Monthly Archives: August 2010

  • Testimonial Tuesday: zBoost Keeps Teleworker Happy and Dry

    August 31, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Our Testimonial this week is from Lauren M. in Denver, she is a Senior Communicator in Corporate Communications.

    I work in corporate communications, and I need to be available at a moment’s notice in situations, where there is news at work that has to be communicated to employees. I work from home on a regular basis, and it’s important to be available to my colleagues pretty much all the time. It was unbelievably frustrating when one of them would try to call me on my cell phone…half the time my phone wouldn’t ring at all, and then two hours later I would see that there was a new voice mail. The signal at my house was just terrible, and when I worked fromhome, I was on pins and needles that I might be missing an important call.

    I  live in Denver, and often this Winter and Spring (before I installed my zBoost) I had to go outside to get a signal – in snow, rain, and even hail. It was completely pathetic. I would come in from a call looking like a drowned rat. No more going outside in all kinds of weather to get a signal; no more missed calls from work; no more worrying about missing calls from work – the zBoost is fantastic for keeping me connected to work and for my peace of mind.

    It was stunning how easy it was to set up my zBoost. I went from having zero bars in most of the house to having five bars pretty much everywhere in a matter of thirty seconds.

    My zBoost has been absolutely trouble-free – installing it was unbelievably easy, and it’s worked like a charm ever since. The zBoost is so completely, consistently perfect.

    I love my zBoost probably more than a person should love what is, technically, an inanimate object. It’s just amazing.

  • zBoost your 3G wireless air cards!

    August 27, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Hello bloggers and other humans!  My name is Jack and I am 1 ½  year old Giant Schnauzer.  I currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia with my humans.  I am SO thankful that my humans are up to date on the latest technology!  Not only have they gotten rid of the pesky landline, but they also make sure that our 3G data air card for wireless internet is running at its full potential with zBoost.

    I was at home alone the other night; my humans had left to go feed themselves at one of those restaurants that doesn’t allow dogs, so I decided to kill time by checking my Dogbook!  I went to sign on to see if I had any new friends request from my admirers (my humans’ friends) or the new special lady friends from the dog park.  Then it happened….I couldn’t find the signal ANYWHERE!!  I tried the bathroom, the bedroom and the laundry room, but I couldn’t get connected!  As everyone knows I was unable to go outside by myself because I do not have thumbs and cannot open doors.  Luckily my humans came home and tried to connect to the internet.  They went outside to research on how they can get better signal inside since there was none.  They were able to find something called a zBoost. 

    The zBoost showed up at the house by that dreaded man who puts stuff in the box at the end of the driveway, so my humans set it up!  WE HAVE SIGNAL….I was able to get onto my Dogbook and check my friends requests!!  Luckily I only had a little bit of explaining to do to the ladies back at the dog park.  They understood why it took me so long to accept their requests and that I was not ignoring them. (Sometimes it’s tough being such a ladies’ man!!)  Then my special lady friends asked me to send them information on the zBoost, because their humans ALSO had signal issues with their air cards.  I was happy to oblige and sent them a link to www.wi-ex.com.  Now that they have zBoost as well, we can all chat uninterrupted by spotty signal!!  (Sometimes I’m even talking to more than one special lady friend, but let’s keep that secret between you and me.)  So if your humans are having trouble with their signal, send them to get a zBoost!

    The zBoost gets 4 paws up from me!! (and my lady friends)

  • AJC: "Telework can work for you, too"; UPS Supports the First-ever Georgia Telework Week!

    August 26, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Catherine Salvadore is a human resources manager at UPS corporate headquarters in Atlanta.  The following are a few excerpts from her article in the Opinions Section of the AJC to report back to the community how Teleworking worked for UPS.

    Telework can work for you, too
    http://www.ajc.com/opinion/telework-can-work-for-599688.html

    "After the launch of our pilot program, the results spoke for themselves:

    Productivity when working from home jumped by 17 percent, and 86 percent of UPS teleworkers agreed that job satisfaction improved when reporting to work without leaving home.

    Thanks to the work-life balance benefits of working from home, UPS also found that our teleworkers save an average 87 minutes a day by eliminating their commute, and they use that time to get more work done, spend time with family and exercise."

    In addition to being a great efficiency productivity booster for their employees, Catherine goes on to discuss the positive impact of teleworking on the environment, also.

    "By eliminating their commutes just a few times a month, the UPS teleworkers involved in the initial pilot program kept more than 46 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe over the course of a year.

    Not to mention the more than 93,000 vehicle miles eliminated from metro Atlanta’s roads, reducing congestion — the void that costs employers in the Atlanta region nearly $3 billion annually in lost productivity.

    With a recent survey showing that one-quarter of commuters in metro Atlanta do not telework, but believe that their job responsibilities would allow it, these programs can play an important role in relieving the strain on our region’s transportation resources and improving air quality."

