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4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, September 19, 2011
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This review is from: zBoost ZB545 SOHO Dual Band Cell Phone Signal Booster for Home and Office, up to 2,500 sq. ft. (Wireless Phone Accessory)
My phone: MyTouch 4G
My carrier: T-Mobile
My location: Minnesota

I am one of many people who find it difficult to justify paying for both a cell phone and a home phone. It's just too costly. A negative with this is that a cell requires a stable signal. In my office at home, which is located in my half-basement, the signal constantly drops out.

As someone who works from home one day a week, I can't have this. I need my phone to work at all times, which is why I looked into this wireless extender. At first, I was reluctant to pay a couple hundred dollars for something that's really just a modified router. But, since it is sold by Amazon, I knew that I could try it out and return it without a hassle should it not work out. So I gave it a shot.

Since the prospect of drilling holes and running a wire through my walls was less than appealing--before I went to all that trouble--I tested positioning the antenna at different places in my house. At first, I received a full 4-bars on my phone, but after a minute or so, it dropped down again. I thought something was wrong with the extender, but found that there really isn't a great signal in and around my house anywhere. To test this, I installed a Mobile Signal Widget on my Android phone, and then walked around my house, yard, and the top of my roof. What I found was an intermittent signal everywhere.

Eventually, I came across a place at the front of my house that stayed around 3-bars on average. On top of that, the signal never dropped out, so I went ahead and installed the antenna at that location (by mounting it to the outside of my house (unit comes with a mounting bracket)). I then ran the included cable (which is quite long) underneath my siding and drilled a small 1/2" hole into the wall that goes into my office. From there I ran the cable through the hole, mounted the unit to the inside wall, and plugged up the hole with calk and insulation.

Now my phone seems to stay around 4-5 bars, which is great because the outside signal is only around 3. So far, it hasn't dropped the signal yet, so I'm happy. Where I still believe the price for the unit is higher than it should be, I'm willing to eat the cost to have a working phone in my home office. Overall, $200 is still cheaper than paying $50 a month for another phone line.
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