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zBoost YX500-l Cell Phone Signal Booster up to 2500 Square Feet of Coverage for Home or Office (800 MHz Phones)


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  • Extends cellular coverage for single or multiple users in homes or offices--provides up to 2500 square feet of coverage
  • Works with AT&T, Verizon and Alltel cellular wireless phones in the frequency range of 824-894 MHz
  • 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
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Consumer Alert: Before use, you must register this device with your wireless provider and have your provider’s consent. Most wireless providers consent to the use of signal boosters. Although AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and 90 additional carriers have already given consent for all consumers to use this device, you must still register. Some providers may not consent to the use of this device on their network. If you are unsure, contact your provider. You MUST operate this device with approved antennas and cables as specified by the manufacturer. Antennas MUST be installed at least 20 cm (8 inches) from any person. You MUST cease operating this device immediately if requested by the FCC or a licensed wireless service provider. WARNING. E911 location information may not be provided or may be inaccurate for calls served by using this device.

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5 inches, 2 inches, 7 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds
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Product Description

Product Description

Works with Cingular, Verizon and Alltel cellular wireless phones in the frequency range of 824 - 894 MHz.

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Designed as a whole-house/office solution for improving your cellular phone signal, the Wireless Extenders YX500/PCS zBoost zP Wireless Booster can extend cellular coverage up to 2500 square feet. This YX500/CEL model works with all phones on the 800 MHz frequency, including compatibility with AT&T and Verizon. 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.



Improve your cell signal with the YX500/CEL--perfect for boosting the signal of AT&T and Verizon frequencies up to 2500 square feet.
Using a revolutionary, patent pending technology that protects the carrier network, the YX500/PCS 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:
  • 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.

Installation
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.

Specifications

  • 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
Note: If you need coverage for a Sprint or T-Mobile phone (800 MHz spectrum), check out the YX500/PCS or the dual-band YX510--which covers both the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz spectrums.

Will the Wi-Ex YX500-PCS or the YX500-CEL unit work with any wireless service?
The Wi-Ex YX500-PCS unit will work only in the PCS frequency range (1850 â€" 1990 MHz), and the Wi-Ex YX500-CEL will only work in the Cellular frequency range (824 â€" 896 MHz).

Cell phones from providers like Cricket, Metro PCS, Suncom, T-Mobile, and Sprint (excludes Nextel) normally work with our YX500-PCS model, and cell phones from providers like AT&T and Verizon will normally work with the YX500-CEL model. Most of the wireless phones in use today are in the PCS or the Cellular frequencies. Some wireless service providers are PCS only while others will operate in the Cellular and PCS frequencies. This varies from city to city. If your service provider shows both 800 and 1900 MHz the YX500-CEL will probably work. If your service provider shows only the 1900MHz, the YX500-PCS booster will work.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 7 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000E14G7S
  • Item model number: YX500-CEL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,018 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Important Information

Legal Disclaimer
This is a CONSUMER device. Before use, you must register this device with your wireless provider and have your provider’s consent. Most wireless providers consent to the use of signal boosters. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and 90 additional carriers have already given consent for all consumers to use this device. Some providers may not consent to the use of this device on their network. If you are unsure, contact your provider. You MUST operate this device with approved antennas and cables as specified by the manufacturer. Antennas MUST be installed at least 20 cm (8 inches) from any person. You MUST cease operating this device immediately if requested by the FCC or a licensed wireless service provider. WARNING. E911 location information may not be provided or may be inaccurate for calls served by using this device. Please note, the four largest carriers, namely, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint, and more than 90 regional carriers have given a blanket consent to all boosters meeting the new certification standards.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This device works better than expected.
Roy Hancock
I have had calls dropped due to signal fade while in the next room.
DRM
This thing works and it works good, it's very simple to install.
Loren Culp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

254 of 259 people found the following review helpful By L. Arthur on September 25, 2006
Yes, this item works well. But yes, it takes some RF and electronics knowledge to make it work right. For me, I have verizon cell phones operating in the 800MHZ cell band in my area. In my house we had zero to 1 bar and could make calls but they were frequently dropped or cut in and out. We could walk down the block and the signal was better. Our house sits in a depression and most of the cell signal was going over the top of our house.