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    zBoost by Wi-Ex is a great tool for people and companies who use teleworking. The zBoost line of products provide cellular signal solutions to those who are unable to get a reliable signal in their homes, thus allowing them to stay connected to be more productive while teleworking. Wi-Ex provides an array of cell phone signal boosting products that suit everyone's needs. The YX540 SOHO, and the YX540 METRO, are the newest additions to our line:

    •   YX545 SOHO, is a home and office unit that boosts signal for up to 3000 sq feet.
    • YX540 METRO, is a signal booster for people who live in apartments, urban lofts, and metro areas. You are able to place the antenna on a window and boost up to 1500 sq feet.
  • AJC: "Among Atlanta AT&T gadgets, medical message in a bottle"

    August 24, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    As someone who has worked in the  pharmaceutical industry for many years, I found this article especially interesting. I  have seen first hand the consequences of when patients don't take their prescribed medications, and the toll that it can take on the health care industry. 

    One of the largest costs driving up health care costs/insurance was the non-compliant patient with chronic illnesses. Chronic diseases are managble, if  they are maintained with long term/daily medicines. For example: a patient that has asthma. If that patient did not routinely take their inhaled steroids or did not take their rescue albuterol inhaler during their asthma attack, they would have to be taken to the emergency room for immediate care....or possibly die. Thus, if a patient is non-compliant with taking their medicine, ultimately it could cost the "system" in a more expensive type of medical care. Emergency room visits are very expensive vs. staying healthy while taking a daily pill.

    Technology in a bottle is like having a Pharmacist for a babysitter. Many of these patients may be elderly and may find themselves more forgetful now than when they were younger. Bottom line...technological advances in the delivery of medicines will benefit health care and could reduce long term health costs to the system. 
     
    Sounds like a win-win situation!

     

    Among Atlanta AT&T gadgets, medical message in a bottle

    "Sometime this fall, patients are going to head home from the pharmacy with a free, flashing, noisy tattletale of a pill bottle.

    The bottle will glow and ring aloud when it’s time to take a pill. And it will report slackers: A pill-skipper can expect at least one robotic telephone call per missed dose.

    Insurers, drug makers and pharmacies will pay for the bottle, on the grounds that it will keep people healthier and sell more pills.

    And benefiting quietly in the background will be Atlanta-based AT&T Mobility, whose wireless system supports the bottle's smarts.

    The dispenser is one of a group of products targeted by the company’s emerging devices team, in an effort to expand the reach of AT&T's wireless business."

    To read the article, click here.

  • zBoost SOHO Woman's Day Giveaway

    August 19, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Today through October 19th, you can enter to win a NEW zBoost SOHO on Woman's Day.com!

    http://www.womansday.com/Giveaways/zBoost-SOHO-Cell-Phone-Signal-Booster-Giveaway

  • Article of the Week

    August 18, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Twice.com's Joseph Palenchar reviewed the new zBoost YX545 SOHO in his article  "Wi-Ex Upgrades SO/HO-Oriented Cellular-Signal Booster."

    Atlanta - Wi-Ex, the supplier of zBoost-brand cellphone signal boosters, launched a new in-door 800/1900MHz booster for SO/HO users, reducing the device's size while boosting performance over its same-price predecessor.

    The $399-suggested SOHO YX545, due in August, increases signal strength by up to 20 percent more than its predecessor, features a smaller base unit, and comes with a new low-profile outboard receiving antenna with a 3 dbi to 5 dbi gain over the previous model's antenna. A new user interface is simpler, featuring only one button.

    New software enables the device to optimize reception automatically every 24 hours, the company said. "At any time cell towers can adjust their signal, or other obstacles can interfere, and cause the zBoost to perform at a lower level," said CEO Lloyd Meese of the software.

    The SOHO YX545 replaces the 510 and comes with amplifier base unit, power supply, base unit antenna, and RG59-mini coaxial cable to connect the base station to a receiving antenna.   Like other zBoost products, the SOHO features patented technology to prevent a cell site's performance from degrading, the company said.

    "A reliable in-door cellphone signal is a necessity for many consumers," Meese said of the device's market potential. He pointed to a December 2009 survey commissioned by Wi-Ex and conducted by Harris Interactive. The survey found that 67 percent of cellphone owners experience reception problems when making cellphone calls in their homes, and 49 percent claim to have done something special to improve in-door signal strength. In addition, 67 percent of cellphone owners use cellular data applications and, of those, 57 percent experience reception problems.
    Wi-Ex offers a line of cellphone signal extenders for the home, office and car.

    To see the complete line of zBoost products, click here.

