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zBoost YX540 Metro Dual-Band Cell Phone Signal Booster - Black/Gray

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  • Boost indoor signal coverage up to 1500 square feet
  • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz and optimized for iPhone (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
  • Increases voice and data transmission; decreases dropped or missed calls
  • No outside antenna placement required
  • Requires no cradle or connections to your phone
  • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
  • Decreases dropped or missed calls
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Technical Details

  • Boost indoor signal coverage up to 1500 square feet
  • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz and optimized for iPhone (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
  • Increases voice and data transmission; decreases dropped or missed calls
  • No outside antenna placement required
  • Requires no cradle or connections to your phone
  • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
  • Decreases dropped or missed calls
  • Easy to set up ? comes complete with everything you need
  • Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
  • Increases indoor signal coverage ? up to 1500 sq ft
  • Increases voice and data transmission
  • No cradle or connections to your phone
  • Protects the carrier network using patented technology
  • Supports multiple users simultaneously
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 9.4 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003U4TLL2
  • Item model number: YX540
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,632 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

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Designed for use in single-story urban homes, the Wireless Extenders zBoost Metro YX540 cell signal booster boosts indoor signal for all cellular mobile devices that use the 800 and 1900 Mhz frequencies--including all U.S. carriers (but not Nextel phones). The zBoost Metro enables you to take full advantage of your mobile phone's voice, data and Internet services, including 3G high-speed data, streaming video, instant messaging, sending pictures, and more.



The zBoost Metro base station.

Like the entire line of zBoost products, the zBoost Metro features patent-pending technology that protects the carrier network, and the wide radio wave beam width directional antenna receives signals from multiple cell towers. Easy to set up, simply attach the signal antenna onto a window in an area in your home that offers the best signal (using the included suction cups) and then place the base unit in the area of your home where you want to strengthen the cell signal (see an illustration of the zBoost setup).

Key Features and Specifications

  • Boost indoor signal coverage up to 1500 square feet
  • Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz (except Nextel/iDEN or 4G, 2100MHz phones)
  • Supports multiple users simultaneously
  • Increases voice and data transmission
  • Decreases dropped or missed calls
  • Perfect for single story settings--no outside antenna placement required, no vertical antenna separation needed
  • No cradle or connections to your phone
  • Extends phone battery life (uses less power when signal is stronger)
  • Protects the carrier network using patented technology
  • Networks: CDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, EVDO, 1xRTT, UMTS, HSPA, 3G
  • Dimensions (base station): 5 x 7 x 1.25 inches
What's in the Box

zBoost Metro YX540 amplifier base unit, power supply, base unit antenna, coaxial cable (RG59-mini), signal antenna and mounting hardware

Setup Overview

Before placing a zBoost Metro in your home, make sure that you can place calls near the window or wherever you plan to place the Signal Antenna. zBoost can only bring signal into your home when signal reaches the Signal Antenna.



The zBoost Metro antenna.

Using your cell phone, place a call near this location to confirm that enough signal is present to complete the call. If you can reliably make and receive calls at that location then zBoost can bring the signal into your home. If only one signal bar is displayed on your cell phone, indoor coverage will be limited to one small room.

Proceed through the following steps to set up the zBoost Metro:

Place the Signal Antenna on the interior of a window located in the area of best signal.

Determine the location that provides the strongest signal using the signal strength indicator on your cell phone. Find the location on the window that provides the most bars of signal strength. Before proceeding, make sure that the intended surface is clean and clear of any dust. Then choose the suction cup attachments appropriate for your setting (short or long), fasten to the Signal Antenna, and secure to your window.

In order to capture the strongest signal, you may do one or all of the following:

  1. Move the antenna around the window--higher is usually better.
  2. Use the long suction cup attachments provided, in order to create a greater angle in which to capture the signal. The suction cups must be vertical on the window.
  3. For best performance keep the Signal Antenna 2 feet from any metal.
Place the zBoost Base Unit where you want to create a Cell Zone

Connect the Base Unit Antenna and coax to the Base Unit and place it where you need signal. For the widest possible signal area, it is recommended that you position the Base Unit near the middle of a room or mount it on an interior wall. This Base Unit uses an omni-directional antenna that delivers signal in a circular pattern around the antenna. The zBoost Metro does not require vertical separation; however, the Signal Antenna and Base Unit Antenna should have at least 8 feet of horizontal separation. Increasing separation of the 2 antennas will optimize zBoost performance.

The Base Unit can be mounted either directly on a wall or placed on a flat surface (e.g., a bookshelf, desk, end table, etc.). For best results, keep the Base Unit off the floor and at least 2 feet away from other cords, metal objects or other wireless devices such as wireless routers or wireless access points. The zBoost Metro performs best when there are no obstructions between the zBoost Base Unit and your mobile device.

Run the provided coaxial cable between the Base Unit and Signal Antenna

Use the provided RG-59 (mini) coaxial cable to connect the Signal Antenna and the Base Unit. Coaxial connections can loosen when the cable is moved. Be sure the connections stay hand-tight.

Connect the zBoost Base Unit to the provided power supply and plug into a power outlet

Upon initial power up, a solid green LED should appear indicating normal conditions. If a red light appears, adjustments may be needed.

Product Description

Designed for consumers in single story dwellings, the zBoost Metro amplifies cell phone signals for all phones and moblie devices and all US carriers (except Nextel). The zBoost Metro for the home or office extends an indoor cell zone up to 1500 square feet and does not require an outside antenna placement. The package includes everything you need: amplifier base unit, base unit antenna, power supply, coaxial cable (RG 59 Mini), signal antenna, and mounting hardware.

