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
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:
- Move the antenna around the window--higher is usually better.
- 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.
- 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.