  • Mommy Blog: Back to School

    August 17, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Did you know that American consumers will spend an estimated $2.6 billion for back-to-school supplies this fall.  The list of back to school must haves is becoming more and more technology focused.  I can only imagine what will be on my kids lists when they start school in a few years - Carter recently told me he needed a real laptop and a small one like Daddy's not a big one like Mommy's. ReadWriteWeb, a  popular technology blogs in the world known for offering insightful analysis about each day's Internet industry news, recently survey educators to find the one new tech tool they are most looking forward to taking into the classroom with them this fall. Following are the top five:

    1.    iPad
    2.    Twitter
    3.    Google Apps for Education
    4.    Blogs
    5.    Sharing and Collaboration Tools: 21st Century Teaching and Learning

     Check out the full article here:
    http://www.yotify.com/a/v2.aspx?r=185879497&s=feed&k=nO7gyuvxppleV2gTqaAAQ

    Good to know that at 3 1/2 and 10 months, Carter and Reese are already in the top five with their blogs!

     Hope all of the students, teachers and staff have a great start to their school year!

  • Phone Signal In College

    August 13, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    There once was was a college student that lived in a shoe. She had no cell signal, and didn’t know what to do.

    Well not an actual shoe but it has been called a shoe-box. I just moved into my new loft apartment. One of the perks of this new residence is the location. It is a prime location, downtown and right next to campus. However one of the drawbacks is that my room is only 5 feet high and 5 by 14 feet. And since it is a concrete and brick building and my room lacks windows it also lacks cell phone signal.

    I was uncertain on what to do about this predicament since any time I go up to my room I would be shut off from the digital world, and to me that feels like being lost in a deep, dark forest.  Luckily as an intern at Wi-Ex I’m familiar with the zBoost products and was so happy that the zBoost-METRO was being released. My family already has a zBoost Dual Band for home and office but it needs horizontal separation, which would not have worked in my apartment. The zBoost-METRO is perfect for my small loft though because it doesn’t need the horizontal separation and can give me signal!

  • Testimonial Tuesday

    August 10, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Thanks Rod for sharing your story and pictures of you zBoost installation both at your primary home in Springfield, Nebraska and your family farm/hunting lodge near Cook, Nebraska. 

    Hello, 

    I own two 510 units.  I use one in a rural location and there I use the directional and optional yagi style antenna.  The other 510 is at my home in Springfield, Nebraska. 

    The rural location is a farmhouse that I grew up in.  My family has managed to hang on to the farm and the house.  I guess you could call it a hunting lodge, but it’s far more really.  It’s a place I can take my young grandsons and ride ATV’s, drive tractors for fun, that kind of thing.  The nearest cell site to the farmhouse is at Cook Nebraska, and that’s only about 5 miles as the crow flies, but the terrain is rolling hills.  Our property is sort of down in a hole, along a creek.  I suppose I get the best of 2 bars outdoors at this location.  Inside, with the Z-Boost, I get the worst of 3 bars and many times this signal indicator is maxed out.  It was OK with the supplied external antenna but was better after I added the optional directional antenna.  The yagi antenna at the farm really improved my signal there, especially with data.  My lap top now works as well there as it does here at home. At home in Springfield, when the satellite TV installer upgraded our home to Hi Def, he managed to leave a length of coaxial cable that was no longer needed for TV.  I utilized that for my antenna line and mounted the directional antenna to the DISH unit with a piece of PVC pipe and zip ties. Works really well.   

    By the way, I love these products, it sure solved my problems.  Solved them so much that I got rid of my land line phone and now use only 3G for internet access as well .

    Thanks for supplying this great product.   
     Rod K from Springfield NE 

  • Fruits and Veggies: The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15

    August 9, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Next time you're in the grocery store, you might want to consider looking into organic options on some of your fruit and veggie selections.

    On CNN.com, the Environmental Working Group reports, that "... nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

    Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Dirty Dozen," which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides."

    The good news is that some fruits and vegetables are resistant to the pesticides used, and you won't have to go organic on the Clean 15!

    "Not all non-organic fruits and vegetables have a high pesticide level. Some produce has a strong outer layer that provides a defense against pesticide contamination. The group found a number of non-organic fruits and vegetables dubbed the "Clean 15" that contained little to no pesticides."

    The Dirty Dozen

    • Celery
    • Peaches
    • Strawberries
    • Apples
    • Domestic blueberries
    • Nectarines
    • Sweet bell peppers
    • Spinach, kale and collard greens
    • Cherries
    • Potatoes
    • Imported grapes
    • Lettuce

    The Clean 15

    • Onions
    • Avocados
    • Sweet corn
    • Pineapples
    • Mango
    • Sweet peas
    • Asparagus
    • Kiwi fruit
    • Cabbage
    • Eggplant
    • Cantaloupe
    • Watermelon
    • Grapefruit
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Sweet onions

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