizon extender that works through internet and sits on the basement window sill; it works better and more consistently and I've since put this device away.
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