zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster
Can you hear me now? Hello? Are you still there? Hmm… I guess not. Dang it, dropped call AGAIN!
We live in a small suburban city that’s surrounded by farms and empty fields. I would think that our cell phone service here would be better since there’s not a lot around us unlike a large, busy city filled with tall buildings BUT that’s not the case.
Maybe the nearest tower is outdated or blocked in some way. I do know that after signing our newest contract, our service provider changed the location of the cell tower where our signal comes from to one further away from our home and that’s when our problems started.
Since cell phones have become an integral part of our lives — helping us stay connected to family and friends — it’s pretty important that we maintain service, especially for emergency situations. I can’t count the number of times our cell phones have came in handy for those when we’ve been out and about. And it’s quite annoying when you’re trying to make, receive or stay on a call when all of a sudden the phone just disconnects for no apparent reason. This happens way more than is acceptable in our home in my opinion.
I know one thing, I surely do NOT want to have to go outside to make and or receive phone calls, especially during the nasty, bitter winter months. As much money as we pay for our service, there is no way I’m going to freeze my patootie off just because our service sucks!
Just recently I learned that there IS an available alternative and that is the zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster offered by Wi-Ex. The zBoost Metro YX540 is a signal amplifier or cell phone booster that was created for consumers who reside in single story urban dwellings. These are also designed for multiple users in homes and or offices with space up to 1500 square feet in size.
It supports all U.S. phones and mobile devices using 800 and 1900 MHz and does not require an outdoor antenna.
Here’s What You Get With a zBoost Metro YX540 Kit:
- zBoost Metro Base Unit
- Base Unit Antenna
- Window Mount Signal Antenna
- Base Unit Antenna
- Coax Cable (RG59-Mini, 40 feet)
- Power Supply
- Short Suction Cup Attachments
- Long Suction Cup Attachments
Set up is quite easy since the kit contains everything you need and no tools are required. To get started, it’s a good idea to read over the instructions before permanently installing the antenna’s. Also, make sure you can place calls near the location you plan to install the antenna. The base unit will only amplify a signal that is received at the signal antenna. The obvious way to find this out is by placing a call near the ideal location to verify there is enough signal to be amplified.
For the next step, place the signal antenna on the interior of a window located in the area of your chosen site. To do this, choose either the large or small suction cups provided in your kit, fasten them to the back of the antenna and adjust the antenna so that it is secured into place. The higher you can seat the antenna, the better. The antenna is situated vertically so that the coax is coming out of the bottom of the antenna box.
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Next, connect the base unit antenna and coax to the base unit and place it in the location where you need a signal. For the most optimal signal, it’s recommended that you position the unit near the middle of a room or on an interior wall. The base unit uses an omni-directional antenna that delivers a signal in a circular motion around the antenna. The system does not require a vertical separation but the two antenna’s should have at least 8 feet of horizontal separation for best performance. One nice feature is that you can either mount the base unit to a wall or place it on a flat surface. Just make sure the unit is kept at a distance of at least 2 feet away from other cords or metal objects, including other wireless devices such as routers.
Once the devices are connected and plugged into a power supply, you wait up to 60 seconds for the units to start broadcasting a signal. The LED indicator light will let you know if the unit is functioning properly by either emitting a green or red light which may or may not be flashing. You can compare the results with the user’s manual if you experience any issues.
- Boost indoor signal coverage up to 1500 square feet
- Compatible with all U.S. carriers and mobile devices using 800 & 1900 MHz frequencies
- Increases voice and data transmission; decreases dropped or missed calls
- No outside antenna placement required
- Requires no cradle or connections to your phone
- Extends phone battery life; uses less power when signal is stronger
How Does It Measure Up?
The zBoost Metro base antenna measures 5″ x 7″ x 1.25″ D and the Signal Antenna measures 7.25″ x 5.5″ x 2.25″.
We’ve been averaging an additional 1 – 2 bars per phone call since installing the zBoost Metro, which is great because the dropped calls have lessened and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. Another thing I really love is that we can now receive a signal in our basement. Something we never had before. My son Derek appreciates this because while he’s down there in the weight room working out, he can receive calls from all of the girls. hahaa
The zBoost Metro YX540 Cell Phone Booster retails for $299.99 and can be purchased at www.wi-exstore.com.
If you’ve got a poor signal and need something for a larger or smaller dwelling, Wi-Ex has you covered with cell phone boosters that amplify up to 3000 square feet as well as up to 1200 square feet. Go check ‘em out and bring your phone calls indoors!
~The views & opinions expressed in my posts are simply mine. My views & opinions may differ from other consumers. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the zBoost Metro kit from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive post.~