To really make this thing work well I would recommend the following tips:

1) Get cell phone for which you know how to enable DEBUG mode and get an actual NUMBER for the signal strength it is receiving.

2) Go ahead and purchase the optional YAGI directional antenna for this unit.

3) Buy an approximately 4 x 8 ft. piece of radiant barrier ( a type of insulation available at home depot made of aluminum).

4) Mount YAGI antenna in rafters of house or outside on roof.

5) Mount cell extender about 3 feet from the floor in the top living level of your house in a center location of the house.

6) Place radiant barrier in attick directly between the 2 antennas. This will help improve the signal separation a lot and will make this thing work.

7) Power up cell extender. If when you power it up you get ANY flashing amber lights, then your signal isolation between the two antennas isn't good enough and you must do something about it (move antennas, get YAGI with higher gain, etc.) If you get no amber lights on startup then the device is operating at max or almost max amplification and power output (only 1/2 watt but plenty for a single house).

We now have 3-5 bars all over our house, deck, porch, and even garage!
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Friberg on October 12, 2006
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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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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By OC Resident on January 6, 2007
I reluctantly bought this product after all but giving up on trying to use my cell phone at my house. I would typically get anywhere from no reception to 2 bars at best, and I typically could not hold a call for more than a minute before I got dropped. I was using Verizon 800mhz service.

I knew it had a good chance of it working because I do get very good reception in my attic, so I figured I could place the antenna in the attic and then transfer a strong signal to the rest of the house.

It took me half a day to play with various locations for the antenna and base unit, but I finally got to the point where I could count on at least 3 bars almost anywhere in the house, and even five bars in my kitchen. I have not dropped a call yet since I purchased this.

The down side to this unit is the need to drape a cable from the attic to my bedroom, almost 20 feet away. I did not want to get into lifting up the carpet and trying to hide it, so I just have it running along the baseboards and across the stair case. It looks pretty ugly and it creates a serious tripping hazard. I will eventually have to figure out a way to better hide the cable. It became clear that to get the best reception, the base unit needed to be as far away from the antenna as possible, which forced me to have an exposed cable visible across three different rooms in the house. If you are not willing or able to do this, you may not get the best results from the unit.

All in all, I'm happy that I purchased the unit because I count on my cell phone heavily for business use, and without this unit I was completely unable to count on my cell phone and did not even want to give out my number. It is not for everyone, but if you have a strong signal somewhere in the house and can deal with the cabling issues, it can definitely make a big difference.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Bernstein on August 4, 2006
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I was a bit hesitant to order the Wireless Extenders Cell Phone Booster, thinking that too many products like it were useless gadgets, but I have just moved to a hilly area of Los Angeles County and reception here -- for all services -- tends to be in the "two bar" range. So, I took the risk, and I am DELIGHTED with the results. My home/office is in the center of the boosted zone created by the device, and my signal here is 4 or 5 bars on my Blackberry. The other phones (three different models) my family has are also boosted within the covered zone. We have a long ranch-style house and I'm considering getting a second booster, because the zone doesn't cover all of our 2,600 sq ft property. But since the primary reason I got it was my dependence on my Blackberry for work purposes, and because the zone covers our heavy traffic areas (living room, kitchen) as well, we're in good shape. No question it's worth the money. Was easy to install.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RT on January 27, 2007
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My company switched service from Nextel to Verizon. I have been on Nextel for 9 years with very strong signal in my home and work area. I am a salesperson that works out of home frequently so it is critical that phone works well at the house.

My wife has Verizon and signal is very poor, usually 1 bar, sometimes 2 so I was very reluctant. I told the boss I did not want to switch. When he told me I had no choice, I went to Verizon to find out why signal was weak in my neighborhood. Turns out there are no towers close to me due to a military base closeby. I did some searching for something that might help and found this booster. Asked some verizon people and they all said that these things are a waste of money. After reading some of the reviews, I decided to take the plunge. My work reimbursed me for it but it works so well, I would have paid for it myself if I had to.

Walked around the house to find best signal and that's the side of the house I installed the antenna on in the attic. Ran the coax towards the center of the house and connected the base above the area of the house I would need the phone the most. I kept everything in the attic. Play around with the positioning of base antenna and keep testing for best signal.

Now I have 4-5 bars. An incredible improvement over what I started with. I was quite surprised. Hope everyone has the same result I did.
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