The use of radio distribution equipment that enhances, extends or amplifies a wireless signal may be prohibited without the consent of the wireless carrier upon whose network such equipment will be used. You should consult with your carrier before purchasing such equipment to use with that carrier’s service.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Still drops calls.
J. Ellingson
You're supposed to run it at least 8 feet away between the base unit and the suction-cup antenna.
Mr. Timothy L. Davis
The signal would bounce up to 3-4 bars, and then down to zero most of the time.
Mike D

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By J. Gatling on December 10, 2010
Pros: Easy to set up. No vertical seperation requirements. increased signal strength for voice and data. Customer support is excellent. relatively small base. Grey color blends into background. quality workmanship/appears sturdy

Cons: signal degrades rapidly after about 5 ft. comes with a short length of cable. Coverage area is greatly overhyped.

Summary: I like the product and will keep it for my office. I sit about 30 ft from window in a cubicle maze. I was able to place the antenna in the window and put the base in my cube for great signal. Only real issue I have is that the device only has a range of about 5-6 feet before I lose 3G. Signal drops off completely after about 18ft which is about 972sf coverage area. However, the fabric covered partitions between the cubes erode the signal much quicker. Therefore coverage is hit or miss when I am on the other side of the partition wall. I called customer their support/technical support folks to validate the actual range and it was refreshing to here they were quite forthcoming with the true range of 15-20 ft. I think this is an ideal product for small open areas. Not so much for large areas or walled areas. I would increase the star rating if the device would provide more coverage and if the advertising was more factual about actual coverage area.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By James A. Reagan on September 9, 2010
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I live in an area that is about equidistant between cell towers. My best signal strength in the house is 2 bars or less. I lost calls all the time, sometimes just because I pivoted while talking and placed my head between the phone and the tower. The lower level of the house is partially sub-grade and I can never rely on maintaining a connection.

This extender has solved all the above problems. I have a clear conversation now, but no increase in cell strength (still 2 bars), When I turned it on, the phone showed no bars and thought I was too close to the repeater, but reception was clear. Routine contacts have commented that my voice is not choppy as it was before. I can definitely recommend this product's signal boosting capacity.

INSTALLATION: Windows on 2 sides of the house showed the same cell strength. I chose one that was the easiest to string cable along the wall and placed the transmitter as close to mid-house as possible. I placed the antenna as high in the window as possible. Do clean the window before mounting the antenna. It took less than 10 minutes to unpack and install. The hardest part was unraveling the coaxial cable. Instructions are short and clear. The trouble shooting table consists mainly of being certain to have more than 8 feet between the antenna and the transmitter, otherwise they interfere with each other.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By MZypher on September 12, 2010
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The unit is easy to setup. I purchased it in place of a YX-510 that was struck by lightning. Did not work at first and technical support solved the problem. Antenna needs to be placed correctly. Ours was mounted in our attic, not on a window. If it is not right side out and level, it will not work. The rest of the install was a breeze.

The unit just works. There is no feedback with lights like the older 510 unit. No flashing feedback saying it has signal or is working, just one green power light. I would like to see something confirming it was working...Just me I guess.

As I said it just works. Signal was boosted from 0 bars to 2 bars. When in a call it actually goes up to 3-4 bars. Excellent clarity. We live in a ranch with plaster walls, and it even gives us signal in the basement! My wife has T-Mobile and I have ATT. Both services work great and simultaneously.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marc Kessman on March 15, 2011
very interesting results! i was very skeptical but after doing a fair bit of research i decided to spring for one of these from a local retailer. instead of using the small window antenna i connected it to a 30ft mast with an old UHF yagi antenna on top. i went from 1bar and constant disconnects to full 3g, speeds increased from EDGE @ 16kbps-100kbps to 3g @ 900kbps-1.1mbps

pros: works if you place the antenna where there is a good strong signal ( this just repeats a signal, does not create one)

cons: included indoor antenna is very small and has little gain, you will lose all benefit by exiting the room that the booster is located in.
included window antenna doesn't work for me as i am on the opposite side of the building from the tower which is broadcasting near horizontal
very expensive for 500-600kbps gain, only worth it if you cannot get broadband where you live and get good outdoor 3g coverage but cant get good signal indoors.

AGAIN, THIS IS A REPEATER, IT IS NOT FEMTOCEL. IT WILL NOT CREATE A NEW SIGNAL, IT WILL TAKE A SIGNAL AND PUT IT WHERE THE BASE STATION IS, DO NOT BUY THIS IF YOU DONT GET GOOD COVERAGE OUTSIDE AS IT WILL NOT WORK.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By dDave on September 23, 2010
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Really improves marginal signal for me and I'm not usually enthusiastic about tech solutions. I have to have good SMS and WAP signal to hear about and to receive tech work for my business. This device only works on 2.5 G (Edge, WAP, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz signals). Do not expect it to improve your 3G since it doesn't hit 3G frequencies (except maybe Verizon?).

I live in a rebar-reinforced masonry and concrete bottom floor on the opposite side of the building from the nearby tower. Before installing, I got NO SIGNAL throughout most of the 1500SF apt (except at some walls by windows, where I got 1-3 bars with some fluctuations, except at one relatively reliable window and at another flaky window - depends a lot on signal bounces and bends). Now I get 3+ bars of Edge throughout the apt with the exception that the incoming signal at that window is still a little flaky. The only thing keeping this from a 5-star rating is that it doesn't do 3G or enhance my 2nd phone's signal (that could easily be due to having a different tower location).
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